Husula Highlands

What would a horse fence cost?

As noted in a previous posting, we are having a light year for horses on the West Bench.  Some residents have therefore posed a reasonable question: Why would we build an expensive fence if the horse problem is solved?

Ultimately this will go to some kind of voter assent process (likely a referendum) so you will be asked to decide this question for yourself.  But a couple of things to consider:


Horse update: February 2010

This seems to be shaping up to be a light year for horses on the West Bench.  Unfortunately, a herd is now vandalizing Red Wing (thanks to Don Kelly for the photo below).  This is a problem because the horses are using Highway 97 to get there (witness the droppings along the highway). The Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure (contact info) has been notified about this serious highway hazard.  I am not sure what they will do about it.




Update on operations and maintenance

Al Lister, who has been the Chief Water System Operator for the Sage Mesa system retired recently, as did his crew currently consisting of Jim Grasswick and Frank Lamberty.  As a result, the Water Stewardship Division of the provincial Ministry of Environment (the entity that runs, but not owns, the Sage Mesa water system) had to find a water operator with the necessary level of training and certification.

Initially, the Province went to the City of Penticton to negotiate a maintenance contract similar to the one between Penticton and the West Bench Irrigation District.  This made some sense to me, at least as a short term measure, since the Penticton is close by and is already dispatching trucks up the hill for the WBID contract. However, for whatever reason, Penticton chose not to take on this contract.  That left the RDOS little choice but to step in and offer its services to the province.


Veterans tribute

Kick-off meeting

We had a very productive kick-off meeting at the West Bench School library on Monday, December 14th (the meeting annoucement).  About a dozen local residents attended.

The primary purpose of the meeting was to identify some high-level objectives for the West Bench veterans tribute project. Based on the group discussion, the following objectives were identified.  We did not vote on these objectives but we did identify the veteran aspect as the most important.

West Nile Virus and Max Lake mosquitoes

Update 20 Jun 2011: The heavy run-off means that 2011 will be a terrible spring for floodwater (Aedes) mosquitoes.  These mosquitoes lay their eggs in the dirt and the eggs hatch (possibly years later) when the eggs are submerged.  Although they are aggressive biters and very annoying, the spring floodwater mosquitos are not considered vectors for West Nile virus.  Later, in the summer, we see the Culex mosquitoes, which are potential West Nile vectors.  Culex lay their eggs in standing water, not dirt, hence the importance of managing sources of standing water (e.g., bird baths) later in the summer.





The RDOS operates a mosquito control service (see the RDOS site for information),  This thread is primarily about mosquitoes attributable to Max Lake, a conservation area to the north west of the West Bench (bordering Husula Highlands and Westwood Properties).

A thread on attempts to reduced mosquitoes at Max Lake using non-pesticide measures follows in this thread.