"Senior Fisheries Biologist Tara White says they have confirmed the presence of largemouth bass in the Kettle River, downstream from Grand Forks, and are looking into additional unconfirmed reports of smallmouth bass.
“They are considered an invasive species within the Province of B.C.,” White said, adding bass prey on other fish, insects and amphibians and have the ability to take over an ecosystem. In the Kettle, Rainbow Trout would be most at risk."
"Anyone who catches a bass on the Kettle River is being asked to document where they made the catch and contact the the Fish and Wildlife Branch at 250.490.2287 or at email@example.com."
The Kettle River Watershed is home to a most unique aquifer system; the unconfined aquifer. The presence of gravel and silty sand underground allows the water to flow quite freely between the river and aquifer.
The first diagram shows how the water table flows in an unconfined aquifer. The well taps into the water underground and can pull water from the river. This underground reservoir is the same pool of water that connects to the surface water of rivers, creeks, lakes and ponds. Alternatively, water can also be pulled from the aquifer to the river. This kind of relationship is also known as a water table or phreatic aquifer.
The second diagram is from the Kettle River Watershed Plan Discussion Paper #3 titled Sustaining the Flow. We see how the Well in the Nursery Area of Grand Forks draws from not only the aquifer but the river itself. The blue arrows pointing towards the well on the right is pulling water from the aquifer and the Kettle River as well.
During this severe Drought season, it’s important to remember that water is almost always undervalued, thought to be limitless, and truly irreplaceable. Thank you for your efforts in conserving water for today, tomorrow and future generations. ...
We have just had news that the Province is requesting any non-domestic water users reduce their water usage by 100%. This will be trying on businesses but hopefully this late in the season, we will be able to do it. There is a great risk to fish and overall ecosystem health along with domestic water users. Yes, that means that if water continues to be used at the rate we are using it, some people may run out of drinking water. ...
The Provincial Drought Level has been upgraded to Level 4 for the Boundary as of today September 8, 2017. This is the highest drought level for the province to issue.
At Level 4, the Province asks that residents, municipalities, industry and farmers use at least 50% less water than normal.
Many people in the boundary obtain their water from the aquifers via their groundwater wells. This withdrawal also impacts the rivers since in this region the rivers are recharged by the aquifers later in the season.
All residents in the boundary region are asked to reduce water usage by at least 50% so that we can maintain healthy aquatic ecosystems in our rivers.
Letters will be issued on Monday to approximately 650 licence holders in the boundary requesting a reduction in water use of between 50 to 100%. ...
The Provincial Government of British Columbia has issued a Level 3 Drought Stage for the Kettle River Watershed. With little to no precipitation, our once overflowing rivers are now drying up. The Granby River, Kettle and West Kettle River have all reached critical flow levels. These flow thresholds are the minimum necessary for the next generation of fish and other aquatic species to survive. So far, there isn’t a fishing ban in effect but that may change with little to no rain in the forecast.
This drought season is showing more extremes, with conditions even drier than the 2015 Drought.
All residents of the Kettle River Watershed region, which spans from Big White to Christina Lake, are urged to conserve water.
The Province asks that residents, municipalities, industry and farmers use at least 30% less water than normal.
Come talk to us about water saving tips and conservation techniques at our Kettle River Watershed Booth. We will be at the Grand Forks Fall Fair this weekend. Our outreach booth will also be in operation during the Rock Creek Fall Fair and the Harvest Festival. ...