Environment

Arial view of the Ryan River Conservation Area in Pemberton Meadows, B.C. (Fernando Lessa photo)

87 hectares of old growth forests, wetlands in Pemberton now under conservancy protection

The Ryan River Conservation Area will protect wetlands and old growth forest in perpetuity

Arial view of the Ryan River Conservation Area in Pemberton Meadows, B.C. (Fernando Lessa photo)
Camping in Strathcona Provincial Park, one of the province’s oldest protected areas. (File)

Staycations: Survey finds parks provide local getaways despite pandemic

BC Parks visitation increasing while operating budget to be reduced

Camping in Strathcona Provincial Park, one of the province’s oldest protected areas. (File)
A photo taken by Columbia Shuswap Regional District (CSRD) staff off Canoe Beach on Sept. 10 still shows a green hue in the water. (Shuswap Watershed Council/Facebook)

Shuswap Lake algae bloom dissipating

According to the watershed council less algae can be seen, still no risk to public.

A photo taken by Columbia Shuswap Regional District (CSRD) staff off Canoe Beach on Sept. 10 still shows a green hue in the water. (Shuswap Watershed Council/Facebook)
Dyer: Energy efficiency, the magic bullet

Dyer: Energy efficiency, the magic bullet

Kristy Dyer has a background in art and physics and consulted for Silicon Valley

  • Sep 11, 2020
Dyer: Energy efficiency, the magic bullet
Dyer: Electricity demand and the duck curve

Dyer: Electricity demand and the duck curve

Kristy Dyer has a background in art and physics and consulted for Silicon Valley

  • Aug 28, 2020
Dyer: Electricity demand and the duck curve
Columbia Shuswap Regional District Environmental Services Coordinator Hamish Kassa describes the size of the algae bloom in Salmon Arm Bay as ‘unprecedented.’ (CSRD Image)

Size of algae bloom in Shuswap Lake called ‘unprecedented’

The bloom has been difficult to track because monitoring was cut back due to COVID-19

Columbia Shuswap Regional District Environmental Services Coordinator Hamish Kassa describes the size of the algae bloom in Salmon Arm Bay as ‘unprecedented.’ (CSRD Image)
The electric vehicle charging station at Ross Street Plaza saw 250 visits in 2018. (File photo)

Summerland to get 22 more electric car charging stations

The project will soon allow residents and tourists driving electric cars to plug in at over twenty charging stations across town

The electric vehicle charging station at Ross Street Plaza saw 250 visits in 2018. (File photo)
Dyer:The BC Step Code

Dyer:The BC Step Code

Research indicates Canada could replace 100% of power from dams with solar, using only 13% of the land

  • Aug 17, 2020
Dyer:The BC Step Code
A close up image of an algae bloom in Shuswap Lake near Ashby Point taken in April 2020. (Interior Health photo)

Shuswap Lake Algae bloom the result of “perfect storm” of factors

Shuswap Watershed Council states influx of nutrients and increased sunlight are causes

A close up image of an algae bloom in Shuswap Lake near Ashby Point taken in April 2020. (Interior Health photo)
A monumental old-growth yellow cedar tree in the at-risk headwaters of Fairy Creek measuring 9.5ft in diameter, making it the 9th-widest known yellow cedar according to the BC Big Tree Registry. Photo courtesy, T J Watt

Protesters showcase massive old yellow cedar as Port Renfrew area forest blockade continues

9.5-foot-wide yellow cedar measured by Ancient Forest Alliance campaigners in Fairy Creek watershed

A monumental old-growth yellow cedar tree in the at-risk headwaters of Fairy Creek measuring 9.5ft in diameter, making it the 9th-widest known yellow cedar according to the BC Big Tree Registry. Photo courtesy, T J Watt
Battle of Fairy Creek: blockade launched to save Vancouver Island old-growth

Battle of Fairy Creek: blockade launched to save Vancouver Island old-growth

‘Forest Defenders’ occupy road to prevent logging company from reaching Port Renfrew-area watershed

Battle of Fairy Creek: blockade launched to save Vancouver Island old-growth
A diver inspects one of B.C.’s glass sponge reefs. The Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society-BC is calling on the federal government to extend refuge protections for six newly discovered reefs. Dale Sanders photo

B.C. group renews call for protection of newly discovered glass sponge reefs

DFO says public consultation will play heavy role in future protection measures

A diver inspects one of B.C.’s glass sponge reefs. The Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society-BC is calling on the federal government to extend refuge protections for six newly discovered reefs. Dale Sanders photo
Dyer: Replacing dam and solar power

Dyer: Replacing dam and solar power

Research indicates Canada could replace 100% of power from dams with solar, using only 13% of the land

  • Aug 5, 2020
Dyer: Replacing dam and solar power
A camper was among the items hauled out of the Beaver Lake area July 25. (Okanagan Forest Task Force photo)

Abandoned camper, car, truck left in Okanagan forest

Recreational area in Lake Country a dumping ground for garbage

A camper was among the items hauled out of the Beaver Lake area July 25. (Okanagan Forest Task Force photo)
Dyer: Summerland envy

Dyer: Summerland envy

Kristy Dyer is a columnist for Black Press Media who writes about the environment

  • Jul 27, 2020
Dyer: Summerland envy
Splashy the humpback calf, first spotted on June 13, near Whaletown. (Photo by, Zoe Molder, Straitwatch / Cetus Research and Conservation)

Humpback calf named in honour of whale-loving B.C. girl who died of rare genetic disease

Splashy, often spotted near Cortes Island, was nicknamed after Miranda Friz’s beloved humpback stuffed toy

Splashy the humpback calf, first spotted on June 13, near Whaletown. (Photo by, Zoe Molder, Straitwatch / Cetus Research and Conservation)
There are many commercial entities interested in Mt. Begbie. (Liam Harrap/Revelstoke Review)                                There are many commercial entities interested in Mt. Begbie. (Liam Harrap/Revelstoke Review)

‘It’s our iconic mountain’: Province rejects proposal to protect B.C’s Mt. Begbie

The province said it lacks resources to create a new land use plan for Revelstoke

There are many commercial entities interested in Mt. Begbie. (Liam Harrap/Revelstoke Review)                                There are many commercial entities interested in Mt. Begbie. (Liam Harrap/Revelstoke Review)
Dyer: Buying an electric car

Dyer: Buying an electric car

Kristy Dyer is a columnist for Black Press Media who writes about the environment

  • Jul 15, 2020
Dyer: Buying an electric car
Cameras have been deployed throughout the territory to study the behaviour of bears in the area. (Photo credit, Cael Cook)

COVID-19 gives B.C. First Nation rare chance to examine tourism’s impact on grizzly bears

With 40 infrared cameras deployed in Kitasoo-Xai’Xais territory, research will help develop tourism plan with least impact on bears

Cameras have been deployed throughout the territory to study the behaviour of bears in the area. (Photo credit, Cael Cook)
The propeller of a motorized boat encrusted with invasive mussels. Zebra and Quagga mussels can thrive in tiny crevices and even inside outboard motors, meaning very thorough cleaning is required to prevent their spread. (Contributed)

Okanagan and Shuswap MPs want federal funds to help stop invasive species

Concerns raised that spending favours Eastern Canada.

The propeller of a motorized boat encrusted with invasive mussels. Zebra and Quagga mussels can thrive in tiny crevices and even inside outboard motors, meaning very thorough cleaning is required to prevent their spread. (Contributed)