Board gets five-year deal for milfoil control

The OBWB has developed a new operation plan and comprehensive mapping for the 53 kilometres of shoreline

Working with the provincial government, the Okanagan Basin Water Board has been given a five-year agreement for milfoil control on Okanagan lakes.

The OBWB has developed a new operation plan and comprehensive mapping for the 53 kilometres of shoreline that is treated through this program.  The new system means operations will be able to continue through summer 2018 without the need to notify the province.

“In the past we’ve had to notify the province twice a year, even though our operations have been relatively consistent for decades,” said James Littley, OBWB office and project manager.

“This year we were able to collaborate with provincial staff to develop best practices that will let us control the weeds, and protect the lakes’ sensitive species and ecosystems.”

Due to the rigorous process required for a five-year permit, the program’s summer harvesting was delayed by about two weeks this year.

It started in Osoyoos and Wood lakes July 16 rather than July 2.

“This year we’re a little behind where we would like to be, but our operators are working longer shifts and more days to make up for lost time,” said Littley.

“In the long-term though, this plan will allow us more flexibility and allow us to make greater headway in reducing the density in really troubled areas.”