NONC Asks for Restored Wetland

Letter of November 13, 2016
North Okanagan Naturalists’ Club to the Hon. Todd Stone, Minister of Transportation & Infrastructure and Mr. Akbul Mund, Mayor of the City of Vernon

Dear Mr. Minister & Mr. Mayor:

Recently a site visit was organized by Ministry of Transportation & Infrastructure staff, for interested parties, to the BX Creek Wetland, proposed site for the extension of 20th Street. The North Okanagan Naturalists’ Club (NONC) appreciates the consultative action by Ministry staff.

One point of discussion has been Ministry-led projects in compensation for natural habitat losses as a result of the 20th Street extension.

The North Okanagan Naturalists’ Club views actions, such as shrub plantings, invasive species control, bird and bat boxes, to be inadequate. These are actions that would have very short term impacts and raise questions of maintenance and sustainability.

NONC requests the Ministry and the City to commit to replacement of lost wetland with restored or new wetland habitat. This should be at a location in the City of Vernon, or at least within Greater Vernon. It should be either the restoration of an existing wetland that parties agree is deserving of restoration or a newly created wetland at a site and on a scale also agreeable to all parties.

NONC is willing to commit funds to such a project. We will also contribute advice and assistance on an in-kind basis. We would be happy to have further discussions with the Ministry, the City and other stakeholders.

Thank you for your consideration of our request and offer.

Sincerely yours,

Harold Sellers