Large crowds are expected as Canada Day fireworks will blast off from Kal Beach in Coldstream July 1.

Large crowds are expected as Canada Day fireworks will blast off from Kal Beach in Coldstream July 1.

Fireworks spark debate

Coldstream councillor concerns fireworks will impact water quality

The return of Canada Day fireworks in Greater Vernon has sparked upset in Coldstream.

“I don’t support the fireworks at Kal Beach. I think we’re putting a lot of waste into the lake,” Coun. Glen Taylor told his colleagues Monday.

But according to information from Greater Vernon Water, the fireworks do not pose a problem.

“Water staff said they have no concerns,” said Mayor Jim Garlick, adding that they are working on a clean-up plan.

“They should be dealing with it because of the intake.”

The issue arose from a request from the newly formed North Okanagan Canada Day Society for a $2,000 financial contribution to the Canada Day fireworks display.

But Coldstream doesn’t have much to offer, with only $300 left in the grant-in-aid budget.

“I’d like to see the $300 used towards the clean-up after the fireworks,” said Taylor.

The deadline for groups to apply for municipal grants was September.

Coldstream agreed to support the event with $300, while Taylor and Coun. Richard Enns were opposed.

NOCDS says Kal Beach is ideal for fireworks.

“The show will be presented via three barges on Kal Lake as well as the Kal Beach pier for close-up effects as viewed by the public from Kal beach and surrounding vantage points,” said Terry Schmauder, with the group.

The Coldstream Fire Department has held Halloween fireworks at Kal Beach for many years.