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Geology Hikes

Are you adventurous at heart and ready for a challenge? Have you ever been curious about the rocks and hills of the Okanagan? Here’s your chance to get up close and personal with our rocks, minerals, landscape features, and more! Discover the geology of the Okanagan with a Park Interpreter! 

This 3-hour hike will explore rugged terrain and is suitable for ages 12 and up.  Registration is required and hiking footwear recommended. Rain or shine.

  • Scenic Canyon Regional Park – Field Road entrance
    • Evening hikes on Thursday, July 11th and 18th and August 1st and 15th from 5:30 – 8:30 pm
    • Morning hikes on Saturday, August 3rd 10:00 am – 1:00 pm and Saturday, August 10th from 9:00 am to noon

For more information or to register contact the EECO at 250-469-6140, email eeco@cord.bc.ca or drop into the Centre at 2363A Springfield Road in Mission Creek Regional Park.

(July 11, 2019)

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How to Fight Invasive Weeds on Your Property

It’s an invasion that runs from spring to the first snowfall of winter.

Weed and invasive plants are the ‘thorn’ in the side of every property owner.  Some hide behind pretty flowers before letting thousands of seeds take to the wind to continue their assault.  Still, others begin as a single stalk, shooting out roots that sprout and develop into weed clones elsewhere.

The Regional District of Central Okanagan Noxious Weed program encourages every property owner to be a good steward of the land and help reduce the threat posed by these invading species that choke out our native plants.

Residents can easily arm themselves with information to help keep invasive weeds in check.  There are excellent resources available for people to inform and arm themselves as ‘Weed Warriors’.  By visiting www.regionaldistrict.com/weeds you can see photos of some of our most serious offenders and get to the ‘root’ of the problem by cutting or pulling these plant threats.  A little information and knowledge can go a long way in identifying species that, if left unchecked in our yards and properties, can prevent native plants from growing.

The Invasive Species Council of BC has a superb website that provides photos and information about non-native plants at www.bcinvasives.ca. Another great regional resource is Okanagan Invasive Species Online at www.oiso.ca.

This time of year, some of the biggest weed threats are Western Goat’s-Beard that looks like a tall dandelion with a much larger, round seed ball. Also Wild Mustard, with its’ small, bright yellow flowers reduces crop values and yields and curtails livestock forage production on pastures.  Other common varieties of problem weeds in the region include Knapweeds, Puncturevine, Purple Loosestrife and the prickly members of the Thistle family, such as Scotch Thistle.

For more details and information visit www.regionaldistrict.com/weeds.   

The Regional District’s Noxious Weed Bylaw is in force throughout the Central Okanagan East and Central Okanagan West Electoral Areas, the City of Kelowna, District of Lake Country and District of Peachland.

(July 10, 2019)

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Story Time In The Park

Bring your 3-5 year-olds to for a free drop-in story and activity at Mission Creek Regional Park Tuesdays at 10:30 during July and August.

The stories will be followed by an exploration of nearby areas through a series of mini nature walks.

No registration required. Meet under the trees near the park playground at Springfield and Durnin Roads.

For more information please visit www.regionaldistrict.com/parksevents, drop-in or call the EECO at 250-469-6140.

(July 10, 2019)

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Meet Your Wild Neighbours

Enjoy a summer evening in the park and join one of our park interpreters from 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm as they introduce you to some of the local wildlife. This free, drop in program does not require registration.

Dates and Location:

For more information please visit www.regionaldistrict.com/parksevents, drop-in or call the EECO at 250-469-6140.

(July 10, 2019)

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Geocaching At The EECO

Each Saturday through August join our interactive treasure hunt with ‘Geocaching at the EECO’.  

The whole family can get involved each Saturday morning starting at 10:30. Borrow a GPS for a $5.00 deposit from our EECO staff and search the forest in Mission Creek Regional Park for hidden geocaches!  Please pre-register for this free program.

For more information and to register, please visit regionaldistrict.com/parksevents, drop-in or call the EECO at 250-469-6140.

(July 10, 2019)

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Gyotaku: Fish Printing

Did you know that before the invention of cameras, Japanese anglers recorded large or unusual specimens by making ink block reproductions of their catch, a practice called Gyotaku? Join RDCO Park Interpreters to learn about Okanagan species of fish, then make your own Gyotaku work of art!

