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Climate Adaptation Strategy Strengthens Future Resilience of Okanagan Agriculture

An increase in hotter and drier summers, insect and disease pressures, and extreme weather events are some of the impacts of climate change that are expected to affect agriculture in the Okanagan. A new adaptation plan outlines the priority impact areas and a series of strategies to strengthen the resilience of the Okanagan agriculture sector in a changing climate.

The BC Agriculture and Food Climate Action Initiative (CAI) brought agricultural producers together with local governments and provincial agencies to identify collaborative solutions and actions to adapt to the challenges facing the sector.

“Agricultural producers in the Okanagan need to be aware of the potential impacts of climate change and start planning for the future,” says Erin Carlson, who represents the BC Cherry Association on the Climate Adaptation Advisory Committee. “This strategy is an important starting point. It has brought focus to the discussion and resources necessary to start moving plans into action.”

The implementation of priority actions will be supported by a $300,000 investment from the federal and provincial governments through Growing Forward 2, a federal-provincial-territorial initiative.  Climate adaptation programming is part of the BC Ministry of Agriculture’s ongoing commitment to climate change adaptation in the agriculture sector, while enhancing sustainability, growth, and competitiveness. These investments help achieve the federal government's goal to encourage the agriculture and agri-food sector’s leadership in job creation and innovation.

Climate models show a strong warming trend for the Okanagan, particularly in the summer. Precipitation is expected to decrease in the summer, and increase in the winter, with a marked decrease in the amount falling as snow. Extreme weather events are also expected to become more frequent and more severe. Changes to temperature and precipitation patterns will impact river systems, resulting in less predictability and increased variability in the timing and volume of water flows. Warmer temperatures and higher rates of evapotranspiration will increase demand for irrigation and put pressure on water storage.

“For growers, these changes could have a significant impact on crop yields and quality, as well as increasing the cost of securing the water needed for production,” says Carlson. “We need to be prepared to manage the risks of shifting weather patterns and extreme weather events, as they have the potential to be devastating for the fruit crops that our region is known for.”

Regional District of Central Okanagan Chair Gail Given says “The collaboration on this important work shows how much can be accomplished by working together.  We’re very excited to be a part of this opportunity.   It will support and complement our Regional Growth Strategy while addressing related initiatives like water supply and management, wildfire preparedness and invasive pests and species.” 

The Okanagan Regional Adaptation Strategies report identifies four priority impact areas:

1.   Warmer and drier summer conditions – strategies and actions have been identified to support the sector to prepare for, and respond to drought conditions, as well as maximizing conservation and efficiency in agricultural water management.

2.   Changes to pest populations (insects, diseases, weeds and invasive species) – strategies and actions have been identified to support integrated and cross-sector approaches to pest monitoring and management, as well as enhancing informational resources about pests and climate change.

3.   Increase in extreme precipitation events - strategies and actions have been identified to improve knowledge transfer and resources to address runoff and erosion, and to enhance riparian areas.

4.   Increasing wildfire risk - strategies and actions have been identified to enhance tools and resources for wildfire preparedness and mitigation.

As the action plan is implemented, project results will be shared with the intent of bringing new information, resources, tools and practices into use across the province.

The BC Agriculture and Food Climate Action Initiative was established by the BC Agriculture Council in 2008, and is led by an advisory committee of agricultural producers, food processors and representatives from various government agencies. The Initiative has been supported by the Investment Agriculture Foundation of BC with funding provided by Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada and the BC Ministry of Agriculture through Growing Forward 2, a federal-provincial- territorial initiative.

(July 25, 2016)

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Second Round of Curbside Mosquito Control Treatment

The curbside catch basin battle against mosquitoes resumes next week in many neighbourhoods across the Central Okanagan. 

Weather permitting from Monday July 25th through Friday, July 29th, crew members driving four scooters and a Chevy pickup will be stopping at every roadside catch basin in the City of Kelowna, District of Lake Country, District of Peachland, a portion of West Kelowna Estates in the City of West Kelowna and the Sunset Ranch community in the Central Okanagan East Electoral Area.   They’ll drop water soluble pouches containing pellets of an environmentally approved mosquito larvicide into the catch basin.

