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Westshore Estates Water Quality Advisory Removed
After consulting with Interior Health, the Regional District of Central Okanagan has rescinded a Water Quality Advisory for customers of the Westshore Estates water system.
The higher turbidity caused by the historically high levels of the Okanagan Lake source water has decreased and is once again within the acceptable and safe Canadian guidelines for drinking water quality. As a result the precautionary Water Quality Advisory that has been in place since May 18th has been removed.
Communication Officer Bruce Smith adds, “We appreciate the patience and understanding of our customers on the 265 properties connected to the water system.”
(June 21, 2018)
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Sunset Ranch Water Main Flushing
The Regional District is flushing water mains on the Sunset Ranch system.
From now until approximately the end of next week (Friday, June 29th), RDCO Environmental Services staff will be flushing mains Monday through Friday between the hours of 8:00 am and 3:00 pm.
Roadside notice boards will be put up in advance of crews working in a particular system area.
Flushing ensures continued optimum water quality and removes any sediment deposits that may accumulate over time throughout the systems.
When flushing is taking place, water pressure can vary slightly and there may be some slight discoloration in the water. Please check your water prior to use. We recommend that you avoid doing laundry when flushing is taking place in your area. If you experience discoloration, run the cold water tap until the water runs clear.
Customers will find more information and answers to questions they might have about the Regional District Water Main Flushing Program on the Water Systems webpage www.regionaldistrict.com/water.
(June 19, 2018)
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Applications Welcome for Advisory Commission Members
If you live within the Regional District of Central Okanagan and are interested in future development in your community, the Regional District would like to hear from you.
Communications Officer Bruce Smith says “We’re currently looking for volunteer members to serve on the Agricultural Advisory Commission, Central Okanagan West Electoral Area Advisory Planning Commission, and the Environmental Advisory Commission.”
He adds, “Each group works with our Planning staff to advise the Regional Board by reviewing various development applications and referrals within the Electoral Areas pertaining to agriculture, land use and environmental sustainability. The comments and recommendations provided by the Commissions are considered by the Regional Board at time of decisions.”
Members of each Advisory Commission will be selected on the basis of various criteria established within the Terms of Reference or bylaw for each respective commission. The selection criteria may include demonstrated interest and participation in community matters, area of residence, academic and/or technical qualifications, knowledge, and professional expertise.
Information about each of these Advisory Commissions is available online by visiting regionaldistrict.com/advisorycommissions or by contacting Regional District Community Services by e-mail at email@example.com or by calling 250-469-6227.
There’s a convenient link to an online form that can be completed and submitted on the Regional District website. Forms may also be downloaded, completed and dropped off in person or by mail.
(June 19, 2018)
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Stage 2 Outdoor Water Restrictions Return
The annual return to twice weekly outdoor water restrictions starts tomorrow for the six water systems operated by the Regional District of Central Okanagan.
Each year from June 16th until September 15th, Stage 2 water restrictions are in place for customers of the Star Place, Falcon Ridge, Killiney Beach, Sunset Ranch, Upper Fintry-Shalal Road-Valley of the Sun and Westshore water systems. Communications Officer Bruce Smith says “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 irrigate outdoors on Saturday and Tuesday while those with odd addresses may only water outside on Sunday and Wednesday.”
Smith adds, “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 help ensure 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.
While fines are possible for those watering when they shouldn’t, raising awareness successfully results in voluntary compliance. The Regional District water systems provide service to almost 950 connections in the six water system areas.
For more tips on water conservation inside and outside your home, visit the Regional District Water System webpage at regionaldistrict.com/water.
Customers may also sign up there to receive email notifications of any water advisories or special maintenance works affecting their water system.
(June 15, 2018)
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The Dog Ambassadors Are Back!
You can’t miss them with their brightly coloured shirts and friendliness as they check out the popular hot spots for dogs across the Central Okanagan. The hugely popular Regional District Dog Ambassadors are back for the fifth summer season.
They’ll be visiting local beaches and parks rewarding dogs and their owners with goodies for being responsible. They confirm whether dogs are licensed and educate owners regarding the rules of licensing and leashing,
And of course, they’ll be visible in locations from Lake Country to Peachland armed with information on dog beach locations, leash and off-leash parks as well as partners in the My Dog Matters program. They’ll also be promoting use of the free My Dog Park Finder feature of the My Dog Matters program App (www.mydogmatters.ca/MDMApp).
