Funds put water projects on tap

Okanagan Basin Water Board approved $56,850 for four projects that will help conserve and improve quality of water in valley

  • Mar. 6, 2015 5:00 p.m.

Funds are flowing into North Okanagan water projects.

The Okanagan Basin Water Board has approved $56,850 for four projects that will help conserve and improve the quality of water in the valley.

“Once again, we had great interest in the program from throughout the valley and excellent applications,” said James Littley, OBWB’s office and projects manager.

The projects include $20,000 for the Society for the Protection of Kalamalka Lake to do a Coldstream Creek land use and water quality assessment and $10,980 for Okanagan College to do conservation irrigation at its Kalamalka garden and Patchwork Farms.

There is also $10,870 for the Regional District of North Okanagan to conduct a land use and water quality assessment of Swan Lake.

“For the last 40 years, OBWB has been helping Okanagan communities move from septic to sewer and seen dramatic improvements to the water quality in our lakes,” said Littley.

“Swan Lake presents an opportunity to look at how an area with no sewer system and a range of land uses – residential, agriculture, industry, and roads – can affect water and inform better land use planning decisions, in Vernon and beyond.”

RDNO is also receiving $15,000 for a Swan Lake flood mapping project.