Approximately 10,000 roadside catch basins will be treated for the second time in as many months as these areas participate in funding the Regional District of Central Okanagan Mosquito Control Program.

If you’d like to know more about this program and how you can help reduce mosquito breeding sites around your property, visit www.regionaldistrict.com/mosquitoes.

(July 20, 2016)

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Discovery Backpacks

Stop by the Environmental Education Centre for the Okanagan in Mission Creek Regional Park and sign out a ‘Discovery Backpack’.  The EECO is open Tuesday through Sunday. 

Inside you’ll find everything you need to do your own pond study or nature walk in the regional park at Springfield and Durnin Roads.  The Discovery Backpacks’ are a great way to get every member of your family actively involved in learning about our natural surroundings.

For more information visit the Regional District website regionaldistrict.com/parks or contact the EECO staff at eeco@cord.bc.ca or call 250-469-6140.

(July 18, 2016)

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Visitors Share Regional Parks Experience

People visiting Regional Parks in the Central Okanagan are being asked to share information about their experience.

Regional Parks Services has launched a multi-year program to survey visitors.  Between now and mid-September visitors to Mission Creek, Kaloya and Gellatly Nut Farm Regional Parks may be approached by Parks Services staff asking them to participate in a short Visitor Use Survey.

Communications Officer Bruce Smith says, “It shouldn’t take any more than 15 minutes to complete.  We want to gauge and document park users’ satisfaction while receiving useful information about how people feel about the various activities, events and programs offered throughout their Regional Parks.”

During the survey engagement, participants will have the opportunity to receive maps and additional information about Regional Park activities and events.

Each year, surveys will be done in approximately four parks, revisiting those same parks every four years.   Smith adds “In order to understand how people use and think about our natural area parks, we need to engage with those visiting their Regional Parks.  The surveys provide us with a personal connection to park customers and an understanding of why, how and when parks are used.   The more data visitors provide from future surveys, the more it’ll help us evaluate our service performance and the ability to deliver a better park system: one that reflects the needs and desires of those using the Regional Parks that belong to everyone in the Central Okanagan.”

The survey program was developed in a partnership with the Capital Regional District Regional Parks program.  The answers given by visitors to some standardized questions in the survey will help with comparisons between the two organizations and provide a deeper understanding toward service delivery and overall trends within the parks industry.

There are currently 30 Regional Parks encompassing almost 2,000 hectares in the Central Okanagan.  The two main goals of the Regional Parks Service include delivering quality passive recreational opportunities and conservation of natural areas for future generations.  More information is available by visiting www.regionaldistrict.com/parks; emailing parks@cord.bc.ca or calling 250-469-6232.

(July 14, 2016)

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Injured Eagle Rescued by Firefighters

It’s not a cat up a tree, or dog caught in a culvert, but members of North Westside Fire Rescue soared to a new height last evening by rescuing a downed bird of prey.

The department was called by a resident concerned about an injured bald eagle near the Killiney Beach subdivision.

Four members of the department suited up and headed out to investigate.  On arrival, they realized that much of their fire suppression and medical response training wouldn’t be very helpful in dealing with the bird of prey, so they contacted an expert for some advice.

Under the direction of Wise Wildlife Control Services in Vernon, the fire crew used blankets to herd the eagle into an area where they could safely corral and capture it without causing any additional harm.   They got the bird into a large dog crate and safely transported it back to the Killiney Beach main fire hall. 

Arrangements were then made with the South Okanagan Owl Rehabilitation Centre to pick up the eagle and take it there for treatment and recovery.   Once regaining its health, it’s hoped the eagle can be returned to the area for release.

(July 7, 2016)

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Convenient Paperless Utility Billing Now Available

The Regional District of Central Okanagan is offering customers the option of having their utility bills delivered electronically.

Property owners in the Central Okanagan East and Central Okanagan West Electoral Areas will be receiving a letter and authorization form with their next utility bill.  By completing the information and returning the form, they’ll receive future invoices directly to their email inbox, rather than through regular mail.  For those who wish to save paper and a stamp, they can fill out an online authorization form available at www.regionaldistrict.com/paperlessbill.

