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Take Responsibility for your Trash - Keep Bears Out - September 17, 2020

The Regional Waste Reduction Office is reminding residents-please do your part to keep your neighborhood safe by managing all things that attract wildlife around your home, including your household garbage.

Conservation Officers confirm bears are regularly spotted in several neighborhoods from South East Kelowna to West Kelowna and Peachland. Waste Reduction Facilitator Rae Stewart says that means we need to be extra vigilant. “This is the time of year bears amp up their foraging to build fat stores for winter denning. The best advice if you live in an area susceptible to wildlife is - reduce your risk of conflict- take responsibility for your trash.”

Stewart reminds residents to securely store their trash and only put garbage out the day of pickup, not the night before. “Bears in particular, but other animals as well, have a keen sense of smell. The idea is not to attract them to your garbage unnecessarily. If they have access to your waste, not only can they make a real mess, but they can become food conditioned. Then they pose a risk to you and your family, your neighbors, and themselves. And that’s totally preventable.”

Stewart adds the Regional Waste Reduction Office in conjunction with their waste contractor E360s is now into phase two of a pilot project testing fully automated bear resistant garbage carts in select neighborhoods this fall. “Dependent on the results of the pilot and how those carts stand up to bear activity, and winter conditions, there may be bear resistant cart options for residents by next year.”

WildSafeBC has tips you can follow to help keep wildlife wild and the community safe:

  • Secure your garbage – store it in a secure location indoors or a bear-resistant enclosure. Also secure Yard Waste cart if it contains fruit.
  • Only put garbage out for collection on the morning of pickup, not the night before
  • Encourage neighbors to do the same, offer to help if needed
  • Consider freezing your kitchen waste until the morning of collection day
  • Manage your fruit trees, pick ripe & fallen fruit immediately
  • Maintain your compost so it doesn’t smell. Add fruit slowly. No meat/dairy.
  • Use birdbaths and houses to attract birds, instead of bird feeders

Please report human-bear conflicts to the BC Conservation Officer Service at 1.877.952.7277

For more information on deterring bears from your garbage, visit the WildSafeBC website: https://wildsafebc.com/species/black-bear/.  For additional inquiries, visit rdco.com/recycle, email recycle@rdco.com or call the Regional Waste Reduction Office at 250-469-6250.

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Trail Upgrades in Glen Canyon Regional Park - September 17, 2020

Trail upgrading work will see a portion of the Glen Canyon Greenway Trail closed during a few mornings next week.

Members of the Gellatly Bay Trails and Parks Society are volunteering their time to complete the installation of crib steps, hand rails and raising planks on two areas along the trail in Glen Canyon Regional Park.  In order for volunteers to safely physical distance and if air quality permits, the Glen Canyon Greenway trail will be closed from 8:00 am to 12:00 pm Monday, Tuesday and if needed Wednesday, downstream from the Acorn bridge and upstream of the Doe Trail bridge from the Brown Road entrance. 

Visitors are asked to respect trail closure signs and adjust their trail use to stay out of the closed area.

All 30 regional parks and 20 RDCO community parks remain open for residents to safely enjoy. Find all the locations at rdco.com/pickapark.  There are more than 2,100 hectares of parkland available to discover in RDCO parks including 63 kilometres of formal regional park trails for visitors to use while practicing physical distancing.

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Precautionary Water Quality Advisory for some Sunset Ranch customers - September 16, 2020

The Regional District of Central Okanagan has issued a precautionary Water Quality Advisory for some customers of the Sunset Ranch water system

The advisory affects the following properties in the Sunset Ranch subdivision located within the Central Okanagan East Electoral Area:

  • Seminole Road
  • Escena Drive
  • Cimarron Drive
  • Riviera Drive
  • Torrey Pines Court
  • 3378 – 3606 Pine Valley Drive
  • 3606 – 3614 Sunset Ranch Drive

The advisory is required following infrastructure upgrading work today replacing a valve and associated water main servicing the upper section of the community water system.  Roadside sign notices are in place advising of the water advisory.  Other properties within the Sunset Ranch water system are not affected.

