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Report looks into Kal Lake

Ways to protect one of the region’s most valuable resources are up for public discussion Thursday.

The North Okanagan Regional District is welcoming public comments on the draft source assessment for the north Kalamalka Lake intake.

The public open house will be held at the NORD office, 9848 Aberdeen Rd., from 5 to 8 p.m. with presentations at 5:30 and 7 p.m.

“It’s really important that if people do have concerns to get their opinions out,” urges Renee Clark, water quality manager.

The report includes the following key recommendations: applying for a License of Occupation over the Intake Protection Zone; restoration of Coldstream Creek riparian areas; considering bylaws to protect the foreshore and considering extending the intake.

“I know there’s going to be some people concerned with how those recommendations are going to affect them,” said Clark.

“But I think the majority of it is for the better.”

The recommendations to create a protection zone will be of interest to those in Coldstream since the area is within its municipal boundaries.

Just as important are comments from Vernon residents and businesses plus Areas B and C as many receive their drinking water from this source. Input received from the open house will be reviewed by the consultant and included in the final report as long as it is consistent with existing science and drinking water protection objectives.

For a link to the full report, visit www.rdno.ca.

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