Communications Officer Bruce Smith says, “This new paperless e-billing delivery is certainly more convenient for our customers and helps the environment by generating less paper.  And for those seasonal residents or snowbirds who may head out of the area for extended periods of time, electronic delivery will ensure they receive their billing notice so that they can pay by the due date and won’t be subject to any late payment penalties.”

Smith adds, “By offering a more convenient paperless invoice delivery, we’ll see cost savings through reduced mailing costs.”

If they wish, customers who choose not to take advantage of the email utility invoice option will continue to receive a paper invoice through the mail.

The Regional District invoices its utility customers four times a year.  This includes customers of the six water systems operated by the Regional District; customers of the sewer system that services the Sunset Ranch strata communities and those receiving garbage and recycling services from the RDCO.

Central Okanagan East and West Electoral Area property owners have an incentive to keep their utility billing account balance paid on time.   A four per cent late payment fee (compounded quarterly at 16.99% per year) is assessed on all outstanding balances not paid by the quarterly due date.   This helps reduce the number of customer utility accounts that are in arrears, requiring additional costs for mailing late payment reminder notices.

Payments can be made by direct withdrawal, by mail, in person at the RDCO office or any Financial Institution or they can be made securely and conveniently online at: www.regionaldstrict.com/payments.  Customers can also access their account information there.

Any utility accounts that aren’t paid by December 15th will be transferred for collection on the next year’s tax roll as arrears of taxes and will be charged interest at the rate authorized by the Local Government Act.  Payments must be received by December 15th to ensure adequate processing prior to the end of the calendar year.

For more information or to have questions answered please contact the RDCO Finance Services staff at 250-469-6239 or email utilities@cord.bc.ca.

(July 7, 2016)

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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 starting at 10:00 am with an hour of fun, interactive stories and activities and 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.

(June 30, 2016)

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Fun Zones in Lake Country

Our Regional Parks staff wants to have some Friday fun with you this summer.  That’s why they’re gearing up for the Park Fun Zones program. 

Here’s where you can catch up with them between 10:00 am and 1:00 pm for games and activities in two of our Regional Parks in the District of Lake Country!

For more information please visit regionaldistrict.com/parks, check out ‘Your Guide to Regional Parks’ or contact the Environmental Education Centre for the Okanagan at 250-469-6140.

(June 30, 2016)

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Roll and Stroll Each Thursday Morning

Our newest weekly walking club is underway for moms and caregivers with babies and little ones.

‘Roll and Stroll’ sees parents meeting other parents while spending time active and outdoors in a family and baby-friendly environment.  The program runs every Thursday morning at 9:30 am until July 28th.   

Meet at the Environmental Education Centre for the Okanagan (EECO) in Mission Creek Regional Park (Springfield and Durnin Roads) and set out for a 45 minute walk through the park and along the Mission Creek Greenway.  Everyone returns to the EECO for refreshments and some baby basics.   Participants are encouraged to use strollers and baby carriers that are suitable for rough terrain.

The program is free, but registration is required by calling the EECO at 250-469-6139 or email eeco@cord.bc.ca.

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

(June 30, 2016)

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Dog Owners Best Friends are Back!

You can’t miss their bright, florescent coloured shirts as they check out the popular people and dog hot spots across the Central Okanagan.

The hugely popular Regional District Dog Ambassadors are back for the summer season visiting local beaches, parks and multi-use recreational corridors from Lake Country to Peachland.

They’re on the lookout for dogs and their owners to provide information and resources specially designed for them.

Communications Officer Bruce Smith says “Our Dog Ambassadors have treats, leashes and dog-related information to help dog owners.   They’ve been extremely popular over the past two summers because they make a positive connection to promote the principles supported by the Responsible Dog Ownership Bylaw.  They’re out as an information resource for dog owners.   They don’t hand out tickets.”