RDCO Engineering Services crews will now flush the upper section to remove any impurities that may have entered the system during today’s work.  As a precaution it’s recommended newborns, the elderly, those with weakened immune systems and anyone wishing additional protection in the affected area should boil all water intended for drinking, washing fruit and vegetables, making beverages, ice or brushing teeth for at least one minute.  As a safe alternative to boiled water from the tap, affected customers may choose to use bottled or distilled water.

This water quality advisory will continue until further notice and testing confirms water is within acceptable Canadian Drinking Water Guidelines. 

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

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Recycling Ambassadors hit the streets for recycling education - September 16, 2020

Are you putting the right things in your recycling cart? The Regional District will be back on the streets again this fall 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.

Engineering Manager Travis Kendel says they have brought back the Recycling Ambassador Student Program after a delay due to COVID-19. “Our Ambassadors will be reaching out to residents through curbside cart checks and education this fall.”

“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, especially plastic bags and other plastic films, and that’s a big problem.”

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

“If we don’t significantly reduce and eliminate these unacceptable products from our recycling loads, we face financial penalties from Recycle BC. We need to do a better job and that requires continuous education and monitoring.”

Kendel 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, propane tanks, oil jugs

In 2019 the Regional District inspected over 12,500 recycling carts and sent approximately 2,500 letters 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 rdco.com/recycle, download the free Recycle Coach App, or call the Regional Waste Reduction Office at 250-469-6250.

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Cougar Sightings in Woodhaven Nature Conservancy Regional Park - September 16, 2020

Warning signs have been posted advising visitors to Woodhaven Nature Conservancy Regional Park about recent cougar activity in the area.

The Regional District of Central Okanagan says there have been some sightings reported and this information has been passed on to the Conservation Officer Service.

The Ministry of Environment and Climate Change Strategy has information on Cougars on its website.  It advises that while human conflicts with these large cats are extremely rare and an attack is highly unlikely, it pays to be prepared especially when in a natural setting as cougars are unpredictable.  It recommends that people should travel in groups of two or more and that you make enough noise so that you don’t surprise a cougar.  Carry a sturdy walking stick that can be used as a weapon if necessary and keep children and pets close at hand and under control.  If you encounter a cougar, stay calm, talk to it in a confident voice, pick up all children off the ground and never turn your back on the animal.  Instead, back away slowly, remaining upright and do all you can to make yourself look larger, and always give a cougar an avenue of escape.

Regional Park visitors are reminded that if allowed, dogs must be leashed at all times and must remain on designated trails. 

If you observe a cougar or bear within any Regional Park please contact the Parks Services office at 250-469-6232 and the Conservation Officer Service RAPP line at 1-877-952-7277.

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North Westside Fall Bulky Household Item Collection - September 16, 2020

North Westside Road residents within the Central Okanagan will have a special opportunity to dispose of unwanted bulky items this fall.

Wednesday October 7 through Wednesday October 14, during regular operating hours at the North Westside Road Transfer Station, you can dispose of large household items for a cost of $20 per truckload.  

This special disposal opportunity is available to residents with a valid ID card only, for residential items only including: appliances, scrap metal, lawn mowers and other motorized parts, household and lawn furniture.  No hazardous waste (including computers, electronics, etc.) will be accepted. Unwanted fridges and freezers will be accepted at $15 per item, the Freon decommissioning charge.

Cash or cheques will be the only accepted method of payment. 

The North Westside Road Transfer Station is open Monday, Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday from 8:00 am until 12:00 noon.  It is located at the Sugarloaf Mountain/Whiteman Creek Forest Service Road. (Turn at the corner of Westside Road and Sugarloaf Mountain Forest Service Road and follow the signs.)

For more information and details about this collection please contact the Regional Waste Reduction Office at 250-469-6250 or email recycle@cord.bc.ca.

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Air Quality Program offers free Radon Test Kits - September 14, 2020

Radon is an odourless and invisible gas that can be found inside any building.  As the leading cause of lung cancer among non-smokers, high levels of radon in your home could be making you and your family sick.

