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Investing in the restoration of nluxʷluxʷɬcwix (Trout Creek) in the District of Summerland

May 29, 2024 at 3:19 pm  Federal, Politics

District of Summerland, British Columbia, May 29, 2024 — Efforts to restore Trout Creek to its natural form and function are one step closer after an investment of $563,118 from the federal government.

Trout Creek is the primary water source for the District of Summerland and is the second largest community watershed in the Okanagan.. At one time the creek used to meander across a 2.5 km wide fan between the canyon and the lake. Due to channelization in the 1940s and 1970s, and degradation since, it is now significantly narrower, the once abundant forests of cottonwood are minimal, and the salmon runs in this creek are almost extinct.

Using a collaborative approach guided by Traditional Ecological Knowledge from the Penticton Indian Band (?), this project will widen and restore important functions of the creek to bring diverse plants and animals, especially various salmon species, back to the region.

The significance of Trout Creek cannot be overstated, as it is the second-largest watershed feeding into Okanagan Lake. It plays a crucial role in sustaining the ecological health and balance of the lake and its surrounding ecosystems.

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