ALBERTA – The Lesser Slave Watershed Council (LSWC) has opened applications for the Elliott & Rosche Memorial Bursary of $1,000. The bursary, established last year in memory of LSWC founder Brian Rosche and founding member Brian Elliott, will be awarded annually to a watershed resident furthering education in environmental and watershed related topics. Applications will be accepted until June 1.
Watershed funding announced
ONTARIO – The provincial government is investing $4.25 million to improve the Muskoka River Watershed. Funding will support projects that safeguard the region from environmental pressures, including flooding. Projects will include developing an Integrated Watershed Management Approach to improve water quality and management.
CALIFORNIA – The California State Water Resources Control Board will use $4.4 million in grant funding from the EPA to fund projects in seven different counties of the state. Of those projects, Marin County has been awarded $700,000 to address nutrient runoff in water including nitrogen, phosphorous, sediment and bacteria from livestock.
Individual rebates available
ONTARIO – Residents of Thunder Bay will continue to have incentive to improve drainage and flood prevention on their properties. The city recently voted to renew a program that offers rebates to individuals and business owners to make drainage improvements. Qualifying activities include installation of a backwater valve (rebates of up to 50 percent of invoiced costs up to $1,750), disconnection of weeping tile system from the local sanitary sewer (up to $500) and more.
Improvements incoming, contract awarded
MICHIGAN – Macomb County has approved a number of infrastructure improvements this summer. The county will undertake an initiative to improve a section of the Macomb Interceptor sewer. The project will involve lining approximately 2,100 ft. of the current piping as well as a 1,200 ft. curved portion of the piping. The project was awarded unanimously to Ric-Man Construction, which had a bidding price tag of $13,541,545. Other bids were for higher amounts of up to $21,132,000.