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'Trunk Sale' This Saturday

Attention Garage Sale Shoppers –visit 150 garage sales in just one stop.

If you love a good bargain and the thrill of the garage sale hunt you’ll want to check out the semi- annual Trunk Sale this Saturday at Okanagan College. Organized by the Regional Waste Reduction Office, the Trunk Sale is by far the Central Okanagan’s largest garage sale, featuring over 150 vendors selling their stuff straight from the trunks of their vehicles.

Rae Stewart, Waste Reduction Facilitator says Trunk Sales promote reuse and recycling. “This is basically one huge community style garage sale, one convenient location, good food, tons of bargains, great for families, some unique fundraising going on.  It’s a family friendly way to spend a Saturday morning, with recycling at its core.”

Stewart adds they’ve been holding two Trunk Sales a year for the past few years and they’re always quick to fill to capacity. “Once again, we are at full capacity with vendors, but we welcome you to come shop on sale day. No need to drive around from community to community and sale to sale, you can have a more focused garage sale experience and save on time and gas!’

Stewart adds the premise beyond reuse and recycling is to keep any unnecessary and perfectly good material out of our one remaining landfill. “After the Sale is over we invite a number of charities on site so those participating don’t have to lug their items home again, they can simply donate them if they choose.  Once again the Kelowna and District SHARE Society will be on hand to accept donations, as will Big Brothers Big Sisters, Planet Earth Recycling and the Canadian Diabetes Clothesline group.   Plus, the Okanagan Mission Lions Club volunteers will be selling pancake breakfast and lunch, and helping with traffic control.   We couldn’t host the event without this tremendous community support!”

The Trunk Sale runs this Saturday from 8am until noon at Okanagan College, 1000 KLO Road. It’s free to attend, rain or shine. The Trunk Sale will be held in parking lot 17 next to the Student Residence Buildings off West Campus Road.

For further information on the Trunk Sale, visit regionaldistrict.com/trunksale, or call the Regional Waste Reduction Office at 250.469.6250

(September 18, 2018)

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Economic Development Commision Program Earns National Marketing Award

The Central Okanagan Economic Development Commission (COEDC) is the proud recipient of the 2018 Marketing Canada Award from the Economic Development Association of Canada (EDAC) for its Sugarplum Ball, an annual event created by the COEDC’s Okanagan Young Professional’s (OYP) Collective in partnership with Kelowna Pride Society.  The award was presented at EDAC’s 50th National Economic Development Conference in Fredericton, NB on September 11, 2018.

Created in 2013, the OYP Collective’s goal is to foster a culture that attracts and retains young professionals in the Central Okanagan. A 2016 survey of young professionals across Canada conducted by the COEDC and City of Kelowna identified “Community Diversity” as an important element when assessing possible cities for relocation. Also in 2016, in a letter to local media, a Kelowna resident opposed to the city’s newly painted rainbow sidewalks took to calling Kelowna’s Mayor Colin Basran, “Mayor Sugarplum”. These factors led the OYP and Kelowna Pride Society, with the support of Mayor Basran, to hold the first annual “Sugarplum Ball”, an event celebrating diversity and inclusivity in our community hosted by “Mayor Sugarplum”. In addition to raising funds and awareness of the Kelowna Pride Society, the objective of the event is to recognize and celebrate the diversity that exists in the Central Okanagan and is targeted to young professionals and other community members who value diversity.

The EDAC Marketing Canada Awards recognizes the evolving excellence in community driven economic development projects across Canada every year. Projects are assessed on degree of originality, involvement of community partners, effectiveness of the delivery mechanism, and attainment of program goals and objectives.

Drew Vincent, OYP Collective Officer for the COEDC says “Everything the OYP Collective does is about generating closer connections within our community to support a climate that attracts and retains young professionals in the Central Okanagan. The Sugarplum Ball is about fostering those relationships and celebrating what brings us together”.

To learn more about the COEDC and the OYP Collective visit www.investkelowna.com  and www.oypcollective.com. To learn about Kelowna Pride Society visit kelownapride.com

(September 18, 2018)

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Killiney Beach Water System Flushing

The Regional District will be flushing water mains on the Killiney Beach system this week. 

RDCO Environmental Services staff will be going throughout the system flushing mains 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.

Customers should note that 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 on your system. 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.

(September 17, 2018)

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Candidate Nominations

Nominations have closed for candidates running in two Electoral Area Regional Director and School District No. 23 Trustee Zone 1 and 2 elections scheduled for Saturday, October 20th

Four people have put their names forward in the election for two Regional District electoral area directors. 

