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ASSOCIATION     OF    B.   C.     IRRIGATION DISTRICTS
i GElffiRAL    MEETING
Minutes
Minutes  of a General Meeting  of  the Association of B.C.Irrigation
Districts* held   in the Court Room*  Casorso Block,   - Kelowna, B.  C.,   at
10  a.m.   on Friday the  9th.day  of November,   1945•
         i i ii* in ■       i. ■ .i i. |      f ,ii
Chairman,   President A.E.A.Harrison;  Secretary,  D.  MeDougall.
Delegates  Presents
J.C.Kconan, Vernon J.B.Clarke Kcremcos
W.R.R'cd, Glenmore RiVn .Corner Glenmore
G.C.Tassic Vernon J.R.J.Stirling S.E.K.i.D.
C.P.Bradley Peachland 3.J.Land Unfiled  <x  Ok.
Centre
H.C.S.Collctt 3.E.E.I.D. L.   G.  Butler. S.E.K.I.D.
John 1.  Hannam      Westbank R. Msrhtman B.M. I.D.
A.L.Baldock Blr.ck Mountain J.U.Gcllatly Gcllatly and
?v est bank
L.   Spencer Scotty Creek C.G.Montgomery B. M. I.D.
The Notice   calling the  Meeting wr-.s  tRkcn  as read.
In opening the meeting the  president  stated  that he wished  to   resign  3nd make  way for a younger man,   as  a live-wire would be  required  to
meet  the  problems  of reconstruction and rehabilitation.
proposed  by H.C.S.Collctt,   seconded  by Cg-pt Kecnan and  Carried,
That  the  question of Mr. Harrisons7   resignation be   left  till the
end   of the meeting,   and  that he continue   to   occupy the   Chair.
MINUTES;     Proposed  by  G.C.Tassic,   seconder?   by R.  VJ.   Corner  and  Carried.
That  the  minutes  of  tho meeting held   on the   24th.   d'ay of
August,   1944,   be  adopted  as  rear1 •
FOREST
Mr.   Colictt  reported  that a brief had  been presented   to   the
Sloan Commission  on behalf of 'the   association,   fmt  th£ t no
POLICY        further'action could be  taken until  the findings  of   the  Commission user0 ::ir. Ic  "onb 1 ic .
CORffESPONDBffOE;     In accordance  with   the  motion Passed   at the   last meeting ai copy of  the   correspondence   between the   Kclownf
Board   of Trade and   the  B.M. I.D.   was sent to Premier
Eart.     At  the  latter?s suggestion a copy  of the
correspondence was  later sent  to Mr.   Gordon Murehison,  Director of
Soldier Settlement,   Ottawa.     In Mr.   Murchison's  reply he   stated- that  at
least 4,800  boys had enlisted  from the   Okanagan,   and   though many of
those would not wish  to  go   on  tho   land I  he   expressed  ocoyy interest  in
the  statement  that possibly  5,000  acres  in  tho  Eel own a area-could  be
developed,   and  suggested   that  this  information  bo passed   on then to
Mr.   Ralph Brown.,   the   Regional Supervisor.     Mr.  Hart  stated  that the
correspondence  had  been referred   to  the  Provincial  Post-War Bureau for
consideration. |||f||
A  letter from Mr.  Jtecph Casorso  to  the B.II. I.D.  urged   them to ask
tho Association to place   before  the   Government  and  the   ?ublic   the  facts
and  figures  in regard   to  the  amount   of arable   land  in  or adjoining tho
present  irrigation systems,   for ^hich  there was  at present no water
available.     He  claimed   that     the  development   of  these   Lands would   be
far better from every angle,   but   especially from  the  view point   of  the
settler,   than  to  try to  open up now  irrigated  fcrcas.
