South Okanagan taps into water funds

Grant money totalling $65,400 will flow into the South Okanagan for water-related projects.

Grant money totalling $65,400 will flow into the South Okanagan for water-related projects.

The award package is part of $300,000 to be disbursed by the Okanagan Basin Water Board to help conserve and improve the region’s most precious resource.

A total of 19 projects will be funded in this round of funding through the Water Conservation and Quality Improvement Grant program, which has handed out $2.4 million since 2006.

There were 29 application this year, which were judged based on region-wide benefit and focus on collaboration and innovation.

Five projects in this region will receive funding: Friends of Summerland Ornamental Gardens, $22,500 for innovative landscaping; Okanagan Nation Alliance, $15,400 for work on Shuttleworth Creek; Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen, $12,500 for its water ambassador program; Okanagan and Similkameen Invasive Species Society, $10,000 for an invasive mussel prevention program; and the Rotary Club of Summerland, $5,000 for a lakeside trail.

The OBWB is funded primarily by the Okanagan’s three regional districts.