Shop around for your gas today.
Most of the westside coming in was still 1-12-9 but I did see a 1-19-9 out in the Lower Mission.
Kind of messy up in Glenrosa in the last few days.
Excessive rainfall plus the snow melt has caused some flooding.
Crews were working yesterday to dig out the culverts.
More work is expected to be done today.
West Kelowna Water
West Kelowna Council will use internal funds to support the 12.5 million to pay it’s portion of the new Rose Valley Treatment Plant.
The balance of the 53.5 million needed is coming from the provincial and federal governments.
The Rose Valley Reservoir currently serves users of the Lakeview Water System and the $53.5 million project includes construction to interconnect the new plant to the Pritchard, Sunnyside and West Kelowna Estates water systems.
Once completed, the project will ensure clean water for 18,000 residents in West Kelowna.
Council also agreed on Tuesday to merge Lakeview, West Kelowna Estates, Pritchard and Sunnyside local service areas into one service area which will see one uniform user rate.
Council will be considering water rate adjustments at an upcoming Council meeting.
As boating season approaches, the B.C. government is once again adding to its arsenal in the fight to keep B.C. invasive mussel free by adding two new inspection stations, expanding inspection hours and the inspection operating season, more than doubling the number of inspectors, increasing public education, expanding scientific lake monitoring and providing Canada’s first multi-purpose mussel-sniffing dog.
Two brand new border inspection stations will open at Yahk and Midway, bringing the total number of inspections stations in B.C. to 10 locations.
The province’s busiest station at Golden will be open 24 hours.
The remaining nine stations will have their hours extended generally from dawn to dusk however actual opening and closing times will vary to help ensure compliance.
The inspection operating season will now run from mid-March until mid-November.
To support the new stations and extended hours, the Province is also adding 35 inspection officers to the program, bringing the total to 68 auxiliary conservation officers.
The funding announcements just keep coming from the Provincial Liberal government.
The pelicans and Central Okanagan School District officials are making an announcement on behalf of the Education Minister today.
It’s happening at 11:30am on Frost Road beside the Ponds Park Playground.
Spring Fundraising Rail Trail
Looks like we’re going to hear of a new fundraising idea Monday.
Okanagan Rail Trail has announced a news conference at Kekuli Bay Provincial Park.
Stages 1 and 2 of the funding have been covered.
Stage 3 is at 75% of it’s goal.
The goal is to fund 48.5 kms and they’re at 51%.
The Province is providing $250,000 to continue to support the open education work being done in BC through the Open Textbook Project.
Since the launch of the Open Textbook Project in 2012, it is estimated that over 35,000 students in B.C. have saved as much as $4 million.
Open textbooks are available online and use an open license, making digital versions free to use by students and faculty.
Approximately 283 faculty members at 23 public post-secondary institutions are currently participating in the project.
Free Wood Heating Workshop
If you have a fireplace, wood stove or other wood burning device, here’s a perfect event for you.
Receive a free gift, learn how to burn cleaner and save money by making your woodpile last longer at the FREE, ‘Wood Heating Workshop’.
It starts at 6:30 pm on Thursday, April 20th in the Rutland Activity Centre, on Dodd Road.
Get your questions answered and learn about proper wood heating and burning techniques, purchasing and preparing your wood, tips on loading the firebox and chimney care.
You’ll also find out what those EPA and Emission ratings mean and how to plan an effective wood heating system. Plus participants will learn how they can save money and utilize rebates by updating and recycling their wood burning appliance through the Wood Stove Exchange program.
For more information and to reserve a seat and your free gift, email firstname.lastname@example.org or contact the Regional Air Quality Program Coordinator at 250-469-8408.
Central Okanagan Air Quality Coordinator Nancy Mora Castro says “We’re holding this evening session in Rutland as a result of a monitoring study done throughout the Central Okanagan from November 2015 to April 2016. It showed that specific neighbourhoods consistently had higher PM2.5values than surrounding areas most likely due to wood smoke, traffic emissions and local meteorology. The biggest hotspot was in Rutland, followed by parts of the Mission area of Kelowna and Woodsale area of Lake Country. PM2.5 is particulate matter that’s less than 1/30th the width of a human hair. It can go deep into our lungs and bloodstream damaging health by aggravating existing lung and heart disease, increasing the risk of cancer and reducing life expectancy.” View the full report at www.regionaldistrict.com/airquality.
This free event is part of the ‘Wood Stove Exchange’ program funded through a grant from the Province of BC and BC Lung Association. Water,