Communications Officer Bruce Smith says “Our Dog Ambassadors are a dog owner’s best friend. They have treats, leashes and dog-related information making a positive connection. They don’t enforce the bylaw or issue tickets. Instead, they’re an information source and resource, promoting the principles supported by the Responsible Dog Ownership Bylaw.”
Smith adds, “We’re a hot spot for visitors during the summer months and many bring their dogs. Our Dog Ambassadors are there to also help them with questions they might have about dogs and dog matters in the Central Okanagan to ensure everyone has a great visit and they don’t unknowingly violate the rules for dogs in our region.”
If you lose or find a dog, please contact the region’s Dog Pound as soon as possible so that we can help reunite the dog and its owner. (250-469-6284 or firstname.lastname@example.org)
Everything you need to know about dog licensing and Responsible Dog Ownership in the Central Okanagan can be found at regionaldistrict.com/dogs.
(June 11, 2018)
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Mission Creek Greenway - Scenic Canyon Open Again
A section of the Mission Creek Greenway through Scenic Canyon Regional Park is open again for visitors!
The approximately eight kilometer section from Hollywood Road south to Field Road was closed May 9th as the rapid rise in the water level and flow of Mission Creek washed out sections of the trail. Once the flood water receded and it was safe, staff assessed the damage and has been working to rebuild the trail. Repair work is continuing and trail users should watch for crews and equipment.
The Greenway trail underpasses at the Casorso Road, Gordon Drive and Lakeshore Road bridges are also open again for use.
Due to ongoing slope stability concerns, 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 still closed. Significant work is required to repair damage from at least two slides/washouts in these areas before they are safe for use.
(June 8, 2018)
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North Westside Bulky Items Collection
North Westside Road residents within the Central Okanagan will have a special opportunity to dispose of unwanted bulky items.
Wednesday June 27th, through Monday July 9th, 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 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 email@example.com.
(June 5, 2018)
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New Summer-Fall Parks Guides Are Here
If you enjoy fun activities that take place in or are about Mother Nature then check out the new ‘Your Guide to Regional Parks’. There is something for kids, seniors, mom’s and dad’s…the whole family!
You’ll find detailed information about the programs and activities in our 12-page colour, foldout brochure available anytime online by visiting regionaldistrict.com/parksguide. Or you can pick up a copy at the Regional District office (1450 KLO Road), the Environmental Education Centre for the Okanagan in Mission Creek Regional Park (Springfield and Durnin Roads), local government offices, recreation centres and tourist and information offices in the Central Okanagan.
Communications Officer Bruce Smith says “Parents of youngsters age three to eight may want to check out the dates, times and registration information for this year’s ‘Summer Nature Camp’ program which takes place mornings during July and August in Mission Creek Regional Park. Registration for the program is underway and spaces fill up quickly!”
This year there are a few new programs like ‘Art in the Park’ at Kopje Regional Park Sunday mornings from June through August and three ‘Forest Therapy Series’ sessions in June that introduce you to the mindfulness experience of shinrin-yoku.
Smith adds, “We have our free, drop-in ‘Summer Story Time’ each week during July and August in Mission Creek Regional Park and free summer and fall ‘Roll and Stroll’ walking program for moms and caregivers with babies or little ones. It’s a great way for them to spend some time outdoors each week in a family and baby-friendly environment.” The guide also has the details for the ‘Wild Walks’ program which happens twice a month at seven different Regional Parks.
The handy ‘At a Glance’ is a monthly listing of programs and activities at the EECO located in Mission Creek Regional Park and in many Regional Parks. There’s also a colour map showing Regional Park locations and some of the features and amenities that are available in each.
For more information about any Regional Parks programming and our detailed section for Regional Parks, visit regionaldistrict.com/parks.
(June 5, 2018)
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Water Quality Advisory for Killiney Beach Water
The Regional District of Central Okanagan has downgraded a previously issued Boil Water Notice for residents served by the Killiney Beach Water System in the Central Okanagan West Electoral Area.
The system is now on a Water Quality Advisory as turbidity levels in the Okanagan Lake water source have decreased.
Approximately 280 properties are connected to the community water system off located off Westside Road. Roadside sign notices are in place to let residents know about the water advisory.
