Society taps into water education

One of Greater Vernon’s most precious resources, Kalamalka Lake, will be the highlight of some upcoming presentations.

One of Greater Vernon’s most precious resources, Kalamalka Lake, will be the highlight of some upcoming presentations.

The Society for the Protection of Kalamalka Lake hosts a presentation Thursday at the Coldstream Women’s Institute (9909 Kalamalka Rd.) at 5:30 p.m.

“I encourage anybody who is interested in Greater Vernon drinking water to come to this,” said Coldstream Coun. Maria Besso.

Heather Larratt, of Larratt Aquatic Consulting, will be making a presentation outlining key areas of her extensive research on Kalamalka Lake.

“She’s done something like 17 years of research on Kalamalka Lake,” said Louise Christie, SPrKL president.

For those who cannot make it to Thursday’s meeting, Larratt will present at the Kalamalka Lake assessment and protection zone public open house at the North Okanagan Regional District Feb. 24 from 4 to 8:30 p.m.

“It’s quite a comprehensive look,” said Larratt, whose research has been instigated by the Interior Health Authority.

“They ask us to look at everything that could possibly impact the water and rank it.

“There are actually a couple of red flags.”

Larratt encourages everyone to come out, not only to educate themselves, but to educate her.

“I’m often given information by residents that’s not available any other way,” said Larratt of public knowledge spanning back prior to when any records were taken of water.

“It’s a two-way street, I’m not just informing them, they’re informing me.”