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Federal government announces $100 million for Boat Harbour cleanup

The funding is aimed at restoring the harbour to its natural state after nearly 50 years of wastewater being dumped into the lagoons.
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Ottawa has announced $100 million in funding for the historic cleanup of Boat Harbour in Pictou County.

The projects aim is to restore the harbour to its natural state after nearly 50 years of wastewater being dumped into the lagoons.

Central Nova MP Sean Fraser made the announcement Thursday saying cleaning Boat Harbour has been a top priority during his time in office, and he's excited to see the project get underway.

Fraser said the project will also play a key factor in helping mend relationships with the Pictou Landing First Nation.

Fraser told NEWS 95.7 the work will include treatment of soil and sediment, restoration of lands for Pictou Landing First Nation, and causeway construction.

"We do have local expertise that will be put to use," he said. "It's disappointing that we have to continue to deal with major contaminated sites that need remediation but I'm glad we have experts on hand that will make sure this project moves forward in the right way."

In a release, Pictou Landing Chief Andrea Paul said "this project has allowed our community to begin the healing process from decades of trauma from this environmental devastation."

Clean up is expected to begin in 2021.




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