After consulting with Interior Health (IH) it’s recommended that Killiney Beach water customers wishing additional precautions and especially those with weakened immune systems, the elderly and children, boil all water intended for drinking, washing fruit and vegetables, making beverages, ice or brushing teeth for at least one minute or they should use a safe alternative to water from the tap such as bottled or distilled water.
This precautionary water quality advisory will continue until turbidity returns to normal operating levels within acceptable Guidelines for Canadian Drinking Water Quality.
For more detail and information visit the Regional District website water system webpage (regionaldistrict.com/water) or contact RDCO Environmental Services at firstname.lastname@example.org or 250-469-6241. To subscribe online for Regional District water quality advisories or alerts by email visit regionaldistrict.com/water.
(June 4, 2018)
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Water Quality Advisory for Falcon Ridge Water
Residents served by the Falcon Ridge Water System in the Central Okanagan East Electoral Area are now under a Water Quality Advisory.
Approximately 55 properties connected to the water system off Highway 33 are affected. Roadside sign notices have been adjusted to advise that the system is now on an advisory.
After consulting with Interior Health, the previously issued Boil Water Notice has now been downgraded as turbidity levels in source water for the system have improved. However, some residents may be impacted by the continued turbidity, which remains higher than acceptable levels for Canadian Drinking Water Guidelines.
It’s recommended that those customers with weakened immune systems, the elderly and children and those wishing additional precautions 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 precautionary water quality advisory will continue until further notice.
For more details and information visit the Regional District website water system webpage (regionaldistrict.com/water) or contact RDCO Environmental Services at email@example.com or 250-469-6241. To subscribe online for Regional District water quality advisories or alerts by email visit regionaldistrict.com/water.
(June 4, 2018)
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Boil Water Notice Removed for Star Place Water System
The Regional District of Central Okanagan, in consultation with Interior Health, has removed a previously issued Boil Water Notice for residents served by the Star Place Water System in the Central Okanagan West Electoral Area.
The community water system services eight properties on Star Place off Trepanier Road near the Okanagan Connector (Hwy 97-C).
Turbidity in the water system sources has greatly improved since the Boil Water Notice was brought in May 7th. Water quality is once again back to normal operating levels and within acceptable Guidelines for Canadian Drinking Water Quality.
For information visit the Regional District website water system webpage (regionaldistrict.com/water) or contact RDCO Environmental Services at firstname.lastname@example.org or 250-469-6241. To subscribe online for Regional District water quality advisories or alerts by email visit regionaldistrict.com/water.
(June 4, 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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Rural Property Tax Notices
Property owners in the Central Okanagan East and Central Okanagan West Electoral Areas will soon receive Rural Property Tax Notices from the Provincial Government.
All property owners in the Central Okanagan are reminded that the Regional District doesn’t collect taxes directly and doesn’t accept Property Tax payments. Instead, the Province collects Rural Property Tax Notice payments and the taxes for Regional District purposes are included on municipal tax notices which are directly collected from property owners within the City of Kelowna, City of West Kelowna, District of Lake Country and District of Peachland.
If they qualify, property owners in the two unincorporated rural electoral areas may complete their Home Owner Grant Application (remittance coupon at the bottom of the property tax notice) and make their tax payment, payable to the Minister of Finance, at most financial institutions and through their electronic payment services; through their mortgage agreement; or enrolling in online eTaxBC. They may also be sent by mail to:
Surveyor of Taxes,
P.O. Box 9446 Stn Prov Govt,
Victoria, BC V8W 9V6
Property owners in the Central Okanagan East and Central Okanagan West Electoral Areas with questions about their Rural Property Tax Notice should contact the Surveyor of Taxes at 1-888-355-2700; by email (email@example.com); or they can go online to the Ministry of Finance website.
To avoid any penalty, please ensure rural property taxes are paid by July 3rd, 2018. There are also a number of Provincial Government property tax deferment programs available that qualifying property owners may wish to consider. Details on these are available on the Ministry website.
Property owners in the City of Kelowna, City of West Kelowna, District of Lake Country, and District of Peachland must direct their property tax payments to their local government.
(May 31, 2018)
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Extended Park Closure for Outfall Expansion Project
With the permission of the City of West Kelowna, the closure of Pebble Beach Park has been extended until the end of June.
