BOUNDARY ENVIRONMENTAL ALLIANCE
Pathogens & Protection
examining cattle range use in our sensitive dryland area, and the consequences to water quality,
riparian zones, sensitive grasslands and habitat.
E-COLI COUNTS in local streams. An ongoing study relating range-cow usage to water quality issues
Petitions against Big White water withdrawals sent to Government
our press release and open letter to Minister of Environment and Premier
BEA Report Card
on Area E Regional Director
BIG WHITE UPDATE January 2012
The Kettle River, despite:
Big White Ski Hill applied
for water licence withdrawals and reservoir permits on several headwater streams feeding the Kettle, which would see their existing
licences increase by perhaps 256%.
Heritage River Status
designation as an ORCBC Endangered Rivers Listing
in 2006, 2008, 2009, 2010
record low flows in 2006 and 2007 & 2009
(according to records kept for over 70 years)
increasing stream temperatures affecting fish & aquatic organisms
Water Branch's knowledge
that the low flows could have been substantally worse if all licence holders had withdrawn authorized amounts
Water Branch has advised that they believe the withdrawals will have an insignificant or minor effect
on the Kettle. Other experts in Water Resource Planning have observed that too frequently, natural resources are destroyed by seemingly
Will the Watershed Management Plan (WMP) process underway prevent these assaults on Public Resources?
present leadership and direction being provided predominantly by folks who have contributed to Kettle Watershed problems by actions,
or the lack of them, the answer appears to be no.
Big White's application to extract water from the Kettle River
for snowmaking, golf-course irrigation and other purposes, remains a threat to the Kettle River.
2012 FULL update on the threats: here
Radioactive Fresh Water Mussels in the Kettle River ?
yes, shows our study
Bioaccumulation of Uranium in Mussels
in the Kettle River.
A NEW WATER ACT?
Jan 2012 review
Fred Marshall & others comment on Water Sustainability Act proposals
WORKING TO PROTECT NATURAL
RESOURCES IN THE BOUNDARY
OTHER LINKS to our BIG WHITE ARTICLES.
submission of Petition against Big White's application (approx 1700 signatures) &
Release re petition & Open letter to Ministry of Environment and Premier detailing our objections to Big White's application.here
Media Coverage backgrounder here
Our review of Big White's application and plans Mar
Our status report on Big White's water application May 2009 here
Then Premier Campbell's misleading
claims as to the scientific and community input into the Big White application. youtube video here
Rebuttal of Campbell's comments here
Big White is owned and operated by Schumann Resorts who also own/operate Silver Star. For detail on problems identified
by the Citizens Coalition to save Silver Star Park, go to: http://www.savesilverstarpark.org/