The Central Okanagan is considered by the federal government to be at a high risk for this radioactive gas that escapes from the ground into buildings. That’s why the RDCO Air Quality program is joining forces with Interior Health and Health Canada’s Take Action on Radon initiative to offer 400 free radon test kits for Central Okanagan residents.  With many Canadians spending more time at home, it’s the perfect time to focus on improving indoor air quality.

Residents can go online to rdco.com/radonchallenge to learn more about radon gas and register for their free test kit by October 26, 2020.  The kits are being offered to any Central Okanagan resident on a first-come, first-serve basis, limited to one free test kit per property, and must be picked up the week of November 2-6 from their local government office.  Those receiving a kit will be asked to follow the instructions for completing the 90-day minimum test and return their kit to their local government office in late February 2021.  Individual test results will be available and sent to each participant in early Spring 2021.

While online to register, residents may also sign up to attend a free radon gas webinar on Wednesday, October 28 at 6:00 pm.  During this event, participants will learn from public health and industry experts how to take action on radon, find out about available resources and tools, as well as ask questions.

Thanks to Take Action on Radon, the RDCO Air Quality program has also 50 test kits available for purchase for those who either miss the free giveaway or need additional kits to test indoor spaces. A maximum of two test kits can be purchased per property and must be reserved in advance by completing an online pre-registration form by October 26. Radon test kits typically cost $60 but this 50-kit purchase option is being offered through the Air Quality Program at a subsidized price of $20.

Take Action on Radon is led by the Canadian Association of Radon Scientists and Technologists (CARST), CAREX Canada and the Canadian Cancer Society in order to raise awareness about radon and its potential hazard. To learn more, please visit takeactiononradon.ca.

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“The Regional District of Central Okanagan Air Quality program is pleased to be part of the national Take Action on Radon initiative and to offer radon testing kits to our residents.  Radon can be found in every home, though not always at elevated levels.  Since homes are sealed against the weather, radon levels can build up inside to levels that Health Canada considers to be dangerous.”

Nancy Mora Castro, RDCO Air Quality Program Coordinator

“Measuring the radon level in your family’s home is critical for all Canadians, and it’s so easy to do.  There’s no need to fear finding a high radon test result as this should initiate action to lower exposure and reduce risk of lung cancer. Radon mitigation systems can be installed in any home and reduce radon levels by over 90%.  The installation work involved can generally be completed within a day.”

Greg Baytalan, Air Quality Specialist, Interior Health Authority

“Many Canadians are unaware that radon is the leading cause of lung cancer in non-smokers.  Radon is a radioactive gas that is present in the air and can accumulate in high concentrations in homes.  Long-term exposure to high levels of radon damages the DNA in our lung tissue and leads to an increased risk of lung cancer.”

Pam Warkentin, Executive Director of CARST and Project Manager at Take Action on Radon

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Sunset Ranch Water Interruption Notice - September 14, 2020

Customers of the Sunset Ranch water system should be aware of a planned water service outage in order to replace a valve supplying the upper section of the system.

The work is scheduled to take place on Wednesday, September 16 from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm and will impact water service for properties located within the high pressure zone including:

  • Seminole Road.
  • Escena Drive
  • Cimarron Drive
  • Riviera Drive
  • Torrey Pines Court
  • 3378 – 3606 Pine Valley Drive
  • 3606 – 3614 Sunset Ranch Drive

Once the valve is replaced water will be restored to all properties with the exception of those from 3812 – 3968 Riviera Drive. Water will be restored to these addresses once the water main tie in is complete.

Notices will be hand delivered to the affected properties and no other properties should be impacted by the service interruption. Please note that the time of service restoration is an estimate only and may vary.  

It is recommended that on the day of the scheduled water interruption impacted customers:

  • Shut off hot and cold faucets and any equipment that requires water;
  • Store sufficient drinking water for the anticipated period of interruption;
  • Isolate the supply to hot water tanks;
    • If not isolated, avoid running hot water as impurities could be drawn into the hot water tank and may cause problems with its operation;
  • Fill a bathtub or other large container with water to use for toilet flushing and only flush when absolutely necessary; and
  • Use anti-bacterial hand sanitizer for hand washing.

Following the interruption and after water supply has been restored, it is recommended that affected customers run a cold water tap until the water runs clear.