Correspondence with Naramata  Irrigation District   included  a table
of  rates charged   in the  various Districts,   obtained  from the Comptroller of later Rights,   and  as  several  delegates' asked  for  a copy it
has been appended  to  these minutes* -2~
RECONSTRUCTION    Each  of the Districts  represented  h:d.  unwatercd,   arable
lands within  its  boundaries,   the   figures  given bcin'z:-
& Crwston,   2,000 seres*     Pcaoh 1 And,   100   acres;  Vernon',
5,000  acres;     Westbank,   2,000  acres;     nR  for  the   entire
REHABILITATION    Kclovna area,   inclut ing Winf ield ,   the   figures  given
would  indicate  the t h  total  of  over  9,000 .acres  arc now
without wat:r.    Mr.  Baldoek stated that  their Board  had
inspected  some   of Mr.   Casorso's  land- which he had  applied  to hare  put
under water*     There was  \   chance   there   fp% soldiers to make   a good 'hone
for  themselves,   and   the   land  wae  the   very  best   of   orchard  land.    He had
been in Vancouver,   and  had  seen vine:a"   displays   of  the  trades  being taught
to  returned   Service  personnel.     According to those   displays men were  to
bo  taught traces   in five  months,   though he knew from his   ov n experience
that  it wae  impossible for anyone   to  learn such  treres  in that time.     If
it was  expected  that employers w.-ul*'  nurse   those men along for several
ye a.r s unti 1  the y re al 1;■; 6 id   lcarn th e t rad c s,   he co ne i d er ec   th at th is
was  too much   to  expect   in c .lenotitive   business.    He  thought   the   men
would   be  much  better  on the   land,
Mr.   Sutler objected   th at  it  took too long     to  m;.kc   ::n   orchard.
There was no more water available   in Ea£t Kclovna,   anr':  the  present  system
was  taxed   to  capacity.     It v oal"   all have  to  be  duplicated.     Other
delegates  agreed  that  this waas  flso  tkc   case   in their Districts.     Capt.
Kcenan also founr:   objection in  the  fact  that under normal conditions the
present farmers  cannot  sell what  they r o raise.
To  these  Mr.   Balejck replied  that  in his   locality they had done
very veil raising truck between the   young trees,  there was more chance  to
work out n-ja ,   rri<?<.  since the   establishment   of Tree  Fruits,   Ltd.,  marketing was  on a very different basis   from what  it h3d  been previously.     In
regard  to  ovcr-production,  he   thought   our trou- le had  rather been under—
c onsunpt ion,   as a as  pr over'   by thc  hi gh 1j1 c   of une e r-nour ishmout  in
Canada at  the   strrt   of $$3  fc*,^
Referring to   the  supply  f$ water in the   Kolomna area,   the  Secretary
stated  there-was enough aater in Mission Creek to  supply every re re   in
the  Kelowna area.,   anR  that  less  than  one-third   of the available   storage
on Missioh Creek was no^   developed.     This  figurewas based   on  ;ctual
surveys made   for .the  Water  nights Branch,   (By  G.   Gray-Donald  in  1910),
and  survey of  the   proposed  Kciovnf   Power Scheme,   (By DuCanc  & Dutcher,
1915).     Tho   latter called  for   ;   100-foot   ea-  at   Rice's Cenyon,  ahich
wonle  store  3,000  acre-feet   of ^a.tcr.     Some  reportedly good  earn sites
^.rif.   other sources   of vater vcr    not included   in the   above   figure,   and
a, riv«: r-botton dam such    s  this  would save much more water  thrn   it
would   store   at  any  one  time.     H    had never heard   of  |  concrete-arch
dam go ins   out,   and  thy   Thirsk Par.:  at  Sumiae rl an R ,   62 feet hi*h  had  cost
$50,000   or  less   than half the  cost   of  the  Bel to  Dam.
Mr.   Tassic  stated,  that   the   only ?'opendable  source   of   further supply
in the  Vernon District was the   Shus^a- p raver,   but that  this would  require  over forty- miles  of ditch.    Mr. Clarke   statad that there vas  plenty
if water  available   in the   Similkamecn Rivor f0 r their  land.     It *fi$   only
a question of putting in works   fo got   it  on tho   land,  and  a large area
had  belonged  to the   Government,   applied   11 put water on it.
The  general  opinion  of the   me ..tin wis  that the  extensions   of the
present'irrigation systmes night  prove very  expensive   in most causes,
and  that  in view  of their position with   the Provincial Gov  rnment,   they
were not in a position tb   geven suggest  it.     The  following motion was
proposed  by Capt.     Kcenen,   seconded   by C.G.Montgomcry:-
That, if it is deemed advisable to put new lan< s under voter in
the exisMng Irrigation Districts, th.. neT" works necessary should be
provided by  the   Government.
