Watershed plan earns township approval

Spallumcheen has not committed to participate in the implementation of specific strategies

Spallumcheen is backing the Shuswap River watershed sustainability plan.

Though only a portion of the watershed is in the township – Fortune Creek is a Shuswap River tributary – support for the plan from council is being sought from the Regional District of North Okanagan.

“The purpose of the plan is to create a common long-term vision for management of the watershed and create a comprehensive plan that will guide agencies and the communities in decision making with regard to land and water planning,” said township deputy chief administrative officer Corey Paiement.

The plan includes five goals: water quality and quantity; ecosystems and biodiversity; recreation; interagency relations, roles and responsibilities; and education and awareness.

Township council voted unanimously to support the plan but did not commit to participate in the implementation of specific strategies until required resources are known and confirmed.

Another rail trail?

A Vernon man has a rail of an idea that would include Spallumcheen.

Larry Stowards, in a letter to council, asked that Spallumcheen, Armstrong, Enderby, Sicamous and the Regional District of North Okanagan investigate the possibility of starting a rail trail corridor along a decommissioned CP Rail line similar to the one sought from Coldstream to Kelowna.

“Each district could work on the roadbed to make it satisfactory for a walking, cycling, running  pathway with help from the province,” wrote Stowards.

Coun. Christine Fraser is impressed with Stowards’ vision.

“If you live in Enderby and worked in Armstrong, or something like that, people could bike to work and I think they’d use the trail all the time,” said Fraser.

“I think it’s a great idea.”

Spallumcheen council voted unanimously to write a letter to the Ministry of Transportation and CP Rail and ask them if future plans for the decommissioned line include a trail corridor.