Kootenay Lake Conservation Fund Accepting Proposals

by Nicole Trigg, Kootenay Conservation Program

Kootenay Conservation Program, on behalf of the Regional District of Central Kootenay (RDCK), is now accepting proposals for the Kootenay Lake Local Conservation Fund (KLLCF).

The KLLCF was established by the RDCK in 2014 by referendum and property owners in Electoral Areas A, D and E pay a parcel tax of $15 per parcel per year towards this dedicated fund, which each year provides financial support to local projects that help conserve and restore the area’s prized natural surroundings.

Kootenay Conservation Program (KCP), which works in partnership with the RDCK to administer the KLLCF, is encouraging conservation groups operating in the participating Areas A, D and E to submit funding proposals for 2019 projects. The deadline for applications is November 1st, 2018. If you have a project idea that can benefit fish and wildlife or other conservation values in the region, please contact the KCP Program Manager. Community groups and associations can partner with an eligible non-profit to qualify.

“The Kootenay Lake Local Conservation Fund is an excellent resource for local organizations that have projects helping support fish and wildlife habitat, open spaces and water quality,” says Juliet Craig, Program Manager for the KCP.

In 2018, four projects successfully received KLLCF funding: grizzly bear conservation through Grizzly Bear Coexistence Solutions, water monitoring of north Kootenay Lake by the Kootenay Centre for Forestry Alternatives, Western toad conservation in the Fish and Bear Lakes area by the Valhalla Wilderness Society, and bat conservation on private land through the Kootenay Community Bat Project.

Local conservation priorities have been identified in a KLLCF Guidance Document that the RDCK commissioned in the spring. To learn more about the KLLCF, how to apply, and conservation priorities from the Guidance Document, come to one of the open houses taking place from 7-9 pm on the following dates: September 18 at the Kokanee Creek Park Visitor’s Centre, September 26 (hosted by Friends of the Lardeau River) at Argenta Hall, and September 27 at the Boswell Memorial Hall.

For more information and how to apply, please visit https://kootenayconservation.ca/conservation-funds/kllcf. For phone or email inquiries, please contact KCP Program Manager Juliet Craig at 250-352-2260 or juliet@kootenayconservation.ca.

Back to the 80’s with Val Kilmer and the New Coke

Take a trip in the way-back time machine, and join us at Kokanee Springs for a weekend of the best in 80’s music, 80’s inspired food, spectacular golf, and awesome prizes.

Planet Earth’s hottest 80’s cover band is bringing the party back to the East Shore! Val Kilmer and the New Coke have been

leading the 80’s party revival throughout Western Canada for over the last 10 years. Think Disco meets New Wave, mix in a selection of 80’s rock epics like Eye of the Tiger, Maniac, and The Final Countdown…!

Get ready for some high energy 80’s magic that’ll keep you dancing all night long! Doors @ 7PM, Show @ 8PM. $15 Admission.

Back to the 80’s – Weekend Packages
*All prices are per person, based on double occupancy.

WEEKEND TIME MACHINE
Two nights’ shared accommodation in a standard room in the Lodges at Kokanee (either Fri/Sat or Sat/Sun), two 18 hole rounds of golf with cart, and admission to Val Kilmer & the New Coke show on Saturday evening.
$275.00 pl. tax/person

SATURDAY NIGHT SPECIAL
Admission to Val Kilmer & the New Coke, and sharedaccommodation in a standard room in the Lodges at Kokanee.
$79.00 pl. tax/person

*Accommodation upgrades available. Extra nights of accommodation available at a preferred rate.

https://www.kokaneesprings.com/party

 

Final Riondel Community Market of the Summer – This Saturday, Sept 1

Riondel Community Market 
Every Saturday 10am – 2pm 
Located at the Beautiful Riondel Campground Pavilion!
Come out and support your local artisans! 
Books, Knitting/Crochet/sewing, Bakery Goods, Jewelry, Hand Blended Teas, Natural Homemade Soap and Bath Products, Avon, Scentsy and more!

We look forward to seeing you!

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Cowichan Valley MLA Sonia Furstenau Visits Crawford Bay

Hello friends and neighbours,

It is a real HONOUR that our little community has been chosen as one of MLA SONIA FURSTENAU’s event sites, during her visit to the Nelson area next week!