Smith adds, “We’re a hot spot for visitors during the summer months and many of those bring their dogs.   Our Dog Ambassadors are there to help them with questions they might have about dogs and dog matters in the Central Okanagan to ensure everyone has a great visit and they don’t unknowingly violate the rules for dogs in our region.”

The Dog Ambassadors will be cycling and walking in popular parks, trails and areas, anywhere large numbers of people gather from Lake Country to Kelowna, West Kelowna and Peachland.

They’re are armed with information on dog beach locations, leashed and off-leash parks as well as local vets, groomers and kennels.

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.  If you lose or find a dog, please contact the Regional Dog Pound as soon as possible so that we can help reunite the dog and its owner. (250-469-6284 or info-dogcontrol@cord.bc.ca

Everything you need to know about dog licensing and Responsible Dog Ownership in the Central Okanagan can be found at regionaldistrict.com/dogs.

(June 21, 2016)

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New North Westside Fire Rescue Chief Confirmed

The Regional District of Central Okanagan confirms the appointment of a new chief for North Westside Fire Rescue.

Jason Satterthwaite’s appointment comes three months after he took on the duties as Acting Chief on an interim basis following the departure of Doug Gardiner in late February for a position with the Fraser Valley Regional District.

Satterthwaite was the Deputy Chief of the department since 2014 and played a major role in the North Westside response and resource deployment last summer during the Shelter Cove/Westside Road wildfire.  He’s been a member of the department since 2006.

Community Services Director Chris Radford says “Jason’s extremely well respected by all members of the department and throughout communities served within the North Westside Fire Protection Area.  He’s dedicated to the job and brings continuity in leadership that’s very important to members of the paid-on-call fire department as they remain committed to serving their neighbours in need during fire emergencies and calls for medical first response.”

The Regional District of Central Okanagan is responsible for fire protection and suppression services provided through four paid-on-call departments in the Ellison, Joe Rich, North Westside and Wilson’s Landing communities within the Central Okanagan East and Central Okanagan West electoral areas.  Each department provides services specifically for its fire protection area and is funded by property owners living within the fire department jurisdiction.

To learn more about RDCO Fire Protection Services and each department visit www.regionaldistrict.com/your-services/fire-protection.aspx

(June 20, 2016)

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There's A Trail for Everyone!

The Regional District is making it easier for people to get out and enjoy trails through our Regional Parks.

Seven of the parks now have designated trails marked with names and rating signs so that visitors can see a degree of difficulty on a particular trail.  There are also trail profiles provided giving a visual snapshot of elevation changes and other features over the length of these designated trails.

Communications Officer Bruce Smith says, “In our Guide to Regional Parks, we’ve always provided a simple rating system for many of our outings in the ‘Take a Hike’ and ‘Explore Your Parks’ programs.   But with a grant from the BC Community Recreation Program dedicated to improving trail signage and the visitor experience in our parks, we’ve been gradually rolling out a uniform trail naming/rating system along with trail profile information.  So a visitor can determine before starting their hike, whether the trail experience will match or perhaps challenge their ability.”

Green circles suggest a very easy/easy outing.  Blue squares provide a more moderate experience, while black diamonds indicate a more difficult or very difficult trail over steep, variable terrain with more obstacles and little maintenance.

Smith adds “Designated trails in Glen Canyon, Kalamoir, Rose Valley, Trepanier Creek Greenway, Johns Family Nature Conservancy, the Mission Creek Greenway and Mission Creek Regional Park all have trail name and rating signage in place.  The ratings are based mainly on slope and distance and provide visitors with a consistency across our park system.  The experience on one trail in one park should be the same with a similarly rated trail in another.”

Trail ratings and profile information is available at information kiosks in these parks as well as for individual park webpages online www.regionaldistrict.com/pickapark.  Smith says, “We’ve created some information pages to help explain our trail rating and profile system.  In addition, all our online park trail maps are GPS-enabled.  That means you can use your smartphone or tablet’s internal global positioning system to enhance your experience and navigate our parks and trails.”

