Apply Now for Local Environmental Conservation and Restoration Project Support

CASTLEGAR, B.C. – The Waneta Expansion Limited Partnership (WELP), a partnership between Fortis Inc., Columbia Power Corporation and Columbia Basin Trust, is accepting applications for the 2015 Waneta Terrestrial Compensation Program (WTCP). This program provides a total of $50,000 annually to projects in the Waneta area that promote conservation and restoration through research, physical works, and other on-the-ground or applied projects.

The deadline for submissions is January 31, 2015. Visit for an application form and more information.

Eligible projects include research, species inventories, educational programs, development of management plans, habitat creation (restoration, rehabilitation), weed control, habitat protection and land acquisition.

“Anyone with ideas that benefit the local ecology should apply to the Waneta Terrestrial Compensation Program,” said Wendy Horan, Manager, Environment for Columbia Power Corporation. “Over the past three years, we’ve seen results in action with projects getting off the ground because of this program.”

Four groups received funding through this program in 2014:

  • Jacob Dulisse Consulting/Pandion Ecological Research Ltd. – Reptiles at risk conservation project
  • Kootenay Native Plant Society – Supporting native pollinator populations with native plants
  • Pandion Ecological Research Ltd. – Yellow-breasted chat critical habitat restoration
  • VAST Resource Solutions – Determining species diversity and population of bats

The Waneta Expansion Project is scheduled for completion in spring 2015. To date, local spending on goods and services exceeds $200 million.

Columbia Power manages construction of the Waneta Expansion Project on behalf of WELP. For more information please visit:

For more information contact:

Audrey Repin,
Waneta Expansion Project Spokesperson
Phone 250.304.6044
Cell 250.365.9502

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