A total of six people have filed nomination papers for the Zone 1 and 2 School Trustee elections. 

The following people have filed nomination papers by Friday’s 4:00 p.m. deadline:

Regional District Director - Central Okanagan East Electoral Area

(One to be elected) 

Mark Bartyik

Jason Melhoff

 Regional District Director - Central Okanagan West Electoral Area

(including Westbank First Nation Reserves #9 and #10)

(One to be elected) 

Wayne Carson
John Michael Cole 

School District No. 23 Zone 1 Trustee

(Lake Country /Central Okanagan East Electoral Area)

(One to be elected) 

Deb Butler

Amy Geistlinger

School District No. 23 Zone 2 Trustee

(Peachland /Central Okanagan West Electoral Area /Westbank First Nation Reserves #9 and #10)

(One to be elected) 

Moyra Baxter

Marjorie Brims

Jennifer Carlson

Mark Steppell

The final list of candidates will be determined at 4:00 pm on Friday, September 21st as candidate nominees have until then to withdraw from the ballot.

While general voting will take place on Saturday, October 20th, advance polls will be open from 8:00 am to 8:00 pm on Wednesday, October 10th and Tuesday October 16th for voters in Central Okanagan East at the Ellison Community Hall (4411 Old Vernon Road) and Joe Rich Community Hall (11481 Highway 33 east) and for Central Okanagan West voters at the Killiney Beach Community Hall and in the first floor Board room at the Westbank First Nation office, 301-515 Highway 97 south.

Communications Officer Bruce Smith adds, “Voters in two electoral areas should determine well before they head to the polls, where they can vote.  It’s also important to note that qualified electors living on Westbank First Nation Reserves #9 and #10 are eligible to vote in the Central Okanagan West Electoral Area director and Zone 2 School Trustee elections.  You can find information on who can vote, where to vote and when to vote by following the Elections Information link on the Regional District website, regionaldistrict.com/elections.”

Some people may choose to vote by mail ballot.   The same voting qualifications apply and the application form must be completed and submitted to the Chief Election Officer as soon as possible in order to allow enough time to receive and return completed mail ballot packages.  Mail ballots must be received before the close of voting at 8:00 pm on Saturday, October 20th.  Those received after that time will not be eligible and will not be included in the voting results.

(September 17, 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 all things that attract wildlife around your home, including your household garbage.

Conservation Officers confirm that bears have already been spotted in several neighborhoods from South East Kelowna to West Kelowna and Waste Reduction Facilitator Rae Stewart says it’s time to be extra vigilant. “With fall around the corner, this is the time bears amp up foraging activity to increase fat stores for winter denning. The best advice if you live in an area susceptible to wildlife-reduce your risk of conflict and take responsibility for your trash.”

Stewart reminds residents not to put their garbage, recycling or yard waste carts out for collection the night before and instead wait until the morning of your actual collection day. “Bears in particular, but other animals as well 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 become food conditioned which leads to them posing a risk to you, your family, and your community,”

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
  • Consider freezing your kitchen scraps until the morning of collection day
  • Keep your barbeque clean and covered
  • Pick ripe or fallen fruit, mix well into your compost bin, or put in yard waste cart
  • Use birdfeeders only in the winter

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/about/.    For additional inquiries, visit regionaldistrict.com/recycle, email (recycle@cord.bc.ca) or call the Regional Waste Reduction Office at 250.469.6250.

(September 13, 2018)

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Campfire Ban Ends for Most Central Okanagan Areas

Effective immediately, the ban on campfires has been lifted in most Central Okanagan areas.  Campfires are not permitted at any time within the City of Kelowna. 

The ban on campfires within local government fire jurisdictions in the Central Okanagan has been in place since July 26th.  Forecast showers and cooler temperatures are reducing the potential fire threat.

With appropriate precautions to prevent the spread of fire, campfires are once again allowed within the Regional District of Central Okanagan fire protection areas (Ellison, Joe Rich, North Westside, Wilson’s Landing), the City of West Kelowna, District of Lake Country, and District of Peachland.

All smoking materials should be carefully extinguished and motorists are reminded not to throw cigarettes or other smoking materials from their vehicle.  As well, smoking is not allowed in any RDCO regional park or municipal park.  Smoking is also prohibited in children’s play areas, sports fields, undeveloped parks and wilderness trails in the District of Peachland. 

Please remember that fireworks are not allowed at any time in most areas of the Central Okanagan.   Use of fireworks in the District of Lake Country and City of West Kelowna must be approved in writing by the Fire Chief.

