Leave lake debris in place

Residents urged to take action against rising levels on local lakes

  • May. 17, 2017 2:42 p.m.

Residents and visitors are asked to protect property and reduce the risk of soil erosion along local lakes.

Leave any debris along Okanagan and Kalamalka lakes in place until the risk of flood has passed.

“The province of B.C. and Emergency Management B.C. have advised municipalities not to remove debris, which acts like a cushion to waves in the event of an onshore wind, and reduces sand erosion,” said Tanya Laing Gahr, with the City of Vernon.

Boaters are reminded that there is a high level of debris on Kalamalka and Okanagan lakes, and to use caution.

“Boaters and personal watercraft users should also avoid creating waves near the shoreline that can damage property or contribute to shoreline erosion,” said Laing Gahr.

“Transport Canada advises that anyone operating a power-driven boat in B.C. must adhere to a speed limit of 10 kilometres per hour within 30 metres of shore. Slower speeds are encouraged while water levels remain high.”

Boat launches on Kalamalka Lake are currently closed and will remain so until further notice. Vernon boat launches on Okanagan Lake may also close if water levels continue to rise.

Private docks are also at risk from high water levels and waves. Homeowners can secure anchored docks by ensuring the anchor lines are long enough that they won’t snap if water levels rise.

Residents with sandbags protecting their property should keep them in place until the risk of flood has passed.

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