Public opinion wanted

During the month of July the Shuswap Watershed Council (SWC) will be holding a series of open house meetings

During the month of July the Shuswap Watershed Council (SWC) will be holding a series of open house meetings at various locations throughout our area.

A key goal for these sessions is to engage the public and to obtain input and opinions on the plans of the SWC.

At each open house session, from 3:30 to 6 p.m., there will be an opportunity to review materials that summarize the accomplishments of the Shuswap Lake Integrated Planning Process (SLIPP) program, including the results from the extensive water quality monitoring program.

This information will provide attendees with a complete analysis of the state of our lake and its water quality.

There will also be materials which describe the collaborative action plans and organization of the Shuswap Watershed Council moving forward.

Ample time has been made available for discussions with staff from the Fraser Basin Council and members of the Shuswap Watershed Council Steering Committee.

A presentation and Q & A session will be conducted from 6 to 7:30 p.m. The presentation will provide a summary of the accomplishments of SLIPP, along with a detailed review of the plans for the Shuswap Watershed Council.

During the Q & A session there will be opportunities for the public to provide their views and opinions. There will also be a touchpad survey conducted which will enable us to collect the opinions of all attendees.

The schedule and location for the open house meetings is as follows:

• July 9 – Chase Community Hall, 547 Shuswap Ave.

• July 10 – Falkland Community Hall, 5706 Hwy. 97A.

• July 15 – Sicamous & District Recreation Centre, 1121 Eagle Pass Way.

• July 16 – Salmon Arm, Intermissions Restaurant at Shaw Centre, 2600 10th Ave. NE.

• July 21 – Scotch Creek Community Hall, 3852 Squilax-Anglemont Rd.

• July 23 – Sorrento Memorial Hall, 1150 Passchendaele Rd.

• July 28 – Enderby Drill Hall, 208 George St.

I would encourage all members of the public to attend and to provide their input.

If you would like to suggest topics for future articles, or participate in our community advisory panel surveys, please contact me at pdemenok@csrd.bc.ca.

Paul Demenok is the Area C Director for the Columbia Shuswap Regional District and is Chair of the Shuswap Watershed Council Steering Committee