Public meeting held for Watershed study

Watershed study phase one results brought to open house for public input

  • Oct. 8, 2014 2:00 p.m.

Similkameen residents were invited to participate in the Similkameen Watershed Study during a meeting held on October 7 at Victory Hall.

Members of the Similkameen Valley Planning Society and staff from the Regional District Okanagan Similkameen hosted an open house to bring Similkameen residents up to date with the progress of the Similkameen Watershed Study on Tuesday, October 7.

SVPS Chair Manfred Bauer explained the study’s beginnings to a gathering of approximately 15 residents at Victory Hall. He said the study came about after two other studies – an amenity study in 2009 and a a 2011 strategy study for a sustainable Similkameen  – pointed to water as the number one priority of Similkameen residents.

Bauer said the watershed study is intended to produce a non-regulatory water plan for the Similkameen, a document meant to drive water policy and shape water use in future years.

RDOS Public Works Manager Doug French, along with Communications Consultant Andrew Stuckey, made a short presentation outlining phase one results of the watershed study so far.

French admitted the study initially “did not have a lot of good base info” adding further that phase one had identified some information gaps that would be addressed as the study moves into phase two.

The results of phase one included the creation of a water database for the valley, in addition to creating a communication plan and background reports on the valley’s water issues.

Phase one findings produced information on the Similkameen’s streamflow, water quality, water useage, and groundwater data. If further funding becomes available, a phase three portion of the study intends to look at Similkameen groundwater in more detail.

Phase one also produced data relating to lakes, wetlands and riparian areas in the valley, in addition to looking at climate change, fish habitat, species at risk, land use, flood / drought issues and water obligations.

French concluded his presentation by requesting citizen involvement in the study.

“This is a grass roots effort,” he said, “watch for upcoming seminars and workshops. We want to hear your thoughts.”

 

Residents were welcome to ask questions following the presentation.

 

 

Just Posted

Rockslide damages vehicles on Highway 3 west of Hedley

A significant rockslide has occurred just west of Hedley on Highway 3.

Canada Post employee stops scam

A resident was saved by a sharp Canada Post employee in the Lower Similkameen.

Region hires two new fire chiefs

New fire chiefs come with experience and ties to community.

Cawston Players take on Wizard of Oz

The Cawston Players Christmas Show is in rehearsal and appears onstage December 8, 9 and 10.

Fill a Stocking campaign underway for Toys for Tots to Teens

Stockings are being distrubuted to Penticton businesses

One person sent to hospital after fire near Keremeos

Fire ripped through a shed and Winnebego at Sunkatchers RV Park Co-operative

Black Friday fervour wanes as some consumers, retailers shun practice

Some businesses are choosing to opt out, while some shoppers are turning to buying online

Stay safe on B.C. roads this holiday season

RCMP warn drivers to plan a safe ride home or suffer the consequences this holiday season

Trudeau apologizes to excluded residential school students

PM makes statement to former students in Nfld who were left out of previous compensation, apology

Four years for discharging shotgun in home, school break-in

Yvon Martel also threatened his wife and broke into an elementary school

Traci Genereaux: Gone, but not forgotten

COLUMN: Family, friends want justice for Vernon teen

An adopted cat is the best 10 pounds you’ll gain this season

BC SPCA encouraging families to add a forever feline friend during adoption event Nov. 24 to Dec. 3

Uber official says public needs to push for ridesharing in B.C.

Mike van Hemmen tells Kelowna Chamber of commerce ridesharing would be ‘win-win-win’

Most Read