Province gives CORD green light to build new breakwater

South breakwater wall will be built first, this spring, at Safe Harbour.

The Central Okanagan Regional District has received written approval from the B.C. Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resources Operations to construct a new breakwater at Safe Harbour this summer.

RDCO received written approval from the ministry on March 28.

The work will include a new solid wall on the south side of the harbour and refurbishment of the north wall.

The south wall will be constructed south of the existing recreational fishing pier. The new wall will be constructed on steel piles, but will not have decking.

The public will not be able to access this wall.

The south break water wall will be constructed first between the months of late April to June 21, while water levels are still relatively low. Full pool of Okanagan Lake usually occurs around late June.

The refurbishment of the north breakwater will take place later in the season, between Aug. 1 and Sept. 30.

Those dates are between the fisheries in-stream work window.

The north break water will be getting an extensive face lift that should improve both the look and functionality of Safe Harbour.

Rotten wood piles, decking and batter boards will be replaced with new wood piles and treated wood timbers.

The design of the breakwater, recreational fishing pier and courtesy dock were based upon the design criteria set out by the province. There is a red zone designation over the harbour.

The red zone areas on Okanagan Lake are very important to Kokanee productivity, for habitat and spawning.

Red zone criteria for construction include the elevation of docks must be a half meter above high water mark, no batter boards on docks, no floating structures, and no piles within the foreshore spawning area.

The regional district has sent out the request for proposals and it is hoped the work can be get under way as soon as possible.

Safe Harbour is the destination of choice for boater on Okanagan Lake in the Lake Country area when unexpected severe weather comes up the lake.

There are few other points on the lake to safely tie up during a squall and Safe Harbour has proved to be a refuge for boaters on many an occasion.

It is also a popular boat launch site with locals sometimes taking the chance to drop a line in the lake from the public fishing pier.

 

Just Posted

Sister of cancer victim cycles across Canada to raise awareness

Her journey started on May 14 and will end in early August

Top women’s hockey player Natalie Spooner coming to the Okanagan

Natalie Spooner special guest at annual Grindstone Award Foundation charity weekend in Kelowna

Woman in hospital after being thrown off horse

She was airlifted to Kelowna General Hospital from Okanagan Falls

Update: Washed out South Okanagan road temporarily closed for assessment

A portion of Eastside Road, south of Penticton, appears to be crumbling into Skaha Lake

Okanagan Regional Library hosts famous author

Author of The Woo Woo, Lindsay Wong will be in Kelowna Tuesday

VIDEO: It’s warming up across the Okanagan Valley

Grey skies are expected to fade and the sun looks like it’s here to stay

Update: Plan to see more smoke from South Okanagan wildfire

Richter Creek wildfire, 12 kilometres west of Osoyoos, is an estimated 400 hectares

Okanagan art gallery releases their theme

Fine arts painting will be the point of focus for this year’s event

South Okanagan search and rescue help injured climber

Search and rescue called on the assistance of a helicopter to help retrieve an injured hiker

Marriage proposal on the big screen at Enderby drive-in

Kelowna man gets engaged in front of hundreds to Vernon sweetheart

Take-home drug testing kits latest pilot to help curb B.C.’s overdose crisis

Researchers look to see if fentanyl testing could be a useful tool for those who use drugs alone

Firefighters respond to bus fire on Highway 1

Smoke in coach bus reported to have been caused by overheating, driver and passengers safe

North Okanagan tattoo fundraiser draws record support

Lineup around the block for start and beginning of Five Fathoms Tattoo event for Children’s Hospital

Caravan Farm Theatre holds outlaw themed fundraiser

Caravan Farm Theatre hosts its western outlaw themed fundraiser, Hands Up! June 1

Most Read