The Regional District of Kootenay Boundary (RDKB) has now endorsed and released Kettle River Watershed Management Plan. The Plan is a collaborative initiative supported by a Stakeholder Advisory Group with participation from local and provincial governments and representatives from multiple sectors and organizations from across the Boundary region. Over the last three years, the RDKB and the Advisory Group have: developed a shared understanding of watershed issues; created a vision, goals and strategies to take care of the Kettle River watershed into the future; shared information widely; and learned from a broad network of interested stakeholders.
This Plan presents a vision for the Kettle River watershed that is drawn from this understanding: “We envision a healthy, resilient and sustainable Kettle River Watershed, which functions to meet the needs and values of its communities, who in turn act as stewards of the watershed.” The vision forms the foundation for nine goals affirming healthy aquatic ecosystems, safe and secure water supplies, and a reliable water system supporting a sustainable economy and local food system. Continue reading Watershed Management Plan for the Kettle River→
There has been major flooding in the Boundary Region. The Kettle River Watershed Authority’s key messages are:
1. River bank instability – Avoid the water’s edge since the banks are over saturated and are compromised. In the town of Cashe Creek near Kamloops, a fire chief went missing on Friday morning after checking water levels in a flooded area. Click on Cache Creek to read more.
2. Water Levels – Although the water levels have receded over the past 24 hours, there is a risk that levels will rise again later this week. See river level forecasts posted on the Regional District of the Kootenay Boundary (RDKB) site at RDKB. There is an emergency response team set up at the RDKB office in Grand Forks. If you have any questions/concerns you can contact the response team by calling 1-888-747-9119 or 250-442-3628.
3. Flood preparation – The RDKB emergency response team has recommended some steps to take for flood preparation. Go to this link for more information – Flood Preparation
4. Water contamination – Floodwater is not river water. Avoid playing in or drinking the flood water since the water may be contaminated. Go to this link for more information – Floodwater
Please join us in Greenwood on Tuesday April 11, 2017 for a public/stakeholder meeting. Take this chance to give input on the Kettle River Watershed Management Plan implementation and hear from our presenters including our special guest Natasha Overduin from POLIS.
Please follow this link or contact the coordinator to register for this free event (this will help us figure out how many people will be eating dinner).
Oliver M. Brandes and Rosie Simms from the Polis Water Sustainability Project co-authored an opinion that was published in the Vancouver Sun on August 25, 2016. They touch on the failed Fraser River Salmon run and discuss the decline of river water quality globally and the need to protect our waters. Click on the following link to read more: http://vancouversun.com/opinion/opinon-protect-water-our-economy-communities-and-quality-of-life-depend-on-it
Where: Boundary Museum, 6145 Reservoir Rd., Grand Forks BC
Cost: $100 (includes rain barrel) or $40 to come and listen and learn (rain barrel not included).
Learn why and how to install a rain barrel at your home. There are many benefits to installing rain barrels including conserving water, saving money, and having water on-hand for watering your plants and gardens. With the possibility of future droughts (like last summer) and predicted hot summers in the future, conserving water will be essential!