2022 Chairman’s Report

Posted on Jul 4, 2023

Chairman’s Report- 2022 CLWPOS AGM

Again 2021-2022 was a relatively quiet year.  With the lifting of most covid restrictions, activity on the lake has returned to something close to normal.  Our fully vaccinated American friends are welcome and are returning to once more enjoy their lake homes.

Interest has recently developed in carrying out a literal in-depth clean-up of Christina Lake involving divers and environmentally sustainable disposal of materials deposited in the lake over the years.  We have referenced a similar cleanup program of Lake Tahoe in California. An earlier clean-up of Skaha Lake in the Okanagan led to the resolution of a the disappearance of a young woman some ten years previously who had driven off the highway into the lake in deep water. At this point we are looking at the scope of such a program together with the availability of funding support.

Assessments for foreshore rights and improvements continue to be stable and modest.  Overall, property taxes, based on our property are stable. We note that property taxes include a small assessment for policing. 

The milfoil program was reduced in 2020 due to Covid, returned to close to full strength in 2021 and is operating at a similar level of effort in 2022.  The RDKB website includes a qualitative report on the the2021 milfoil program.  The site includes postings by individuals concerned about the absence of support for the program from senior levels of government. I was unable to find references for programs to address other aquatic species of concern, Yellow Flag Iris and Fragrant Water Lilly apart from a note that our regional government representative; Grace Macgregor is seeking funding for programs to address control of these species. I recommend that you take the time to read the comprehensive financial report for 2021 recently posted on the RDKB website; https://www.rdkb.ca.  There is a link to the site on our website.

Study of the proposed program to address noisy boats on recreational lakes in BC, the Decibel Coalition, is continuing.  Currently, there is a request to support this program by writing directly to Richard Cannings, our member of parliament at Richard.Cannings@parl.gc.ca. Our society has written to Mr. Cannings in support of The Decibel Coalition.

Review and updating of the Official Community Plan for Christina Lake is ongoing.  I attended a review meeting here at the lake in June.  Another review meeting is scheduled for later in August.  Donna’s weekly e-blast provides details on the timing for the August meeting.

Discussion is continuing on the proposal by BCParks to develop a new camp ground at the south end of Christina Lake.  Responses to this proposal can be made prior to August 4th. This proposal has prompted considerable interest especially amongst folks close to the proposed new site.

We continue to push for formal emergency plans to be developed for action, especially in the event of a wildfire affecting properties with limited or no road access.  It continues to be challenging to get all the interested parties speaking together at one time in one location.  Some folk appear to have taken Fire Smart practices very much to heart on their private properties.  My understanding is that it takes a committed neighbourhood to act together to reduce property damage due to wild fire.  One of the enjoyments of living where we do, in a forest setting, is the beauty of our surroundings.  It is a difficult trade off.  As the weather continues to be hot and dry, our sensitivity to the risks are highlighted. The unusually cool wet spring may have led to some complacency. The recent images of property loss in the outskirts of London, England reminds us that the risk associated with, may I say, climate change, are all too real.

I would be remiss if I did not comment on foreshore damage caused by some recreational boat operators.  We know that wake boarding and wake surfing are popular summer activities.  There is an increase in the number of boats on the lake providing this recreational pastime.  Many recreational lake property foreshore owners have concerns related to this pastime.  Soft shoreline planting is one option as illustrated in material from  the Love Your Lake program.  This is a long term solution for many property owners.  In the meantime we ask wakeboarding and similar boat operators to generate their wakes in the centre of the lake, or at the north end of the lake, where there are fewer foreshore property owners.

The original reason for the development of this society, as an advocacy group for waterfront property owners was to develop, in consultation with all levels of government, satisfactory solutions to concerns arising from foreshore property development.  To date, these goals have generally been reasonably met.

Other issues of potential concerns that we have been following include:

  1. Stable staffing and funding of on-the-water policing during the prime summer months of July and August
  2. Permitting of docks.
  3. Requirements to permit mooring buoys
  4. Including Christina Lake under the Navigable Waters Act – such a move would make the application process for foreshore work more onerous
  5. The ‘Love-your-Lake’ program – potential positive benefits
  6. Changes in ‘Due Process’ in the application for work ‘In and About a Stream’.

There seems to be value in maintaining the administrative structure of the society.  With the absence of pressing issues, interest in serving as a director has waned, and some of us are getting older! Three of our directors have recently left the society, Bob Freeman, through premature death, Doug Sandner through the sale of his lakefront property, and Marvin Jeffrey through involvement with other activities.  We do however welcome to the board, Daniel Nocente, a long time waterfront property resident and member of the society.

In closing, I would like to thank our regional district Area C director, Grace Macgregor for her strong support since the incorporation of our society in 2011; for the continuing support of Tres Dergousoff and David Merry and the past support of Marvin Jeffries and Doug Sandner.  We miss our annual lake cruises on Tintanic under the capable helm of Bob Freeman, knocking on doors of our water access potential members. I enjoy putting together the odd quirky newsletter – supplementing in a small way the great weekly letters compiled by Donna Wilchynsky.  You know that we are always ready to forward your concerns to the relevant government representatives under the name of the society. We continue to look for new board members, as do all the volunteer societies at the lake.  I would especially like to welcome Daniel Nocente, a long time lake resident to our board.