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Killiney Beach Water System Possible Discolouration

Customers of the Killiney Beach Water System may notice some cloudiness in their water.

RDCO Environmental Services staff says there is slightly higher turbidity in the water as they have been testing a new pump at the system’s Winchester Road pump house.

If customers notice some discolouration in their water, they should run the cold water tap until the water runs clear.

Customers should also note that testing of the pump will take place again on Thursday morning (Jan. 17th) and should they see any discolouration in their water that day they should follow the same procedure.

Approximately 280 properties are connected to the community water system off located off Westside Road.

The Regional District provides water to just over 950 properties in the following areas: Falcon Ridge, Killiney Beach, Sunset Ranch, Star Place/Dietrich, Westshore and Upper Fintry - Shalal Road - Valley of the Sun.

For information visit 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.

(January 15, 2019)

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More Hours, More Access for Regional Parks

Residents will be able to enjoy their regional parks in the Central Okanagan more this year.

That’s one of the benefits of the new Regional Parks Regulation Bylaw which provides additional hours of access and operation for regional parks.  Visitors will enjoy another hour of access each evening during the spring and fall months and two additional hours on summer nights.  Other updates see vaping added to the ban on all smoking within regional parks and a new opportunity to permit First Nations ceremonial, cultural and social purposes.

Communications Officer Bruce Smith says “Regional Parks have become a popular destination for residents and visitors during the summer months. In order to ensure that park visitors continue to experience high quality services and park experiences, some new reservation regulations are in place designed to provide equal opportunities for everyone to enjoy the natural beauty and amenities in our Regional Parks.”

There are now three categories of reservations available:

  • Special Events a new application form ensures that parking and washroom facilities are provided for participants at events for up to 500 people.
  • Weddings permitted at Bertram Creek and Kopje Regional Parks during April, May, September and October for up to 75 guests over a 4-hour period.  With limited parking, wedding bookings are no longer available at Gellatly Nut Farm and Kaloya regional parks.
  • Picnic Shelter reservations are available at many of our Regional Parks for up to 25 guests over a two-hour period.

Along with these changes to Regional Parks reservations is a new table of fees including a new booking fee for school programs.  

Anyone considering a park/facility booking should contact Visitor Services at 250-469-6140 for specific details or visit www.regionaldistrict.com/parkbooking.

The Regional District has 30 Regional Parks and 20 community parks protecting over 2,100 hectares of land across the Central Okanagan.

For more information please visit our website at www.regionaldistrict.com/parks or email parks@cord.bc.ca or call Regional Parks Services at 250-469-6232.

(January 11, 2019)

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North Westside Fire Rescue Open House

Members of North Westside Fire Rescue are always ready to answer the call to help their neighbours!  

They’d like you to join them at an Open House, Tuesday, January 22nd from 7:00 to 9:00 pm.  The doors to Station 101 in Killiney Beach (514 Udell Road) will be wide open for residents of all ages to stop by!  

Meet your firefighters, learn more about what they do, the commitment and training involved, and check out the equipment.  You can even try your hand at some firefighting skills.

This is a great opportunity for anyone who’s thinking about joining the paid-on-call department to get your questions answered.   Application forms will be available during the Open House evening.

Anyone interested in becoming a paid-on-call North Westside firefighter should call 250-545-1195 and leave their name, phone number and email address.  Potential recruits will be contacted.   Applications and recruitment information is also available for downloading and printing on the RDCO website www.regionaldistrict.com/firerecruit.  

Training will be provided for successful applicants during the department’s regular evening or weekend sessions.

(January 7, 2019)

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'Wild Walks' Visits Mill Creek Regional Park

The winter months provide a new opportunity to discover your Regional Parks.  Dress for the conditions, bring along some poles and anti-slip/traction devices and join us on our ‘Wild Walks’.

Our Park interpreter will share some secrets and point out the natural features of various Regional Parks.  Turn an ordinary walk in the park into something extraordinary.  Each outing lasts approximately 90 minutes, is suitable for all ages including families with young children and ranges from an easy to moderate fitness level.