Smith says “We’re also very excited about a unique relationship involving our Regional Parks staff and local First Nations.  Park visitors will notice recognition of the syilx/Okanagan culture with the new trail name signs.  We’ve been collaborating for some time now with cultural services staff at Westbank First Nation and Sncəwips Heritage Museum to develop and translate trail names in both English and the Okanagan nsyilxcǝn language.  We’re also starting to install interpretive panels in these areas to further explain the cultural and historical significance of the name in order to raise awareness and provide some context for this important aspect of life in the Central Okanagan.” 

For many years, the Regional District has promoted barrier-free access to its regional parks encouraging opportunities for everyone to get out and explore regional parks.  With the excellent volunteers of CRIS - the Community Recreational Initiatives Society – the Regional Parks system is open to people of all abilities. Contact CRIS www.adaptiveadventures.ca to join in on any Parks Services program.

(June 17, 2016)

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Stage 2 Outdoor Watering Restrictions Return

Stage 2 Water Restrictions begin this Thursday 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.  Stage 2 means outdoor watering is restricted for residents on those six systems 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 Systems Regulations Bylaw No. 1370, customers with an automated irrigation system may only water on their allotted day between midnight and 6:00 am, while those with manual outdoor irrigation must restrict their watering on their respective irrigation day to between 6:00 am and 11:00 am and 6:00 pm and midnight.  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.  They’re reminded that new metered consumption rates have been in effect since January 1st. 

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 14, 2016)

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Applications Welcome for Advisory Commission Members

If you live within the Regional District of Central Okanagan Electoral Areas and are interested in future development in your community, the Regional District would like to hear from you.

Communications Officer Bruce Smith says “We’re currently looking for volunteer members to serve on the Agricultural Advisory Commission and Environmental Advisory Commission.”

He adds, “Each group works with our Planning staff to advise the Regional Board by reviewing appropriate development applications within the Electoral Areas for potential impacts on agriculture and environmental sustainability.”

Members of each Advisory Commission will be selected on the basis of their demonstrated interest and participation in community matters, academic and/or technical qualifications, availability, work experience, knowledge, professional expertise, and land use planning.

Information about each of these Advisory Commissions is available online by visiting regionaldistrict.com/advisorycommissions or by contacting the Regional District Community Services Planning Section by email at planning@cord.bc.ca or by calling 250-469-6227. 

There’s a convenient link to an online form that can be completed and submitted on the Regional District website.   Forms may also be downloaded, completed and dropped off in person or by mail.

(June 13, 2016)

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Regional Floodplain Management Plan Being Developed

Work is underway to develop a plan to better understand the risks and what can be done to reduce potential damage from flooding in the Central Okanagan.

The Regional Board has heard from the consultant who prepared the first phase report of the Regional Floodplain Management Plan which has identified and prioritized the criteria for further study of flood hazard areas.   Among the findings, the report identifies that only a few floodplain maps have been completed (Peachland to West Kelowna, Mission Creek and Mill Creek) and only five watercourses have permanent emergency flood protection infrastructure.  As well, based on available climate change research, the report says the magnitude of extreme peak flows is projected to increase which could cause an increase in flood and natural hazards within the region.

The Regional District hopes to begin the second phase of the Floodplain Management Plan later this year. This includes assessing the flood hazard and risk in identified high priority areas.  It’s proposed the third and final phase of the plan will further develop and expand upon existing flood risk mitigation strategies for the Central Okanagan.

Regional District Chair Gail Given says, “The overall goal of the project is to reduce the risk of flooding while improving emergency response and increasing various aspects of preparedness of potential flooding that may be due in part to climate change.  When complete, the plan will be extremely useful for planning staff in every local government and First Nation; will be an important component of our region’s excellent Emergency Response Flood Plan and may provide some suggestions that will help guide future flood protection infrastructure work projects.”

Funding for Phase one and Phase two of the plan has been provided through two grants from the Okanagan Basin Water Board Water Conservation and Quality Improvement Grant Program (Phase 1 - $20,000 / Phase 2 - $25,000), the Federal Gas Tax Fund and the Regional District.

