Vernon Creek watershed work recognized with Premier’s award

Partnership in Lake Country to deal with Vernon Creek helps Okanagan-Shuswap district get award

The outstanding achievements of B.C.’s public service employees have been recognized with the Premier’s Awards.

In the partnership category, the Ministry of Agriculture’s Okanagan-Shuswap District was recognized for its efforts to protect the Vernon Creek watershed in Lake Country.

The watershed provides drinking water and is an important source of timber, forage and recreational activities. Concern that livestock grazing and other activities in the watershed may affect water quality led to a partnership between provincial and local  government agencies and key stakeholders and partners.

“Their win/win approach integrated the management of forestry and livestock  productions with conservation practices to protect drinking water while also promoting industry,” states a government release.

More than 300 employees and teams from the Interior and the northern  regions were recognized for developing new ways of  providing services to communities

“This year’s recipients are passionate, innovative professionals who  made contributions in different ways,” said Premier Christy Clark.

“But they  all share a passion and commitment to improving the lives of British Columbians.”