This program runs on Wednesday mornings through July from 11:00 to noon at the amphitheater behind the Composting Garden by the EECO at Mission Creek Regional Park (and inside the EECO on rainy days).  It’s suitable for all ages, with all equipment provided.  No registration required, but please arrive on time to enjoy the presentation!

For more information on this and other EECO programs, check out ‘Your Guide to Regional Parks’, visit the Regional District website (regionaldistrict.com/parksevents) or contact the EECO at 250-469-6140.

(July 10, 2019)

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Gibson House Tours And 'Art In The Park'

Delve into a bit of local history then let your artistic juices flow at Gibson Heritage House in Kopje Regional Park on Carrs Landing Road in Lake Country. 

Until the end of August, Gibson House is open for tours each Sunday from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm.  Regional Parks staff and volunteers will guide you through the 1912 heritage house which has been restored and refurnished through community donations.

And each Sunday from 11:00 am to 12:30 pm through August 18th we’re also celebrating Art in the Park’.  Create your own watercolour masterpieces as we provide all the materials you’ll need in this family-friendly program!

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.

(July 10, 2019)

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Bug Safari

Can you catch them all?  Put on your safari hat and join us on a bug-catching adventure!  In the trees, under the ground, flying through the air…Where will you find yours?   We provide the equipment; you bring your sense of adventure!  Drop in, no registration required.

Every Wednesday afternoon in July from 2:00 to 3:30 pm at the amphitheater behind the Composting Garden beside the EECO in Mission Creek Regional ParkSpringfield and Durnin Roads.

For more information on this and other EECO programs, check out ‘Your Guide to Regional Parks’, visit the Regional District website (regionaldistrict.com/parksevents) or contact the EECO at 250-469-6140.

(July 4, 2019)

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Falcon Ridge Water Quality Advisory Lifted

After consulting with Interior Health, the Regional District of Central Okanagan has lifted a Water Quality Advisory for approximately 55 properties connected to the Falcon Ridge community water system off Highway 33. 

Turbidity in the water system source is once again within acceptable Canadian Drinking Water Guidelines.

The advisory which has been in place since March 29th is now removed.

Customers are reminded that in order to provide adequate water supplies in system reservoirs until September 15th Stage 2 outdoor watering restrictions are in place.  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.  For hours that outdoor watering is allowed visit regionaldistrict.com/water.

For water conservation tips and more information visit the Regional District website water system webpage (regionaldistrict.com/water) or contact RDCO Environmental Services at engineer@cord.bc.ca or 250-469-6241.  To subscribe online for Regional District water quality advisories or alerts by email visit regionaldistrict.com/water.

The Regional District maintains and operates six water systems with 1,000 connections for properties in the Falcon Ridge, Killiney Beach, Sunset Ranch, Star Place/Dietrich, Westshore and Upper Fintry - Shalal Road - Valley of the Sun areas.

(June 29, 2019)

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New Acting Fire Chief for Wilson's Landing

A new Acting Fire Chief has been named by the Regional District of Central Okanagan for the Wilson’s Landing Fire Department.

Effective July 1st, Ronaye Beck will take over the Chief’s duties on an interim basis for the paid on-call department.  She’s been Deputy Chief with the department since mid-2017.    

This interim appointment comes with the planned retirement of Chief Don Bennison on June 30th.  He’s been Chief of the Wilson’s Landing department since late June 2017.

Regional District Fire Services Manager Ross Kotscherofski says “Don’s planned retirement comes at a time when the department is running smoothly, much to his credit and leadership.  Over the past two years, Don’s helped guide the department with increased training and the recruitment of many new members.  In both areas, his oversight has brought a new vitality to the department, which recently began offering Medical First Response services to residents throughout the Wilson’s Landing Fire Protection Area.  We thank Don for his service as Chief, and Deputy Chief and more than 14 years as a member of the department.”

Kotscherofski adds, “With Ronaye stepping up as Acting Chief it ensures that there’s consistency in leadership and training for those paid-on-call fire department members who remain committed to serving their community.  She’s played a major role in many department responses including several wildfires.”

A process to select a new Wilson’s Landing Fire Chief will begin soon.

The department provides fire suppression and Medical First Response services to Westside Road communities from Trader’s Cove to Shelter Cove including Lake Okanagan Resort.