There’s no cost to take part but please pre-register for ‘Wild Walks’ on the following dates and locations:

  • Saturday, January 12th at 10:00 am and Wednesday, January 16th at 1:00 pm join us as we visit Mill Creek Regional Park which recently opened again after undergoing repairs from the 2017 flooding.  We’ll set out from the Spencer Road entrance in the Ellison area northeast of Kelowna International Airport. 

 To save a spot for your family on these free ‘Wild Walks’ outings, please drop in to the Environmental Education Centre for the Okanagan, email eeco@cord.bc.ca or phone 250-469-6140.

These free events are held in conjunction with the Community Recreational Initiatives Society (CRIS) to provide barrier free access to our regional parks.  To request the services of CRIS volunteers visit www.adaptiveadventures.ca

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

(January 6, 2019)

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Nature Power Hour Great For Families

If you’re interested in local wildlife around the Okanagan then the ‘Nature Power Hour at the EECO’ is for you!

Delve deep into the world of local wildlife with this interactive drop-in session at the Environmental Education Centre for the Okanagan in Mission Creek Regional Park (Springfield and Durnin Roads).

Topics vary from week to week and sessions run every Saturday during January and February at 11:00 am.

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

(January 6, 2019)

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Story Time at the EECO Is Back

Tuesday mornings are ‘Story Time at the EECO’.  The free, weekly one-hour drop-in program for children aged three to five and their care-givers returns for the winter months.

The younger ones love the nature-themed stories and songs followed by an art or craft project. The program is an excellent way for preschoolers to interact with others while learning more about the natural world. 

‘Story Time at the EECO’ runs each Tuesday morning at 10:30 starting January 8th through March 12th.  It resumes April 2nd and continues until May 14th.  

The EECO or Environmental Education Centre for the Okanagan is located in Mission Creek Regional Park, Springfield and Durnin Roads. For more information please visit www.regionaldistrict.com/parks, drop-in or call the EECO at 250-469-6140.

(January 6, 2019)

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Chip Your Tree, Don't Chuck It

When you take down your Christmas tree after the holidays, keep in mind you can dispose of it in an eco- friendly way and have it chipped, not chucked.

The Regional Waste Reduction Office recommends giving your tree another life after the holidays by dropping it off at any one of the convenient free Chip It locations. Your tree will then be chipped down and composted into a nutrient rich soil enhancer called GlenGrow available at various locations including the Glenmore Landfill in the spring.

If you don’t want to haul your tree to a drop off location, you can also cut it down to size and put the pieces in your yard waste cart for pick up once yard waste collection resumes March 1st, 2019.  Keep in mind the prunings and branches need to be no greater than 5cm (2in) in circumference and less than 1 meter (3ft) long.

Please remove all decorations and tinsel before recycling your tree, plus any plastic bags or other materials used for transporting--all of these interfere with the composting process.

Christmas tree drop-off locations December 26th through January 31st are:

Kelowna and Area:

  • Ben Lee Park (parking lot at Houghton Road)
  • Cook Road Boat Launch (parking lot)

Glenmore Landfill (Glenmore Road)

  • Open Monday-Sunday 7:30 am – 4:45 pm.
    Closed Dec 25th, 26th and Jan 1st  (*3 tree limit)

Westside:

  • Westside Residential Waste Disposal and Recycling Center (Asquith Road)   
    Open Friday-Monday 7:30 am – 3:50 pm. Closed Dec 25th and Jan 1st

Lake Country:

  • Jack Seaton Park (1950 Camp Road)

Peachland:

  • Residents can take their trees and yard waste year round to the Westside Residential Waste Disposal Center on Asquith Road in West Kelowna (see hours above).

For more information on tree chipping or holiday recycling, visit regionaldistrict.com/recycle, download the free My Waste App (Google Play or App store) , or call the Regional Waste Reduction Office at 250-469-6250..

