Kettle River Watershed Management Plan ready for launch

A watershed management plan for the Kettle River will be unveiled on Dec. 3 at the Christina Lake Annual Watershed Review.

RDKB header

The Regional District of Kootenay Boundary is ready to move from planning to implementation with the Kettle River Watershed Management Plan.

After three years of study and planning, the RDKB will present the plan to the public at the Christina Lake Annual Watershed Review on December 3.

The plan outlines the vision and goals developed by the Stakeholder Advisory Group and four strategies, eighteen management directions and fifty-nine actions that, over time, will achieve real improvements in water conservation, water quality, and the health of aquatic ecosystems in the Kettle River watershed.

“There are many really excellent projects that will come from this, with all kinds of support behind the plan,” said Grace McGregor, Chair of the RDKB Board of Directors and Director for Electoral Area C / Christina Lake.

The main focus of the next three years will be filling critical information gaps, coordinating restoration projects, supporting water quality improvements and working with water suppliers and water users to improve conservation.

“There are a lot of opportunities here for working together among everyone with an interest in the Kettle River, whether they are individual landowners and farmers or represent local governments, resource management agencies, conservation groups, or First Nations,” said Graham Watt, Coordinator for the plan.

“This really sets the direction for the Regional District for considering the watershed in many kinds of decisions,” added McGregor.

“The Stakeholder Advisory Group intends the plan to provide guidance for decision makers and set the stage for collaboration and action,” said Watt. “The success of the next three years really depends on the participation of all of the people and groups that play a part.”

The planning process was built around bringing a variety of perspectives to a broad suite of watershed issues.

“We all got to learn from each other, hearing different ways of understanding common interests,” said Watt. “And that learning will need to continue through the next few years, as we all gain experience and capacity through implementing and revising the plan.”

The Advisory Group recommended that the plan be presented to the RDKB for their ‘endorsement’, which was provided at the November 27th Board of Directors meeting in Grand Forks.

“Endorsement means that the RDKB will consider the plan in relevant decisions and services, implement the strategies and actions as appropriate through local planning and services, and promote it for use by other stakeholders, organizations and government agencies,” said Watt. “This is a major statement about the importance of the plan.”

So what’s next? The RDKB will be seeking organizations and individuals to express support and participation in implementation and review. And the plan will immediately shift into action with project proposals and opportunities for the public to get involved.

The plan will be published December 3 at http://kettleriver.ca. Copies will be available at the Regional District of Kootenay Boundary offices in Grand Forks and Trail and in other key locations.

 

 

Just Posted

Casey Affleck’s movie Light of My Life features Southern Interior of B.C.

Film features Academy Award and Emmy Award winners

Forest fires spotted near Greenwood and Christina Lake

Aircraft and ground crews attacked both fires on Thursday

Sisters trot across Canada for guide dogs

The Keca sisters passed through the Boundary earlier this week

Cannabis category added to Grand Forks Fall Fair

Mayor to be among judges evaluating look, smell and ‘burnability’

Residents petition for pre-flood value buyout, say Grand Forks case could set B.C. precedent

A petition will be presented to the B.C. Minister of Public Safety next week

VIDEO: Langley Ribfest met with protesters

Groups that oppose the event for various reasons plan to be on site each of the three days.

Canadians killed in Afghanistan honoured during emotional dedication ceremony

One-hundred-fifty-eight Canadian soldiers died during the mission

It’s snow joke: Up to 30 cm of snow expected to fall in northeastern B.C.

Alaska Highway, Fort Nelson to be hit with August snowstorm, according to Environment Canada

‘I’m just absolutely disgusted’: Husband furious after B.C. Mountie’s killer gets day parole

Kenneth Fenton was sentenced to prison after he fatally struck Const. Sarah Beckett’s cruiser

Sea-to-Sky Gondola in B.C. likely out of commission until 2020

Sea to Sky Gondola carries between 1,500 and 3,000 people every day during the summer season

Helicopter-riding dog Mr. Bentley now featured on cans of new B.C.-made beer

Partial proceeds from every pack go to Children’s Wish

PHOTOS: Weapons seized at Portland right-wing rally, counterprotests

Not all who gathered Saturday were with right-wing groups or antifa

Discussion on grief and loss between Stephen Colbert, Anderson Cooper goes viral

The exchange includes emotional question from Cooper, and outlook on grief as a child

Toronto activist calling on federal parties to nominate more black candidates

Fewer than 20 black Canadians have been nominated so far, including some Liberal MPs seeking re-election

Most Read