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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 Meets With Deputy Minister Farnworth Regarding Newsome Creek

On June 13, 2019, representatives from the Columbia Shuswap Regional District met with Solicitor General Farnworth to discuss solutions for damages to Newsome Creek. Area C Director Paul Demenok stated the meeting was constructive and both parties showed a strong interest in working collaboratively. Present at the meeting, … Read more


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What's Been Happening Along Newsome Creek

In 2017 and 2018 Newsome Creek spring water levels were high. This caused damage to roads, contaminated the water, and put people and property in danger. Since that time we have worked with the CSRD to find funding to repair the damage you see in the carousel below. Our efforts have resulted in meetings with various government officials ranging from;

  • Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure
  • Minstry of ForestMinistry of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development
  • Emergency Management BC
  • Solicitor General Mike Farnworth
  • many others who are interested in this project
We are working toward a collaborative effort to repair the problems that have occurred, and to ensure our infrastructure is equal the well being of our 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

Next Meeting - August, Date to be Announced - Sorrento Centre

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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

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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


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About The Watershed

Watershed Overview Newsome Creek Watershed covers the area south of Sorrento coming down from Black Mountain where the 2009 wildfire occurred. The … Read more


BC Legislature

Government Response To Newsome Creek Watershed

Government response to the problems in Newsome Creek have been both encouraging and difficult. At least three governmental bodies have a say … 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


Background Articles

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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


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


BC Legislature

Government Response To Newsome Creek Watershed

Government response to the problems in Newsome Creek have been both encouraging and difficult. At least three governmental bodies have a say … Read more


watershed

About The Watershed

Watershed Overview Newsome Creek Watershed covers the area south of Sorrento coming down from Black Mountain where the 2009 wildfire occurred. The … Read more


Updates

Shuswap Lake Silt Build Up

Engineer’s Assessment Of Newsome Creek Due April 11

Kerr, Wood, Leidal Consulting Engineers have been retained to do an engineers report on the creek below Highway 1. An estimated completion date of the report is mid-April, according the … Read more


2019 Jan 22 Community Meeting

What We Learned At The Community Meeting

On January 22 a group of government and community representatives met at Sorrento Memorial Hall to share information about issues in Newsome Creek. Ten speakers and 81 community members explored … Read more


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Funds Approved for Work Plan in Newsome Creek

2019 has started on a positive note. At our meeting on January 8 we received word that we’ve secured funding for engineers to do an assessment of Newsome Creek below … Read more


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Community Meeting – Tuesday, Jan 22, 2019, 6:30pm – Sorrento Memorial Hall

CSRD in partnership with NCWAG are hosting a community meeting on January 22, 2019 at 6:30 pm, held upstairs at Sorrento Memorial Hall. The purpose of the meeting is to … Read more


ncwag at csrd meeting nov 15 2018

NCWAG Gets Support From CSRD

A delegation of thirteen attended the Nov, 15 Columbia Shuswap Regional Distrtict Board Meeting seeking support from the board for addressing erosion in the creek. Director Demenok introduced the item … Read more


In The News

South Shuswap Scoop – April 5, 2019 by Barb Fairclough

Salmon Arm Observer – May 10, 2019 by Jim Elliot

Global News – January 12, 2019 by Doyle Potenteau

South Shuswap Scoop – January 11, 2019 by Paul Demenok

Salmon Arm Observer – January 10, 2019 by Jim Elliot

CSRD Website – January 10, 2019 by CSRD Staff Writer

Salmon Arm Observer – November 18, 2018 by Jim Elliot

Salmon Arm Observer – November 12, 2018 by Jim Elliot

Salmon Arm Observer – November 3, 2018 by Paul Demenok

Global News – October 24, 2018 by Megan Turcato

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…