Regional district representatives want to keep working together on Shuswap water quality and safety
Regional district representatives on the Shuswap Lake Integrated Planning Process (SLIPP) Steering Committee have agreed in principle to recommend that the Thompson-Nicola, Columbia Shuswap and North Okanagan Regional Districts continue to work together on water quality and safety issues in the Shuswap watershed in 2014 and beyond. One pressing reason for the collaborative effort is the need to protect the source of drinking water for thousands of people in the Shuswap and Mara Lakes.
Their recommendation is subject to completion of a revised governance model. SLIPP is in its third year of a three-year pilot project, and the agreement in principle allows for detailed discussions on cost-sharing, funding approvals and a detailed work plan later this year.
SLIPP Background: The Shuswap Lake Integrated Planning Process brings together communities, First Nations, and public agencies to ensure that the Shuswap watershed remains a great place to live, work and play. Working in partnership on innovative approaches and projects, SLIPP aims to increase public safety on the water, ensure a healthy environment, and support a diversity of recreational experiences and economic opportunities that can be enjoyed by all.
In 2011, local governments (Columbia Shuswap Regional District, Thompson-Nicola Regional District, City of Salmon Arm and District of Sicamous) pledged $1 million to a SLIPP pilot project, which is additional to an estimated $1.5 million of in-kind contributions from SLIPP agency partners.
For more information on SLIPP, its partners and programs, please visit www.slippbc.com.
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