Kalamalka Lake and Coldstream Creek Protection and Response

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Greater Vernon Water

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Coldstream Creek crosses a number of jurisdictions before entering Kalamalka Lake. Coldstream Creek and ground water provide 80% of the inflow to Kalamalka Lake so the influence of land use both urban and rural has an impact on water quality. The intent is to provide a forum to work cooperatively to reduce risks to water quality. Kalamalka Lake provides drinking water for 38,000 people in Greater Vernon. In Greater Vernon Water Utility's permit to operate a Source Water Assessment Response Plan has to be completed for all water sources. The deliverable will be a Kalamalka Lake / Coldstream Creek Watershed Protection and Response Plan that meets Interior Health's standards and will be a template that could be utilized by other utilities in the Okanagan. In 2012 GVW staff approached the District of Coldstream, the Greater Vernon Advisory Committee and the Regional District of North Okanagan to support a collaborative stakeholder working group to incorporate a Kalamalka Lake/Coldstream Creek Watershed source protection and response plan. There are a number of projects that have been identified by the Coldstream Creek SHIM, the Kalamalka Assessment and other projects that the stakeholder group will be presented to set priorities, develop work plans (short and long term), and provide input for awareness.

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