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'Welcome the Kokanee Festival'

Check out the displays and watch the Kokanee salmon spawning in Deep (Peachland) Creek during the ‘Welcome the Kokanee Salmon Festival’.   The activities are being held this Sunday, August 30th at Hardy Falls Regional Park along Hardy Street just off Highway 97 at the south end of Peachland. 

This free, family event runs between 11:00 am and 3:00 pm and promises to provide lots of fun for children and adults alike. 

A park interpreter will also be on hand to answer questions you might have about our land-locked salmon that’s a cousin of the Sockeye salmon.

For more information visit the Regional District website, regionaldistrict.com/parksevents, or you can contact the EECO at 250-469-6140.

(August 25, 2015)

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Kokanee Interpretation Programs

You’re invited to witness an annual rite of nature while learning more about the life of the Kokanee salmon.  Check out the Regional Parks Kokanee Spawning Interpretive Program’ weekends in Mission Creek Regional Park off Springfield Road and Hardy Falls Regional Park in Peachland. 

Beginning on August 29th, a Parks Interpreter will be on site each weekend until Sunday, September 27th at Hardy Falls Regional Park (off Highway 97 south at Hardy Street in Peachland).  The interpretation program runs each Saturday and Sunday from August 29th until October 4th at Mission Creek Regional Park.  Interpreters will be on site from 12 noon to 4:00 pm at each location.  

Weekday school tours and special presentations for community groups start September 8th and may be booked by donation through the EECO (Environmental Education Centre for the Okanagan).

For more information on this and other EECO and Regional Parks programs visit the Regional District website regionaldistrict.com/parksevents or contact the EECO at 250-469-6140.

(August 25, 2015)

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Keep the 'Wild' in Wildlife

It’s not unusual for visitors to many of our Central Okanagan Regional Parks to come across animals in their natural home. 

And while photos at a safe distance are encouraged, confrontations are not.

With ripening fruit in valley orchards and Okanagan Kokanee salmon spawning expected, more bears will be frequenting regional parks, especially those with corridor connections to the higher elevations. 

Evidence that bears are around is already occurring along the Mission Creek Greenway, in Woodhaven Nature Conservancy, Scenic Canyon and Rose Valley Regional Parks.  Each year, evidence of their presence is also often found in other more natural regional parks like Mission Creek, Hardy Falls, Bertram Creek, Glen Canyon, Johns Family Nature Conservancy, Kalamoir and Mill Creek. 

“This time of year, our field staff and visitors start seeing more signs that bears are around.  As sightings increase, we post signs advising that the animals may be active in the area” says Communications Officer Bruce Smith.

“To reduce your chance of an encounter” he says, “travel in a group if possible, make noise or carry something that makes noise.  Make your presence known.  During the fall fish spawning season in local creeks and rivers visitors may encounter bears bulking up on this food source.  Bears fishing for food may not hear you over the noise of the creek water.   If you see a bear, give it plenty of space and stay well away from it.”

People should respect all bears and anticipate and avoid encounters with them whenever possible.  Bears can be aggressive, especially when defending their food or their cubs.  They also have excellent senses of smell and hearing, and better sight than you might believe.  Dog owners are reminded unless otherwise designated their pets must be leashed and kept on trails at all times.  It’s not only the law, but will help avoid any potentially serious wildlife encounter.

Residents also have a role to play in preventing animal confrontations on their property by keeping any garbage securely stored and wheeling their garbage cart out only on the morning of their regular curbside collection.  That helps to reduce the potential temptation for bears or other wildlife.

Related Information Links:

British Columbia Conservation Foundation WildSafe BC program   https://wildsafebc.com

Ministry of Environment Bear Smart program   www.env.gov.bc.ca/wld/bearsmart/bearsmintro.html

(August 24, 2015)

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Our Planning Staff Wants To Hear From You!

One of the initiatives of our Planning Section for this year is to take a snapshot of customer satisfaction when it comes to Electoral Area and Regional Planning Services.

That's where you come in!  A Customer Satisfaction Survey has been created and we encourage you to take a few minutes to share your thoughts and comments.

There are two ways you can take part.  You are encouraged to complete an online survey or you can pick up a printed copy of the survey at the Planning Section office on the 2nd floor at the RDCO, 1450 KLO Road in Kelowna.  Completed hardcopy surveys can be deposited there.

All surveys must be completed by November 17th.  We appreciate your help!

