The Peachland Watershed Protection Alliance wants to see some action.
Thirty-two members of the PWPA recently received a tour of the Peachland Creek community watershed by the four forest licensees, and it would like to see the recommendations of hydrologist Rob Scherer put into place.
Sherer, who also took part in the seven-hour tour, believes roads need to be put in place to prevent erosion and sediment delivery to stream channels. The PWPA would also like to the see the maintenance of healthy riparian areas that buffer watercourses from potential effects of forest development and other land use like recreation and commercial vehicle use, forestry, mining and cattle grazing.
The watchdog organization, however, is more concerned about the damage that has already been done.
“While we very much appreciate the significant effort the licensees are now taking to prevent problems in the watershed, we believe that it should be mandatory to first repair the existing damage—damage that has created the long series of water quality advisories in Peachland,” PWPA co-founder Taryn Skalbania said in a press release.
“Adding additional risk to our water should only be considered after we have evidence the repairs are working. Risk is increased during any industrial use of the watershed.”
The alliance is advocating for a full watershed health review, focusing on climate change along with other values in the watershed, including wildlife.
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