After completion of the infrastructure improvements, a precautionary Water Quality Advisory will be in place for the entire Sunset Ranch system.  It’s recommended, the elderly, newborns and those with weakened immune systems or wishing additional protection should boil all water intended for drinking, washing fruit and vegetables, making beverages, ice or brushing teeth for at least one minute or customers should use a safe alternative to water from the tap such as bottled or distilled water.

This advisory will remain in effect until RDCO staff can flush the distribution system to remove any impurities which may have entered during construction and testing indicates turbidity is within acceptable Canadian Drinking Water Guidelines. 

If you have any questions regarding the interruption please contact Regional District Engineering Services at 250-469-6241 or email engineer@rdco.com.

The Regional District operates six water systems serving more than 1,000 properties in the Central Okanagan East and Central Okanagan West electoral areas.  For more information visit rdco.com/water or contact RDCO Engineering Services at engineer@rdco.com or 250-469-6241.  To subscribe online for Regional District water quality advisories or alerts by email visit rdco.com/water.

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Three Bridges Open on Mission Creek Greenway - September 14, 2020

Three bridges along the Mission Creek Greenway are once again open for use.

The Regional District thanks everyone for their patience and understanding while new decking and handrails were installed on the Smoothing Stones, Cedars and Friends bridges.

They are located along the Greenway between the Hollywood Road south and Field Road entrances of Scenic Canyon Regional Park.

With the upgrading and refurbishing complete, all 16.5-kilometres of the Mission Creek Greenway recreational trail is accessible for visitors.

The Central Okanagan has 30 regional parks protecting over 2,100 hectares, many of which contain natural forested areas and may contain natural hazards.   Visit rdco.com/pickapark for more information.  For everyone’s safety please practice healthy hygiene and physical distancing by keeping at least two metres between yourself and other visitors.

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Highlights from the Regional Board meetings - September 11, 2020

The Governance and Services Committee and Regional Board met Thursday, September 10.  Here are links to information for those meetings:

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Nut Sale Changes at Gellatly Nut Farm Regional Park - September 10

There are some changes this year for nut sales at Gellatly Nut Farm Regional Park.

The proceeds from this annual fall nut harvest and sale is used by the non-profit Gellatly Nut Farm Society to assist with upkeep and improvements in the popular four-hectare waterfront regional park and working nut orchard off Whitworth Road in West Kelowna.

This year in order to keep everyone safe during the COVID-19 pandemic, Society volunteers will not be operating the nut house store.  Instead through November, members of the public that wish to purchase nut varieties are asked to self-harvest:

  • Wash or sanitize your hands before and after nut harvesting.
  • Practice physical distancing by keeping at least two metres between yourself and others in the orchard and park.
  • Bring your own bags.
  • Pick from the ground only.  Please do not climb trees. Nuts fall to the ground when they are ripe and ready for harvest.
  • Payment is by cash only must be deposited into the payment box at the house near the Whitworth Road park entrance.  The Society is unable to accept any other form of payment.
    • Small bucket: $5.00
    • Large bucket: $10.00

Nuts that are not paid for upon leaving the Gellatly Nut Farm Regional Park, may result in a $500 fine under the Regional Parks bylaw 1427.

Anyone that would like to purchase a special wood bowl or cutting board made from orchard wood is asked to contact the Society at 250-470-0999 or 250-768-5960.

For more information about the park, nut harvest and Nut Use and Care visit rdco.com/gellatlynutfarm.

All 30 regional parks and 20 RDCO community parks remain open for residents to safely enjoy. Find all the locations at rdco.com/pickapark.  There are more than 2,100 hectares of parkland available to discover in RDCO parks including 63 kilometres of formal regional park trails for visitors to use while practicing physical distancing. 

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Bear Watch in Regional Parks - September 3, 2020

Spawning Kokanee salmon.  Ripening fruit in orchards and vineyards.  These are a few seasonal attractants that bring bears down into the valley.

That’s also why you can expect more bears frequenting Central Okanagan Regional Parks, especially those connected to the higher elevations.

