Archives for February 11, 2018
New Okanagan-built rototiller to join milfoil control fleet: The board was updated on the building of a new rototiller which should be completed by April. The machine, built by a Kelowna company, will complement three older machines (between 14 and 34 years old). The Water Board uses the rototillers in winter to de-root the invasive weed from Okanagan lakes when it won’t re-root. In summer, the weed is mowed and removed with special harvesters.
Pressure for stronger invasive mussel action building: Directors discussed a number of letters sent by the board, but also others, pushing for increased efforts to address the threat of invasive zebra and quagga mussels. While the OBWB sent a letter to the federal government last week, letters have been also sent to the Province of B.C. from the Southern Interior Local Government Association, District of Coldstream and the Shuswap Watershed Council. There is concern that another boating season is around the corner and while the province has responded that they are reviewing their invasive mussel program, there has been no apparent movement on the federal side
Elections and Awards
Water Board re-elects chair and vice-chair: Directors re-elected RDCO Dir. (and Kelowna City Councillor) Tracy Gray as chair, and RDNO Dir. (Vernon City Coun.) Juliette Cunningham as vice-chair for 2018. Both were elected by acclamation. Additional board members include, representing RDNO: Doug Dirk (Coldstream Coun.) and Rick Fairbairn (Electoral Area D. Dir.); for RDCO: Doug Findlater (West Kelowna Mayor), Cindy Fortin (Peachland Mayor); and for RDOS: Sue McKortoff (Osoyoos Mayor), Ron Hovanes (Oliver Mayor), and Peter Waterman (Summerland Mayor). Also, Water Management Appointments include: Lisa Wilson (Okanagan Nation Alliance), Toby Pike (Water Supply Association of BC), and Brian Guy (Okanagan Water Stewardship Council).
“A River Film” wins Award of Excellence: Jiri and Lucie Bakala of Kelowna-based Ascent Films Inc., won an Impact DOCS Award of Excellence for “A River Film” last week. The film was produced for the International Joint Commission in collaboration with the Washington State Dept. of Ecology & the OBWB-Okanagan WaterWise. The 38-minute documentary puts a spotlight on the Okanagan River and Osoyoos Lake, and how competing needs for water in this complex transboundary watershed are balanced. Copies of the film are now available at Okanagan Regional Library branches. Copies are also available for screenings.
Do you feel like we are having a long weekend? – I am going to the dentist Monday.
For the last five years – the 2nd weekend of February has been a long three day weekend but no more.
Next year our stars will be aligned with Alberta and other provinces – on the third weekend of February.
It would seem that it is getting mixed reviews. Take the poll.
Vernon engineer assesses decisions in lead-up to 2017 floods.
Report’s release delayed until April ?
A retired Vernon engineer has completed a technical assessment of the decisions made by the provincial government during last year’s disastrous floods throughout the Okanagan Valley.
Brian Guy says the yet-to-be-released report contains “a long list of recommendations” based on the monitoring data that was collected and assessed. It took three months to complete last fall.
Hired by the province to perform an independent review, Guy told the Okanagan Basin Water Board (OBWB) his study has been submitted to the provincial government, and discussion about how the report will be rolled out is currently taking place.
Guy sits on the Okanagan Basin Water Board and serves as chair of the regional water stewardship advisory committee.
While he wouldn’t reveal specifics of the report, Guy acknowledged there is great interest in his findings from municipalities across the Okanagan Valley because of the impact the flooding last year.
“Kelowna spent $2.5 million on flood-related response work, so the question of whether the province did its job or not is a question many municipalities are interested in,” said Guy. “It was an internal study of how ministry staff responded and they wanted an outside independent person do it.”.
“It was a lot of fun for me to do. I live here – I am passionate about Okanagan water issues.”
His career spanned 35 years as a water resource specialist, project manager and business leader. In 1994, he founded Summit Environmental Consultants Ltd. in Vernon, growing the company to become a leading environmental consulting firm in the Okanagan.
With his retirement last year, Guy was presented with the C.J. Westerman Memorial Award, the highest award, presented by the Engineers and Geoscientists of British Columbia, for contributions to the geoscience profession.
Guy told the board his report is based on monitoring data that was collected and assessed.
Source: Black Press Digital
Theagenes: Olympic Wrestler
Theagenes was famous in Greek history for his prowress as a wrestler. It is reputed that at age 9 he spotted the statue of a god in the marketplace in Thasos that somehow challenged him to wrestle it off its moorings. He broke it off and carried it home. Later his punishment consisted of only carrying it back.
As an adult Theagenes won the wrestling crown in the early Olympics. No competitor was ever able to defeat him. This deeply affected one of his opponents. After Theagenes’ death this continuously envious opponent was constantly irritated to see Theagenes’ statue in the town where he had broken off a statue at age nine. Maybe he could defeat him symbolically now. In his rage the competitor attacked the statue of Theagenes, wrestling it off the base. In the process the statue toppled and fell onto the envious opponent, killing him.
We don’t know how accurate this account is but we do know that envy and jealousy will hurt us more than the person we envy. Rare is the athlete in our current Olympics who can genuinely congratulate someone who defeated him or her. Just as rare is the person in daily life who actually can give credit to someone who is doing a better job. We each have an ability in which we shine, and we each need to honor the abilities of others where they shine.
The right attitude will help to keep things sunny.
To resolve a dispute is to settle it. When I find a solution to a problem I have resolved it. Interesting that the word solve is in the word resolve, as if something had to be solved again. I suppose in the case of settling disputes, it could certainly be more than the first time. Some disputes just keep popping back up, as do problems. OK then, solving or settling more than once is to demonstrate resolve
Resolve, to me, is kind of final, like a promise, like ‘I will”. So how is it that I hear some folks pair it with some kind of qualifier, like I hear ‘firm resolve’ or ‘absolute resolve’ or ‘the strongest resolve’? I wonder if the speaker is giving themselves an out or something. We hear people ‘promise’ things. Well, it is not the use of the word, it is the track record in keeping the word, whether resolve or promise
Resolve is meaning something stronger than ‘yes I will’, more of a commitment or a maybe even approaching an oath. So why use it so sparingly? “Yeah, yeah, I’ll do it” is not resolve, as if it is not a statement made from full consciousness. When I tell you of my resolve it is based on a foundation of having really thought it through. I resolve to do something based on a deeply held personal value
To resolve an issue is to find a way to blend and get things to work together in a good way. It suggests that the parties involved at least mostly agree to the proposed solution and will at least not block its progress. The ultimate is group resolve. Now we have everyone completely agreeing and supporting and fueling the progress. This is rare. So I guess that true resolve is rare. How do we get some of that?
Developing resolve is a conscious and not necessarily instant process. When I honour resolve to do something it is as good as done. To save the world may sound nice but it is not something I can resolve to do. Too big. Unrealistic. It is more useful and believable to resolve to clean my room until I can remove one empty bookcase. Resolve pairs well with realistic and committed goal. What is your resolve for next week?