Invermere councillors will push for greater municipal control over community watersheds when the Union of B.C. Municipalities meets this September.
District council is sending a resolution to the annual conference which suggests the province give communities some input into how crown lands near their water supplies are used.
“The province will approve timber harvest in the watershed of Kimberley, and there isn’t really a lot the local government can do. It’s provincial land, it’s provincial jurisdiction, but we’ve been charged with providing safe drinking water,” explains mayor Gerry Taft.
“If you could control some uses and activities in the watershed, you could have a higher level of confidence in the water.”