Shuswap Watershed Council Update
The Shuswap Watershed Council has released a new report summarizing a three-year nutrient research project completed in partnership with UBC–Okanagan. The results of the research are guiding new efforts by the SWC to help protect water quality for the long-term.
Through a new water water quality grant program, the SWC has up to $100,000 available and is inviting applications from land owners and agriculturalists in the Shuswap River and Salmon River valleys. To learn more, see Water Quality Improvement Grants.
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Elizabeth Henry Scholarship
Applications are invited for the 2021 Scholarship - through May 10
The Elizabeth Henry Scholarship for Communities and Environmental Health supports graduate students working on research projects in partnership with one or more indigenous and/or non-indigenous British Columbia communities that are addressing air quality, environmental health issues and/or promoting environmental sustainability through cooperative initiatives.
New! Salmon-Safe BC
The NEW Salmon-Safe BC website is now live! Salmon-Safe is a certification program managed by FBC to recognize responsible, eco-friendly management practices that protect Pacific salmon habitat and enhance water quality on agricultural and urban lands. Head to our interactive Certified Sites map to see over 30 Salmon-Safe certified properties (and their products) in BC – plus check out “Getting Certified” for detailed steps on what it takes become Salmon-Safe.
Plug in BC
BC fleets gain fresh rebates on specialty-use electric vehicles
$100,000 rebates available for the purchase of on-road medium & heavy duty trucks
BC fleets are invited to apply for rebates on clean energy buses, trucks, and airport and port specialty vehicles under a renewed program to support the uptake of battery electric, plug in hybrid and hydrogen fuel cell vehicles. The maximum rebate for on-road medium and heavy-duty vehicles has been increased from $50,000 to $100,000, effective October 30, 2020. Fleets can also apply for rebates on eligible all-terrain vehicles, off-road side-by-side vehicles, and snowmobiles.
Additional options, including cargo e-bikes, are available for fleets. Individuals can apply for electric motorcycle rebates, including limited-speed motorcycles.
Learn more about the program at Plug in BC, managed by the Fraser Basin Council.
Congratulations to Dana Eye and Justin Turner, 2020 recipients of the Elizabeth Henry Scholarship for Communities and Environmental Health. Learn about the exciting projects they have underway!
Have you every wondered what a large Fraser River or coastal flood would mean for the places people live, work and travel in BC’s Lower Mainland? Explore FloodWise, a new site from the Fraser Basin Council, where you can learn about past and future floods and how authorities are working together to reduce flood risks across the region.
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Thanks to all partners in the Lower Mainland Flood Management Strategy and to Public Safety Canada and Emergency Management BC for their support of this initiative.
Clean Energy Projects Announced
Check out the exciting clean energy projects led by First Nations, northern and rural communities supported by the Community Energy Leadership Program.
Get a snapshot of FBC's work in our 2019-2020 Annual Highlights.
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Renewable Energy for Remote Communities
In July 2020 the Renewable Energy for Remote Communities Program opened a second intake of funding applications for renewable energy projects in BC's remote communities to help reduce reliance on diesel.
Remote Community Successes
Xeni Gwet’in First Nation is a small community nearly 200 km west of Williams Lake that is transitioning away from reliance on diesel fuel by integrating solar power into a micro-grid that will supply community members with cleaner, more reliable energy. Well done! FBC was happy to support completion of this project by co-administering the Government of British Columbia Renewable Energy for Remote Communities program. See story in the Williams Lake Tribune.
Another innovation by a remote community was Hesquiaht First Nation in Clayoquot Sound as it prepares to move forward on its Ah’ta’apq Creek micro-hydro power project – meaning a shift away from a dependence on diesel fuel. FBC is pleased to work with Hesquiaht First Nation and the Province of BC as an administrator of the Renewable Energy for Remote Communities program. Read the story.
Canada Helps Campaign
FBC team members are making personal donations to the Canada Helps COVID-19 Community Care Fund as one small step in the journey we’re on together. Canada Helps has two national campaigns (with a 100% donation match from Gore Mutual), plus a list of community organizations in BC to which to donate.
Thank you, everyone, for the steps you are all taking because you care.