Money earmarked for wetlands plan

Money earmarked for wetlands plan


By Dan Walton

The human waste that makes its way into Vaseux Lake will soon be percolated through a nearby wetlands.

Years ago, the Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen earmarked $360,000 in funding committed to build the Okanagan Falls Wetlands Enhancement project, but that money was going to expire if it didn’t get used soon.

But at the RDOS’s Nov. 2 meeting, the board managed to scrape up the $700,000 shortfall by dipping into Electoral Area D’s Community Works Fund.

RDOS engineering supervisor Liisa Bloomfield said a Request for Proposals is underway for the regional government to retain a consultant and complete the full design of the constructed wetland.

When asked why the $700,000 wasn’t committed towards the wetlands project sooner, “The gas tax money was allocated to other projects each year,” Bloomfield said. “We were asked to bring it forward.”

There may be another cost of $450,000 associated with the project, depending on whether or not a liner will be required.

“This will be confirmed during the design.”

Bloomfield said the design and tendering processes still need to be completed, but she’s hopeful the project will be able to break ground by summer 2018.


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