BERWICK-St. Albert Cheese Co-operative president Jean Gour presented a cheque of $5,000 to Denis Perrault, chair of the Clean Water Committee for South Nation Conservation, during a committee meeting on March 31.
Last year, the Co-operative contributed $5,000, which combined with previous contributions totalling $21,000, brings the total gift to over $30,000 over several years.
"This is a timely boost to the clean water account which contains limited funding for 2008," Perrault said, explaining the funds are granted directly to landowners on a 50/50 basis to undertake projects that improve water quality on their properties.
As the CWP continues to expand, partnerships are increasingly important, the chairman said: "All partnerships with SNC are of lasting benefit and improve quality of life in the area."
Since its inception in 1993, over 589 projects valued at $8.8-million have been made possible by over $1.9-million in grants under the CWP.
"Since St. Albert is a local farm co-operative, this is a way we can help farmers. It's a matter of give and take. Our members might get dividends if they apply for grant programs," said Gour. Gour added St. Albert's is undergoing an expansion including new machinery, which will improve workplace quality by eliminating repetitiveness of certain jobs and enhancing employee health conditions while preserving the high standards of the product.
Applicants to the program will be visited by a CWP field officer who will assess the project before reporting back to the committee for a final decision. Technical help will be available to property owners in preparing their applications and in undertaking approved projects.