The Penticton Creek Restoration Project is moving ahead as planned, with final placement of river rock, removal of silt and water to be released from the bypass tunnel to the main creek bed later this week. The City of Penticton hosted a hard hat tour for media and elected officials last week, with the full extent of the restoration project visible from Ellis Street bridge and the walkway. Three riffles and pools will replace a homogenous concrete flume for an 80 meter stretch of creek, with boulders and small round river rock to provide improved habitat for fish on this once very productive system. Although this was an extremely complex process to undertake, the City of Penticton and conservation partners moved forward with the support of funders; Habitat Conservation Trust Foundation, Federal Recreational Fishery Conservation Partners Program, and TD Friends of the Environment.
SOSCP was presented with a significant gift from Lake Breeze Wine Farm in Naramata. Lake Breeze has committed all of its patio sparkling water sales to the conservation partnership and presented Bryn White, SOSCP Program Manager with the donation at the annual Lake Breeze year-end staff party. “I was absolutely thrilled to accept this generous contribution on behalf of SOSCP,” said White. During the presentation, Lake Breeze owners Drew and Barb McIntyre thanked Bryn for the SOSCP’s conservation efforts and highlighted the important connections between what Lake Breeze does and the need for a healthy landscape in which to do it.