(June 27, 2019)

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North Westside Household Hazardous Waste Collection

Saturday morning July 20th North Westside Road residents (with valid resident ID cards) will have a special opportunity to dispose of unwanted household hazardous waste products.  View Poster

From 8:00 am to 12 noon residents can safely dispose of hazardous waste materials from around their homes at the North Westside Road Transfer Station.  Household paint and aerosol paint, flammable liquids and aerosols, domestic pesticides with the poison symbol and PCP number, gas (in an approved ULC container), household and automotive batteries, electronics and computer equipment, along with small appliances, lights and light fixtures  will all be collected. No propane tanks, chemicals or commercial waste products will be accepted.

The Transfer Station is located along the Sugarloaf Mountain/Whiteman Creek Forest Service Road( Turn at the corner or Westside Road and Sugarloaf Mountain Forest Service Road.)

For more information and details about this collection please contact Kelowna Recycling, also known as the Battery Doctors at 250-860-2866, or the Regional Waste Reduction Office at 250-469-6250,  or email recycle@cord.bc.ca.

(June 21, 2019)

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Applications Welcome for Advisory Commission Members

If you’re interested in helping guide your community, the Regional District would like to hear from you.

Volunteer members are being recruited to serve on the Environmental Advisory Commission (EAC) and the Central Okanagan West Advisory Planning Commission (APC).

These groups work with Planning Services staff to advise the Regional Board by reviewing development applications for the potential environmental impacts, land use and planning issues within the Electoral Areas. The comments and recommendations provided by the commissions are considered in decisions made by the Regional Board.

Members of each Advisory Commission will be selected on the basis of their:

  • demonstrated interest and participation in community matters
  • academic / technical qualifications,
  • availability
  • work experience
  • knowledge / professional expertise and land use planning

Prospective members must reside within the Central Okanagan.  

Information about each of these Advisory Commissions is available online by visiting regionaldistrict.com/advisorycommissions or by contacting the Regional District Community Services Planning department 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.

The Regional District provides approximately 80 different programs and services to residents across the Central Okanagan.

(June 20, 2019)

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Help Reduce Biting Mosquitoes

You can join the Regional District Mosquito Control program efforts to reduce potential breeding sites across the Central Okanagan.

Communications Officer Bruce Smith says “Since early April, our program crew has been in the field taking steps to reduce mosquito hatches.  Residents are encouraged to help in the mosquito control effort by taking some simple steps around their property.”

  • Remove any standing water sources and unused items that collect water such as old tires - just a few millimetres of water is all that’s needed for mosquito larva to survive and hatch
  • Cover rain barrels with a screen so that mosquitoes can’t lay their eggs in the water  
  • At least twice a week drain standing water from containers under plant pots or in garbage cans and change the water in birdbaths, wading pools and pet bowls
  • Remove any water that sits in unused swimming pools and on swimming pool covers
  • Aerate water in ponds or add fish that will feed on mosquito larvae

Duka Environmental Ltd. provides all mosquito control within the participating funding areas.  President Curtis Fediuk says, “The goal of the program is to control nuisance mosquitoes, not eliminate them.  Our field staff regularly sample and treat about 230 known larval habitats and accessible areas.   When developing mosquito larvae are found, a bio-rational, bacterial larvicide called VectoBac 200G is applied to destroy the larva before they hatch into biting adults.”

Fediuk adds “We usually see mosquitoes peak between mid-June and the end of July.  In addition to steps people can take around their property, they can protect themselves by using approved repellents, wearing loose fitting light coloured clothing, minimizing their activities near treed and bush areas at dusk and dawn when adult mosquitos are most active.”  As well he says, repair and replace any window screens to help prevent mosquitoes entering your home. 

During July and August, program staff monitors and if necessary treat approximately 11,000 roadside catch basins to combat mosquito larva.

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 Duka Environmental 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 20, 2019)

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Recycle Old Phone Directories

With new phone directories being delivered to local residents and businesses over the next few weeks, the Regional Waste Reduction Office reminds you— yes you can recycle your old phone book!

Rae Stewart, Waste Reduction Facilitator says once you are done with your old phone book simply toss it in your recycling cart. “The old directories are mixed together with other household paper products at Cascades Recovery, the local recycling facility on Cambro Road in Kelowna. There the paper is compacted and shipped to numerous recycling mills that make products like roofing felt, paper egg cartons, and more newspaper. By recycling instead of tossing out your old phone book, you’re sharing in the solution - diverting waste from our one remaining landfill, and turning the material into a valuable resource.”