(December 27, 2018)

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Garbage Tip Fees Increasing at Westside Transfer Station

Starting January 1st 2019, it will cost slightly more to dispose of garbage at the Westside Residential Waste Disposal Center on Asquith Road in West Kelowna.  Details

This is the second of three increases approved by the Regional Board in April 2018 to cover additional annual disposal expenses and tipping fee increases at the City of Kelowna’s Glenmore Landfill.  

Fees will rise on January 1st 2019 and 2020 for the disposal of garbage at the transfer facility that serves residents in West Kelowna, Peachland, Westbank First Nation reserves and the Central Okanagan West Electoral Area.  Note: drywall is not currently accepted at the Westside Transfer Station due to the large stockpile. Drywall is accepted (disposal fees apply) at the Glenmore Landfill 7 days a week.

For more information on the Westside facility tipping fee increases, visit regionaldistrict.com/recycle.

(December 12, 2018)

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Damage Repairs in Kalamoir Regional Park

Regional District Parks Services staff is acting on two recent incidents resulting in some damage in Kalamoir Regional Park.

Over the weekend, a water main break outside the park saw debris, rocks and soil flow down into the park from nearby King Road.  Debris was deposited from the King Road access damaging and eroding a portion of the Upper Rim Trail and grassland areas.

The contractor involved is working with the Regional District to repair and restore damaged areas.

As well, even though preventative measures have been taken to protect many trees along the Water Front trail in the park, a couple of lakeside trees have been targeted by beavers.  For the safety of trail users, Parks Services staff is taking down affected trees and leaving them along the shoreline as a distraction for the animals to harvest.  They’ll continue to watch for any further damage.

For more information contact Parks Services at 250-469-6232 or email parks@cord.bc.ca.

(November 27, 2018)

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Regional Parks Goes Quietly Green

The crunch of gravel under the wheels is the only sound that gives away the presence of a new vehicle in our Regional Parks.

Staff has nicknamed the new electric truck, the first in the parks fleet, ‘Casper’ because of its ghost-like, stealth qualities.   The electric motor that drives the vehicle is so quiet that it helps add to the experience of park visitors, reducing noise and just as importantly, exhaust emissions, so the air is cleaner.  Staff says many people have been surprised by just how quiet the vehicle is.

Communications Officer Bruce Smith says “The quietness and no exhaust features of the electric vehicle supports one of the goals of our Regional Parks Mission Statement to protect the environment.  The batteries can easily be recharged with a standard electrical outlet.  We anticipate that we’ll see some fuel savings, since electricity is cheaper than petroleum based fuels and reduced costs of maintenance compared with a standard combustible vehicle.”

As well, the vehicle’s size was an important reason for purchasing it.  Smith adds, “Its 53 inch narrow width means the truck is able to cross all our bridge structures along the Mission Creek Greenway and as well as in many of our other regional parks.”

The vehicle is licensed for regular road travel and moves at a top speed of 42-kilometers an hour.  It has rear box with a 1,500 pound capacity which means it can be used by staff for a variety of maintenance needs.

The Might-E Truck vehicle was manufactured by Canadian Electric Vehicle Limited on Vancouver Island at a cost of $35,000.  The Regional District received a $5,000 rebate grant from Plug-in BC to further offset the purchase.

(October 22, 2018)

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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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Open Burning Returns in the Central Okanagan October 1st

Seasonal temperatures and a low fire hazard means open burning season will begin for eligible property owners on Monday, October 1st.

Burning is only allowed when air quality and venting conditions are good for those property owners obtaining a permit from their local fire authority. 

Under Regional District and local fire bylaws permitted open burning may start October 1st and must be complete on April 30th

Burning permits are available from local fire departments.*  Those eligible to burn within the four Central Okanagan East or Central Okanagan West electoral area fire protection areas (Ellison, Joe Rich, North Westside, Wilson’s Landing) may call the Regional District at 250-469-6223  to obtain a permit.  (Long Distance Collect Calls are accepted weekdays only between 8:00 am and 4:00 pm, excluding holidays).

