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Water conservation urged as final Okanagan area increases drought rating
VICTORIA – Responding to continuing dry conditions, the Government of
B.C. has announced a Level 4 drought rating for the Okanagan Region, and
taken the additional action of suspending angling on the Okanagan River
(main-stem only) between Okanagan Lake and Osooyos Lake due to warming
This brings the Okanagan region to the same drought level classification
as the South Thompson, Similkameen, Kettle and Skagit areas, which were
raised to Level 4 on July 27.
At Level 4, conditions are extremely dry. Further declines in stream,
lake and aquifer levels could lead to water shortages and affect people,
industry such as agriculture, wildlife and fish stocks. All water users,
including those who access groundwater, are urged to maximize their water
The establishment of a Level 4 drought advisory, signals that regional
water managers may take additional regulatory actions if they are deemed
necessary. Any such actions will be site specific depending on individual
stream conditions. Specific actions could include the temporary
suspension of water licences or short-term water approvals in affected
watersheds if necessary. Ministry water management staff will continue to
monitor conditions, work closely with First Nations, local governments
and key stakeholders, and provide updates as the need arises.
Although residential, agricultural and industrial users within
municipalities and regional districts backed by reservoir storage are
less vulnerable to water supply shortages than water users served by
smaller water systems from streams, lakes and wells, all water users are
encouraged to observe local water conservation bylaws to prolong water
supplies and to maintain flows for fish and ecosystems.
Water users are also reminded to ensure that water intakes are screened
to prevent fish from being pulled into water systems as water levels
drop. Low water levels can impede the passage of salmon to spawning
grounds, increase susceptibility to disease, or cause stranding or death
due to low oxygen and high water temperatures.
Separately, the angling suspension on the Okanagan River main-stem is
effective Thursday, Aug. 6, 2015, to Wednesday, Sept. 30, 2015. This
section of the Okanagan River is located in Wildlife Management Units 8-1
and 8-8. The closure has been put in place to protect fish stocks at a
time when they are vulnerable due to high water temperatures. Lake
fishing is not affected by the order and other at-risk streams in the
affected management units are already closed to fishing. The closure is
in addition to other closures in the southern interior that came into
effect July 15.
The B.C. government fisheries biologists are monitoring approximately 40
other key angling streams throughout the province, and if conditions
warrant, additional closures are possible. Angling closures are enabled
through the British Columbia Sport Fishing Regulations of the federal
Water conservation is everyone’s responsibility. Many communities in B.C.
are prepared to deal with water supply shortages and low streamflow
conditions through drought management plans and water conservation
programs that are already in place.
New charges laid including Wounding, Aggravated Assault, Robbery with a weapon and Failing to stop for police.
Next appearance August 26th
43174-1 1 22-Jul-2015 CCC – 244(1) discharge a firearm w/intent to wound/disfigure
43174-1 2 22-Jul-2015 CCC – 344(1)(a) commit robbery use restricted/prohibited firearm
43174-1 3 22-Jul-2015 CCC – 344(1)(a.1) where a firearm is used in the commission
43174-1 4 22-Jul-2015 CCC – 249.1(1) Flight from peace officer
43174-1 5 22-Jul-2015 CCC – 95(1) Loaded/unloaded w/ammo prohibited/restricted firearm
43174-1 6 22-Jul-2015 CCC – 268(2) Aggravated assault
Charges relate to incident on Mt. Baldy Rd (Camp McKinney) in which Wayne Belleville was shot and wounded, his truck stolen. A police chase and search resulted in the capture of a suspect the next day.
Teneycke was identified as a man with a gun that robbed Eastside Corner early that week and had avoided detection after his truck was found east of Oliver.
Also in the news:
Michaud has three outstanding warrants for his arrest as of July 17th, 2015.
He isa Caucasian man is 5’9″ in height and weighs 161 lbs. He has brown hair and blue eyes.
Penticton RCMP considers Michaud to be violent, and he is known to possess weapons. He is considered to be a risk to public safety.
RDOS Administrative Recommendation:
THAT the Board of Directors approve taking an inventory of all Electoral Area boat launches, marinas and recreational launch points for appropriate signage for the prevention of the spread of Quagga/Zebra Mussels. and THAT Member Municipalities be requested to consider endorsement and provide inventories to be included in overall South Okanagan inventory of Quagga/Zebra signage.
Educational outreach initiative to the public – using summer students to inform residents and visitors of the dangers of quagga/zebra mussels and other aquatic Invasive Species: monthly update to Board
Over the past few years, the threat of quagga/zebra mussels entering Okanagan waterways is increasing. The USA and Alberta have increased patrols and decontamination stations in efforts to stop the mussels from spreading into the Northwest. BC has lagged in its response and as a result, local governments and agencies have stepped in to try to fill the gap, while petitioning the Province to elevate its participation. The Okanagan Basin Water Board (OBWB) over the past two years has provided Lisa Scott and the Okanagan and Similkameen Invasive Species Society (OASISS) a small block of funding to conduct public outreach.
This year, the Province has upped its commitment and participation to stop the spread of mussels, both by adding decontamination stations and creating rapid response objectives undertaken by the Conservation Officer Service. The province is also vested in messaging and would like to work with local governments and the RDOS to make sure the area is well signed.
2014/15 the OBWB developed Okanagan specific “Don’t Move a Mussel” signage and there is some existing signage developed by the Ministry of Environment. As a result, signage at Okanagan boat launches and marinas, whether regional, municipal or Provincial has some issues. Some have one sign, some two and some have no signs. The first initial signage developed by the Ministry of Environment through Invasive Species Council of BC (ISCBC) now has an outdated call to action phone number.
The power went out in neighbourhoods across Calgary slammed by hail as a severe thunderstorm passed through on Tuesday afternoon.
As many as 20,000 customers in many parts of Calgary were without power in the early evening “due to adverse weather conditions.”
The rain caused flooding on Crowchild Trail between Fifth Avenue and Memorial Drive N.W. and other major routes throughout the city, from 17th Avenue near 14th Street in the southwest to Bow Bottom Trail in the deep south.
Several underpasses in the city’s downtown were closed because of flooding.
The only person in the photo that does not have a putter is John Dimma, and he does not need one because he has just made a hole in one at the very difficult Hole #7 at Fairview Mountain Golf course.
The feat was made more sweet because it was the first one in almost 60 years of golfing, and because it followed the missing of a hole in one by less than one inch the previous week.
The team who helped coax the ball into the hole are (l to r) Mike Beaulieu, Dale Dodge, (Dimma) and Mike Morhun.
Submitted by Dale
Police say they are making some headway in the apprehension of the person or persons responsible for a smash and enter at Tickleberry’s Ice Cream Shop in Okanagan Falls early Monday.
Penticton RCMP spokesperson Cpl. Don Wrigglesworth says police discovered the suspect vehicle being driven in the Keremeos area overnight Monday. The Ford Explorer rammed a police car before the driver fled on foot.
The ice cream shop suffered heavy damage after the SUV drove through an exterior wall in an attempt to get to two safes in the business. The business however carried on with its doors open to the public.
“At 4:20am August 3rd two men pulled into our back parking lot – scouted the building – tried to crowbar into the back and then drove around to the side of giftshop and rammed the wall with the back of their SUV 3 times and broke into our building – the back window of the vehicle was fully blown out.” Facebook posting on Tickleberry’s page.
The driver continues to be at large with police searching for more evidence.
Four businesses in Summerland were damaged in a similar way over the weekend.