This will allow remediation of the waterfront park off Whitworth Road, now that construction is almost complete for the Regional District of Central Okanagan Wastewater Treatment Plant outfall expansion.
The Regional District apologizes for the inconvenience and thanks residents for their understanding.
The $4.7-million outfall expansion project will increase the efficiency and operation of the plant located off Gellatly Road. It treats approximately 10-million litres of wastewater each day from the City of West Kelowna, District of Peachland and Westbank First Nation Reserves #9 and #10.
You can learn more about this important infrastructure project and the plant by visiting www.regionaldistrict.com/wastewater.
(May 30, 2018)
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Experience Forest Therapy!
Experience the healing and restorative benefits of the forest.
Join a new outdoor series where your facilitator will guide you to mindfully connect with nature using concepts of forest bathing (shinrin-yoku). Forest bathing, also called forest therapy, has been recognized in Japan for decades as an effective preventative healthcare treatment. Research suggests that consistent exposure to a forest setting can boost your immune system as trees release natural essential oils and prolonged exposure to these oils can help boost your body’s production of disease-fighting white blood cells.
The series will run from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm on three consecutive Saturdays in June.
Your guide will lead you through each park at a slower pace than you might be used to with a conventional park visit with the intent to relax and immerse yourself in a forest atmosphere.
Participants are invited to register for all three sessions as forest therapy is intended to be a consistent practice. All three sessions are only $30. Alternatively, each individual session is $15 each. There is a limit of 10 people per session so register early!
For more information or to register contact the EECO at 250-469-6140, email firstname.lastname@example.org or drop into the Centre at 2363A Springfield Road in Mission Creek Regional Park.
(updated June 1, 2018)
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Be Cart Smart!
Are you putting the right things in your recycling cart? The Regional District will be back on the streets over the next eight weeks, checking to see as part of their ongoing cart education and inspection campaign to combat recycling contamination.
The Director of Engineering Services for the Regional District which oversees the recycling collection contracts for all member municipalities in the Central Okanagan says most residents are doing a good job following the rules for what’s acceptable to put in the carts. But David Komaike says waste audits show there’s still significant contamination going on in our recycling stream, and that’s a big problem.
“Things like garbage, garden hoses, plastic shovels, hazardous waste, electronics, scrap metals, textiles, even yard waste—items that have never been accepted in our recycling program are still showing up and contaminating the recycling stream, says Komaike. “If we don’t significantly reduce and eliminate these unacceptable products from our loads, we face financial penalties from our contractor Recycle BC. We’re close to 15% contamination on average and it needs to be 3% or less. So we need to do a better job, and that requires continuous education and monitoring.”
Komaike says the inspection teams will have a quick view of the contents of the recycling cart, and if they find items that don’t belong they’ll leave a sticker telling you what went wrong. And in some cases, carts won’t be picked up until the offending material is removed.
Here are some of the items inspectors will be looking for:
- Bagged recyclables
- Electronics, small appliances (depot only recyclable)
- Hazards such as syringes, propane tanks
- Textiles such as clothes, fabric, pillows
- Garden hoses, landscape edging, tarps
- Garbage such as food waste, paper towels, Kleenex
- Plastic Bags, Styrofoam, Glass (DEPOT ONLY recyclable)
- Soft plastics such as cling wrap, bubble wrap, chip and snack bags, zipper bags
- Non-packaging plastics such as toys, Tupperware type containers, laundry baskets
- Soft cover novels and hard cover books and textbooks
The Regional District annually inspects over 3,500 recycle carts and sends an average of 2,500 letters directly to residents when the wrong materials are found in the recycling, garbage and yard waste carts – to help encourage compliance in future.
To find out more about what to recycle in your curbside cart or at a depot, visit regionaldistrict.com/recycle, download the free My Waste App, or call the Regional Waste Reduction Office at 250.469.6250.
(May 28, 2018)
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Another Perfect Storm Year for Mosquitoes
For the second year in a row, with high flows of creeks and rising lake water levels, there’s a perfect storm for mosquitoes.
And crews for the Regional District’s Mosquito Control Program have been out monitoring and treating approximately 230 known larva breeding sites in areas participating in the program.
