The Okanagan Basin Water Board (OBWB) announced on December 12 that it is accepting applications for its 2014 Water Conservation and Quality Improvement (WCQI) Grant Program, which aims to help local organizations address water issues and enhance sustainable water use in the Okanagan Valley.

Okanagan. Credit: Kelowna09.

The program, which has been running for nine years, offers $300,000 in available grant money for projects that conserve water or improve water quality. Successful applicants can receive a maximum of $30,000.

Eligible applicants may include Okanagan municipalities, regional districts, irrigation/improvement districts, and non-profit community organizations.

In this year’s version of the program, the OBWB has called for projects that adhere to the OBWB Strategic Plan 2014-2019, including ones which address: source water protection; promoting or enhancing science-based planning; promoting or enhancing inter-jurisdictional collaboration; or long-term adequate supply addressing changing conditions in climate, economy, and population growth.

The submission deadline for the program is February 21, 2014.

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