Cherryville Water Stewards
To preserve and/or improve the purity of the Upper and Middle Shuswap River watershed for the sake of its residents and future generations.
Establishing the regular and accurate water quality testing and making this data accessible to the Community.
Establishing a suggested code of conduct agreed upon by a majority of watershed residents.
Raising the awareness of our individual impact upon the watershed as well as our direct responsibility to its preservation.
It’s up to us!!!
Code of Conduct
1. Forestry, farming, commercial and private practices in the watershed, whether on crown land or private land, must not result in erosion, chemical poisoning or pollution from animal wastes.
2. Keep riparian areas (30 meters from all waterways) wild and covered with native trees, bushes and plants. These areas should be free of herbicides and pesticides.
3. If you use a boat, please make sure that the integrity of the shore line is kept intact by limiting speed and noise when you are close to shore. Please ensure that your boat doesn't leak any oil or gasoline and don’t discharge any waste or garbage into the water.
4. Recreational users of motorized vehicles must treat the environment with respect. Stay out of all waterways and riparian zones wherever possible and remember that you are visiting the habitat (nests and food source) of local wildlife.
5. Take it in! Take it out! Please don't leave cans, bottles, wrappers or any other garbage behind.
6. In the home please be aware of everything that you put down your drain and flush down your toilet. Just because it’s out of sight doesn’t mean it’s gone. Pharmaceuticals, paint thinners and bleach, for example, ultimately will end up in the water.
Cherryville Water Stewards is a group of citizens concerned with area water quality. Simply put, we have some of the cleanest natural water in the world and we would like to keep it that way.
Cherryville has always been known as a little place with big ideas. Back in the 70s a group of concerned citizens blockaded North Fork Road to show their disapproval of a forest company’s plan to log Cherry Ridge. Since that time Cherryville residents have been committed to protecting Cherry Ridge and its environment.
Now we have a group of citizens who are equally committed to keeping the water in our area clean - a big idea, but another one that we are committed to.
Prompted by development at Sugar Lake and cattle ranging on land and water above us, the Stewards sent out a questionnaire to every mailbox in Cherryville to see if the residents were interested in a Vision Statement and Code of Conduct for the area in and around Cherryville.
Many community members filled out these forms agreeing overwhelmingly that a suggested code of conduct for community members and visitors alike was in order.
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Cherry Creek Riparian Restoration Project ... (since completed in 2010)
One of the actions identified in the Cherryville Water Protection Plan is the identification of riparian areas in need of protection and restoration works; and implementation of such works to reduce erosion and sedimentation and protect and restore habitat. This action works towards achieving the vision and objectives of the Cherryville Water Protection Project, in particular the following objectives;
•Protect and restore riparian areas within the Cherryville watershed to reduce and prevent erosion and enhance aquatic habitat.
The stretch of Cherry Creek between Hansen Park and the Shuswap River has been identified as an area in need of protection and restoration. This reach of the stream has been degraded by the deposition of coarse sediments which have been eroded through natural and man caused events over the last one hundred and forty years. The first large scale human disturbance upstream were associated with gold mining activity, including hydraulic mining with
water cannons. Over man caused events include the failure of roads including the South Fork North Fork, Hockey, and Currie Creek Forest Roads. The bridge replacement on the Sugar Lake Road in 1978 has been identified by local observers as having an adverse impact on stream stability. The work will focus on measures to stabilize the stream banks, deepen the pools, and promote favourable aquatic habitat. This work will help to prepare the stream for restoration of traditional salmon runs, halted by the construction of the Wiltsey dam at Shuswap Falls in 1928. Restoration of salmon to these spawning beds has been a Cherryville, and Splatsin Nation priority since that time.
The project will progress in two stages;
Site evaluation and work plan
•GPS Survey at low and high water mark •Preparation of digital and paper maps • Field visits to plan works
Implementation of Planned Works
•Excavator time – The excavator will be used to install reverse weirs, cottonwood logs and rip rap. The machine will operate primarily between the highwater mark and the summer low flow areas. Further details will be determined through the survey and planning process. •Planting cuttings and construction of traditional willow bank stabilization structures. •Grass seeding
The following is an approximate budget for the restoration project. The costs of Stage 2 will be firmed up once Stage 1 is completed and the required works are identified and costs established.
Stage 1RateTotal Cost Survey at low and high water mark2 crew days @ $500 $1,000 Preparation of Digital and Paper Maps$300 $300 Field visits to plan works9 person days @ $300 $2,700 Stage 1 Total$4,000 Stage 2 Excavator time 80 hrs @$90 $7200 Cuttings3000 @ $0.20 $ 600 Labour to plant cuttings 3000 @ $0.20 $ 600 Supervision/ administration/ seeding 18 days @ $200 $3600 Grass seed 2 bags @ $100 $ 200 Materials $ 500 Stage 2 Total (approximate)$12,700 Grand Total (approximate)$16,700
The Cherryville Water Stewards are seeking funding from the Regional District of North Okanagan through the Community Works Fund to cover the costs of the Cherry Creek riparian restoration project. Funding is being sought for Stage 1 only at this point in time. Once the costs for Stage 2 have been more accurately established, funding for Stage 2 will be sought.
For further information contact Melanie & Tim Staker at 1-250-547-9091.
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