The Newfoundland and Labrador Department of Municipal Affairs and Environment supports the economic, social and environmental sustainability of municipalities, communities and regions through the delivery of effective programs, services and support. The department assists municipalities in meeting their infrastructure needs. It helps to provide the financial and administrative tools to support the development of regional cooperation, community capacity, and sound municipal governance. The department is responsible for emergency preparedness and response, as well as provincial coordination of fire protection and prevention services. It is also responsible for environmental protection and enhancement by implementing water resource and pollution prevention policies and regulations, as well as coordinating environmental impact assessments of proposed development projects and managing affected sites.