Canada announces 12 new projects in British Columbia under EcoAction

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Below is a list of newly funded projects in British Columbia announced by Minister Guilbeault on September 2, 2022. These are part of forty-one projects funded across Canada for 2022–2023 under the EcoAction Community Funding Program. For the full list of projects, please view the Map of Funded Projects.

2022–2023 Projects Funded in British Columbia

Project Title: Working for Wetlands in Stanley Park: Engaging Small Businesses
Recipient: Stanley Park Ecology Society
Funding: $100,000.00
Location: British Columbia
Project Description: This project will improve water quality and habitat in Stanley Park by installing floating islands and logs for wildlife and restoring native wetland habitats.

Project Title: FLOW: Youth Collaboration on Freshwater Action
Recipient: Be The Change Earth Alliance Society
Funding: $100,000.00
Location: British Columbia
Project Description: This project will empower youth across British Columbia to overcome “eco anxiety” by taking action to protect and reduce threats to fresh water through education and empowerment resulting in the development of the British Columbia Freshwater Action Network, a collaboration tool for students and teachers.

Project Title: Wetland Restoration and Stewardship Training throughout British Columbia
Recipient: British Columbia Wildlife Federation
Funding: $100,000.00
Location: British Columbia
Project Description: This project will restore and conserve wetlands on Quadra Island, in Hope, and in the Columbia Basin by empowering community members and wetland practitioners to steward, conserve, and restore wetlands through workshops, training sessions, and support for community projects and initiatives.

Project Title: Communities Protect Fresh Water Together: Riparian Restoration in the Kootenay Region
Recipient: Central Kootenay Invasive Species Society
Funding: $39,692.00
Location: British Columbia
Project Description: This project will improve water quality in the Slocan Lake, Trail Creek, and Kootenay River watersheds by reducing the impact of harmful invasive species through mechanical and cultural control and by restoring riparian habitat through the planting of indigenous plants.

Project Title: Cedars for the next Century (Phase 3): Restoring the hydrology and ecological integrity of an agriculturally degraded watershed
Recipient: Galiano Conservancy Association
Funding: $100,000.00
Location: British Columbia
Project Description: This project will restore wetland, riparian, and forested ecosystems in the southern section of Chrystal Creek watershed by improving the watershed’s ability to retain and infiltrate fresh water, sequester carbon, and remove invasive species.

Project Title: Building Capacity for Flood Mitigation and Climate Resilience in Greater Victoria’s Aquatic Habitats
Recipient: Peninsula Streams Society
Funding: $100,000.00
Location: British Columbia
Project Description: This project will build capacity for climate resilience in the Greater Victoria area watersheds through the enhancement of aquatic and riparian habitats and promotion of storm water management best practices.

Project Title: Lois Creek Community Wetland Restoration
Recipient: Wildsight
Funding: $73,726.00
Location: British Columbia
Project Description: This project will improve water quality, restore wetlands and riparian zones, and increase climate resiliency in Lois Creek by restoring a wetland and empowering local youth to become stewards of the freshwater ecosystems.

Project Title: Restoration and Education in the Brunette River Watershed
Recipient: Wildcoast Ecological Society
Funding: $96,959.00
Location: British Columbia
Project Description: This project will restore habitat in the Brunette River watershed by removing invasive species and planting native vegetation.

Project Title: Junior Streamkeepers Phase II: 2022–2025
Recipient: Discovery Coast Greenways Land Trust
Funding: $99,998.00
Location: British Columbia
Project Description: This project will improve water quality in the Campbell River watershed through the restoration and improvement of freshwater aquatic habitat by revegetating riparian areas that have been degraded by invasive species, urban development, and inappropriate recreational use.

Project Title: Morse Creek Connections – Freshwater Initiative
Recipient: Alouette River Management Society
Funding: $50,030.00
Location: British Columbia
Project Description: This project will improve water quality and reduce harmful substances from entering Morse Creek in Maple Ridge, British Columbia, by engaging youth, teachers, and the public through a series of community-, nature-, and art based activities.

Project Title: Mitigating Ultraviolet Filter Contamination in the Cowichan Watershed through Monitoring, Education, and Outreach
Recipient: British Columbia Conservation Foundation
Funding: $84,473.00
Location: British Columbia
Project Description: This project will help improve water quality in the Cowichan watershed by mitigating direct impacts of personal care products and other recreational pollutants through a public outreach and education campaign and community-based monitoring.

Project Title: Building Community Capacity for Restoration of Aquatic Ecosystems
Recipient: Invasive Species Council of British Columbia
Funding: $99,275.00
Location: British Columbia
Project Description: This project will improve water quality in the Okanagan and Cariboo region by empowering the community to act as stewards of these ecosystems through the restoration of a riparian zone.

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