Many residents are now opting to get their information online, and if so, are reminded to unsubscribe from publications no longer required. 

Simply put your old phone books in your blue cart for recycling and place your cart at the curb on your regular recycling collection day. You can also take phone books to your nearest recycling depot. Keep in mind, soft cover novels and hard cover books or text books are not permitted in your recycling cart.

Businesses or others with large amounts of phone books for recycling should contact their recycling hauler for recycling options.

For all your recycling inquiries, and to find out more about what else you can recycle, download the free Recycle Coach app at regionaldistrict.com/recyclecoach, check out the online recycling tool at regionaldistrict.com/recycle, or call the Regional Waste Reduction Office at 250-469-6250.

(June 18, 2019)

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Stage 2 Outdoor Watering Restriction Return

This Sunday sees the annual return to twice weekly outdoor water restrictions for the six water systems operated by the Regional District of Central Okanagan.

From June 16th until September 15th each year unless otherwise noted, Stage 2 water restrictions are in place for the Star Place, Falcon Ridge, Killiney Beach, Sunset Ranch, Upper Fintry-Shalal Road-Valley of the Sun and Westshore water systems.

Stage 2 means if needed, outdoor watering is restricted on those six systems to two days each week. RDCO water customers with even number addresses may water outdoors on Saturday and Tuesday while those with odd addresses may only irrigate outside on Sunday and Wednesday.  Communications Officer Bruce Smith says “If you don’t need to water gardens and lawns on your allotted day and time period, please don’t waste water. By following the outdoor watering restrictions, residents will help ensure that system reservoirs are replenished and there’s an adequate water supply for everyone.”

The Regional District Water Systems Regulations Bylaw No. 1370 also outlines the hours for automated and manual outdoor irrigation.  Customers with automated sprinklers should only water between midnight and 6:00 am on their designated day, while those with manual outdoor irrigation must restrict their watering to between 6:00 am and 11:00 am and 6:00 pm and midnight on their respective irrigation day. 

The rest of the year, between September 16th and June 15th – Stage 1 Restrictions are in place allowing customers to water outdoors on alternating days based on their odd or even street address number.

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.

Starting July 1st new User Fees and Asset Renewal Fees will begin for all six RDCO water systems.  A Water Rate Estimator Tool is available for customers to check the impact of the new rates at www.regionaldistrict.com/WaterRates.

The Regional District water systems provide service to just over 1,000 connections in the six water system areas.

(June 14, 2019)

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New Trail to Expand Access in Mission Creek Regional Park

Construction of a new accessible trail is anticipated to begin next week (June 10th) in Mission Creek 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 600-meter paved trail will improve access to the park for visitors with mobility or age-related challenges from the Kelowna Regional Transit stops and parking areas within the park.  The $130,000 project will see new thermoplastic cross walks installed from the Durnin Road transit stop allowing visually impaired visitors improved access to the park.  As well, new crib stairs will improve access to the Environmental Education Centre for the Okanagan.  Three new accessible picnic tables will be installed at locations along the smooth asphalt trail.

The Regional District is contributing $80,000 towards the improvements to the park and the trail project which should be complete by the end of July.

Construction of the trail and other amenities will take place in stages resulting in closure of the area in which crews are working and leaving other areas of the park and parking lot open for use.  For their safety and that of workers during construction, visitors are asked to stay out of any closed area.

Mission Creek Regional Park is one of 30 regional and 20 community parks protecting over 2,100 hectares for the enjoyment of all Central Okanagan residents.  For more information visit regionaldistrict.com/parks.

(June 7, 2019)

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Your Friendly Dog Ambassadors Are Back

You can’t miss them.  This summer look for the brightly coloured shirts and friendly faces as the Regional District of Central Okanagan Dog Ambassadors hit all the popular dog hotspots.

They’ll be stopping by local beaches, parks and popular walkways talking with dogs and their handlers.  The goal of the Ambassadors is not to enforce, but rather to act as a resource: educating and informing all dog owners about the Responsible Dog Ownership Bylaw as well as the My Dog Matters program and the free My Dog Park Finder feature.

Throughout the summer they’ll be cycling and walking in many different parks in the region from Lake Country to Peachland. They have dog leashes, bandanas and tasty treats to reward their new furry friends. Our ambassadors are an excellent information source on everything from where dog friendly parks, businesses and dog beaches are located, to how to check if your license is valid. 

