Local government is not wading into Kalalamalka Lake to clean up after fireworks.
The Greater Vernon Advisory Committee insists it doesn’t have a role in removing Canada Day fireworks debris from the water or shoreline. It believes the onus is on the North Okanagan Canada Day Society, which organized the festivities.
“If the event is to happen in the future, there needs to be a cleanup plan,” said director Jim Garlick.
Kalamalka Lake is not part of local government’s jurisdiction, and GVAC’s only role with the fireworks is the potential impact debris has on water quality. Testing was done after Canada Day.
“There were no issues,” said Dale McTaggart, the Regional District of North Okanagan’s general manager of engineering.
Garlick says the North Okanagan Canada Day Society is already looking at how to handle the issue after complaints about debris July 1.
“One option may be a boom to capture the debris,” he said.
It’s been suggested that scuba divers let the society and GVAC know about any debris on the lake bottom.
“There’s uncertainty as to how much there is,” said director Doug Dirk.
Director Mike Macnabb isn’t sure explosives should be set off above drinking water sources.
“Fireworks are an antiquated approach to celebrating. I’m not sure we want to encourage them,” he said.
“Are there other ways to celebrate Canada Day?”
In response to Macnabb, Garlick is quick to praise the efforts of the Canada Day society and its volunteers.
“It (fireworks) is very appreciated. That’s what I’ve heard from the public,” he said.