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September 18, 2014

For Immediate Release

Lynx Creek and Brenot Creek Water Advisory

Residents of the Lynx Creek area downstream of the confluence with Brenot Creek are advised not to drink the water from the creeks until further notice due to a mudslide in the area. Residents upstream of the slide area, approximately 3.5 kilometers northwest of the confluence of Lynx Creek and Brenot Creek, are advised to undergo normal creek water disinfection before drinking. The District of Hudson’s Hope water system is not affected by this advisory.

There is a low risk to well users in the area, however if people have questions they can contact their local environmental health officer at 250-263-6000.

Users of water downstream on the Peace River should take precautions if the water seems cloudy or if there is any unusual taste or odour.  The plume of sediment from Lynx will eventually disperse throughout the Peace, and will become inconsequential, but how far downstream that full-mixing will occur is not known and difficult to estimate. The water issues are associated directly with the naturally occurring landslide.

An initial do not consume advisory was issued by the District of Hudson’s Hope on September 11, 2014. A following investigation conducted at Brenot Creek and Lynx Creek identified a mudslide near Brenot Creek that is causing the creek water to be muddy and heavily turbid. The investigation was a partnership between the Ministry of Forests, Lands, and Natural Resource Operations, Ministry of Environment, BC Oil and Gas Commission, Northern Health and the District of Hudson’s Hope. Testing continues on the water sources and further information will be provided as it becomes available.

The Ministry of Environment and Ministry of Agriculture encourage farmers to find an alternative water source for livestock until sediment levels decrease. If you have further questions or concerns, please contact the regional agrologist at 250-261-5967.

Media Contact: NH media line – 1-877-961-7724

 

Background Summary of the Water Quality of Brenot Creek and Lynx Creek

A resident, late last week, observed a substance surfacing into the Brenot Creek. Samples of the water were taken and the results were passed on to the District of Hudson’s Hope. We observed that the contaminant levels, (including heavy metals), exceeded Canadian Water Quality Guidelines. We notified the Ministry of Environment and we issued a water advisory not to use the water from Brenot Creek and Lynx Creek for drinking water, for livestock watering, and irrigation.

At this time we cannot comment on the water quality of water wells that are within the proximity of the contaminated site. We have a hydro-geologist coming in on Tuesday to conduct more testing of the Lynx Creek watershed. We will post information and inform the public as to the quality of water in the Lynx Creek watershed as we receive it.

Thank-you.

Tom Matus, CAO
Office: 250-783-9901
Cell: 250-783-0942
Fax: 250-783-5741

District of Hudson’s Hope
9904 Dudley Drive, PO Box 330
Hudson’s Hope, BC V0C 1V0

Email: cao@hudsonshope.ca

September 10, 2014 3:40 p.m.

Water Quality Advisory

The District of Hudson’s Hope is advising its residents not to use the water from Lynx Creek and Brenot Creek for drinking water, for livestock watering, and irrigation due to the presence of heavy metals (aluminum, arsenic, barium, cadmium, chromium, iron, lead, manganese, and uranium) at concentrations above the Canadian Water Quality Guidelines.

Boiling water will not make the water potable.

Abstain from using the water until further notice.

The Ministry of Environment has been notified.

The district is conducting additional investigations and will provide updated information as soon as available.

 

Gwen Johansson, Mayor
District of Hudson’s Hope
9904 Dudley Drive, PO Box 330
Hudson’s Hope, BC  V0C 1V0
Office:               250-783-9901
Fax:                  250-783-5741
Cell:                  250-783-0820
Email:   mayor@hudsonshope.ca
www.hudsonshope.ca

 

Contacts:

District Office
:
CAO
9904 Dudley Drive
Hudson’s Hope,
BC, 
V0C 1V0
Tel: 250-783-9901
cao@hudsonshope.ca
 
Northern Health:
Dr. Charl Badenhorst
Tel: (250) 793-2780
charl.badenhorst@northernhealth.ca
 
Ministry of Agriculture:
Julie P. Robinson
Tel: (250) 787-3241
Julie.P.Robinson@gov.bc.ca

 

September 10, 2014 2:00 p.m.

INFORMATION BULLETIN

Mt. McAllister wildfire is still active, public asked to avoid area

CHETWYND – Wildfire Management Branch is asking the public to refrain from entering the area where the Mt. McAllister wildfire is currently burning.

Wildfire Management Branch personnel often use Forest Service roads to access and action wildfires. There has recently been increased public traffic on these roads, including attempts by the public to access areas where the wildfire is burning. When the public enters an area of active wildfire during suppression operations they put themselves, wildfire crews, and others at risk. The top priority of the Wildfire Management Branch is the safety of firefighting personnel and the public. Areas of active wildfire suppression contain multiple potential hazards to the public, including danger trees, heavy equipment use, and unstable temporary access routes and fire guards.

When the public enters an area subject to active fire suppression, they create a delay in fire suppression activities and could lead to further fire growth and the possibility of putting more values and people at risk. Safe fire suppression efforts depend on the support and understanding of the public.

A map of the current Area Restriction Order can be found at: http://bit.ly/1uf9s1S

To report a wildfire or unattended campfire, call 1 800 663-5555 toll-free or *5555 on a cellphone. For the latest information on current wildfire activity, burning restrictions, road closures and air quality advisories, go to: http://www.bcwildfire.ca

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