Tonnes of debris removed from Penticton beaches

The City of Penticton has collected more than 17 tandem axle dump truck loads of debris from beaches so far this spring.

PENTICTON - A major spring clean up of the City of Penticton’s beaches began last week, but it’s not over yet.

Penticton public works manager Len Robson says the initial clean up of Okanagan and Skaha Lake beaches has gone well, but the City intends to continue collecting debris for the next couple of weeks.

By then, he says, the City will be on a normal schedule for beach cleaning.

This year’s heavy runoff and high precipitation resulted in large amounts of woody debris being flushed into the lakes, eventually washing up on the beach.

Robson says the City has taken 17 tandem axle dump trucks of debris to the landfill, amounting to 85 tonnes in total. The material will be ground up and used as compost.

He says the additional clean up cost is $7,500. The money will come from the City’s beach cleaning budget of approximately $85,000.

Most of the cleanup took place on Okanagan Beach with only minor amounts collected from Skaha Beach.

Heavy equipment was brought in to assist in cleaning Okanagan Lake beach on Monday, May 17, 2017.
Heavy equipment was brought in to assist in cleaning Okanagan Lake beach on Monday, May 17, 2017.

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