Spraying upsetting

Resident questions the handling of weeds in the Cherryville area

Being a Cherryville water steward, I feel compelled to alert the public of an event that took place at the Sugar Lake dam Aug. 15.

The gates were locked and a “Notice of Herbicide Use” sign was posted. The notice said, “Treatment is necessary to provide worker and public safety, prevent fires and contribute to the safe and reliable supply of electricity to B.C. Hydro customers.”

I had to go and investigate since knapweed was the culprit they were after and I wanted to see how bad the infestation was. I found less than 20 plants in the area and two-thirds of them were still alive. But it was very obvious where huckleberry bushes and clover didn’t survive the dousing, so it seems they weren’t spraying in a site-specific manner either.

And as far as spraying down the bank, doesn’t B.C. Hydro have to adhere to the riparian regulations that were enacted to protect our fish habitat, let alone all of the swimmers that spend their time there?

The noxious weeds that were there could have been pulled in less than an hour and had Hydro alerted the community and the water stewards, we would have pulled them out by hand at half the price they paid to do it chemically. We would have  also had the opportunity to voice our objections to this process .

Adding insult to injury, The Morning Star published an article from B.C. Hydro Aug. 16 headlined, “Hydro offers Reservoir Safety Tips.”

The article was basically encouraging the public to visit these sites while they still reeked of what I consider to be a very toxic poison.

My question is, where is the Ministry of Environment, Interior Health and all of the other governing bodies that are supposedly here to protect us, the birds, insects, animals, and fish from these type of events?

Is B.C. Hydro exempt from the rules?

Whatever the answer is, I personally am outraged that ordinary citizens have to be watchdogs and spend endless hours to try and protect an area that they want to call home from a continuous onslaught of environmental degradation.

The Hydro article ended by writing, “To learn more about how to be safe around the water visit bchydro.com.”

To end my letter, I would suggest B.C. Hydro learn how to keep us, the animals and the water safe from them.

 

Carla Vierke

Cherryville

 

 

Just Posted

Lumby grads celebrate

Charles Bloom Secondary’s class of 2019

College investigates Vernon physiotherapist

Stephen Witvoet’s matters are currently before the courts

Thousands soak up Downtown Vernon Sunshine Festival

One-day annual event a hit with residents and visitors

Still room for golfers in KidSport tournament

Inaugural KidSport Greater Vernon Golf Tournament goes Thursday at Vernon Golf and Country Club

Arrested suspect connected to string of North Okanagan robberies

Man arrested after failed robbery at Enderby store may be involved in four other such crimes

Murray McLauchlan delights Vernon crowd

Canadian music icon puts on wonderful two-hour show at Performing Arts Centre

Rose Valley Rd. fire in West Kelowna has now been extinguished

West Kelowna Fire Chief says first two grass fires Tuesday were human caused

Life’s work of talented Shuswap sculptor leads to leukemia

Former Salmon Arm resident warns of dangers of chemical contact

Shuswap car dealership seeks return of unique stolen Jeep

The red 1989 four-by-four was taken from Salmon Arm GM’s lot early Monday morning.

Horgan says he’ll still defend B.C. coast after second Trans Mountain approval

Meanwhile, one B.C. First Nation has announced plans for a legal challenge

Demonstrators on either side of Trans Mountain debate clash in Vancouver

Crowd heard from member of Indigenous-led coalition that hopes to buy 51% of expansion project

MPs hear retired South Okanagan nurse’s petition to change compensation for fatal medical errors

Teri McGrath wants provinces to implement no-fault system for medical errors

Grieving B.C. mom hopes Facebook message leads to new investigation into son’s Surrey homicide

Criminal Justice Branch didn’t lay charges, concluding no substantial likelihood of murder or manslaughter conviction

Hergott: Contribution and Expectation of a will

Lawyer Paul Hergott continues his column on wills

Most Read