The Squamish-Lillooet Region District is to receive $1.84 million in federal Gas Tax funding for nine major projects from Furry Creek to Lillooet.
This includes $178,000 for Water System Cross Connection Control, requested on behalf of the Resort Municipality of Whistler (RMOW), $80,000 for Cheakamus River Environmental Monitoring requested on behalf of the RMOW, $160,000 for the Sea to Sky Trail at Wedgewoods, SLRD Area C and the RMOW, and the highest single amount, $418,000, going into work on the Corridor Trail for the District of Squamish.
Other projects include:
• $369,000 for the Friendship Trail and multi-use suspension bridge for SLRD Area C, the Village of Pemberton and Mount Currie;
• $49,000 for Furry Creek Well Upgrades in SLRD Area D;
• $45,000 for Gold Bridge Well Upgrades in SLRD Area A;
• $300,000 for a wastewater treatment plant upgrade in the District of Lillooet; and
• $241,362 for the Town Creek Storm Drainage Project in the District of Lillooet.
In a release, the SLRD called all nine “regionally significant projects, which are defined as projects that lead to ‘reduced greenhouse gas emissions, cleaner air or cleaner water’ as well as being large in scale or regional in impact.”
The final list of projects to pursue was determined by the collaborative efforts of the SLRD and its four member municipalities: the District of Lillooet, the District of Squamish, the Village of Pemberton and the Resort Municipality of Whistler.
“It’s fabulous news. I want to compliment the work done by the staff and CAOs of the region, Lynda Flynn, the SLRD CAO and the corridor CAOs, because the success of this application does speak to the collaborative approach they took in reaching an agreement of how to apply for the various projects,” said chair of the SLRD Susie Gimse, in an interview.
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