The Regional District of East Kootenay (RDEK) Columbia Valley Local Conservation Fund’s (CVLCF) Technical Review Committee (TRC) is made up of a diversity of experts which evaluates applications on an annual basis for Local Conservation Fund grants. The Technical Review Committee provides recommendations to the Regional District of East Kootenay Area Directors who make the final decision on how funding is allocated. Over the past 6 years, over $1,500,000 in funding has been awarded to 54 projects.
2015 Funded Projects
Columbia Lake – Lot 48 Ecosystem Restoration Project – $24,564 to the Nature Conservancy of Canada to create resilient ecosystems through the restoration of open forest and grassland communities in areas where forest ingrowth and encroachment are occurring.
Neighbourhood Invasive Plant Program – $11,000 to the East Kootenay Invasive Plant Council aims to prevent the establishment of new invasive plant species, control existing noxious and priority species and, where possible, eradicate noxious and priority invasive plants on private lands in the Columbia Valley using an integrated approach.
Reintroducing northern leopard frogs to the Columbia marshes – $29,767.50 to the Columbia Wetlands Stewardship Partners to re-establish self-sustaining populations of northern leopard frogs in the Columbia marshes.
Kootenay Community Bat Project – $15,807 to the Rocky Mountain Trench Natural Resources Society to promote and conserve the variety of bat species and their associated habitats that exist in the Upper Columbia Valley.
Strategic Invasive Plant Control of Leafy Spurge – $5000 to the East Kootenay Invasive Plant Council to decrease the infestation levels of Leafy Spurge in the Upper Columbia Valley.
Water Quality and Quantity Monitoring Project – $11,000 to the Lake Windermere Ambassadors Society to undertake water quality monitoring and community water stewardship education.
Climate and Water Conservation Action Initiatives – $25,000 to Groundswell Network Society to provide measurable, achievable, actions addressing water conservation and climate change impacts.
Upper Columbia Watershed Community-Based Groundwater Monitoring Project – $3,100 to Wildsight to develop an understanding of the connection between groundwater, the local water table, precipitation, and water withdrawals in the Lake Windermere watershed.
Columbia Lake Ecosystem Monitoring and Education – $12,035 to the Columbia Lake Stewardship Society to improve our knowledge of water resources and steps we can take to protect them.
Ecological Goods & Services Project – $7,500 to the Windermere District Farmers Institute to preserve the ecological integrity of this region at the landscape level by taking into consideration management practices that may collectively impact the health of an ecosystem, while identifying new ways to enhance or conserve existing ecological services on agricultural land.
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