Shoreline/Dock Debris Clean-up

I Requested information on shoreline flood debris clean-up and disposal of the dock and natural debris left on the beaches throughout the Electoral Area … and received a prompt and professional response. Please don’t dump this material in the bush behind our community it is a huge fire hazard to all of us.

I want to thank Marilyn (Deputy CAO) and Brad Akerman (RDCO Parks Manager) for their responses as I know how busy they are at this time. I and the residents of Central Okanagan West thank them for their efforts on our behalf and their response to our concerns.

From: Wayne Carson

Sent: Sunday, July 02, 2017 10:55 AM

To: Peter Rotheisler; Brian Reardon; Patty Hanson

Cc: Doug Findlater; Gail Given; Mark Bartyik

Subject: Disposal of flood debris

Good morning

FYI As a result of my visit to the transfer site today I have been informed the debris from the flooding is being dumped in the bush. Residents inquiring about the disposal at the transfer site or being turned away because they do not have the ability to take this material as a result it is ending up in the bush. This material not only constitutes a fire hazard it  is full of metal and large spikes creating a safety hazard to anybody in the area. Some kind of regional effort Will be needed to stop this I suspect it will be occurring on both sides of the lake in the electoral areas. The pictures reflect material on the beach in the short distance from the south end of Killaney Beach Park to just passed my residence as you can see the small area contains a considerable amount of material.

Please respond to this email with a plan as to how this hazard can be mitigated. Thank you

Marilyn Rilkoff, CPA CMA

Director of Financial Services

Deputy CAO

Regional District of Central Okanagan

Chair and Directors,

Contracted crews have surveyed the lake and are doing dock debris removal from the lake and foreshore for the Central Okanagan.  I have requested that the EOC Website and telephone scripts be updated to reference the Westside Transfer Station and North Westside and Traders Cove Transfer Stations for West Kelowna, Peachland, WFN and Central Okanagan West residents,   in addition to the information re: the ability to dispose of debris at the Glenmore Landfill.  Bruce Smith has forwarded the information to EOC staff and it is expected to be updated by tomorrow.  I have attached some of the information that was prepared  for your reference in the meantime.

Brad Ackerman has contacted Director Carson directly and provided answers with regard to plans for debris removal and the reasons for removing the flood protection works in Killiney Beach.

If you get any questions on the regional  flooding clean up efforts, please direct the public to these sites  as the most current information is located here.  This is important, as information may change.

 Here is where to find information on the recovery efforts:

Here is where to find the FAQ’s on the flood:

 EOC Recovery information line 250-470-0674.

As well Marilyn included this information release reprinted here in full:

All the disposal questions are answered on the Flood Recovery webpage.


Sandbags can be taken to the roadside by individual property owners and they will eventually be collected, even in the Electoral Areas depending on available resources.

Property owners who are able to wait and leave them in place, will eventually have their bags collected by crews as these resources are available.  It’s recommended they go on the www.cordemergency website and register their information on the Sandbag app. .   Residents in areas were these crews will be working will notice electronic roadside sign boards advising that crews are in their area, through the EOC website and social media channels and through local media and public service announcements.

If residents want to remove sandbags at their own cost, they can do that now and take the sand and bags back to the various sandbag locations where they were initially available during the flooding.  Locations for drop off are available on the webpage

Small Woody Debris

Any small woody debris can be disposed of as yard waste and put into the curbside yard waste bin providing it meets acceptable size limits (

Yard waste type debris may also be taken to the Glenmore landfill – up to 250 kg. and less than 5 cm. in circumference is accepted free.

  • Loads over 250 kg. are assessed at $40.00 per metric tonne fee for disposal.
  • Prunings over 5 cm. in circumference and less than 20 cm. (8″) in diameter, are charged at $10.00 per metric tonne
  • Logs, limbs and branches greater than 20 cm. in diameter are accepted at $10.00 per metric tonne.  Logs, limbs and branches must be cut to a maximum length of 4 feet.  (No rocks or soil.).
  • Regular tipping fees apply for larger diameter debris or garbage in excess of the 250 kilogram maximum.

Yard waste sized debris may also be taken to the Westside Residential Waste Disposal and Recycling Centre (on Asquith Road, West Kelowna – regular yard waste disposal charge applies), or the transfer stations at Traders Cove and North Westside (Maximum load of 250 kg, 10 bags or one pick up load)  – See the Regional District Regional Yard Waste Program for more information

Docks, Large Woody Debris, Garbage

There are several options for cleanup from private land:

  1. Small woody debris can be placed in your yard waste bin or taken to the Glenmore landfill for no charge as “yard waste.” Up to 250 kilograms is accepted for free with size restrictions.   Regular tipping fees apply for larger debris or garbage.
  2. Debris that qualifies as yard waste can be taken to the Westside Residential Waste Disposal and Recycling Centre off Asquith Road in West Kelowna where the regular yard waste disposal fees apply.
  3. Yard waste debris may also be disposed of for customers of the Traders Cove and North Westside transfer facilities based on regular disposal restrictions.

The Province has stated that it will assist with cleanup of orphaned docks (and large woody debris or garbage) on public land or foreshore where there is no clear owner, but not from private land. This work would be done with contracted barges and would commence as soon as lake levels have dropped to a safe level.   The Demobilization/Recovery team is working on a scheduled program for this collection and is dependent on resources to do the work.    Debris has been catalogued and mapped and crews will be working through various locations during this clean up phase.  Refer to  .

In the meantime docks and debris should be left in place as it may be providing additional protection from waves.

Dock debris can be disposed of as garbage at all facilities (Glenmore landfill, Westside, Traders Cove and North Westside transfer stations) with normal weight/volume charges applying.  For example, at the North Westside and Traders Cove transfer stations customers are restricted to two bags per household per week or equivalent in the case of dock garbage debris.   These two transfer stations are not able to accept large sections of dock garbage debris beyond regular garbage restrictions.

Private, damaged docks or pilings are the responsibility of the dock owner for clean-up.   Private contractors (e.g. pile driving or barge companies) will clean up these materials for a fee.


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