If you have any questions, please contact our Planning Section staff at planning@cord.bc.ca or 250-469-6227.

(August 19, 2015)

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Regional District Satisfied Judge Determines Dogs Are Dangerous

On August 4, 2015, The Honorable Judge Anne Wallace issued her decision on an application by the Regional District of Central Okanagan (RDCO) for an order that a Pitbull named ‘Buddy’ and a Presa Canario named ‘Jake’ be declared dangerous dogs and euthanized.

The Judge ruled that both dogs are Dangerous dogs as defined by Section 49(10) of the Community Charter. This was based on her finding that the dogs seriously injured a domestic animal, while at large, after an unprovoked attack in Peachland on New Year’s Day 2015. The injuries sustained by a leashed 12-year old Lhasa Apso/Wheaton terrier were serious enough that after consulting with a veterinarian, the dog owner, Jeff Clarke, decided to humanely euthanize the dog.

Judge Wallace determined her options to be: order that the dogs be destroyed, returned to the owner, or exercise her discretion with other alternatives in recent case law. The judge found that ‘Jake’ “is a grave danger to other dogs and will seriously injure or kill them if he is loose”, that “history speaks for itself and ‘Jake’ will attack without provocation.” The Order is that ‘Jake’ be humanely euthanized.

Judge Wallace also determined that ‘Buddy’ while declared dangerous, but without being in the presence of ‘Jake’, can be managed so that a destruction order is not required and that the dog shall be returned to Mr. Panton with conditions.

The dogs will continue to be held while the Regional District seeks clarification from Judge Wallace on the conditional release of ‘Buddy’ to ensure public safety is adequately addressed in the conditions of the release.

The document ‘Reasons for Judgment of the Honourable Judge Wallace’ is available at the following link: Judge Anne Wallace Decision - RDCO v  Panton

(August 5, 2015)

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Funding for Improvements to Killiney Beach Water System Announced

Residents of Central Okanagan will benefit from improved drinking water infrastructure thanks to joint funding from the governments of Canada and British Columbia through the Small Communities Fund.

Funding will be used to upgrade the existing Killiney Beach water system. The project will increase the holding capacity of the upper reservoir by 500 cubic metres through the construction of a new holding cell, and decommission an aging lower reservoir. Also included is the installation of new, more powerful water pumps at the water intake and a new pressure reduction valve; as well as the replacement of 4.9 kilometers of distribution pipes. These improvements will improve water availability, reliability, and quality, as well as firefighting flow rates.

The project announced today is among 55 recently approved in British Columbia that will collectively receive more than $128 million in joint federal-provincial funding under the Small Communities Fund. These projects represent important investments in municipal infrastructure that maintain safe, healthy communities. Once complete, the work will significantly improve key municipal services for residents and help boost regional development.

Through the Small Communities Fund, the governments of Canada and British Columbia are working in partnership to provide funding for priority public infrastructure projects that deliver on local needs in communities across the province that have fewer than 100,000 residents. These investments support job creation and economic growth, thus sustaining a high quality of life in small communities across British Columbia for years to come.

Okanagan Coquihalla MP Dan Albas, on behalf of the Honourable Denis Lebel, Minister of Infrastructure, Communities and Intergovernmental Affairs and Minister of the Economic Development Agency of Canada says, “We are proud to invest in projects like improving the Killiney Beach water system in Central Okanagan that will benefit our community by improving much needed local infrastructure. Our Government’s commitment to municipalities, big and small, has never been stronger. Through the New Building Canada Plan’s Small Communities Fund, we are investing in priority infrastructure projects that have a positive and lasting impact on the quality of life of British Columbia’s residents while helping create jobs and economic growth.”

Premier Christy Clark, MLA for Westside-Kelowna adds, "The Killiney Beach Water System was due for an upgrade. Increasing the capacity of the upper reservoir, installing more powerful water pumps, adding a new pressure reduction valve, and replacing almost five kilometers of piping will provide better quality and more reliable water, including a better flow for firefighting.”

Regional District Chair Gail Given says, “The Regional District of Central Okanagan is extremely grateful for the funding participation of the senior governments in this much needed project.  It will help as we work towards achieving Provincial water quality objectives and RDCO requirements to increase water storage volumes, water pressure and fire flows.  The Killiney Beach water system was built in the early 1980’s and this major infrastructure upgrade will result in a more efficient operation and improved service for current and future customers.”