RDCO Communications Officer Bruce Smith says “This is the time of year that bears make their presence known and our field staff and visitors start seeing more signs that bears are around.  As sightings and evidence of their presence increase, we post signs in several of our parks advising that bears may be active in the area.”  View Safety Guide to Wildlife in Regional Parks

“If possible” he says “travel in a group and make some noise so any bears are aware of your presence.  As the fall Kokanee salmon spawning season ramps up visitors may encounter bears bulking up on this food source in local creeks and streams.  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.”

Whenever possible avoid encounters with bears as they can be aggressive, especially when defending their food or their cubs. Bears also have excellent senses of smell and hearing and better sight than you might believe.  Unless otherwise designated, dog owners are reminded their pets must be leashed and kept on trails at all times in order to avoid any potentially serious wildlife encounter.

Residents also have a role to play by securely storing any garbage and only placing their garbage cart out on the morning of their regular curbside collection.  That helps to reduce the potential temptation for bears or other wildlife.

All Regional Parks remain open for visitors using safe distancing practices.  There are 63 kilometers of formal trails in 30 regional parks, many of which are naturally protected forested areas and may contain natural hazards.   Visit rdco.com/pickapark for more information.  If you do visit our regional parks, please practice healthy hygiene and physical distancing by keeping at least two metres between you and other visitors.

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Several Fall projects in RDCO Parks - September 2, 2020

It’s going to be a busy few months for upgrades in several RDCO regional and community parks.

Following the Labour Day weekend, crews will begin several projects planned over the fall.

Next Tuesday (Sept. 8) construction is scheduled to begin on a new picnic shelter in Westshore Estates Community Park serving residents of the North Westside communities.  This project will take about a week and a half to complete.

Once that structure has been installed, crews will move to remove and replace existing picnic structures in Traders Cove Regional Park, then in Raymer Bay Regional Park.

The cost of these three new picnic shelters is $235,000.  The Westshore park shelter is funded by the Canada-BC Gas Tax program.

The week of September 14, the old playground at Bertram Creek Regional Park will be removed and replaced with a modern play structure.  It will take approximately one week to complete the installation and the playground area will be closed until the new equipment is in place.  This project is estimated at $72,000.

Visitors to these parks are asked to please observe any signage in place and stay out of closed areas. 

The Central Okanagan has 30 regional parks protecting over 2,100 hectares, many of which contain natural forested areas and may contain natural hazards.   Visit rdco.com/pickapark for more information.  For everyone’s safety please practice healthy hygiene and physical distancing by keeping at least two metres between yourself and other visitors.

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Kokanee Interpretation Programs Adjusted - September 1, 2020

September is Kokanee spawning season!

Thousands of our fresh water, land-locked salmon will leave Okanagan Lake and swim upstream in creeks and streams to spawn in their natal waters.

In order to keep everyone comfortable, safe and distanced, we've adjusted our annual Kokanee Salmon interpretative programs.  Join a Park Interpreter by registering for a free session at one of two key spawning locations:

• Hardy Falls Regional Park

  • September 9 - 9:30 - 10:30 am / 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
  • September 23 - 9:30 - 10:30 am / 11:00 am - 12:00 pm

• Mission Creek Regional Park

  • September 16 - 9:30 - 10:30 am / 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
  • September 30 - 9:30 - 10:30 am / 11:00 am - 12:00 pm

Learn more about the Kokanee salmon life cycles and unlock some of the fishy mysteries of the Okanagan.

Due to COVID-19 restrictions, each program is limited to 8 pre-registered participants to allow for physical distancing.  No drop-ins.  There's no cost to register your space, just go to rdco.com/parksevents.   All ages welcome.

In addition, Park interpreters will be on hand in each park Saturdays and Sundays starting September 12 (until Oct. 4 at Hardy and Oct. 11 at Mission Creek) from 11:00 am to 3:00 pm to answer questions about Kokanee salmon.

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

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January - June 2020 Program Highlights- August 26, 2020

This video shows the highlights of various Regional District of Central Okanagan service and program accomplishments from January through June 2020 in the four key areas of the Regional Board Strategic Priorities: Economic Development, Environment, Transportation and Mobility and Sustainable Communities.

