Don’t miss Slackwater Brewing’s “Craft the Creek” event on Oct. 10 to find out how you can help with the ongoing Penticton Creek restoration.
The local brewery, located at 218 Martin St., is hosting an informal awareness session on Oct. 10 from 7 to 9 p.m. to let “people and businesses know about the need to restore the creek and the city’s plan.” According to a release from the brewery, co-owners Liam and Kelsey Peyton approached the City of Penticton about assisting in this restoration project before the brewery was even open.
“This is something that means a lot to us, having built a brand based around sustainably enjoying our waters and ecosystems. We approached the city back in the spring before we had opened to put our hands up and see where we could lend a hand in increasing awareness and fundraising for the Penticton Creek Restoration Project,” said Liam.
The restoration project led by the city kicked off in August 2015, with volunteers and staff replacing the deteriorating concrete creek bed that had been built in the 1950s for flood control. The release states that since this work, the spawning numbers for kokanee and other species in that habitat area have considerably decreased and the challenge is balancing flood mitigation and habitat conservation.
“The city’s master plan is not only to attempt to rebuild and enhance the habitat to encourage speices to return in healthy numbers each year, but to beautify the creek and its surroundings to bring it back to its former glory,” states the release.
“With a total cost of about $30 million, the restoration of the creek is an extremely expensive but important undertaking. The speed at which we can complete the work depends on our ability to get funding,” said Mayor John Vassilaki. “We are looking for grants and are considering fundraising options. It really means a lot that a private organization is willing to step up and support this important initiative.”
In “kicking things off,” Slackwater Brewing has pledged to donate 25 cents per sleeve of their Angler’s Tale NW Pale Ale sold in the brewery to the project, “in the hope that there will be many fishing stories to tell in the future on the creek.”
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