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Bowker Creek cleanup gets gas-tax boost

Mar 04 2012

Oak Bay has received more than $700,000 in federal gas-tax money to help rehabilitate a section of Bowker Creek bordering Oak Bay High.

The project will transform a section of Bowker Creek from a degraded, highly urbanized creek into a naturally functioning water environment.

It will also reduce flooding, improve the water quality and aquatic habitat and provide an accessible natural green space.

"The application was prompted by the news not that long ago that the high school was going to be torn down and a new one built," said Oak Bay Mayor Nils Jensen.

"The thinking was, while you're doing that, this is a good time to put a project forward for funding to restore the creek at the back to as close as its natural setting as is possible."

Jensen said the grant, worth $738,000, was "good news" for the municipality.

Oak Bay will undertake the project with the Bowker Creek Initiative, a coalition that includes the Capital Regional District, Victoria, Saanich and the University of Victoria and community groups.

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