“We encourage residents to help us fight mosquitoes by removing any standing water sources and unused items that collect water such as old tires.” Communications Officer Bruce Smith says “it only takes a few millimetres of water for mosquito larva to survive and hatch into biting mosquitoes.” He adds, “Cover rain barrels with a screen so that mosquitoes can’t lay their eggs in the water. And we recommended that at least twice a week people drain standing water from containers under plant pots or in garbage cans and change the water in birdbaths, wading pools and pet bowls. And remove any water that sits in unused swimming pools and on swimming pool covers and aerate water in ponds or add fish that will feed on mosquito larvae.”
Under contract with the Regional District, Duka Environmental Ltd. provides all larval mosquito control within the participating funding. President Curtis Fediuk says, “Not unlike last year when exceptional lake and creek levels created unprecedented flooding and water accumulations, standing water in low lying areas is much more than usual. Field personnel continue to regularly sample and treat known larval habitats and accessible areas. Where observed, developing mosquito larvae are being controlled using a bio-rational, bacterial larvicide called VectoBac 200G”
He adds the goal of the program is to control nuisance mosquitoes, not eliminate them. “We usually see mosquitoes peak between mid-June and the end of July. Residents can protect themselves by using approved repellents, wearing loose fitting light coloured clothing and by minimizing activities near treed and bush areas at dusk and dawn where adult mosquitos prefer to rest. As well, repair and replace any window screens to help prevent mosquitoes entering your home.”
In addition to the known surface water and treatment program in July and August over 10,000 roadside catch basins will be checked and treated if necessary to combat mosquitoes.
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.
(May 24, 2018)
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Stay Safe and Out of Creeks
At the best of times and weather conditions, the Regional District doesn’t encourage anyone to go into Mission Creek.
But at this time of year, the creek is flowing faster and is much colder with the upper elevation snowmelt underway. As well, there are the potential unexpected and unknown hazards with debris in and under the surface and around the creek banks.
This afternoon, two people who’d gone into the creek with a raft had to be rescued by members of the Kelowna Fire Department. The pair eventually ended up without the raft, wet, tired and cold on a gravel sandbar from which they were rescued.
The Regional District encourages people and their pets to stay away from and out of the creek and to keep their dogs on leash and under control.
Be aware that water levels may rise unexpectedly during the spring freshet and they, children and pets should stay safely back from creek banks, which may be slippery or subject to erosion and undercutting from the spring runoff.
(May 23, 2018)
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Keep Bears Out of Your Garbage
The Regional Waste Reduction Office is reminding you to please do your part to keep your neighborhood safe by managing wildlife attractants around your home.
Bears have already been spotted in several neighborhoods from Joe Rich to Peachland and the North Westside, and Waste Reduction Facilitator Rae Stewart says it’s that time of the year to be extra vigilant. “The bears have come out of the long winter hibernation hungry and on the prowl for food. The best advice if you live in an area susceptible to wildlife visitors is to reduce the risk of conflict by taking responsibility for your trash.”
Stewart reminds residents not to put their garbage, recycling or yard waste carts out for collection until the morning of their actual collection day. “Bears and other animals have a keen sense of smell, so the idea is not to attract them to your garbage unnecessarily. If they find your waste, not only can they make a real mess, but they can pose a risk to you and your family, your pets, or to themselves by attracting the totally preventable attention of conservation officers.”
Wildsafe BC has tips you can follow to keep wildlife wild and help prevent conflict:
- 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 they are not able to put garbage out at appropriate times
- Secure your garbage on non- collection days
- Keep your barbeque clean and covered
- Pick ripe or fallen fruit, mix well into your compost bin, or put in yard waste cart
- Clean up and properly store bird seed or pet food
To report human bear conflicts to the BC Conservation Office call 1.877.952.7277.
For more information on deterring bears from your garbage, visit the WildsafeBC website: https://wildsafebc.com/about/. For additional inquiries, visit.regionaldistrict.com/recycle, email (email@example.com) or call the Regional Waste Reduction Office at 250.469.6250.
(May 10, 2018)
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Firefighters' Donations for Fire Truck
It’s not often people put their money up to support what they believe in, but firefighters in Joe Rich have done just that.
Members of the paid-on-call department have voted in favour of donating funds to the Regional District to purchase a 1996 fire engine that was being sold by the City of Kelowna.