(September 12, 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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World Suicide Prevention Day September 10th

Central Okanagan’s RCMP Victim Services has supported 34 people in response to 14 police call-outs following suicide deaths so far this year. 

Recognizing the tragic loss caused by suicide to our communities, Central Okanagan Victim Services along with the Okanagan Suicide Awareness Society ask you to acknowledge this mental health issue on Monday, September 10th; joining others internationally by simply lighting (with care) a candle near a window at 8pm to show your support for; suicide prevention, to remember a lost loved one, and for the survivors of suicide. 

We also encourage you to learn about suicide prevention as suicide is a major cause of premature and preventable death in Canada.

A 2016 BC Coroners report identified 71 deaths by suicide in the Okanagan, 29 within the City of Kelowna. That same year our Victim Service caseworkers assisted 73 people significantly impacted by 25 suicides. While the team may not be called to every suicide police attend, we, along with the RCMP witness the devastating impact to people of all ages from all backgrounds.

Victim Service caseworker Tacey Gosling stated, “Most will never know ‘why’ their loved one died by suicide, many blaming themselves which only makes an already painful situation worse.  I’ve assisted small children, parents, spouses and friends who have lost a loved one to suicide and it has been absolutely gut wrenching to witness such pain and bewilderment, especially on the faces of little ones. I would love nothing more than to never attend another suicide call, ever again.”

There are local resources to access for education and help.  Glen Maddess, President of the Okanagan Suicide Awareness Society said, “Our focus as an awareness society offering public presentations, website materials and a support group is to help reduce stigma and false assumptions about persons contemplating suicide as well as concurrently supporting those impacted while sharing a strong message of hope that the risk of suicide can be reduced”. For more information about this local service, please visit http://suicideawareness.ca.

On September 10th at 8:00pm we will light a large candle in the front window on the second floor of the Kelowna Police Services building and encourage you to also light a candle while taking some time to acknowledge, remember and support.

(September 8, 2018)

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Vehicle Access Allowed in Kalamoir Regional Park 

Starting tomorrow (Friday) morning, vehicles will once again be allowed access to Kalamoir Regional Park.

With cooler temperatures and after consulting with West Kelowna Fire Rescue, the Regional District will be lifting its restriction on vehicles that started July 20th when the fire hazard was high to extreme.  The almost 27-hectare waterfront park in the Lakeview Heights area of West Kelowna is accessed by a steep, narrow road.

Communications Officer Bruce Smith thanks everyone for their patience and understanding during the vehicle access inconvenience, noting that the park was still open for visitors on foot and bicycle. “We appreciate all those who followed the on-street parking restrictions while vehicles were prohibited from entering the park.” 

Residents are reminded that smoking and campfires are not allowed at any time in any regional park.

(September 6, 2018)

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Share Your Experience in Regional Parks

Until the end of September, Central Okanagan residents are encouraged to share their experience and thoughts about two regional parks.

Surveys are available online for the Mission Creek Greenway and Stephens Coyote Ridge regional parks.

This is the second phase of a multi-year program by Regional parks to survey visitors about their experiences.

Each survey takes less than 15 minutes to complete and will help document participants satisfaction with each park.

Communications Officer Bruce Smith says the data collected from these surveys will provide an understanding of why, how and when people use these parks. “This information will help us evaluate our service performance, get an idea of why people are visiting and using these parks.  It will help us to create management plans and programs and services that reflect the needs and desires of those using the Regional Parks since they belong to everyone in the Central Okanagan.”

Two years ago, similar visitor satisfaction surveys were conducted for Mission Creek, Kaloya and Gellatly Nut Farm regional parks.  That information and data from this year’s surveys will be compiled into a future report for consideration by the Regional Board.

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

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

(August 31, 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 your unwanted bulky items. 

Wednesday October 3rd through Thanksgiving Monday October 8th 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) will be accepted. Unwanted fridges and freezers will be accepted at $15 per item, the Freon decommissioning charge. (Cash or cheques are 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 (Plus open holiday Mondays where applicable).  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.

(August 31, 2018)

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Regional District Seeks Feedback on Secondary Suites

The Regional District of Central Okanagan is looking for comments on proposed changes affecting secondary suites. 

Property owners in the Central Okanagan East and Central Okanagan West Electoral Areas have an opportunity to complete an online questionnaire to provide their thoughts.  Printed copies can also be picked up at the RDCO office at 1450 KLO Road and returned by September 28th.

