July 16, 2021, 6:12 am
Roger Hall says
July 16, 2021 at 6:28 pm
Agree completely…….look at the tiny streams that are coming down Fairview Mountain. Big Mistake……..Restore the higher dams and ensure that they are properly maintained.
Bill Eggert says
July 16, 2021 at 8:42 am
I should also point out that in the 5 year period leading up to 2009 we were also in a drought situation with most of the water being used for tree fruit at the time. As everyone knows tree fruit crops use far more water than grapes, but I don’t remember any restrictions on water use.
So the question is; do we really have less water available, or has the “official definition” of available water changed.
Based on my conversations with … here goes… the “Ministry of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development” has changed the parameters and are redefining what a “fish bearing streams” is along with other parameters related to flows.
None of this came up for public discussion, with the “we know best” attitude prevailing that completely ignored the years of experience of those using the water.
All very typical of a people ruled by the bureaucracy, or is it a plutocracy. Only one of many examples.
July 16, 2021 at 8:11 am
So after the washout of the Testalindan lake that caused major damage below it the government in its infinite wisdom did a survey of all the private dams that feed into Okanagan lake.
The new rules and regulations forced almost all private owners to abandon the dams, so now we have heavier run off in the spring because no water is being stored, and lower levels in the summer when the water is needed and the dams aren’t there to provide them.
But of course we are all safer now.
I would say it behooves our illustrious leaders to revisit all of these dams and maybe even make recommendations for more dams.
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