Many of us saw the colourful sunrise but it did not last long – disappearing in a dark grey gloom in the sky
Bring on the sun – Bring on the Vit D – Bring it on!!
DELEGATION to Okanagan Basin Water Board
Shaun Reimer, Section Head – Public Safety and Protection Ministry of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations, and Rural Development
Considerations for Changes to the Okanagan Lake Regulation System (OLRS)
Dr. Anna Warwick Sears introduced Mr. Reimer and noted that his presentation is the result of a request from Peachland Council to discuss Okanagan Lake management levels.
Mr. Reimer provided some background for how the current regulations were set. He also gave an overview of lake levels since 2017 and the issue of flooding, noting how conditions have been different each year and how the Okanagan is experiencing increased hydrologic variability.
Decisions to release water downstream are proactive since only so much can be released at a time to prevent flooding downstream. At the same time, consideration is given to ensuring enough water to meet agricultural and domestic irrigation needs in summer. Other issues that are considered when releasing water is the impact on kokanee, ensuring eggs are not scoured out of the gravel in spring, and that there is enough water for fry emergence and shore spawning in fall.
Okanagan sockeye are also considered. It has been difficult to manage for this, Mr. Reimer said. It is recognized that the OLRS has to change and hopefully, by working with the OBWB, Okanagan Nation Alliance, local and senior governments and other partners, we can address it, he added.
However, it’s important to understand that any changes could have negative consequences for one of these interests. Other considerations are the impact on the Rocky Mountain Ridged Mussel, and Chinook salmon which are currently under review for possible listing under the Species at Risk Act.
The next step would be to do a gap analysis to determine the information needed to develop new OLRS targets. The original targets were developed as part of a consultative process and this would be required again to change them, Mr. Reimer added.
In response – an update to the OLRS, Mr. Reimer suggested that perhaps a study should be conducted on expanding the channel downstream into the USA. This would have to include land acquisition to address downstream flood concerns, and would allow for a more reactive (rather than proactive) approach. Managing the lake as is done now, responding proactively and releasing water based on what inflow is expected, can cause issues in the case of a multi-year drought. A recent flood management report conducted for the OBWB by Northwest Hydraulic Consultants didn’t speak to the increased risk for drought extremes with climate change.
Asked about the potential to capture and hold water in upland reservoirs, he explained that Okanagan Lake is best for providing a large stable water supply. Dr. Sears added that a preliminary report by the Water Stewardship Council’s Dams and Reservoirs Committee suggests that increasing upland reservoir capacity would not be significant enough to help with flood control of mainstem lakes.
Director Bob Hrasko – Water Supply Association of BC -who chairs the committee- added there are several issues with the idea of using upland reservoirs, including that there is no way to control levels from uphill, they freeze, they are hard to get to in winter to monitor and maintain, they can fill quickly.
When asked, Mr. Reimer responded that more stream and snow monitoring would be useful. Dr. Sears suggested that the OBWB could write a letter to province later in November, after the provincial election, recommending that there be a review of the OLRS.
Approved by council November 2, 2020 at regular council meeting
Previously on ODN
At an Meeting of Osoyoos Town Council held on July 2, 2019 the following motion was approved: That Council direct the CAO to enter the Town into an agreement with Tesla to install and maintain electric vehicle charging stations at 8513 74th Avenue.
Staff report states that preliminary discussions with Tesla may result in the provision of 8 Tesla Supercharger stations (charging time ~30-60 minutes average) and 4 universal charging stations in the parking lot at 8513 74th Avenue and an additional 4 universal charging stations at other sites in the community. The universal charging stations identified in early discussions would require the same charging time (2-6 hours) as those already in place at Gyro Park.
Since the July 2, 2019 motion was approved the site has been surveyed and preliminary designs
have been exchanged between the Town, Tesla and utility providers. Site layout and design has
gone through several iterations to reflect service requirements (such as electricity supply, storm water management, traffic site lines, lighting, screening and impacts on adjacent properties and ways to mitigate those). The Town’s requirements relative to site servicing and design have increased the
cost of the proposal and reduced the number of parking spaces available to provide electric vehicle
charging stations to 11 (8 Tesla Superchargers and 3 universal chargers) from 12 at 8513 74th Ave.
During review of site designs the potential to locate sites for additional universal charging stations in the community was considered by Town staff and Tesla. The potential demand was also considered and it was determined that additional universal charging stations were not required at this time and the Town should not seek to locate them simply because it can without demonstrated need. It is
believed that the parking lot on 74th Avenue will satisfy the majority of demand for electric vehicle
charging for the foreseeable future
The Osoyoos Coyotes has been with the Town of Osoyoos for ten years.
The team is owned and operated by Randy Bedard. The current agreement has expired and staff has negotiated a one year agreement with the Coyotes. The Coyotes would normally have a 48 – 52 game schedule for the regular season and half of those games (home games) would be played at the Sun Bowl Arena.
They would also have exhibition and playoff games.
This year with the pandemic, it was a tough start to the season. The Coyotes were unsure if they could put a team together. With no fans and a shortened season it will be a difficult year financially. The current agreement has the Coyotes paying a fee for the games and as part of that fee, it includes up to 1.5 hours of practice, five times a week. Any ice beyond this limit is charged to the team as per the fees and charges bylaw 1180.
The most recent fee that was paid by the team prior to the expiration of the agreement was $431.43 per game. The Coyotes owner has agreed to pay $500 per game for this one year agreement. This reflects an increase of approximately 18%. The Coyotes owner did not feel comfortable signing a lease for longer than one year due to the pandemic and the unknown for future years.
The Coyotes schedule for 2020-2021 is shortened to 30 games half of which are home games. The Coyotes will pay a minimum of $7,500 for this season, based on the home game schedule. If they make the playoffs this fee will increase. If Council approves the intent to lease, ads will be placed in two consecutive newspapers and at public notice posting places. After the ads are published, staff will bring a report to the following meeting of Council for approval.
Source: Staff report to Monday’s Regular Town of Osoyoos Council meeting
On Tuesday October 13, the Rotary Club of Oliver presented financial donations to the following worthwhile projects/organizations in Oliver:
President Jenn Roussel presenting on behalf of the Oliver Rotary Club
South Okanagan Medical Foundation
$412.43 for assistance with the Oliver General Hospital Hospice Room
Accepting John Moorhouse
Highway to Healing
$500 towards assistance for families with children requiring out of pocket medical expenses.
Accepting President Tracy McFadden
$500 towards assistance for senior veterans affected by Covid -19.
Accepting Cori Augustine
Oliver Parks and Recreation.
$500 towards the Pickleball club.
Accepting Carol Sheridan
232 Big Horn Squadron
$500 towards flight simulators.
Accepting Amy Encina
Rotary members were out early morning at the intersection of Hwy 97 and Fairview Road in the chilly snowy conditions on Friday October 23 for International Polio Awareness Day.
An online auction fundraiser is planned for the end of November and the Rotary Club is currently seeking donations of local items to auction. Please contact President Jennifer Roussel email@example.com to donate to the auction or for more information about the Rotary Club of Oliver.