Quick Facts

  • The Government of Canada will provide up to $950,333 through the Small Communities Fund for the project.
  • The Province of British Columbia will contribute up to $950,333 to this project.
  • The Regional District of Central Okanagan will be responsible for all remaining costs of the project.
  • The total estimated cost for this project is $2,851,000.

The 55 projects approved for funding in British Columbia under the Small Communities Fund so far include 24 drinking water projects, 22 wastewater projects, four major roads projects, two disaster mitigation projects, two brownfield remediation projects and one solid waste management project.

(July 31, 2015)

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New Fire Chief for Joe Rich Department 

A new Fire Chief has been appointed by the Regional District of Central Okanagan to serve residents in the Joe Rich Fire Protection District.

Effective immediately, Ben Wasyliuk will take over the chief’s duties for the paid on-call department.  He’s been a firefighter with the department since 2011, most recently serving as one of its Assistant Chief’s.  The selection committee unanimously recommended his appointment, noting his qualifications, dedication and service to the Joe Rich Fire/Rescue Department and the respect that he’s garnered among residents in the community and department members.

RDCO Fire Services Manager Dan Wildeman says, “With Ben coming from the ranks of the department, there will be continuity in service for the paid-on-call department from those dedicated members who are committed to providing fire protection, fire prevention and medical first response services throughout the community.  We look forward to working with Ben and the other members of the department who continue to serve their neighbours when needed.”

(July 30, 2015)

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New Five Year Collective Agreement

Unionized employees and the Regional District of Central Okanagan have reached agreement on a new five year contract.  Both the Regional Board and the Canadian Union of Public Employees Local 338 Regional District unit have ratified the agreement which was reached after two days of bargaining last month. 

The new agreement runs through December 31st, 2019 and provides a general wage increase of 2% retroactive to January 1st 2015 with annual increases on March 31st in the following years: 2016 – 1.5%, 2017 – 1.5%, 2018 – 2% and 2019 – 1.5%.  The contract also includes some adjustments in language and clarity.

Board Chair Gail Given says, “This agreement is consistent with other local government labour settlements negotiated in our area and provides competitive wages for our employees.  It also ensures important services provided by the Regional District will continue to be delivered across the region.  The new agreement is prudent for taxpayers and is fiscally responsible, falling within the five year financial plan that was approved by the Regional Board in March.” 

“The new agreement balances the needs of CUPE Local 338 and the RDCO,” said Scott Bruce, CUPE 338 Vice President.   CUPE members voted 95 per cent in favour of ratification. The new agreement offers 8.5 per cent increase over 5 years.”

The Regional District unit of CUPE Local 338 has 84 full-time and part-time members.

(July 20, 2015)

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Summer Story Time

Rain or shine, children age three to five and their caregivers are welcome to join us for a twice weekly edition of ‘Summer Story Time’.

It’s a free, drop-in program during July and August that keeps everyone busy for an hour starting at 10:00 am with fun, interactive stories and activities with a mini-nature walk to explore nearby flora and fauna!

Each Tuesday morning we meet under the trees near the playground in Mission Creek Regional Park, Springfield and Durnin Roads in Kelowna.

On Thursday mornings, join us in the pastoral setting of the Gellatly Nut Farm Regional Park, 2375 Whitworth Road (off Gellatly Road) in West Kelowna.

For more information visit the Regional District website regionaldistrict.com/parksevents or contact the EECO staff at 250-469-6140.

(July 7, 2015)

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Decades of Central Okanagan Change Viewable Online

With the swipe of a divider across an online map, you can compare parts of the Central Okanagan in the early 50’s with today. 

Thanks to the latest GIS and other computer technology, some old aerial photographs of many parts of the region have been melded into a new map available through the RDCO website GIS mapping system.

GIS Analyst Dave Orlando says, “Many of these older air map photos taken from the early 50’s through the 90’s were sitting unused and inaccessible.    It took some time to categorize and digitalize the individual map photos, stitching them together as best we could.  Then using today’s GIS technology we created an online map that people can use to view parts of the region dating back to 1951.  By making them accessible to everyone online, we’ve given them a new life.”

Some of the map features relate specifically to special projects that were done over the years like the Highway 97 completion project in Kelowna in 1964 and the shoreline aerial mapping of Okanagan, Kalamalka and Wood Lakes in 1973.