 

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Highlights from the Regional Board meeting - August 26, 2020

Here is a link to the Board Reports highlights from the Regional Board meeting Monday, August 24.  And here's where you can listen to Audio from the meeting (Note regarding Audio recording)

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Retaining Wall Replacement in Mission Creek Regional Park - August 25, 2020

Starting August 26, there’s going to be new construction activity taking place in a portion of Mission Creek Regional Park.

Over the next three weeks, workers will be replacing a section of wooden retaining wall along the Kokanee Trail between the Soopollalie and Turtle Pond trails south of Mission Creek. This 30-metre portion of the trail will be closed for installation of a new 1.5-metre high gabion basket wall and handrails.

Visitors are asked to stay off the closed trail and to be aware of trucks and heavy equipment accessing the work area from the Hall Road service entrance.

The Regional District offers more than 2,100 hectares of parkland including 63 kilometres of formal trails in 30 regional parks for visitors to safely explore while practicing physical distancing.  Visit rdco.com/pickapark to plan your next outing.

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Canada - BC Grant helps build out access to Regional Park - August 14, 2020

Black Mountain - sntsk‘il’ntən Regional Park will become more accessible, thanks to a large infrastructure grant.

Under the Canada-BC Investing in Canada Infrastructure Plan, the two senior governments will contribute almost $715,000 towards new features in the 640-hectare regional park.   The Park protects cultural assets as well as a unique Okanagan grassland habitat.

The federal government is contributing $390,000; the BC government $324,967, while the Regional District of Central Okanagan will provide $260,033 for a project that will build community inclusiveness, stewardship and connectivity within the regional park.

RDCO Chair Gail Given says “This is an exciting investment in our community and the largest of our 30 regional parks. The funds will help us realize one of the Regional Board’s Strategic Priorities to provide residents with greater opportunities to connect with nature in the Central Okanagan.”

Westbank First Nation Chief Chris Derickson says “lim ləmt, thank you, to both levels of government for investing in our culturally significant sntsk‘il’ntən Regional Park, including, as part of the Regional Park Management Plan, improved access, safety, and information for its visitors. As stewards of the land, protecting areas of environmental and cultural significance is crucial to ensuring that these lands remain intact for future generations to visit, appreciate, and learn from.”

The Regional District and Westbank First Nation co-manage the protected 640-hectare regional park which is a significant cultural, historic and geographic namesake landmark.  It’s home to at least nine endangered or threatened species and ecological communities including grassland, open Ponderosa pine and grassland savanna. The park is vital to the syilx/Okanagan people for its wide variety of animals, plants and medicines along with resources for tool making found in the area. In nsyilxcín (in-SEALK-chin - Okanagan language), sntsk‘il’ntən (sins–te– KEEL–ten) translates to “the place where arrowheads/flint rock is found”.

The funds will be used to build three, new multi-use trails including one leading to the summit of Black Mountain.  In addition, important park amenities will be constructed:

  • washrooms
  • parking areas at Joe Rich Road and Swainson Road
  • information and kiosk signage
  • guard rail fences

The work is anticipated to begin this fall and be completed by summer 2022.

It’s expected an official park opening will take place this fall and while work in the park is still underway, some of the park is open now. The current temporary access to Black Mountain - sntsk‘il’ntən Regional Park is through an off-street parking area on Tower Ranch Drive and the City of Kelowna Tower Ranch Mountain park.  The Swainson Road access is currently closed while the Black Mountain Irrigation District installs a new water main.  Residents are asked to stay on the trail so natural areas are not disturbed.

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 Killiney Beach Water System Upgrade  - August 5, 2020

Over the next two months you will notice crews working on infrastructure upgrades to the Killiney Beach Water System near the Udell Road and Keithley Road intersection. The project includes the replacement of the existing Udell Pressure Reducing Valve (PRV) and associated watermain. 

Residents in the Udell area and motorists may experience some minor inconveniences during the construction planned for weekdays between 7:30 AM and 4:00 PM. Please obey flag people and signage that you encounter along roads in the area during construction.

The project has been able to move ahead thanks in part to the remaining financial support from the New Build Canada Fund – Small Communities Fund from the Federal and Provincial Governments following the recent watermain, reservoir, and control buildings improvements. 

