Mike Pethick (left)

Creek benefits from program

An interpretive sign about the Coldstream Creek riparian protection project has been installed

Coldstream residents can learn more about protecting waterways.

An interpretive sign about the Coldstream Creek riparian protection project has been installed next to the Coldstream cemetery on Howe Drive.

“This display marks the final step in a multi-year project,” said Renee Clark, Regional District of North Okanagan water quality manager.

“The project illustrates the collaborative work done for creek habitat restoration and protection on Coldstream, Deer and Larch creeks.”

The project involves RDNO, the District of Coldstream, Coldstream Ranch and the Okanagan Basin Water Board.

“Innovative strategies and best management practices were implemented to separate livestock from the local waterways to improve water quality and ensure the health of cattle and fish,” said Clark.

“The work was carried out largely by Coldstream Ranch, and included building woody debris barriers, creating controlled stream-crossing areas, planting willow stakes to stabilize creek banks, and providing alternative watering troughs to deter cattle from entering the stream.”

Riparian areas are the vegetated borders of rivers, streams, lakes, and wetlands and they are important for diverse habitat, soil stabilization and water filtration.

“This is especially important on Coldstream Creek, which supplies a large percentage of Kalamalka Lake inflow, an important local drinking water source,” said Clark.

To see a digital copy of the interpretive sign, visit www.rdno.ca/water and click on Watershed.


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