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Riverbank Discovery Centre gets Conservation Trust funds for wetlands project

15.04.2019 17:30
By: Brad Gordon

250 thousand dollar wetlands rehabilitation project to proceed


Brandon, MB (CKLQ) - The Provincial Government has handed out 2.2 million dollars in project funding from its Conservation Trust.

41 projects were named Monday for the first round of project funding.

Included in the announcement was a for Brandon's Riverbank Discovery Centre.  One hundred thousand dollars has been granted to aid in a Westland Restoration and Access Improvement project.  The Centre will work with Ducks Unlimited to restore a wetland that was damaged by flooding in 2011 and 2014.  In addition, a walkway project will allow for educational and nature appreciation uses.

Riverbank Discovery Centre general manager James Montgomery says the funding from the Trust will allow the quarter million dollar project to proceed.  He says restoration and walkway project should be complete by October.

Also funded today were projects spearheaded by the Whitemud Watershed Conservation District (multi-functional water storage projects), Delta Waterfowl Foundation (improving nesting structures on 750 acres of wetland), and the Manitoba Forage and Grasslands Association (improve management of the Kirkella Community Pasture, with enhanced grassland and wetland habitat).

The Conservation Trust was established in the Province's 2018 budget.  Its $102 million principal will generate funding for projects each year.  It's part of the Pallister government's green plan.

 

 

 

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