Orlando adds, “We were also able to add some points of interest, depicted by digital push pins on the maps that provide viewers with links to sidebar information and photos which highlight some historical references throughout the region.”  Examples include the old Kelowna Waterfront Aquatic Centre and Okanagan Lake Floating Bridge toll booth.

To assist those viewing the Historical Air Photos map feature, a frequently asked questions section is available.  You can view the new online map at www.regionaldistrict.com/GIS.

(July 2, 2015)

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Campfire Ban in Central Okanagan Regional District

Effective immediately, all campfires are prohibited throughout all Central Okanagan municipalities.  That’s the earliest in recent memory and a week and a half earlier than last year (July 14th).

The ban took effect at noon Friday, July 3rd coincidingwith the similar action announced by the Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations across the Kamloops Fire Centre area within BC Parks, Crown and private lands.  The ban will remain in effect until further notice.

As a result of extremely dry conditions and an extended period of hot, dry weather, local fire chiefs have decided to implement the total ban on campfires within all local government jurisdictions of the Regional District of Central Okanagan, City of West Kelowna, District of Lake Country, District of Peachland and the Central Okanagan East and West Electoral Areas.  Campfires are not permitted at any time within the City of Kelowna. 

Open burning has not been allowed within any jurisdiction of the Regional District and member municipalities since April 30th.

As well, local bylaws prohibit the use of any fireworks at any time throughout most areas of the Central Okanagan.   Use of fireworks in the District of Lake Country and City of West Kelowna must be approved in writing by the Fire Chief.

Violators could receive a fine and be charged the cost of the fire department response to a burning complaint.  Residents are encouraged to report anyone who is illegally burning by calling the Regional Fire Dispatch Centre at 250-469-8577.

Residents are reminded that anytime you see smoke, call 9-1-1 and report it.

(updated July 3, 2015)

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Dog Ambassadors are On the Road Again!

They’re back with watchful eyes trained for dogs on beaches, parks and people-friendly trails and corridors across the Central Okanagan.

But dogs and their owners need not fear.  That’s because the Regional District of Central Okanagan Dog Ambassadors are equipped, not with ticket books, but treats, leashes and information to help dog owners!

Communications Officer Bruce Smith says, “Our Dog Ambassadors were so hugely popular last summer that we’ve brought the program back to provide a positive connection and useful information to reward and promote responsible dog ownership in the Central Okanagan.  They’re not out to enforce any rules.  Instead, they’re there to gently remind dog owners about the Responsible Dog Ownership Bylaw and how to be a respectful neighbour.”

“Our two Dog Ambassadors” Smith says “are a resource for dog-oriented information for both resident and visiting dog owners.  Watch for them in their bright fluorescently coloured shirts.  They’ll be cycling and walking in popular parks, trails and areas where hordes of people gather from Lake Country to Kelowna, West Kelowna and Peachland.”

The dog ambassadors are armed with information on dog beach locations, leashed and off-leash parks as well as local vets, groomers and kennels.  Smith says, “They’re also reminding dog owners about the benefits of licensing their dog, including the My Dog Matters rewards card program.  More than 50 businesses are now participating and offer a variety of services and special discounts to dog owners showing their rewards card.  You can check out the businesses at mydogmatters.ca.”

During the summer months, more Dog Control Officers will be out on patrol.  All dog owners in the Central Okanagan are reminded that they must have a current license or they’ll be subject to a fine of $300 under the Responsible Dog Ownership Bylaw.  There is Zero Tolerance for unlicensed dogs in the Central Okanagan.  Dog owners who fail to pick up after their pet could face a fine of $150. 

There’s plenty of information available about dog licensing and Responsible Dog Ownership in the Central Okanagan.  Check out regionaldistrict.com/dogs for information about the Regional Dog service and what to do if you lose or find a dog.

(June 29, 2015)

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Fire Hazard Warning Signs

Awareness about the fire hazard across the Central Okanagan is being raised by some additions at several regional parks.

New Fire Hazard signs are up at key entrances to Glen Canyon, Rose Valley, Scenic Canyon and Mission Creek Regional Parks. View Photo

Communications Officer Bruce Smith says the new signs are installed in the new look information kiosks that have been built in these parks.   “Our goal is to raise awareness for our park visitors as they enter our parks about the fire hazard danger rating.   It helps to reinforce that fires, smoking and campfires are not allowed at any time in our Regional Parks and that people should be very careful especially at this time of year.”