They’re especially helpful for visitors who vacation in the Central Okanagan with their dogs and may not fully understand what’s expected in our parks and public areas and where dog parks are located.

As well, during the summer months, Dog Control Officers will be out on patrol in vehicles and on bikes during extended hours. All dog owners in the Central Okanagan are reminded that they must have a current license. There is zero tolerance for unlicensed dogs in the Central Okanagan. Dog owners are reminded of their responsibility to pick up and properly dispose of their pet waste. 

If you lose or find a dog, please contact the Regional District Dog Pound at 250-469-6284 as soon as possible so that we can help reunite the dog and its owner.

Everything you need to know about dog licensing and responsible dog ownership in the Central Okanagan can be found at www.regionaldistrict.com/dogs.

(May 29, 2019)

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Recycle Plant Pots and Trays This Gardening Season

Remember to lift the blue lid of your recycling cart after you’ve done any gardening around your home! If you’re not going to re-use them, those plastic flowerpots and plant trays can all be recycled!

Everything from large nursery flowerpots for shrubs and trees to small planting trays for annual bedding plants, perennials, vegetables and herbs can all be recycled. Simply rinse or wipe out the dirt and put the plastics in your recycling cart. These plastic pots and trays can also be taken to your nearest recycling depot.

Waste Reduction Facilitator Rae Stewart reminds us, “Most plastic packaging is accepted in the curbside recycling program, and these plastics from your plants are no different. Just ensure your garden pots or trays are cleaned of all dirt before you recycle them. As for those little tags that identify the plants, those need to go in the garbage, they are not part of the recycling program.”  

Deanne Stephenson,  Manager of Cascades Recovery, the facility where all our recycling ends up for sorting, says, “The markets where the plastics are shipped  for recycling are watching closely for quality issues, so keeping the plastics clear of dirt, wooden stakes, metal twist ties or other contaminants is essential. Other garden items not accepted include ceramic pots, tarps, plastic furniture, garden hoses and plastic string or rope.”

Businesses like nurseries, landscape design contractors and farmers with larger volumes can contact Cascades Recovery at 250-491-2242 to arrange for the recycling of their plastics.

For all your recycling inquiries, and to find out more about what else you can recycle, download the free Recycle Coach app (formerly called the My Waste app) at regionaldistrict.com/recyclecoach, check out the online recycling tool at regionaldistrict.com/recycle, or call the Regional Waste Reduction Office at 250-469-6250.

(May 21, 2019)

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Recycling Ambassadors Hit the Streets

Are you putting the right things in your recycling cart? The Regional District will be back on the streets again this summer with the help of their Recycling Ambassadors, randomly checking what’s under the blue lid and inside curbside recycling carts. This is part of the ongoing cart education and inspection campaign by the Regional District to combat recycling contamination.

Solid Waste Manager Jodie Foster says they’re launching the Recycling Ambassador Summer Student Program. “Our Ambassadors will not only be reaching out to residents through curbside cart checks and education, you’ll also see them at community events throughout the region, delivering the recycling message.”

“We understand that sorting waste and recycling can sometimes be confusing. Most residents are doing a pretty good job including only what’s acceptable to put in the carts. But recycling audits show there are still a significant number of unacceptable items going into our recycling stream, and that’s a big problem.“

“Things like plastic bags, garbage, books, food waste, garden hoses, plastic shovels, hazardous waste, electronics, scrap metals, textiles, even yard waste—items that have never been accepted in our curbside recycling program are still showing up and contaminating the recycling stream,” says Foster.

“If we don’t significantly reduce and eliminate these unacceptable products from our recycling loads, we face financial penalties from Recycle BC. We’re close to 8 per cent contamination on average and it needs to be 3 per cent or less. We need to do a better job and that requires continuous education and monitoring.”

Foster says the Recycling Ambassadors will have a quick look at the contents in recycling carts, and if they find items that don’t belong they’ll leave information explaining what went wrong.  In some cases if there is significant contamination, carts won’t be picked up until the offending material is removed.

