Our Focus

To ensure repairs are done to properties, roads and water resources in the Sorrento area of British Columbia by advocating for quality watershed management.

Minister Farnworth turns down opportunity to help with practical solution for Newsome Creek

Minister Farnworth has replied to both NCWAG and the CSRD letters that laid out a practical way to assist residents of Newsome Creek. Minister Farnworth continues to deflect provincial responsibility over the water way to the regional district and homeowners. He and his office also appear to be ignoring concerns raised by NCWAG that illustrate how MoTI has been making the erosion worse through neglect of … Read more


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Requests Sent To Minister Farnworth For Help In Newsome Creek

Columbia Shuswap Regional District (CSRD) and Newsome Creek Watershed Action Group (NCWAG) have sent letters to Minister Farnworth requesting the province includes work on the Newsome Creek hazard area as … Read more


Culvert at Highway 1 May 2017

Monitoring Re-instated in Newsome Creek

Newsome Creek continues to be in a dynamic state. Over the winter trees have fallen in the ravine. The CSRD has initiated more monitoring as the banks slough and silt … Read more


Erosion Report – September 18, 2019

Over the course on the summer (of 2019) Westrek Geotechnical Services Ltd. continued to monitor Newsome Creek. The report includes information on snow pack levels, monitoring results of specific properties, … Read more


Next Meeting:

July 14 - 6:30 - Tuesday

  • We will meet at Sorrento Centre just east of Spes Bona, the red brick building where we usually meet.
  • There is a marquee tent as well as a number of picnic tables that allow us to social distance.

Sorrento Centre
1159 Passchendaele

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Since the forest fires of 2009 the Newsome Creek Watershed has been under stresses that are resulting in damage to valuable community assets. The provincial Government has jurisdiction over the waterways, but they’re slow to take responsibility for the events that are unfolding in Sorrento and Notch Hill.

Background Articles

Dieppe Road Washout

Washed Out Roads

The Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure has said they plan to replace all the culverts along Newsome Creek, perhaps as early as … Read more


Property Damage 2

Property Damage

Below Highway 1 an Evacuation Alert was placed on thirteen properties in May 2018. Rapid erosion has undercut the creek banks and … Read more


Newsome Creek Entering Shuswap Lake

Water Contamination

Sorrento’s water has frequently been turbid in the Spring run off, notably in the 2017 and 2018 freshets which deposited large amounts … Read more


Dieppe-Road-Washout

Newsome Creek In A Nutshell

Newsome Creek is a complex situation with a lot of moving parts. You can find detailed information in our Background Articles, but … Read more


Background Articles

Dieppe Road Washout

Washed Out Roads

The Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure has said they plan to replace all the culverts along Newsome Creek, perhaps as early as … Read more


Property Damage 2

Property Damage

Below Highway 1 an Evacuation Alert was placed on thirteen properties in May 2018. Rapid erosion has undercut the creek banks and … Read more


Newsome Creek Entering Shuswap Lake

Water Contamination

Sorrento’s water has frequently been turbid in the Spring run off, notably in the 2017 and 2018 freshets which deposited large amounts … Read more


Dieppe-Road-Washout

Newsome Creek In A Nutshell

Newsome Creek is a complex situation with a lot of moving parts. You can find detailed information in our Background Articles, but … Read more


Reports

Newsome Creek – 2019 Erosion Monitoring 018-073
September 18, 2019

Over the course on the summer (of 2019) Westrek Geotechnical Services Ltd. continued to monitor Newsome Creek. This report includes information on snow pack levels, monitoring results of specific properties, as well as recommendations going forward. Read Report

Proposal for Newsome Creek Watershed Assessment
July 31, 2019

Kerr Wood Leidal Associates Ltd. (KWL) presents this letter proposal for completing an assessment of the Newsome Creek Watershed upstream of Hwy 1... Read Report

Danger Tree Report
October 9, 2018

A report identifying trees that pose a danger to people and property with recommendations for removal. Read Report

Geotechnical Final Report
October 6, 2018

Westrek Geotechnical’s Final Report report issued 5 months after the 2018 event. Read Report

Kerr Wood Liedal Emergency Site Assessment
May 27, 2018

Initial report done just after the Highway 1 erosion occurred… “The fallen trees may be removed to reduce the debris from directing flow to the right bank. It may be possible to move sediment using hand tools from the centre of the channel to the side to direct flow away from the bank.” Read Report

In The News

Efforts Continue To Solve Newsome Creek Erosion

South Shuswap Scoop – February 5, 2020 – Barbra Fairclough

Newsome Creek Watershed Action Group Puts Focus on Spring

South Shuswap Scoop – April 5, 2019 – Barb Fairclough

Residents urged to avoid Newsome Creek banks amid evacuation alert

Salmon Arm Observer – May 10, 2019 – Jim Elliot

Global News Report
October 22, 2018

Watch this report about property damage to residents on Caen Road

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About The Watershed

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Google EarthTM imagery showing the estimated Newsome Creek watershed (red line) looking southeast.

Newsome Creek Watershed covers the area south of Sorrento coming down from Black Mountain where the 2009 wildfire occurred. The creek has a number of tributaries that merge in the Notch Hill area. Eventually it forms a single creek running along Notch Hill Road crossing under Dilworth Road, the Trans-Canada Highway and Dieppe Road. Newsome Creek Erosion Report describes it this way … Continue reading about wildfire and logging activity in the watershed…