Property owners with a valid permit must call the toll-free Outdoor Burning Hotline:  1-855-262-2876 (BURN) before lighting any fire to determine if open burning is allowed on a particular day.  In order for burning to occur both the Venting and Air Quality conditions must be good.  This information will also be available each day after 8:00 am at regionaldistrict.com/airquality.

Permitted property owners should reduce any smoke by following these Best Practices for open burning:

  • On days when conditions allow for open burning, ignite fires after 10:00 am when venting conditions are usually more favourable;
  • Pruning’s, branches and stumps must be dried for a minimum of two years;
  • For more efficient burning make smaller piles with good air ventilation.

Under the Regional District Smoke Control Bylaw, nuisance smoke from open burning is not allowed in the City of Kelowna, the District of Lake Country, City of West Kelowna and the Central Okanagan East and West Electoral Areas or under the bylaws of the District of Peachland.  Yard waste such as leaves, pine needles, grass clippings, weeds and other garden waste are not allowed to be burned.

Violators could receive a fine or be charged with the cost of putting out the fire.  Residents are encouraged to report anyone illegally burning on a non-burning day by calling the Regional Fire Dispatch Center at 250-469-8577.

All Central Okanagan property owners are encouraged to use other clean air options to dispose of their yard waste.  

  • The bi-weekly curbside yard waste collection program is underway through November 30th and residents are reminded to only place leaves, grass, pine needles and small pruning’s inside their wheeled yard waste cart with the green lid closed. 
  • Residents may also use the yard waste drop off program at the Glenmore landfill and Westside Residential Waste Disposal and Recycling Centre (Asquith Road in West Kelowna). Fees apply at each facility.  When transporting loads for disposal, please make sure they are covered.
  • Mow-Chip Rent-it Rebate program - Qualifying participants must have a property one hectare or greater in size with a small volume of wood for fuel reduction and/or agricultural activities that can’t be served through the regular Agricultural Chipping Program. The Regional Air Quality Program provides up to 80% of the cost of renting mow/chip equipment or services up to a $500 maximum. Visit the Mow-Chip Rent-it program for more information. Depending on your needs, you can hire a contractor or rent your own machine. Search online under wood chipping, tree service, machine rentals, etc. to find a company that suits your needs.
  • Air Curtain Burning uses forced air to burn wood faster and with less smoke. Contact your local Fire Department to learn more about forced air incineration options for burning agricultural or land clearing wood waste
  • A number of private companies offer wood chipping and grinding services or rent portable chippers.  Some may also pick up yard waste for disposal.

Agricultural burning is allowed under Provincial Right to Farm legislation and accounts for most of the burning permits issued in the Central Okanagan.   Before starting any fire, farmers must call 1-855-262-2876 (BURN) or visit regionaldistrict.com/airquality to ensure burning can take place on a particular day.  As an alternate disposal method, the Regional Air Quality Program is working with farmers to encourage use of the Agricultural Chipping Program.   The program offers a Best Management Practices handbook and DVD to help farmers.  Agricultural producers who wish to participate in the chipping program should contact the Regional Air Quality Coordinator at 250-469-8408 or email airquality@kelowna.ca to register.

Central Okanagan residents are reminded to check with their local fire jurisdiction regarding regulations and restrictions regarding campfires, chimineas and other outdoor wood fire burning devices.  Campfires are not allowed at any time within the City of Kelowna.

(September 19, 2018)

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Clean Water Begins at Home - Source Control

What you put down the drain or flush can ultimately affect the quality of Okanagan Lake.

That’s why the Regional District of Central Okanagan has produced a series of short videos explaining what residents can do at home to protect the treated effluent released from the Westside Regional Wastewater Treatment Plant.