Sonia is a young dynamic speaker, a school teacher and mother, and now a SITTING MLA in the BC Legislature. She is a hero of Cowichan Valley watersheds and has great ability in teaching COMMUNITY EMPOWERMENT. With her, we can gain insight into the TENURE PROPOSALS, PROPORTIONAL REPRESENTATION, and more involving our area and the province.

Snacks, coffee, tea, juice will be provided.

Hope you can come Mon Aug 27 and show her the great EAST SHORE SPIRIT and community welcome and interest we have here, and your questions!

Mary Donald

 

 

Wildfire Protection Planning Meetings on East Shore

Community Wildfire Protection Planning Meetings happening in Area A:

  • Crawford Bay
    • August 21st at the Crawford Bay Community Hall from 6:00pm-8:00pm
  • Boswell
    • August 21st at the Boswell Community Hall from 2:00pm-4:00pm

The Community Wildfire Protection Plan Program (CWPP) assists local governments in identifying the risks of wildfire to their community as well as opportunities to reduce those risks. The purpose of a CWPP is to identify the wildfire risks within and surrounding a community, to describe the potential consequences if a wildfire was to impact the community and to examine possible ways to reduce the wildfire risk.

At the Area A community meetings, we aim to educate and update the community on the process and purpose of the CWPP and to gain valuable insight into how to best develop the plan from a local perspective.

Water Quality Advisory issued for the Riondel Water System

View on the RDCK website: http://www.rdck.ca/EN/meta/news/news-archives/2018-news-archive/water-quality-advisory-issued-for-the-riondel-water-system.html

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Nelson, BC: The Regional District of Central Kootenay (RDCK) has issued a Water Quality Advisory as a precautionary measure for users on the Riondel Water System. Low reservoir levels have impacted chlorine contact time which may affect water quality in the water system.

While health risks are considered low, the RDCK recommends that children, the elderly, people with weakened immune systems, and anyone seeking additional protection drink boiled water or a safe alternative until further notice. For these at-risk populations, water intended for drinking, washing fruits or vegetables, making beverages or ice, or brushing teeth should be boiled for one minute.  Boiled water should then be refrigerated in a clean, covered container. Customers could also choose to use bottled or distilled water, or water that has been filtered through a well-maintained treatment device.

Owners of all public facilities must post a Water Quality Advisory notice at all sinks or drinking water fountains accessible to the public (alternatively, public fountains and taps may be turned off). They must also advise their clientele verbally of the Water Quality Advisory.

The public will be notified when water quality has improved and the Water Quality Advisor has been rescinded. In order to rescind the Water Quality Advisory, reservoir levels need to stabilize, and test results must indicate that there is no presence of coliform bacteria over a specified time period.

We apologize for any inconvenience this might cause, and appreciate your cooperation and patience during this time.  For more information and frequently asked questions about water quality visit our website at www.rdck.ca/water, or contact RDCK Water Services by phone at 250-352-8171 or by e-mail at watercontact@rdck.bc.ca.

 

Starbelly Jam This Weekend! July 20-22 (Friday Night Free For Locals)

Don’t miss the fantastic opportunity to see Friday night’s lineup for free!

Starbelly Jam offers locals (who carry photo id with a residence between Boswell and Riondel) a FREE PASS to the jam for Friday night! 

The show starts at 6pm, with gates opening at 5pm.

Performing on Friday are:

  • The Duvets (A Cover Band). A dozen of your local community members taking turns to crank out tunes to the 60’s, 70’s and 80’s, supported by the ever-patient and talented band of Todd Lester, Kenji Fukushima and Zyan Fukushima-Rael, along with some guest musicians… Morgan Rael, Gabo Gonzalez and Donny Clark. Singers are: Paul Hindson, Julia Kinder, Sarah Loeppky, Farley Cursons, Lea Belourt, Ben Johnson, Ali George, Zoe Zaiss-Baetzel, Ryan Davis, Ingrid Baetzel, Kevin McBride and Galadriel Rael. Come out and support your friends and neighbours!
  • Velle and Kootenay Soul: Velle & Kootenay Soul has a powerful and unique sound that is bold and imaginative with influences that span the last 75 years of contemporary popular music. Her music has been described as retro, roots and soul. A bold songstress from the Central Kootenay in British Columbia (Creston, BC), Velle has toured internationally with previous acts. She captivates the audience with her unique voice – silky and velvety, raspy and sultry. With unbridled energy, she commands and transports the audience to the jazz clubs of New York and the back alleys of New Orleans.
  • Heavy Airship: With a thunderous sound, Heavy Airship descends on the Kootenay region of British Columbia like a storm coming in from the Misty Mountain. In just a short time the Nelson-based Led Zeppelin tribute has gained a faithful following in the area and has shared the stage with the likes of Dr. Hook and the legendary BC/DC. Recreating the classic sound of Led Zeppelin, Heavy Airship consists of Craig Thiessen on vocals, Gus Dixon on guitar, Quillan Hanley on bass guitar and Eddie Thomas on drums.