Smith adds, “As we install our new information kiosks in other regional parks, we’ll be adding the fire hazard warning signs.   Our plan is to take the fire hazard signs down each fall, when the threat of fire drops and put them back in place at the start of the next fire season.  That way the signs will hopefully stand out more and people will pay more attention to them.”

(June 25, 2015)

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'Take a Hike'

You’re invited to take part a series of interpretive hikes in different Central Okanagan Regional Parks.

While there’s no cost to join in the guided ‘Take a Hike’ program, please pre-register at the Environmental Education Centre for the Okanagan by emailing eeco@cord.bc.ca or call 250-469-6139.   All outings begin at 9:00 am.  Participants are encouraged to wear appropriate clothing, footwear and bring their own water and snack for these two to three hour outings.

  • Saturday, August 29th – our park interpreter will take you on a bit of a history lesson as we travel along the Trepanier Creek Greenway Regional Park.  There’s great wildlife viewing potential along the trail and find out about electricity role played by the creek for the District of Peachland.  This hike is rated moderate.  We’ll meet at the parking area off Trepanier Road and the Highway 97-C Okanagan Connector off ramps.

For more information on our other hikes or any of our Regional Parks programs visit the Regional District website regionaldistrict.com/parksevents or contact the EECO staff at 250-469-6140 or email eeco@cord.bc.ca.

(June 22, 2015)

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Mission Creek Greenway Trail Extension Underway

Work is underway to extend the Mission Creek Greenway upstream from KLO Creek.

Earlier this month, construction began on a new bridge that will cross KLO Creek.  Next month, it’s anticipated that crews will begin building on a new trail, extending the existing Mission Creek Greenway recreational trail by another 1.7-kilometers along KLO Creek.

Along this new section, trail users will find excellent views of Layercake Mountain and the unique geological features in Gallagher’s Canyon.

It’s expected the trail will be complete and ready for public use this October.  Until then, park visitors are asked for their safety and that of the workers involved, to stay out of this closed area.   View Map

The new bridge and trail extension were announced last year.   The Friends of Mission Creek Society are funding this project with $223,000 that was raised through individual and corporate donations.

The Friends of Mission Creek Society was formed in 1996 with a goal to create a trail along Mission Creek. In 1997, Phase 1 of the Greenway opened with 7.5 km leading from Lakeshore Rd to Mission Creek Regional Park. Phase 2 added 8.5 km of trail upstream from Mission Creek Regional Park to Scenic Canyon Regional Park in 2005.

For more information about the Friends of Mission Creek Society, visit the website www.greenway.kelowna.bc.ca

For more information about Regional Parks, visit www.regionaldistrict.com/parks.

(June 17, 2015)

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Are you ready to 'Grab and Go'?

If an emergency official was on your doorstep and told you that you had 15 minutes to leave your home, would your family be ready?  Or would you be scrambling through your house grabbing anything within reach?

This scenario has been a real one for thousands of Central Okanagan families as a result of previous emergencies.  For those who prepared ‘Grab and Go’ kits in advance, it was easier than it was for those families that didn’t.

The Central Okanagan’s Regional Emergency Program Coordinator says preparing in advance, helps to reduce the stress that happens when an evacuation order is issued and for their safety residents are asked to leave their homes.

Deputy Kelowna Fire Chief Travis Whiting adds, “By taking a few simple steps now, when you and your family are not under the pressure of the clock, you can better prepare to face a range of emergencies, anytime, anywhere.  You should be ready to cope on your own for at least the first 72 hours of an emergency, while first responders and rescue workers fight the immediate threats and help those in urgent need.”

A ‘Grab and Go’ kit should be easy to carry and contain important documents, medications, personal equipment and medications and basic personal needs for each member of your family.

Whiting says, “Canned or dried food and at least two litres of water per person per day should be a part of your emergency kit.   It’s a good idea to replace these items with fresh stock at least once a year.”

This is a good time for all Central Okanagan residents to review and revise their family emergency plans or if you don’t have a plan, get your family together to make one.”

Whiting reminds residents that the Regional Emergency Program website www.cordemergency.ca has a Be Prepared section with links to useful information to help your family prepare for any number of emergencies that could impact you.  You can also subscribe to receive email information updates whenever the EOC is activated.  Subscribers receive real time notices whenever any new information is released from the Emergency Operation Centre including detailed maps showing areas under evacuation alerts and orders.