The Regional District is considering a number of changes to update its Secondary Suite bylaw.  Those include whether secondary suites should be allowed by policy as in other jurisdictions rather than the current bylaw-amendment process requiring each application being brought to the Regional Board for approval; the use of breezeways (connections between buildings that are not heated or insulated) to accommodate secondary suites and in keeping with other local governments a proposal that a secondary suite be connected to a single detached house by an enclosed, heated space.  Respondents can also indicate whether they would like the RDCO to host an open house regarding the proposed secondary suite regulations.

The questionnaire results will be compiled and presented in a future report to the Regional Board.

Visit www.regionaldistrict.com/planning for more information on the Secondary Suite bylaw update.

(August 30, 2018)

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Weekend Kokanee Interpretation Programs

You’re invited to witness an annual rite of nature while learning more about the life of the Kokanee salmon.  Check out the Regional Parks Kokanee Spawning Interpretive Program’ weekends in Mission Creek Regional Park off Springfield Road and Hardy Falls Regional Park in Peachland. 

Parks Interpreters will be at both locations to answer questions and share Kokanee secrets weekends from 11:00 am to 3:00 pm beginning Saturday, August 25th (Hardy Falls) and September 1st (Mission Creek) through Sunday, October 7th or until the salmon are gone. 

Weekday school tours and special presentations for community groups start September 5th and may be booked by donation through the EECO (Environmental Education Centre for the Okanagan).

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

(August 30, 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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Registration for the fall 'Trunk Sale'

Can’t hold your own garage sale, but want to sell, trade or give away some of your unwanted or pre-loved stuff?  Then you’ll want to take part in the latest Trunk Sale at Okanagan College, Saturday September 22nd. Organized by the Regional Waste Reduction Office, the event champions’ reuse and recycling, and is an opportunity to lessen the amount of unwanted and unused items ending up in our landfill.  View Poster

Rae Stewart, Waste Reduction Facilitator with the Regional District says, “This is the perfect chance to un-clutter your life!  Our fall Trunk Sale encourages you to get your unwanted stuff to someone who wants it by joining in on this huge sale, all in one big parking lot at Okanagan College. It’s a fun community atmosphere of bargains and reuse and repurposing.”

Stewart explains, “The idea has always been to provide a unique opportunity to people who wouldn’t normally be able to host their own garage or yard sale, those that live in condos, apartments, or simply have no yard. But we don’t limit it—everyone’s welcome!”

Stewart says just as the name suggests, you do the selling from the trunk of your car, van or back of your pickup. “Simply load up your vehicle with the goods you want to sell, bring a table with you if you need one, or just sell straight from the back of your vehicle. There’s no charge to secure a spot to sell from on sale day, but you do need to pre-register in order to take part. “

Registration begins Tuesday September 4th by calling the Regional Waste Reduction Office at 250.469.6250 between 8 am and 4 pm. There are only 150 spots available to be a seller, and spots fill up quickly with a wait list for each event, so you are encouraged to sign up as early as possible.

For buyers looking to shop for bargains, the Trunk Sale runs from 8am until 12 pm Saturday September 22nd, in parking  Lot #17 of Okanagan College, 1000 K.L.O. Road, right next to the Student Residence buildings . The event is rain or shine, and there is no cost for the general public to come shopping on Sale day.

For further information on the Trunk Sale, visit regionaldistrict.com/trunksale, or call the Regional Waste Reduction Office at 250-469-6250.

(August 27, 2018)

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Accessible Canoe/Kayak Launch at Kalamoir

The waterfront at Kalamoir Regional Park is home to a one of a kind amenity for the Central Okanagan.

It has a fully accessible dock which features an EZ Launch Accessible Transfer System for safely launching canoes and kayaks. The EZ Launch system is great for people with disabilities, kids, and seniors.

Although initially installed in 2016, the dock had to be removed in 2017 to prevent damage during the flooding and record high water levels.  This year though, it’s back in service and ready for everyone to use.

Volunteers with the Community Recreational Initiatives Society (which provides barrier-free access through Regional Parks programs) participated in producing a video showing the Kalamoir EZ dock launch in action.   You can view it on the RDCO website Kalamoir Regional Park webpage or the RDCO Youtube channel.

Installation of the accessible dock/canoe/kayak launch cost $85,000 and was part of a larger project to improve Kalamoir Regional Park amenities which will  include trail and washroom improvements.

Also with the help of the Friends of Kalamoir Society, a new swim platform has been installed just off the main park beach. The Friends took the initiative in driving this project forward and raised almost $3,900 of the $10,500 cost of the swim platform.  Memberships are available for the non-profit society which also raises funds through its annual Kalamoir Community pancake breakfast.

