Brad Foster (left)

Brad Foster (left)

Friends group to protect BX Creek

The Friends of BX Creek Society wants to ensure the creek returns to a functioning and healthy ecosystem.

A new group is focused on the health of a major natural corridor in Greater Vernon.

The Friends of BX Creek Society wants to ensure the creek returns to a functioning and healthy ecosystem.

“Our vision is to create public awareness by working corroboratively with businesses, residents and organizations to sustain BX Creek and its watershed in an environmentally sustainable manner,” said director Teresa Durning Harker.

BX Creek begins at Silver Star Mountain and winds its way down through a canyon until it meets the valley bottom and runs into Swan Lake.

From there, it goes through the city and ultimately joins up with Vernon Creek and flows to Okanagan Lake.

However, the creek faces some challenges along the way.

“It runs through private small land holdings, passes through culverts under roads, through farms, under a townhome complex and is channeled through what was a wetland before it gets to Swan Lake,” said Durning Harker.

“It leaves Swan Lake channeled again with wetland gone, under a mall, roads, motels and channeled between concrete walls around and between buildings and houses.

“This last half of its journey is where it is polluted with storm water runoff and left with little natural vegetation to help maintain its health.”

Anyone interested in joining the society can call Durning Harker at 250-542-1415 or e-mail durningdirections@hotmail.com.