Sage Mesa Water missed another round of grants

The RDOS finalized it list of projects for the Clean Water and Wastewater Fund grants program and the Sage Mesa water system is not on the list.  I see this as a significant missed opportunity for Area F.

Board report


Challenge Penticton owners disappointed, but undeterred, after $48,000 sponsorship request denied

(see also the board update on this)

Challenge Penticton’s owners are disappointed, but undeterred, after local politicians voted Thursday to turn down their request for a sponsorship deal.

In a unanimous decision, the board of the Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen decided to take a pass on a three-year, $48,000 agreement proposed in July by the race operators.

June 2011 Faulder water update


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Bad news: I just got a forwarded email from the Ministry of Community, Sport, and Cultural Development that the RDOS application for a Towns for Tomorrow grant was not approved (see previous update). We plan to appeal with Minister Chong because we believe that we originally had ministry support for this project. We will let you know if we have any success with this.

The good news is that the heavy run-off seems to have resulted in substantial recharge to the aquifer.  Although it is not high by historical standards, it buys us some time to continue looking for ways to get reliable water to Faulder.


January 2011 Faulder water update

The provincial government has made one  Towns For Tomorrow grant available to the RDOS each of the past few years.  Last year the Faulder water system was selected by the RDOS board for its one and only application for the grant. Following the massive price increase in the Summerland option, we asked the RDOS board to consider Faulder for a second Towns For Tomorrow grant.  The following is a full list of the projects considered by the RDOS board for submission to the Province:


Agur Lake project gets economic boost

By Steve Kidd - Penticton Western News Published: March 19, 2009

MLAs Bill Barisoff and Rick Thorpe congratulate Amanda Lewis, a director with the Agur Lake Camp Society, after they presented the group with a cheque for $100,000 to continue the work of building the respite camp for people with special needs.

The Agur Lake Camp Society is one step farther along in their quest to create a camp for people with disabilities and special needs in the wilderness near Summerland.

At a special get together Thursday, the society unveiled plans for the buildings, including a lodge and cabins that will eventually be constructed on the property, with designs created by Coast Architectural Group.

As a bonus, they also got to announce a further $100,000 donation from the provincial government in the form of a community gaming grant, delivered by area MLAs Rick Thorpe and Bill Barisoff. The funds will help construct a lodge, cabins, trails and playgrounds.


Faulder taxpayers get another break

By Jeff Lawrence - Penticton Western News March 19, 2009

Government money keeps on pouring into the South Okanagan for new infrastructure projects, and the small community of Faulder is once again benefitting from the cash.

B.C.'s Towns For Tomorrow program will send $653,000 to the Regional District of Okanagan Similkameen for projects including the Faulder Water Well project.

"Because of this generous donation, the cost of this project will decrease for Faulder residents," said Penticton mayor and Regional District of Okanagan Similkameen chair Dan Ashton.

The small community west of Summerland received good news two weeks ago, when it was announced it would receive $610,000 in funding from the provincial and federal governments to build a new water treatment facility. Faulder's water was receiving attention due to trace elements of uranium found that were in excess of government standards.