Coldstream Creek Water Quality Enhancement
Coldstream Creek is a significant fish-spawning stream and the primary source of fresh water for Kalamalka Lake. It flows into Kalamalka Lake, through Vernon and empties into Okanagan Lake, forming an interconnected water system in the North Okanagan and to the entire Okanagan Valley. The 30 km long Creek is affected by urban, rural and agricultural activities, which can have a detrimental effect on water quality due to sediment, nutrient, and contaminant loading. This water quality project is near the upstream end of Coldstream Creek and will provide overall benefits along the watercourse. Using recently completed Sensitive Habitat Inventory Mapping data, the District of Coldstream identified two high priority areas for stream restoration efforts. The grant helped fund enhancement activities including livestock exclusion fencing, replanting of riparian areas, dedicated livestock crossings, and bank re-grading. They also worked with the landowner who donated a new bridge crossing. This project demonstrates strong collaboration between stakeholders and landowners and is building on results and recommendations from previous OBWB-funded projects.