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Flood mitigation, fish protection to begin in Kelowna's Mission Creek

Installation of four riffles, shallow land forms constructed from rocks, will occur in the creek this summer
Mission Creek. (Jordy Cunningham/Capital News)


The City of Kelowna is set to begin the first of three projects that will help with flood protection and improve fish habitats in Mission Creek.

The installation of four riffles, shallow landforms constructed from rocks, will occur in the creek this summer. 

It is one of three projects, to be done over the next three years, that will upgrade the Mill Creek Diversion outlet to Mission Creek as part of the Mill Creek Flood Protection project.

The project is partially funded through a $22 million grant from the federal government in partnership with Mission Creek Restoration Initiative  (MCRI).

“The work that is being done as part of the Mill Creek Flood Protection project is essential to ensure that residents and businesses in Kelowna are protected from future floods,” said Sean Fraser, minister of housing, infrastructure and communities.

Riffles mimic natural creek bed formations that help oxygenate flowing water and provide natural flood protection by providing a catchment area during high water events.

“We are happy to partner with the Government of Canada and the MCRI on this important project that protects our community and environment,” said Mayor Tom Dyas. “The goal of all city flood mitigation projects is to slow the water down and reduce the energy that damages the environment, and property and impacts water quality in Okanagan Lake.”

The mayor also welcomed funding from MCRI and support from the Regional District  Central Okanagan.

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