Archive for October 27th, 2010
Two years ago, when I first found out that Big White (the local ski resort) wanted to drain almost three billion litres of H2O from the headwaters of the Kettle River, I hit the media PANIC button. I called and e-mailed everyone I know in the media and urged them to get the story out. One of the first people I contacted was Mark Hume, national correspondent for The Globe and Mail. Mark penned an article the very next week condemning Big White for wanting to drain the Kettle River to fill hot tubs on the hill with water. Mark did this because (like me) he knows and loves the Kettle River. If you read his wonderful article Charm of the Kettle River at www.ariverneversleeps.com you'll get an understanding of why we both do. Mark has agreed to appear in Spring Creek and discuss the situation facing the Kettle River and why Campbell's Liberal government favours development over conservation. I'm tremendously excited that Mark has agreed to appear in the film, because if you live in Canada and you care about fish, you read Mark Hume. I asked Mark to wade into this debate for this blog entry and this is just a taste of his take on the British Columbia Liberal party and their pro development! what environment? policies.
The climate is changing. It is getting warmer. On Vancouver Island fisheries biologists have been building impoundments in headwaters, anticipating the day in the not too distant future when they will have to make cold water releases in the summer just to keep steelhead, salmon and trout alive. But not in the Okanagan. Not in the desert, where the government sees the potential for development at Big White and appears blind to the needs of trout in the Kettle River.People ask, what can we do? There’s only one answer. You have to make sure you vote for politicians who care about the environment. If you don’t you might wake up one day to find a beautiful lake has been drained, or a trout stream has been put in a hot tub.View Mark Hume's Biography. More Later T>