Here are some of the items Ambassadors will be looking for:

  • Garbage
    • Garden hoses, landscape edging and tarps
    • Paper towels and tissues
    • Non-packaging plastics such as toys, Tupperware type containers, laundry baskets
  • Items recyclable at depots and other locations (but not in the cart)
    • Plastic bags including bagged recyclables
    • Styrofoam
    • Glass
    • Soft plastics such as cling wrap, bubble wrap, chip and snack bags, zipper bags
    • Electronics and small appliances
    • Textiles such as clothes, fabric and pillows
    • Soft cover novels and hard cover books and textbooks
  • Hazardous waste
    • Hazards such as syringes and propane tanks

In 2018 the Regional District inspected over 7,800 recycling carts and sends an average of 2,500 letters each year to residents when the wrong materials are found in the recycling, garbage and yard waste carts – to help encourage future compliance.

To find out more about what to recycle in your curbside cart or at a depot, visit regionaldistrict.com/recycle, download the free Recycle Coach App, or call the Regional Waste Reduction Office at 250.469.6250.

(May 15, 2019)

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Check Out The 'Pollinators'

Our new exhibit is open for you to check out at the EECO.  ‘Pollinators – Bats, Butterflies and Bees' explains how you can become a pollinator scientist, recognizing common pollinator species and how you can create a friendly habitat in your backyard.   The exhibit runs until July. 

The Environmental Education Centre for the Okanagan is located in Mission Creek Regional Park and is open Tuesday through Sunday from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm. 

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.

(May 13, 2019)

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My Waste App Out...Recycle Coach In

If you’re one of the over 16 thousand Central Okanagan users of the MY Waste App on your smartphone or tablet, be advised. The app you’ve come to rely on for handy personalized waste collection info, recycling tips and more is being replaced with an identical app – called Recycle Coach.

If you currently use the My Waste App, download Recycle Coach instead and delete the My Waste App. You will continue to receive the exact same information you always have. Recycle Coach offers the same features as My-Waste, including:

  • Personalized curbside collection and events calendars
  • Collection reminders and real-time updates on service disruptions 
  • Disposal information for 10,000+ items with the "What goes where?" search tool 
  • The problem-reporting tool, equipped with geolocation, to notify municipal customer services about issues like missed collections 

Due to changes to Apples App Store guidelines, multiple apps in the same app store offering the same functionality are no longer allowed. As a result, the My Waste App will be discontinued and will not be available for download on iOS/Android stores as of June 14, 2019.  Recycle Coach is from the same company, Municipal Media Inc.

In the coming weeks, My-Waste users can expect special messaging with their collection reminders notifying them to download Recycle Coach.  

For more information or to download the Recycle Coach app, visit iTunes or Google Play, regionaldistrict.com/recyclecoach or call the Regional Waste Reduction Office, at 250.469.6250.

(May 6, 2019)

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January to March Program Highlights

2019 got off to a great start for the Regional District of Central Okanagan as Central Okanagan Crime Stoppers celebrated its special month. We also published our new Guide to Regional Parks and the Annual Review with planned initiatives for 2019 and a look at some of the program highlights and accomplishments in 2018.

Check out this short video to see more program achievements in the first three months of 2019.

 

(April 30, 2019)

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Trail Sections Closed in Mission Creek Regional Park

Short sections of three trails in Mission Creek Regional Park are closed after a slope slide.

For safety of visitors, Regional Parks staff has closed the area of the park at the Cottonwoods Bridge and three trails on the south side of the creek near the spawning channel up into the Sutherland Hills portion of the park. 

Brad Ackerman, Parks Services Operations Manager says “Until slope stability can be assessed, the Regional District urges park users to respect the barricades and trail closed signs.” 

The affected portion of the trails will remain closed until further notice.

No debris has made its way into either the spawning channel or Mission Creek.

Visitors are encouraged to use any of the open trails within the 92-hectare regional park or visit www.regionaldistrict.com/pickapark for information about our 29 other regional parks.

(March 12, 2019)

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Know the Risks, Make a Plan, Get a Kit and Subscribe

Any Central Okanagan resident who’s faced a natural emergency would tell you that it’s easier to cope with the stress of being out of their homes when:

A)   They knew the risks in advance and prepared and practiced a family/business emergency plan.

B)   They prepared family/vehicle ‘Grab and Go’ kits and kept them updated.

C)   They subscribed to receive information updates on the status of an emergency at cordemergency.ca, the Central Okanagan Emergency Program website.

Emergency response requires swift action and there may not be an opportunity to provide much advance notice for an evacuation of an area if the risk to public safety is imminent. First responders may only have minutes to notify residents to gather family and belongings and leave the area as directed. That possibility makes having a prepared Emergency Plan and ‘Grab and Go’ kit even more important.