Joe Rich fire department members contribute three per cent of their wages to a special fund which is used for equipment and other purchases determined by a majority vote of the members. Recently, the membership voted to donate some of this money towards the purchase of the Kelowna fire truck.
The Chief of the Joe Rich department says “We have a small tax base, and large purchases like trucks put a strain on the department budget and ultimately the taxpayer. It’s not uncommon for smaller fire departments to seek value in purchasing used vehicles.”
Ben Wasyliuk adds “We have an aging fleet and while we still budget and set aside reserves to purchase newer trucks to meet our insurance rating obligations, this truck provides us with some valuable flexibility and redundancy in our fleet if we were to face any unforeseen mechanical or service-related downtime on other trucks.”
Regional District of Central Okanagan Fire Services Manager Ross Kotscherofski says “The Joe Rich Fire Department has experienced significant growth in the last few years, almost doubling in membership since 2015. As a result, it can be challenging with its current fleet to transport firefighters to incidents. This truck will add six more seats to get responders to emergencies.”
The Regional District of Central Okanagan has worked with Joe Rich Fire Rescue to come up with creative solutions and the department appreciates its support. In addition, the paid-on-call department is extremely grateful for the excellent working relationship with the regional district and the City of Kelowna. The truck is now part of the fleet owned and maintained by the Regional District.
This engine is expected to be in service shortly and will be stationed at Hall 51 (11481 Highway 33 East).
(May 9, 2018)
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Some Tipping Fees Increasing June 1st at Westside Residential Waste Disposal and Recycling Centre
Starting June 1st, it will cost you a little more to dispose of garbage and tires at the Westside Residential Waste Disposal and Recycling Center on Asquith Road in West Kelowna.
The Regional Board has adopted amendments to the Solid Waste Management Regulation bylaw raising tipping fees slightly at the facility. The user-fee increases are required in order to cover additional expenses with disposal of the these materials and are in line with tipping fee increases that started January 1st this year at the City of Kelowna’s Glenmore Landfill.
Fees will rise on June 1st, then again on January 1st 2019 and 2020 for the disposal of garbage and tires with rims at the transfer facility that serves residents in West Kelowna, Peachland, Westbank First Nation reserves and the Central Okanagan West Electoral Area. When the facility again accepts recyclable drywall, those fees for disposal will also increase.
- The charge for a bag of garbage is going up from $2.50 to $3.50.
- Tires with rims will go up from $1.00 per tire to $3.00
- Note: Drywall is not currently accepted at the Westside Transfer Station due to the large stockpile. Once drywall is accepted again disposal will cost $10.00 per sheet, up from $6.00/sheet. 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.
(May 5, 2018)
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Old Westside Landfill Closure Construction
Work to finally close the former Westside landfill begins next week and should take about two months to complete.
Bluepoint Construction Limited will be on the old landfill site working Monday through Friday between 7:00 am and 5:00 pm. During construction, there should be minimal impact to residents using the Westside Residential Waste Disposal and Recycling Centre, just off Asquith Road in West Kelowna. This facility will continue operating Friday through Monday between 7:30 am and 3:50 pm.
Late last year, the Ministry of Environment approved the Final Closure Plan for the old landfill site, which hasn’t been accepting any material for burial since mid-summer of 2010.
Closure works include final site drainage and grading along the west and northwest slopes. As well, contouring work will be completed, soil for the final cover will be put in place and the site will be fertilized and seeded with natural grasses.
For details about the Westside Landfill Closure please visit www.regionaldistrict.com/landfillclosure.
(May 4, 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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Philpott Trail Closed
Effective immediately, the Regional District has closed the Philpott Trail, off Philpott Road in the Joe Rich area of the Central Okanagan East Electoral Area.
A detailed assessment has been done throughout the approximately two kilometre long trail right-of-way which was burned in July by the Philpott Road wildfire. It found burned and hazard trees, compromised root systems and large ash pits and holes from burned tree stumps.
The trail will be closed until at least spring 2018, while salvage operations are conducted and hazards are mitigated. Fire-related debris that can’t be salvaged or chipped will be collected and burned on site when open burning is allowed.
For their safety, until further notice residents are asked to obey trail closure signage and stay out of this area.
For more information visit the Regional District website regionaldistrict.com/parks.
(October 31, 2017)
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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: firstname.lastname@example.org
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