Okanagan Water Board opens door on water conservation & quality improvement program

November 15, 2016

Have a project idea that will conserve or improve water quality in the Okanagan and benefit the valley as a whole, recognizing we are all part of ‘One valley. One water.’? The Okanagan Basin Water Board is now accepting applications to its 2017 Water Conservation and Quality Improvement (WCQI) Grant Program.

This is the twelfth year of the program, with $300,000 available for Okanagan projects. Grants are distributed according to the percentage of tax each region pays into the program. The allocation this year will see $55,800 for projects in the North, $182,760 in the Central, and $62,520 in the southern part of the Okanagan basin.

Each year the Water Board (OBWB) looks at where there may be current issues, or gaps that need to be addressed. These project categories are then prioritized for funding during the selection process. This year the board is putting a special focus on projects which address: Drought and Flood Preparedness, Water Flow Monitoring, Groundwater Studies, Restoration and Water Quality Projects.

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