The best time to prepare for an emergency is when there isn’t one! Residents of the Central Okanagan can find a number of useful links, preparedness information, checklists and videos at cordemergency.ca/beprepared.

Being familiar with important emergency terms in advance can also help remove stress and fear in case of an emergency incident:

Evacuation Alert (be ready and on standby):  Residents need to get ready to leave their homes at a moment’s notice, but for now can remain at their home until more information is provided by emergency officials. Gather document, medication and essential items, make a plan for pets and farm animals and consider arrangements for family members who are older, challenged or require special equipment as they may need more time to leave. The alert may be upgraded to an order on short notice.

Evacuation Order (get out):  It is necessary for homes or an area to be evacuated due to imminent risk to safety. Residents must leave their home and property immediately. You will not be able to return home until emergency personnel has deemed it safe to. While the evacuation order is in effect, the area will have controlled and restricted access. Residents can check-in with an Emergency Support Services (ESS) site for immediate living needs (shelter, meals, information).

Evacuation Rescind (safe to come home): It is safe for evacuees to return to their home and area, however, residents may remain on evacuation alert and may need to leave again on short notice if the emergency incident evolves.

Over the coming weeks, the Central Okanagan emergency program social media channels will be providing helpful tips and resources for residents to get prepared. Tune-in for an informative Facebook Live session this Friday, March 8 at 1:30 p.m. to learn more about getting prepared for an emergency. For ongoing emergency information, follow us at Facebook.com/CORDEmergency and on Twitter at @CO_Emerg.

Visit cordemergency.ca for the most up to date information and resources on how to be prepared to keep your family and property safe. On the website you can sign-up for e-updates to have the latest news delivered to your inbox including if there is an emergency activation.

The Regional District of Central Okanagan Emergency Program is coordinated by the Kelowna Fire Department on behalf of the regional district, the cities of Kelowna and West Kelowna, districts of Lake Country and Peachland, Westbank First Nation.

(March 7, 2019)

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October through December 2018 Program Highlights

The final three months of 2018 were active ones for the Regional District of Central Okanagan.

The fall edition of our Repair Café produced another big turnout of residents supporting the concept of repairing rather than replacing and tossing broken items into the trash.  Several of our parks saw important repairs and two fire departments received tremendous response from their communities to Christmas season food drives.

These are just a few of the video highlights of our regional programs and services from October through December 2018.

 

(January 29, 2019)

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July through September Program Highlights

The first weeks of the third quarter of the year was dominated by responses to what became known as the Okanagan Complex wildfires, forcing hundreds of residents from their homes.  As the summer advanced, so too did the programs offered by the Regional District.

We saw a regional park severely damaged by flooding in the spring of 2017, repaired and opened again for visitors.  And we saw work on creating the first trail in the region's largest park get underway, thanks to many volunteers.

We hope you enjoy some of  the highlights of our regional programs and services from July through September 2018. 


(October 11, 2018)

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Video Highlights January - June Programs and Services

The first six months of this year has been a busy one across all areas of the Regional District organization.   Check out this video update highlighting various service and program accomplishments from January through the end of June.  Among them, initiatives involving two RDCO fire departments, a new Air Quality program, several programs and staff awards and some major Capital projects.  The video can be viewed on the RDCO YouTube channel:  https://www.youtube.com/user/regionaldistrict

(August 28, 2018)

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Washouts Close Section of the Mission Creek Greenway

At least two washout slides have forced the closure of a section of the Mission Creek Greenway.

The Pinnacle Trail loop past the KLO Creek Bridge, the Black Bear Trail along Mission Creek and the upper Greenway Trail leading to the Hydraulic Creek trail-end are closed until further notice while staff assesses damage, stability and possible repairs that will be required.  View Map

For safety reasons, the Regional District of Central Okanagan urges Greenway users to respect the barricades and trail closed signs posted at the KLO Creek Bridge (downstream from Field Road entrance).

Regional Parks staff is continuing to monitor creek levels along the entire length of the Mission Creek Greenway recreational corridor. With creeks expected to continue rising due to the recent weather and with spring runoff, people are reminded that water levels may rise unexpectedly and they, children and pets should stay safely back from creek banks, which may be slippery or subject to erosion from the spring runoff.

Boaters and those using Okanagan Lake boat launches are advised to watch for floating debris that may enter the lake as a result of the runoff.

(April 17, 2018)

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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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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)