The Columbia-Shuswap Regional district has dedicated up to $240,000 toward the next incarnation of the Shuswap Lake Integrated Planning Process.
Erin Vieira, a SLIPP program manager, said regional directors approved the amount at a meeting Dec. 6. The cash will help fund the Shuswap Watershed Water Quality Program, which is scheduled to launch in 2015.
The three-year SLIPP pilot project ends March 31.
With the deadline pending, the SLIPP steering committee turned its attention to what comes next. Vieira said the committee decided to turn the focus toward water quality and, to a lesser extent, safety on the water.
The committee will define and develop the new program during the next year. Vieira said this will include public consultation using meetings and social media.
She said water quality will continue to be monitored in the Shuswap through 2014.