One summer without mosquito control was one too many for the communities in northern Shuswap.
Along with Shuswap Lake’s extended flood period that occurred in the summer of 2020, areas of North Shuswap, including Scotch Creek and Lee Creek, have seen an abundance of mosquitos, which according to the Columbia Shuswap Regional District (CSRD) caused large numbers of Complaints to the CSRD, BC Parks, and the Little Shuswap Lake Indian Band (LSLIB).
The rise in pesky mosquitos followed the district’s decision in October 2019 to end its mosquito control program in North Shuswap. This was in response to instructions from the LSLIB not to allow mosquito control on their land on Hilliam Road and BC Parks that do not allow mosquito control in Shuswap Lake and Tsútswecw Provincial Parks.
Failure to address these areas made the mosquito control program ineffective, according to the CSRD.
“Without including these areas, the contractor recommended that the CSRD discontinue the mosquito treatment program in 2020. This is the first season in 16 years that the Scotch Creek area has not received disruptive mosquito treatment,” the CSRD said in a May 2020 press release – a public reminder that the program has been terminated.
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Now the CSRD is trying to bring the program back.
Recent discussions with BC Parks and the LSLIB have shown support for the return of mosquito control, which requires an update of the district’s pest management plan, according to an employee report presented to the CSRD’s board of directors during its regular meeting on Nov. (PMP).
“During a meeting on November 9, 2020, the parties involved agreed that the CSRD should conduct a PMP review for the area,” the report said.
The CSRD board is asked to approve spending up to $ 2,500 plus tax from the operating reserve of the Scotch Creek / Lee Creek Mosquito Control Program budget to complete the pest control update. With the backing of the board of directors and approval by BC Parks and LSLIB, staff believe the Scotch Creek / Lee Creek PMP review can be completed in time to restart the program for the summer of 2021.
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