Coldstream Council has given approval to Committee of the Whole recommendations to determine how to improve Kalavista Lagoon.
Mayor Jim Garlick says the options are turning the area into a natural habitat or introducing water from Kal Lake.
“We’ve got regulatory bodies that need to look at this. This Ministry of Environment, Interior Health, our Greater Vernon Water; they’ll have to look at what an exchange of water from the lagoon into the lake will mean”
There’s also the question of sediment removal.
“To see whether it would be a simple dredging of the lagoon or we would need to go through some other process to have those sediments approved to put somewhere else.”
Council is leaning to creating a wetland.
Friends of Kal Lake representative Simone Runyan presented a report backing a wetland and better protection for painted turtles.
They also wanted the Lagoon dredged to a depth of 1.5 metres or more to allow paddling in the summer and skating in the winter.
Her report said the lagoon serves a function ecologically as well as socially to beautify the area.
It said more than 80% of Okanagan wetlands have been lost to development, but what remains is tremendously important to numerous species of wildlife and plants.