The cordemergency.ca website also has links to the wealth of emergency planning information available through the provincial Emergency Management BC and federal GetPrepared.ca programs.  A selection of emergency preparedness pamphlets is available at the Regional District of Central Okanagan office (1450 KLO Road in Kelowna) and the main Kelowna Fire Hall (2255 Enterprise Way).

In the event of an emergency and activation of the Central Okanagan Emergency Operation Centre (EOC), the latest information will be available online at the EOC Public Information website www.cordemergency.ca and via Facebook (www.facebook.com/CORDEmergency) and Twitter (https://twitter.com/CO_Emerg).   

(June 11, 2015)

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Stage 2 Water Restrictions - June 16th to September 15th

The annual introduction of Stage 2 Water Restrictions starts next week for customers of the six water systems operated by the Regional District of Central Okanagan.

Each year, from June 16th to September 15th (unless other restrictions are in place) Stage 2 water restrictions are in effect for customers of the Star Place, Falcon Ridge, Killiney Beach, Sunset Ranch, Upper Fintry-Shalal Road-Valley of the Sun and Westshore water systems.  That restricts outdoor watering to two days each week. RDCO water customers with even number addresses may irrigate outdoors on Saturday and Tuesday while those with odd addresses may only water outside on Sunday and Wednesday.

Under the Regional District Water Bylaw, customers with an automated irrigation system may only water if needed on their allotted day between midnight and 6:00 am, while people with manual outdoor irrigation must restrict their watering if needed,  to between 6:00 am and 11:00 am and 6:00 pm and midnight on their respective irrigation day.  If you don’t need to water outdoors on your allotted day or time period, please do not waste water.

Between September 16th and June 15th – Stage 1 Restrictions are in place allowing customers to water outdoors on alternating days.    Those with even-numbered addresses may irrigate on even numbered calendar days and customers with odd-numbered addresses may water outdoors on odd number days.

By following the outdoor water use restrictions that are in effect all year, residents help ensure reservoirs are replenished and there’s an adequate water supply.

The Regional District water systems provide service to almost 900 connections in the following areas: Killiney Beach, Westshore Estates, Falcon Ridge, Sunset Ranch, Upper Fintry-Shalal Road-Valley of the Sun and Star Place.

For more tips on water conservation inside and outside your home, visit the Regional District Water System webpage at regionaldistrict.com/water.

Customers may also sign up there to receive email notifications of any water advisories or special maintenance works affecting their water system.

(June 10, 2015)

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Help Stamp Out Illegal Dumping 

The recent illegal dumping of an old camper above Ellison has irked outdoor enthusiasts,  sent Regional District staff scurrying to deal with it, and has a community minded business kicking in resources to get it gone. All because of one individuals’ thoughtless disregard for our environment.

Waste Reduction Facilitator Rae Stewart with the Regional District says their office only recently learned of the abandoned camper on Postill Lake Road above Ellison through a forum about it on the internet. “It’s a beautiful wilderness corridor that’s heavily frequented by outdoor groups and nature enthusiasts, so for someone to sully it with their garbage is a real travesty. And the longer the camper sits there, the worse the problem becomes. Unfortunately, garbage begets more garbage. Some people see a pile and think they can just add to it!”

Stewarts adds thanks to the generous support of Mario’s Towing in Kelowna, the abandoned camper will be hauled to the Glenmore landfill and disposed of properly later this week. “Mario’s is offering their services for the day, and we hugely appreciate their support. This kind of removal job will require heavy equipment, and plenty of manpower to get it gone.  It’s just so frustrating that such a careless act has led to this.”

According to Stewart, illegal dumping is sadly all too common and can take many different forms, an abandoned vehicle, bush party leftovers, even someone inappropriately dumping yard waste.  “In every case, something’s being dumped where it doesn’t belong. Not only is it an ugly blight on nature, but the mess left behind can also create wildfire and other environmental hazards, not to mention endangering wildlife. Plus it’s immensely costly to clean up, most often at tax payer’s expense!”

With the help of the general public, the Waste Reduction Office has tracked illegal dump sites over the past decade, and the results are discouraging, with many new sites popping up every year after the snow melts. “There are definitely a number of hot spots in our region that get hit by chronic dumping and require regular clean up.” 

Stewart adds “When you consider the time and gas it takes to drive out into the bush as well as vehicle wear and tear, illegal dumping is completely senseless.  We have many options in our community for the proper disposal of waste, many of which are low cost and some are free.”