For more information about Kalamoir Regional Park please visit www.regionaldistrict.com/your-services/parks-services/parks-and-trails/11-kalamoir-regional-park.aspx

(June 28, 2018)

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Guide to help Okanagan Lake Property Owners

Central Okanagan property owners along the shoreline of Okanagan Lake will soon be receiving some important information in the mail.

A Best Management Practices guide (‘A Resource for Okanagan Lakeshore Living’) has been specifically developed to offer practical solutions on how they can help to protect natural areas and enhance our regions resiliency to climate change. The guide also promotes and encourages stewardship actions that can be taken to improve and effectively manage the Okanagan Lake shoreline while supporting flood preparedness. This resource can be used by Okanagan residents, developers, professionals, and governments and other large lake communities.

Okanagan Lake is an invaluable natural and recreational asset and is one of the most popular destinations for residents and visitors in the region. However, over the last 25 years, an increase in urban and rural development has caused significant changes to the lakefront landscape.

Natural shorelines are richly diverse habitats and an integral part of a functioning lake ecosystem. The riparian vegetation found there not only provides important habitat for fish and other aquatic species, but also acts as erosion control to protect from wave action. Native plants found along the lake provide a permeable and absorbent buffer area that allows lake waters to rise and fall with the changing seasons. When these sensitive areas are disturbed by development, they no longer provide these benefits. Important ecosystem services, like water filtration and flood protection, may also be permanently lost over time, unless these areas are better protected. 

The Okanagan Lake Foreshore Inventory and Mapping 2016 update report highlighted the loss of natural shoreline habitat and made recommendations to reverse this trend.  Across the region, work is being done to enhance shoreline protection.  However, a collaborative effort by all Okanagan residents and communities is required to help slow the loss of natural areas along the lake by enhancing and restoring natural ecosystems.

There are ongoing efforts across the valley for flood planning including the Regional District’s preparation of a Regional Floodplain Management Plan to better understand the risks and what can be done to reduce potential damage from flooding and prepare for future flood events in the Central Okanagan.

This collaborative outreach project was initiated by the Regional District of Central Okanagan in partnership with the Okanagan Collaborative Conservation Program (OCCP) and the South Okanagan Collaborative Conservation Program (SOSCP). Funding was provided by Environment and Climate Change Canada and the Okanagan Basin Water Board (OBWB) WCQI grant program and the Real Estate Foundation of BC. 

(June 26, 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 planning@cord.bc.ca or by calling 250-469-6227

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

(June 19, 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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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:  webmaster@cord.bc.ca 

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1450 K.L.O. Road

Kelowna, B.C.  V1W 3Z4

Telephone: (250) 763-4918

Fax:  (250) 763-0606





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August 29, 2018


Fight Mosquito Habitat With Free Tire Drop Off


Recycle any old, unused tires that may be a breeding ground for mosquitoes around your property. 


The Regional District of Central Okanagan and Tire Stewardship BC are again joining forces to provide a one-stop tire drop-off event for any old vehicle tires with or without rims. 


Saturday, September 15th

10:00 am – 3:00 pm
Okanagan College

Parking Lot #17 (off West Campus Road)

1000 KLO Road, Kelowna



For the third year in a row the regional district and its Mosquito program contractor Duka Environmental are teaming up with Tire Stewardship BC for this free old tire collection event.  Last year, residents dropped off more than a thousand old, unwanted tires which helped to curb mosquito breeding habitat!  It only takes a few centimeters of water inside any old tires on your property to provide the perfect breeding ground for mosquito larvae.   By dropping off any unwanted tires, you’ll reduce potential opportunities for mosquitoes to hatch.


Tire Stewardship BC is a not-for-profit society that manages BC’s tire recycling program.  Eco fees paid by consumers purchasing tires are used to pay for transporting and recycling scrap tires in environmentally responsible ways rather than having them take up space in landfills.  For information on programs offered by Tire Stewardship BC visit www.tsbc.ca.


There are excellent resources available to help you and your family during the mosquito season.  Visit the Mosquito Control page on the Regional District website regionaldistrict.com/mosquitoes for information about the program.






Bruce Smith

RDCO Communications




Curtis Fediuk

Duka Environmental




Karen Vantreight

Tire Stewardship BC

Program Administrator




Regional District of Central Okanagan | 1450 KLO Road | Kelowna, BC V1W 3Z4
Ph: 250-763-4918 | Fax: 250-763-0606 | Email: info@cord.bc.ca
Hours: Monday – Friday 8:00 am – 4:00 pm (Closed Holidays)