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File photo: Rachael Kimola - Castanet
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Kelowna mapping sensitive creeks

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For the next several months, the City of Kelowna will take part in an exercise to map local streams and other sensitive habitats.

This is being done in an effort to support sustainable community planning.

Now through November, Ecoscape Environmental Consultants will use Sensitive Habitat Inventory and Mapping methodology to assess creeks to ensure their precise location as well as inventory their associated habitats and fisheries value.

"Housing, industry and road development can disturb watersheds. We recognize that the location of some of our creeks may not be accurately reflected in our current mapping system," says Environment Division Supervisor, Todd Cashin.

"This new information will be integrated into our Official Community Plan to assist in urban planning and watershed protection."

Cashin says streams can be easily disturbed and changes in land use can adversely affect the overall health and function of the watercourses and plants and animals they support.

The city has identified 27 creeks within its boundaries. The final mapping will survey the final 14 creeks.

The Okanagan Basin Water Board has provided $25,000 in funding for the completion of the project.


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