A service interruption to the impacted properties in the Udell Road area will be required as part of the project and will be communicated to residents in advance once it has been scheduled. 

The Regional District currently operates and maintains six water systems servicing more than 1,000 properties in the Sunset Ranch, Killiney Beach, Westshore Estates, Upper Fintry-Shalal Road-Valley of the Sun, Falcon Ridge, and Trepanier areas.

For more information please 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 rdco.com/water.

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No Smoking or Fires in RDCO Parks - July 29, 2020

This morning (July 29) a potentially dangerous situation was averted in Glen Canyon Regional Park.

Regional Parks staff found and extinguished a campfire near the park entrance along Upper Smith Creek Road.  West Kelowna Fire Rescue also attended.

With a rising fire hazard and continued hot, dry conditions in the forecast, everyone is reminded that smoking, vaping, fires or open flames are not allowed any time in regional parks or RDCO Community Parks. If anyone in a park sees a fire, they should immediately call 9-1-1 to report it.

While the fines for anyone found violating the Regional Parks or RDCO Community Parks bylaws range from $250 to $1,000, the larger danger is that such activity could result in a serious fire that threatens nearby residential areas.

In addition to the regular signage at park entrances, special Fire Warning sandwich boards are being rotated around the regional park system reminding visitors of the fire hazard and that smoking and open fires are not allowed.

There are more than 2,100 hectares of parkland available to discover in 30 regional and 20 RDCO community parks.  Find all the locations at rdco.com/pickapark.   Please be safe and remember to keep at least two metres between yourself and other visitors.

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Your Choice:  Online, Email, Phone or safe in-person visits - July 29, 2020

With the provincial COVID-19 Restart guidelines, the Regional District is providing limited, in-person service from its main KLO Road building in Kelowna.

While public visits are available weekdays between 8:00 am and 4:00 pm, residents are encouraged whenever possible to save time and travel by continuing to contact staff by phone or email or seek out information online through the rdco.com website.  As well, customers requiring specialized services like development applications and building inspections should continue to arrange appointments with staff by phone or email.  A department directory is available at rdco.com/directory.

As the pandemic response has evolved, customers have readily adapted to online, email and telephone services.  As a result, there’s been a seamless transition in the provision of day to day services throughout the pandemic. It’s hoped that in the interest of everyone’s safety, people continue to utilize these convenient, available options.

In keeping with the public safety guidelines of the Province, Interior Health and WorkSafe BC, the RDCO has instituted a number of protocols for visitors to its administration building including:

  • A limit on the number of visitors to the building (if possible, one per party)
  • Personal hygiene requirements on entry
  • Increased daily cleaning and sanitation of common contact surfaces
  • Physical distancing in public areas and when dealing with staff
  • Directional signage and floor markers for customers requiring service
  • Installation of barriers to reduce potential transmission of the coronavirus

The Environmental Education Centre for the Okanagan in Mission Creek Regional Park is open Tuesday through Sunday for a maximum of five physically distanced visitors.  The RDCO Dog Pound at 890 Weddell Place is open with a maximum of one visitor and continues to encourage dog drop off/pick up services by appointment at 250-469-6284 or info-dogcontrol@rdco.com.

As health and safety guidelines evolve, the Regional District will adjust and update its customer service response to reduce potential spread of COVID-19.  For updates on the RDCO Response to COVID-19 visit rdco.com/covid-19.

Please contact other organizations providing services from the RDCO Kelowna office on their public accessibility. 

  • City of Kelowna KLO Community Policing Office Phone:  250-470-0600
  • Okanagan Basin Water Board Phone: 250-469-6270 website: obwb.ca/contact/
  • Okanagan Collaborative Conservation Program Phone: 250-718-4096 email:  occp123@gmail.com   website: okcp.ca
  • Okanagan Film Commission   Phone: 250-717-0087 email: info@okanaganfilm.com   website:  okanaganfilm.com
  • Sterile Insect Release Program Phone: 800-363-6684 email: sirinfo@oksir.org   website: oksir.org

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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@rdco.com
Hours: Monday – Friday 8:00 am – 4:00 pm (Closed Holidays)