No interest in watershed council

Spallumcheen is leaving the Shuswap Watershed Council dry

Spallumcheen is leaving the Shuswap Watershed Council dry.

Mayor and council unanimously voted against a request from the council to all jurisdictions in the Shuswap watershed drainage to establish a service to participate in and provide funding for the watershed council.

“It’s another fund requiring money,” said Spallumcheen Mayor Janice Brown, who also serves as the township’s representative on the RDNO board.

“We’ve already done our watershed program.”

The Shuswap Watershed Council says, in its terms of reference, it provides direction and public representation to the developmental year of a new watershed water quality program, and oversee the implementation of the remaining items in the original Shuswap Lake Integrated Planning Process (SLIPP).

The council is composed of 17 members, including two from RDNO, as well from the City of Salmon Arm, Columbia Shuswap Regional District, District of Sicamous, Lower Shuswap Stewardship Society, Salmon River Watershed Roundtable, Shuswap Nation, Thompson-Nicola Regional District, SLIPP public advisory committee and a two-member technical team.