Regional District of East Kootenay

The Regional District of East Kootenay (RDEK) is seeking feedback from neighbouring residents and users of the Yaqakxaqⱡamki Boat Launch on the west side of Lake Koocanusa.

“The Yaqakxaqⱡamki Boat Launch is now part of our network of RDEK Regional Parks,” says Planner Krista Gilbert. “We are developing Parks Management Plans for all of our parks and trails in the region and public engagement is an important part of the planning process as we want to hear residents’ vision for the future of these community facilities.”

The Regional District of East Kootenay Board of Directors has approved funding for 132 projects around the region over the coming year. The funding comes from Columbia Basin Trust’s Resident Directed (ReDi) Grants, which are administered by the RDEK.

The Regional District of East Kootenay (RDEK) is asking residents to ensure that they are disposing of yard and garden waste at the appropriate drop-off locations this spring and summer.  

With the warm temperatures over the past few days, the potential for thunderstorms in the long term forecast, and the anticipated start of spring freshet, the RDEK has set up a number of self-fill sandbag stations and is reminding residents about the need to be cautious around all waterways.

The RDEK is encouraging residents who live in flood-prone areas to take steps to be prepared in the event the region does experience localized flooding.

Self-fill sandbag stations have been set up at:

Saturday, May 6th is Wildfire Community Preparedness Day and residents across the East Kootenay are being asked to take action to help protect their homes and properties from the risk of wildfire.

“The probability of damaging wildfires has increased in recent years and it’s important that residents prepare themselves and their homes for the possibility that a wildfire will happen near to their community,” explains RDEK Wildfire Resilience Supervisor Terry Balan.

A public hearing has been scheduled regarding an application to permit residential development on private property known as the Galloway Lands adjacent to Fernie Alpine Resort.

“We recognize there has been a great deal of community interest in this proposal on all sides. That is one of the key reasons members of the Board supported going to public hearing. This is the formal opportunity for us to hear directly and on the record from residents and is a critical piece of the bylaw amendment process,” explains RDEK Board Chair Rob Gay.

The Fernie Transfer Station is now home to a year-round household hazardous waste collection depot.

“This depot will provide Elk Valley residents with an accessible way to discard of hazardous materials that are commonly found in their homes and help keep these products out of the landfill,” says RDEK Environmental Services Manager Kevin Paterson.

The RDEK is seeking nominations for outstanding volunteers throughout the rural areas of our region for the 2023 Electoral Area Volunteer of the Year award.

Nomination forms are now available and, as it has in past years, the Regional District will be honouring one outstanding volunteer or couple from each of its six Electoral Areas.

The Regional District of East Kootenay will be holding community meetings in both Electoral Areas A and G later this month.

Members of the Baynes Lake and Jaffray Fire Departments responded to a grass fire in the Jaffray area this afternoon.

“A private property owner was burning grass and it got away on him,” says Elk Valley & South Country Rural Fire & Rescue Chief Michael Hockley. “When we arrived on scene, the fire was moving into longer grass and our firefighters did a good job of containing it quickly and preventing what could have been a much more serious situation.”