Clean water on tap for Cherryville

Efforts are underway to ensure Cherryville residents have clean water coming out of the tap.

Efforts are underway to ensure Cherryville residents have clean water coming out of the tap.

A total of $20,400 over three years will be spent on Cherryville’s water quality program after a decision by the Electoral Area Advisory Committee of the Regional District of the North Okanagan.

“It’s really important,” said director Eugene Foisy. “This way we can keep a close eye on conditions. The quality is in good shape  but we want to keep it that way.”

Among the potential sources of pollution are logging, recreational activities and grazing cattle.

“We have found some hot spots where we want to keep checking,” said Foisy.

The program is conducted through volunteer water stewards with the Cherry Ridge Management group. The funding — which comes from federal gas tax revenue — will go towards scientific testing as well as covering mileage accrued by the volunteers.

Monitoring began three years ago and the stewards have established a water quality baseline.

“The environmental protection division of the Ministry of Environment will continue to support the monitoring activities conducted by the land and water stewards in the Cherryville area,” said Anna Page, RDNO sustainability co-ordinator, in a report.

“With increased development pressures, such as logging in the upper watersheds, this monitoring is  an important baseline to water quality in an area that has received little study to date.”

Foisy says water quality testing in his community has ramifications for a broad range of the province as it drains into the Shuswap and Fraser systems.

“If we pollute it up here, it makes its way down.”

Final approval for the $20,400 is still required from the RDNO board.