Living Lakes Canada will help protect and manage groundwater. Here, a volunteer measures groundwater levels in a well.
Twenty-nine projects throughout the Columbia Basin will help address the health of local species and spaces, from swallows and salmon to wetlands and forests through research, restoration and education. The projects are being supported with nearly $820,000 from Columbia Basin Trust’s Environment Grants.
“Each project has a specific focus, but altogether they have broad benefits for strengthening the environmental well-being of this region,” said Brianna Burley, Columbia Basin Trust manager, environment. “By undertaking on the ground work today, these organizations are creating positive results that will stretch into the future.”
The program helps fund projects that target ecosystems, climate, water and environmental education. See the complete list of approved projects at
In various locations around the Basin, Living Lakes Canada will work with citizens, local governments and others to collect data, that otherwise would not be collected. This information can then be used in water management decisions, climate adaptation planning and conservation planning to ensure sustainable water supplies for human use and to maintain healthy ecosystems.
“Groundwater helps maintain water levels and quality in wetlands, streams, rivers and lakes, which are vital for healthy ecosystems and provide habitat for fish, waterfowl and wildlife,” said Carol Luttmer, program coordinator. “Monitoring groundwater provides information that could be used to manage multiple needs.”
The Town of Creston will convert three former water reservoirs and 10 acres of land into habitats for species ranging from barn swallows, to western toads, to moths. Activities will include removing old liners, resloping steep embankments, developing shallow-water wetlands and fish habitat, building a bat condo and installing educational signage.
“The project will allow the municipality to return unusable land back to public use while increasing, improving and providing habitat for various species,” said Michael Moore, chief administrative officer. “The diversity of wetlands and fish habitat will provide an opportunity for visitors to the area, including Creston Valley youth, to better appreciate and learn about the natural world.”
Environment Grants are just one of the ways the Trust supports environmental efforts around the region. Learn more about its other initiatives, like the Climate Action, Ecosystem Enhancement and Community Wildfire programs, at