|Wasa Lake Land Improvement District||
The Wasa Lake Land Improvement District is a local government organization dedicated to maintaining water quality and quantity of Wasa Lake. Wasa Lake is located in the south eastern corner of British Columbia.
Please contact Murray Lytle at email@example.com to discuss non-resident concerns.
This is the time of year when trustees and residents watch for signs of high water which could flood some lakeside homes. How high the lake water rises each spring depends upon the winter snowpack and the weather. The Kootenay River rises in response to the melting of the winter snowpack and precipitation that falls in Kootenay Park, and then the lake level follows, with a few days lag.
As of April 1, 2020, the snowpack was at 113% normal and the slow spring resulted in a slow melt. However, rainstorms the last few days of May brought the river and lake levels up abruptly and there was concern that flooding could occur. The Regional District of East Kootenay distributed flood preparation information packages to about 30 lakefront home-owners. Their purpose in doing so was to alert home-owners of the possibility of flood so they could make helpful preparations such as moving furniture out of flood-prone basements, securing any items that could float away from low-lying areas, or possibly making arrangements for neighbours to check on their property.
In the weeks following the storms, Improvement District trustees have monitored and reported on the river and lake water levels almost daily. The river has peaked 4 times while the lake has continued to rise and will do so until there is a sustained drop in the river level.
Update: June 30
6 PM readings from data logger indicate that the lake is staying even at 769.42 masl and the river is down 30cm to 768.76 masl.
A new water graph showing the relationship between the lake and river levels will be posted here regularly so residents can see the rate of increase or decrease and how 2020 compares to 2019. Graphs from previous years are available in HYDROLOGY under the LIBRARY tab above.
June 30 Lake/River Graph30_june_wllid_lake_river_chart.pdf
NEXT REGULAR BOARD MEETING July 6 2020 at 7:00 PM
at WLLID Board Office at Wasa Community Hall
Meetings will follow recommended procedures for COVID. The public is welcome to attend all regular board meetings but if you wish to address the board, please consult the Meeting Procedures Bylaw for the proper protocol. Email the secretary at firstname.lastname@example.org for further information.
50th ANNIVERSARY ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING TBA
The Improvement District celebrates its 50th anniversary of operation in 2020. The Annual General Meeting, originally scheduled for April 9, has been postponed indefinitely due to COVID concerns. A new date will be announced asap.
2019 FINANCIAL STATEMENTS
Tax notices arrived in mailboxes in early June and are due July 15. You may pay by mail to Box 133 Wasa BC V0B 2K0 or online through Interac eTransfer. To avoid confusion, please email your security password to email@example.com or use your 4 digit invoice number. HOW TO COMPLETE AN INTERAC ETRANSFER
If you are experiencing financial hardship related to the COVID crisis, or for any other reason, please contact us to discuss your situation and arrange a solution.
If you wish to receive news regarding Regional District of East Kootenay (RDEK) meetings and events, email firstname.lastname@example.org and ask to be added to the Wasa email list. Aside from general information like news releases, monthly Board Meeting Highlights, updates on planning projects, program changes etc., you will receive emergency notifications and updates (such as flood and weather events, highway closures, and wildfires) and warnings about possible smoke from scheduled burns. This is also the source of COVID19 news updates with a regional focus.
For the latest COVID 19 recommendations and news from the Government of British Columbia go here https://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/safety/emergency-preparedness-response-recovery/covid-19-provincial-support
If you have not yet signed up for the new Evacuation Notification System, you are urged to do so. You will automatically receive notifications by phone, text, or email by signing up here https://www.rdek.bc.ca/departments/emergencyservices/emergencyinfo/evacuation_notification_system/.
EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS INFORMATION
Household Preparedness Guide
Flood Preparedness RDEK
For complete emergency information Google PREPARED BC
Trustees have commenced their regular schedule of water quality monitoring. The most recent ecoli water sampling from Wasa Lake showed that all results were acceptable. All public beaches measured 5 e coli / 100 mL water, except Cedar which has 110. Here is the link to Interior Health water testing results.