Underwater photo at battered salmon on its way to the spawning bed. Western News file photo

Salmon spawning beds working well

Work begins on a fourth salmon spawning bed in the Okanagan River Channel this summer

Creating a new salmon spawning bed in the Okanagan River Channel could take two to three summers to complete.

It’s the last of four beds being built in the channel. Two were constructed in 2014, and a third bed in 2015.

The work is being done under the guidance of the Okanagan River restoration initiate steering committee, which has representation from the Okanagan Nation Alliance, the Penticton Indian Band, federal department of fisheries and other stakeholders.

This latest bed is being built downstream of the first three beds, near the old railway bridge abutments. Natasha Lukey, with the ONA, said there may also be some work done on the existing 1986 Kokanee bed, and some enhancements to bed three.

“The previous beds that have been installed are working very, very well. We have seen a lot of success for spawning and a lot of success for escapement,” said Lukey.

Getting the work done is also going to require closures of the trail running along the western side of the channel in the work area.

“We will do our best to work around the hikers and bikers because we know it is a high-use area, as is the tubing area,” said Lukey, explaining that the closures will be all day. “There will be a number of structures put on the pathway, so there will be hazards, and to secure the site as well. There will be plenty of barricades and signage.”

Lukey said the work will be going on “in-stream” from Aug. 13 to Sept. 30.

“We are going to be working some mornings, but before tubers arrive in the river,” said Lukey. “The rest of the days, there won’t be any impediment to the tubers.”

There will also be some traffic changes on the highway.

“The road will have to be put down to one lane as you come into Penticton, but this is going to be from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. to avoid the bulk of traffic,” said Lukey.


Steve Kidd
Senior reporter, Penticton Western News
Email me or message me on Facebook
Follow us on Facebook | Twitter | Instagram

Just Posted

Second advance voting chance in Penticton

Advance voting for the City of Penticton municipal election takes place today

Oliver hunter injured in ATV incident evacuated by rescue teams

Hunter was found on a mountainside overlooking Cawston

VIDEO: This is what buying legal pot in B.C. looks like

Take a look inside B.C.’s first and only legal pot shop located in Kamloops

Athlete of the week: Ryan McMillan

Ryan McMillan is the Canadian Tire/Penticton Western News athlete of the week

Okanagan RCMP look for owners of various keys located during arrest

RCMP seek to reunite the owners of various keys found at the arrest of suspects in a stolen vehicle.

Mellow opening to B.C.’s only legal pot shop

About five people lined up early for the opening of the BC Cannabis Store in Kamloops.

VOTE: Nature in Focus reader’s choice photo contest

The Penticton Western News Reader’s Choice photo contest

Who’s running in Penticton’s election?

Candidates for the Penticton municipal and school board election

Proportional representation grows government, B.C. study finds

Spending, deficits higher in countries where voting system used

Black market will thrive until small pot growers and sellers included: advocates

Advocates say the black market will continue to thrive until small retail shops and craft growers are included in the regime.

Goodbye cable, hello Netflix: 1/3 of Canadians cut the cord

Just under half of households no longer have a landline phone

‘Some baloney’ in assertion Canada’s pension fund has highest ethical standards

The Canadian Press Baloney Meter is a dispassionate examination of political statements culminating in a ranking of accuracy on a scale of “no baloney” to “full of baloney”.

In Mexico Beach after Hurricane Michael, some coming home find no home

State emergency management officials said some 124,500 customers across the Panhandle were still without power Wednesday morning and 1,157 remained in shelters.

Man linked to Saudi prince at consulate when writer vanished

Saudi Arabia, which initially called the allegations “baseless,” has not responded to repeated requests for comment from The Associated Press over recent days.

Most Read