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As everyone is looking forward to enjoying the summer weather – here are answers to some of the water-related questions the District of Lake Country has received through phone calls, emails and social media channels. Please consider sharing these facts with your networks, or better yet - ask your connections to subscribe to District news so everyone can get the facts sent to their email inboxes!

Is the District making plans to dredge the channel between Wood Lake and Kalamalka Lake?

Dredging the channel has been reviewed by the District a number of times since incorporation. If the channel was dredged it would allow for larger boats to pass through without touching the lakebed. On June 15th Council made a Notice of Motion that staff investigate and present back to Council what it would take to obtain the required permits and the related costs.   

Before any dredging could begin, authorization would be required under the Federal Fisheries Act and the Provincial Water Sustainability Act. Approval from Nav Canada would also be required on all project plans. Costs to apply for the appropriate permits, regularly dredge the channel as well as monitor and report back to the appropriate authorities would require a substantial yearly budget- likely resulting in a tax increase for the community.  

When boats pass through the channel is the sediment impacting drinking water intakes?

 When larger boats pass through the channel, they typically disturb the bottom of the channel causing sediment suspension. The closest water intake on Kalamalka Lake is approximately 650 meters away from the channel. Sediment directly from the channel does not usually reach the drinking water intake, however boating in the area of the intake (particularly with larger boats) can stir up lakebed sediment in shallow areas and can have negative impacts on the District’s water intake. Drinking water quality is closely monitored.

What else causes sediment disturbance in the lake?

Motorized boats that are close to shore, causing a wake, erode the shoreline and damage the natural environment and beaches we all enjoy. Furthermore, the propwash from larger boats in shallow areas causes sediment to be dispersed throughout the water column, that could eventually make its way to a water intake.  

How can I acquire a moorage buoy?

In 2015 Council implemented a moratorium on the placement of new buoys. Permanent moorage buoys are not permitted unless installed prior to 2008.

And now you know. If you have questions please contact communications@lakecountry.bc.ca