Tsunami Debris Cleanup Funding Still Available

A partnership of local governments and First Nations has been awarded $139,000 over two years to establish a tsunami debris management and cleanup program on Haida Gwaii. Funding is still available to local governments and First Nations to help with tsunami debris cleanup. Information regarding tsunami debris, and the funding application process, is available online.A partnership of local governments and First Nations has been awarded $139,000 over two years to establish a tsunami debris management and cleanup program on Haida Gwaii. Funding is still available to local governments and First Nations to help with tsunami debris cleanup. Information regarding tsunami debris, and the funding application process, is available online.

Earlier this year, the Government of Japan presented a one-time grant for approximately $1 million to help clean up tsunami debris resulting from the 9.0 magnitude earthquake that struck Japan on March 11, 2011. The Province will administer funds, since the cleanup will occur on BC's shoreline.

Funding will be available for the next two fiscal years, with a portion of the funding set aside to cover the possibility of large or potentially dangerous pieces of debris arriving on BC's shores.

2014 is seen as the likely end of tsunami debris risk. Funding is not for ongoing marine debris issues.

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