Monthly Archives: September 2014

Ferry County Coalition Shoreline Master Program Update

Ferry County and the City of Republic are developing updated shoreline regulations for the rivers, streams, and several lakes in the County and Granite Creek in the City of Republic. The Washington State Shoreline Management Act has three purposes:

  1. To protect ecological functions.
  2. To accommodate appropriate uses.
  3. To maintain public access

Ferry County and the City of Republic are holding visioning workshops and invite the public to come and learn about the Shoreline Master Program update, discuss information and learn of future input opportunities.  The dates and locations are:

  •  Oct. 1, 6:00 – 7:30 pm at the Kettle River Grange, 25262 N Hwy 395 in Barstow, WA;
  •  Oct. 2, 2:00 -3:30 pm at the Curlew Civic Hall, 4 Washburn St. in Curlew, WA;
  •  Oct. 2, 6:00 – 7:30 pm at the Northern Inn Conference Room at 852 S Clark in Republic.

For more information, please contact

  • Irene Whipple, Ferry County at (509) 775-5225 x 3101 or
  • Chris Meng, City of Republic at (509) 775-2929.

You may also view any new information and updates throughout the entire process on the website at http://www.ferryccsmpupdate.com

Curlew Creek, Washington
Curlew Creek, Washington

The Kettle River and tributaries are considered in the following technical review: http://www.ferryccsmpupdate.com/_resources/pdfs/App_A_Kettle_2014_0825.pdf

Grand opening set for Sockeye hatchery in Penticton

A very exciting story from our neighbouring watershed to the west, and  one major step of the larger salmon recovery program for the Columbia River Basin. Contributed from Okanagan Nation Alliance, September 17, 2014

Penticton British Columbia, Okanagan Nation Territory: The k] cp?’lk’ stim’ Salmon Hatchery, part of the Okanagan Nation Alliance (ONA) sockeye reintroduction program, will have its Grand Opening on September 20th at 1pm. The hatchery is located on the Penticton Indian Band reserve lands at 155 Enowkin Trail, Penticton, BC.

“The return of Okanagan Sockeye to our fishing grounds used to be only a dream”, says Grand Chief Stewart Phillip, “in the summer of 2010 we witnessed the salmon come back in the numbers not seen for 100 years. The work of supporting the sockeye is ongoing and continues with this new hatchery, another aspect of our collective assertion to have a rightful place in the ongoing stewardship of our lands and resources.” We have demonstrated our approach and success to restore salmon in the Okanagan.  The ONA and Colville Confederated Tribes (CCT) will continue our success for salmon restoration in the Upper Columbia above Chief Joseph Dam and Grand Coulee into Canada.

This hatchery is a testament to the perseverance of the Syilx people to realize their dream of restoring the n’titxw (Salmon), one of our Four Food Chiefs, to their original habitat and rightful place in our territory.  This hatchery represents a critical stage of our Nation’s restoration initiative. It is a historical moment for our people.  After many years, this new hatchery on the Okanagan River system is ready for the 2014 broodstock season.

The hatchery facility is part of a long-term program to restore the historical range of Sockeye in the upper Okanagan watershed, Okanagan Lake, and Skaha Lake systems, a region of the Columbia River Basin. This facility is funded primarily by the Grant and Chelan Public Utility Districts, Washington, USA.

The 25,000 square foot salmon hatchery will have the capacity to rear up to eight (8) million eggs, but is currently equipped to handle all fish culture aspects required for five (5) million eggs from brood stock management until fry release. Sockeye salmon eggs will be released annually as fry into the Okanagan system.  Sizing the facility for eight (8) million eggs allows for flexibility in the future or to allow for changes in the fish culture activities.

The Hatchery includes all buildings, equipment, and infrastructure required to collect, incubate, rear and release fish for the sole intent of outplanting sockeye fry for reintroduction and range extension to Skaha and Okanagan Lake. Fish culture also includes all laboratories and associated activities for fish condition and aging, plankton and mysid biometrics, and virology, necessary for the Sockeye Reintroduction Program. During the entire course the hatchery mimics the natural temperatures of the river and no anti-fungal treatments or chemicals are used.

The ONA and its subsidiary company, Okanagan Nation Aquatic Enterprises (OAE) Ltd., have worked in close collaboration with the Colville Confederation Tribes of WA, Grant and Chelan Public Utility Districts in Washington State, the Penticton Indian Band, and Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada, Greyback Construction, among others, to bring this project to reality.

The ONA Chiefs Executive Council acknowledges everyone and everything that helped make this dream a reality; to the water in our streams and the air we breathe, to our Elders and Leaders of yesterday and today, our staff, our technical Teams and partners and through the years our Nation members who have kept the prayers and ceremonies alive, we say, Lim limpt!

TARA MONTGOMERY / Communications Okanagan Nation Alliance 

101 – 3535 Old Okanagan Hwy

WESTBANK, BC V4T 3J6

TF 1 866 662 9609

T   250 707 0095 ext 120

F    250 768 8476 www.syilx.org

Draft Kettle River Watershed Management Plan available for review

The Stakeholder Advisory Group for the Kettle River Watershed Management Plan has completed a Draft Plan for public and stakeholder review (link to pdf, 700 kb). This draft plan articulates a vision for the Kettle River Watershed and develops strategies, directions, and concrete actions to achieve it.

“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.”

KRWMP-DRAFT-September2014_001This draft Plan is presented for consideration by all interested parties before it is finalized and presented to the RDKB Board of Directors. Feedback on the draft plan is requested by Tuesday, October 14 and can be sent to the Project Coordinator at plan@kettleriver.ca / Box 1965, 2140 Central Avenue, Grand Forks BC V0H 1H0. Please use this response form if you are interested in providing detailed responses or if you or your organization will be involved in some aspect of implementing the plan. Continue reading Draft Kettle River Watershed Management Plan available for review

Final discussion paper on riparian, wetland and floodplain management

The Stakeholder Advisory Group for the Kettle River Watershed Management Plan is releasing the last of several discussion papers leading up to the draft Watershed Management Plan this summer.

Stepping Back From the Water: Managing Wetlands, Riparian Areas and Floodplains in the Kettle River Watershed (pdf) outlines issues, strategies and actions related to wetlands, floodplains and riparian ecosystems, which are critical for maintaining watershed health and all of the benefits humans derive from it. The paper complements and builds on the ideas presented in all of the previous discussion papers, focusing particularly on issues along the water’s edge.

boundary creek