Due to an epidemic infestation of mountain pine beetle in the extensive lodgepole pine stands of the Hydraulic Creek watershed near Kelowna, B.C., tree harvesting is occurring at an unprecedented rate as a means of salvaging the timber while it is still marketable. Since Hydraulic Creek serves as the source of drinking water for a population of 3500 and irrigation water for nearly 2000 ha of agricultural land, representatives of the South East Kelowna Irrigation District (SEKID) have become increasingly concerned about the degradation of water quality associated with the accelerated rate of harvesting. In 1986, the Ministry of Forests and Lands, in consultation with representatives from the Ministry of Environment, Weyerhaeuser Canada Ltd., and SEKID hired a consultant to provide annual assessment reports on the impact of logging on Hydraulic Creek water quality. The same consultant had conducted earlier studies on the effectiveness of water improvement projects on Hydraulic Creek. Most of the background inf
Singleton, H.J.. 1990. Okanagan Area Hydraulic Creek and its Tributaries Water Quality Assessments and Objectives, Technical Appendix. BC Ministry of Environment
Keywords: mountain pine beetle, lodgepole pine, Hydraulic Creek, Kelowna, Okanagan
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