Deadline for Feedback on Retallack Proposal Days Away

Letter to the Community by Carolyn Vanr for the Citizens Information Ad-Hoc Group (loveitwild.ca)

Every passing day brings us nearer to July 15 which is the true deadline for public input concerning the Retallack Proposal for the 45 year tenure of 70,992 hectares in the Purcell mountain range for year round helicopter adventure tourism.

The more information I gather, the more stressed I become.  This isn’t the only adventure tourism proposal using helicopters sitting in the hands of the government for review and we can bet that there will be more in the future.

What has become obvious to me is that this proposal is vague and the government’s management of these large and long tenures is inadequate.  There are no impact studies that we can refer to, and there is no requirement for impact studies after these tenures are in operation. There are approximately 52,020 tenures in operation within B.C. at present. How possibly can the government manage that huge scope of work of follow-up accountability of these commercial businesses?  Unaccountability leads to irresponsibility, which is dangerous.

Once approved, these adventure tourism tenures can be sold immediately as they do become a valuable commodity.  They also can be amended and extended.

Why should our community, back country and wildlife have to be subject to corporate businesses using helicopters to make profits for themselves? Even some trickle down money in our community economy is not worth it.

Is the sound of helicopters amplifying our valleys something that will enhance our lives or negatively affect it? The answer lies in using common sense.

If we ask ourselves why we live here and what we value, I am positive that the majority would say it is because of the peace and quiet, majestic mountains and forests, opportunity to see wildlife, pristine lakes and caring communities.

Please give some input to this important issue. Links to view the proposal and further information can be found at www.eshore.ca and www.loveitwild.ca.

Feedback on these proposals can be sent to Christine.Lohr@gov.bc.ca, FLNR Minister Doug Donaldson (Minister@gov.bc.ca) and MLA Michelle Mungall (Michelle.mungall.mla@leg.bc.ca) 

Please copy info@loveitwild.ca when you send your letters!

Water Conservation Measures in Effect for Riondel

REGIONAL DISTRICT OF CENTRAL KOOTENAY

MEDIA RELEASE

July 9, 2018

For immediate release

Stage 3 Water Conservation Measures in effect for Riondel Water System

View on the RDCK website: http://www.rdck.ca/EN/meta/news/news-archives/2018-news-archive/stage-3-water-conservation-measures-in-effect-for-riondel-water-system.html

Nelson, BC: Effective immediately, mandatory Stage 3 Water Conservation Measures are being implemented in the Riondel Water System. High water demand has resulted in low reservoir levels, which requires Riondel Water Users to conserve water.

Stage 3 Water Conservation Measures include:

  • Watering of lawns is prohibited.
  • Watering ofnew lawns, gardens, trees and shrubs is ONLY permitted between 6:00am-10:00am and 8:00pm-10:00pm.
  • Watering of gardens, trees and shrubs by watering can or hand-held hose is still permitted anytime.

A complete listing of Water Conservation Measures can be found at www.rdck.ca/water. Stage 3 Water Conservation Measures will remain in effect until further notice. If appropriate reservoir levels are restored, then Water Conservation Measures can be relaxed.

Riondel water users can sign up free for the RDCK’s water notification service to receive notices about the water system’s water quality, system maintenance activities, and water conservation by telephone call and/or text message, by calling 1-833-223-2662.

The RDCK appreciates Riondel water users’ cooperation in adhering to the water conservation efforts. For more information, please contact:

RDCK Water Services

(250) 352-8171

WaterContact@rdck.bc.