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

CSRD Applies For a Second Grant to Fix Problems in Newsome Creek

At the December 10th CSRD Regular Board Meeting a motion came before the board to support another grant application targeting Adaptation, Resilience and Disaster Mitigation Program. This is a new fund just created. The BC Government website describes the scope of the program… “Canada and B.C. governments are investing up to $56.25 million in this Adaptation, Resilience & Disaster Mitigation (ARDM) intake to support infrastructure projects … Read more


CSRD Submits Grant Application For Funds to Fix Problems in Newsome Creek

The Columbia Shuswap Regional District has submitted an application through the Building Canada Infrastructure Program – Rural and Northern Communities Grant for $6.3 million to do repair work in Newsome … Read more


Newsome Creek at Highway 1

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 … 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


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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.

Here’s What’s Been Happening in the Watershed

London Lane
London Lane
Dilworth Road
Dilworth Road
Caen Road
Caen Road
Dieppe Road
Dieppe Road
Dieppe Road
Dieppe Road
Shuswap Lake Silt Build Up

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

Columbia Shuswap Regional District applies for grant to fund Newsome Creek work

Salmon Arm Observer – November 20, 2020 – Jim Elliot

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

Global News Report
October 22, 2018

Watch this report about property damage to residents on Caen Road

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