It’s time to fight back against illegal dumping.  If you find any dump sites or littering while out enjoying our local natural areas here are some things you can do.  Start by filling in an online report form at:  www.regionaldistrict.com/reportillegaldumping or call the Regional Waste Reduction Office at 250-469-6250. Be sure to include:

  • a detailed description of the area (or GPS coordinates) for the illegal dump site
  • the size of the dump site
  • the type of items that were dumped
  • information on how we can contact you (all information will remain confidential)

The Regional Waste Reduction Office will supply any groups interested in cleaning up their community with bags and gloves to support their efforts, and will arrange for the collection and disposal of the garbage collected.

(June 3, 2015)

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Climate Action Annual Report

Through the participation in the Climate Action Revenue Incentive Program (CARIP) the Regional District of Central Okanagan publicly shares the accompanying CARIP Progress Reports each year.

The reports details actions taken during 2014 and proposed actions for 2015 related to the Regional District's effort to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

(June 1, 2015)

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New Trail to Expand Access at Shannon Lake Regional Park

Construction of a new accessible trail is anticipated this summer in Shannon Lake Regional Park. 

The trail is possible thanks to a $50,000 grant from the Government of Canada’s Enabling Accessibility Fund which helps thousands of Canadians to eliminate barriers and gain better access to facilities in their communities.

The new paved trail will improve access to the park for visitors in wheelchairs from the Shannon Lake Road parking area to a new floating fishing dock on Shannon Lake.  It substantially upgrades the existing gravel trail that leads to the washroom building in the park and will see a new paved trail from the washrooms to the shoreline dock.  View Design Images

The Regional District is contributing $15,700 towards the improvements to the park and the trail project.

Over the next few weeks, it’s also anticipated that the new accessible floating dock will be installed.  The T-shaped structure will extend approximately 48-feet into Shannon Lake with safety handrails along the main span ending with a six foot wide and 32-foot long fishing platform across the end.  The Freshwater Fisheries Society of BC in partnership with the Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations and their funding partner, Habitat Conservation Trust Foundation are proudly donating the $15,000 structure.  New Wave Docks Ltd. and the Peachland Sportsmen’s Association will install the dock and a transition ramp from the shoreline.

For more information about Regional Parks and programs visit the Regional District website regionaldistrict.com/parks.

(May 20, 2015)

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Westside Regional Wastewater Plant Biosolids

The Regional District of Central Okanagan is aware of the ongoing peaceful protest along Highway 8 in the Merritt area. 

For the second time since the information protest began yesterday, a truck hauling biosolids from the Westside Regional Wastewater Treatment Plant has voluntarily turned back and not delivered its load to the approved BioCentral composting facility in a rural area west of Merritt. 

The Regional District is one of the suppliers to the composting facility and since October 1st last year has been sending approximately 100 wet tonnes of biosolids each week from the Westside plant to be further treated and composted under the BC Organic Matter Recycling Regulation for Class A land application. 

In light of the current situation, the Regional District will temporarily send biosolids from its wastewater treatment facility to an approved, active land application site with its previous supplier in the rural area outside of Clinton.

The Regional District is committed to working with its suppliers and partners and remains optimistic this situation can be successfully resolved.

(March 11, 2015)

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Document Download Problems? 

Recently the Regional District has become aware of periodic problems regarding the inability of some users of our website to open Adobe PDF documents that had been previously accessible.  They've received an error notice saying that the document they were trying to open is not available. 

We understand that the problem has been caused by a recent Microsoft Internet Explorer Security update.  This update on the user's computer has broken the ability of the Adobe Acrobat Reader program to open and access previously downloadable PDF documents in Internet Explorer. 

Should this problem occur on your computer system, please download and install the latest free version of Adobe Acrobat Reader.  You can find this by following this link:  http://www.adobe.com/products/acrobat/readstep2.html or by clicking on the Adobe Reader icon on the bottom right corner on each page of our website. 

We thank you for your patience and appreciate your continued support of the Regional District of Central Okanagan website. 

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Regional District of Central Okanagan | 1450 KLO Road | Kelowna, BC V1W 3Z4
Ph: 250-763-4918 | Fax: 250-763-0606 | Email: info@cord.bc.ca
Hours: Monday – Friday 8:00 am – 4:00 pm (Closed Holidays)