Muddy Similkameen not a cause for concern

A rumour circulating Keremeos recently claimed that the Similkameen River was being contaminated by a tributary dam burst is unfounded.

  • Aug. 14, 2013 11:00 a.m.

The river, which is running higher than normal for this time of year, has turned a light green, which is again unusual for this time of year.

The reason for the high, discoloured water stems from small, localized storms that hit the Similkameen River watershed in recent days. The heavy rains associated with these storms appears to have  washed a significant amount of dirt and debris into the river.

B.C. Rivers Forcast Centre reports that as of August 12, the Similkameen River was flowing at between 121 – 150 per cent of median.