Information on the project and plan can be viewed at /your-services/planning-section/projects.aspx

(June 10, 2016)

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Remove Mosquito Hang-outs

Central Okanagan residents are encouraged to help join the fight against the bite by removing potential places for mosquitoes to hang out around their properties.

Since mid-March, crews have been out monitoring and treating mosquito larvae in known breeding locations across the region.

Communications Officer Bruce Smith says, “It’s easy for people to disrupt potential mosquito breeding sites around their property. Start by removing any standing water sources and unused items that collect water such as old tires.  It doesn’t take much water to provide the right environment for mosquitoes.  Rain barrels should be covered with a screen to prevent mosquitoes from laying their eggs in the water.  As well, drain standing water from containers under plant pots or in garbage cans.  Change the water in birdbaths, wading pools and pet bowls at least twice a week.  And remove any water that gathers in unused swimming pools and on swimming pool covers and aerate water in ponds or add fish that will feed on mosquito larvae.”

Under contract with the Regional District, D.G. Regan and Associates Ltd. conducts all larval mosquito control within these participating areas of the Regional District.  President Curtis Fediuk says, “Warm and unseasonable weather conditions this season resulted in an early onset to larval mosquito development again in 2016.    Field crews have been surveying, monitoring and treating developing larval mosquito populations since the third week of March.    Larval mosquitos are controlled using the biological control product VectoBac 200G which contains the bacterium Bacillus thuringiensis var. israelensis.  Used safely since 1982 this product has no effect on non-target organisms including other insects, fish, birds, amphibians, reptiles and mammals.”

He adds ”Although the program provides for regular surveying and treatment of known mosquito habitats, the program will not eliminate the local mosquito population and residents and visitors should expect to encounter adult mosquitos at some time during the season and in some places.  Residents can contribute to their control program by reducing or eliminating standing water on their properties, installing bird or bat houses and they can protect themselves from annoyance by using approved repellants, window screens, wearing loose fitting light coloured clothing and by minimizing activities near treed and bush areas at dusk and dawn where adult mosquitos prefer to rest.”  This monitoring and treatment is being done in almost 200 known surface water habitats as well as over 9,000 roadside catch basins in the participating areas.

Residents in the participating areas of the program (City of Kelowna, District of Lake Country, District of Peachland, Central Okanagan East and a small section of West Kelowna Estates in the City of West Kelowna) can report mosquito concerns by calling D. G. Regan and Associates Ltd at 1-800-681-3472 or go to regionaldistrict.com/mosquitoes and fill out an online form.

Learn how you and your family can fight back and protect against mosquitoes by checking out the resources available on the Mosquito Control page on the Regional District website regionaldistrict.com/mosquitoes.

(June 2, 2016)

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Climate Action Annual Reports

Through its participation in the Climate Action Revenue Incentive Program (CARIP) the Regional District publicly shares the accompanying CARIP reports each year.

The report details actions taken during 2015 and proposed actions for 2016 related to the Regional District effort to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

(May 20, 2016)

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All Alarm Systems Must Be Registered

Since late last year, a new Security Alarm Systems Bylaw has been in place across the Central Okanagan.

It replaces the bylaw that was created just over ten years ago for the False Alarm Reduction program

The new bylaw (No. 1382) is more user-friendly and readable and simplifies definitions in order to improve compliance and registration of business and residential alarm systems.  

Annual fees for renewing or registering a new alarm system remain $10 for residential systems and $15 for commercial alarms although some penalties are increasing for unregistered alarm systems.  

All alarm systems in the Central Okanagan including non-monitored, must be registered.

The False Alarm Reduction Program works with all alarm system owners, including alarm companies, and has been successful in significantly reducing the number of false alarms that result in a police response.   By being a part of the solution, alarm owners help police deploy their resources where they are really needed for the benefit of all residents in the Central Okanagan.

If you have an alarm system, whether home, business or monitored by an alarm company, you'll find some great information pamphlets to help you get the most from your system.   Visit www.regionaldistrict.com/alarms for details and information on how to register your alarm system.

(May 17, 2016)

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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. 

For information or queries about our website please contact:  webmaster@cord.bc.ca 

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