February 19, 2014 2:41 pm
Updated: February 19, 2014 10:21 pm

Federal government doubles funding for aerial water pollution surveillance

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The federal government has announced it will nearly double the funding to monitor and detect pollution from ships in Canadian waters.

The Minister of Transport made the pledge Wednesday at a news conference in Vancouver.

Funding for the national aerial surveillance program will rise to nearly $50 million over the next five years.

The fleet consists of three modernized aircraft placed in strategic spots across the country, with an early warning system for areas with potential pollution.

“This equipment is so sophisticated that from the sky it can see as little as a litre of oil that has spilled into our waters. That’s pretty remarkable. Today’s increased investment translates into more flights to detect pollution in Canada’s waters,” said minister Lisa Raitt.

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