Communications Officer Bruce Smith says what the videos target is known as Source Control. “Thanks to a Water Conservation and Quality Improvement program grant from the Okanagan Basin Water Board / Okanagan Waterwise, we’ve developed four videos showing what people can do at home, or the source, to protect our lakes.  The videos focus on Source Control, Materials you can flush; Fats, Oils and Greases or FOG and Leftover Medications and Pharmaceuticals.  Our goal is to get people thinking before they let something flow down the drain or flush, so that they’re not reducing water quality or contributing to clogged drains and pipes.  As the videos say, Clean Water Begins at Home.”

Earlier this year, the regional district sent an information card to residents serviced by the Westside Regional Wastewater Treatment Plant encouraging them to ‘Don’t Rush, Think Before You Flush’.

Each day, the plant located off Gellatly Road in West Kelowna treats an average of ten million litres of wastewater.  Practicing source control at home not only helps protect the integrity of the plant’s biological treatment process, it prevents costly clogs and backups of pipes.  But more importantly, it keeps materials that can’t be removed through the treatment process from entering Okanagan Lake, a source of drinking water for so many residents.

Food waste like fats, grease and oils (deep fryer oil, vegetable oil, cooking oil) can easily congeal and block pipes.  As well, diapers, wet wipes, bandages, personal hygiene products and cotton swabs should be placed into the household garbage.  And hazardous waste materials like paints, solvents and other chemicals should be disposed of at the free household hazardous waste drop off at the Battery Doctors in Kelowna.  Unused or expired medications and prescription drugs should be returned to a pharmacy and residents can visit www.medicationsreturn.ca for more information.

Smith adds, “Collected kitchen cooking oils, fats, grease and lards can be placed into a container and put into the trash, or taken for disposal in receptacles at the Westside Regional Waste Disposal and Recycling Centre in West Kelowna or the Glenmore landfill, in order to be recycled in a program with McLeod’s Byproducts of Armstrong.”

Links to the videos and more information is available by visiting www.regionaldistrict.com/wastewater.

(September 12, 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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Climate Action Annual Report

Through its participation in the Climate Action Revenue Incentive Program (CARIP), the Regional District of Central Okanagan publicly share the accompanying CARIP Progress Report each year.

The report details actions being taken during 2017 and proposed actions for 2018 related to the Regional District's efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

(updated June 6, 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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Mow-Chip Alternative to Outdoor Burning

There’s another incentive program now available as an alternative to outdoor burning.

The Regional District of Central Okanagan Air Quality Program is offering a rebate through the new Mow-Chip program.  It provides 80% of the cost of equipment rental (daily/multi-day/weekly/) or chipping/flail mow service up to a maximum of $500 per applicant.

Qualifying participants must have a property one hectare or greater in size with a small volume of wood for fuel reduction and/or agricultural activities that can’t be served through the regular Agricultural Chipping Program.

The Air Quality Technical Committee has been working on different approaches to reduce particulate matter across the region. In order to preserve good air quality and to keep material out of the landfill, one option was to encourage more on-site grinding.  According to the Agricultural Waste Disposal - Best Practices Guide, BURNING IS NOT RECOMMENDED for prunings as they’re easily managed by chipping or using a flail mower. A number of businesses provide rental equipment or services and chipping can be done year-round. Green wood waste is not allowed to be burned and is perfect for chipping.  Dry wood creates too much dust and wears the chipping blades down faster.

A November 2017 survey on open burning found Central Okanagan residents expressed their support for a rebate of this type program. The rental rebate includes fuel mitigation activities, as around 15% of all burning permits issued in the Central Okanagan are for fuel reduction to create a defensible space reducing wildfire risks. Homeowners are also encouraged to remove and chip any flammable landscaping materials (cedars, junipers etc.).

Open burning should not be considered as a first option for wood management. Residents and farmers that apply for this new rebate will show their commitment and social responsibility by using alternatives to burning and supporting the region in its efforts to protect the health of their families and neighbours. Working together, we will help improve local air quality.

(March 21, 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
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