After some  further discussion the   following amendment wsJ
proposed  by R.  Vv.  Corner,   seconded  by E.   C.   S.  Collett
That this  meeting go   on  record  as believing that,   as  a rehabilitation project,   the  enlargement  of the existing irrigation systems  by
the  Irrigation Districts  themselves  is  impracticable.
The  amendment having carrier,   the motion was  declared   lost.
NEVv In view  of announcements  in th-.   Press,  : nd. by the Premier on
IRRTSITION      his   tour of the  Okanagan,   that  tho Government would   submit
POLICY §  new   policy on irrigation to tho next session of tho
legislature,   the  Chairman asked   if any action was desired -3-
by the rjeoting  in this   regard.     Several   of the   delegates were unanimous
in the     opinion that,   in his recent  interviews with representatives  of
the   various  aistricts,   the   Minister of Lands   end  Forests had   given
no  inkling   of  this   oolicy,   and   that  his  only care   secerned,   to be  to have
the Districts.raise  their taxes,  so   th   t thcycould  p  7 oaor^.   to Conservation Fund.     This was confirmed  by the  T'l ck Mount, in  representatives,
who  stated  that  their  taxation by-l-.w was now held, up  pending settlement
of the   question as   to whether they sh yul"   increase  th^ir  Conservation
Fun''   rjryncnt,   though  they he/  soent much more  on renewals   th-n was  requited   of them under the  present arrange me nt.
Mr.  Corner stated.   thrt Glenmore   was v orkimr on   the un crstanding
that  they ^oujd  be   out   of  debt completely at  the   cn;   of the   thirty-year
period   orovidod  in  the   Loughcer"   Settlement,   though   their  payments were
"less  than those under the  IiOuahccd  Plan,   depending  on the amount sp^nt
on renewals,  which t&A  subject  to  revision every five  years.     It was
stated,   that-the Minister '"had  asked the   different Districts   if they could
not  incr. ase  their Conservation  Fund  payment,   as  ta .   money *t&B vanted for
loans  to nev   ie riae ti 021  schames,   ana the   case   of  the     Black Mountain
seemed  to  indicate  that  efforts might  be made   on  the     part   0^ the  Govern*
ment  to force   the   districts ti   do so.
Mr.   Collett  thought  fee   Government would .advise  im   districts   of
any chanrc   in irrigation  oolicy beforehand,   and   doubted whether any
announcement   of  i  ch nac      :-   policy head   been ntfc*     Capt.  Kccnan thought
Mr.   Collott's  view was much   too  trusting   \ n? that  the     cha-nse might
well  be m de   by  the   stroke   jf 1    w.n ,   .-nc;   the Districts v oul     kn^  nothing  of it until eftei   it was   -ell  over.     It was  the  general   opinion  that
this  had  been  the   experience   of   the  past.    Mr.  Hart ?s" announcement   of a
new  irrigation policy had  also been heard   &$ *-e lo1 na   or Vernon by
several  of  those   present.     (Note:     A clipping from the Vancouver Sun of
July 28th,   1945 announcing  this  policy is   on  the  files   $f the  Association).
Proposed   by G.   G.   Tassie,   seconded   by J.  ?.  Clarke,   and Carried.
That  the  Secretary  be   ins true tec   to write   to the Minister    of  Land, s
and  Forests,, and  inform him that Hthis  meeting of  the   Association  of B.C.
Irrigation Districts  is  deeply interests   in the   Governments policies
in regard   to     irrigation,   an d ^011 la  like   to  have   information   of  the
proposed  Ch3nae   of policy on this matter,   as announced   in the  Press
and "by Premier Hart   on his tour  of   th:   Okanagan.
Proposed^joy G.  C.  Tassie,   seconded   by R. V-.  Corner   -ne  Carried.
That   a hearty rot..   *}f thanks  be  accorded   to Mr.  H.   C.   3.   Collett
~ne   to   +h-.A Secretary for   the  wort,  done by them  :.,n the   brief to    the
Sloan Commission on Forest  Policy.
It was  explained  that  according  to   the  Letters  Patent   of  the
various Districts they cannot bg held   liable  for  damage  Rone  by va.tcr
after  it has  been  delivered,  to   the  writer users,   and   a misunderstanding.
on this point  by the  District Water Rights Engineer had  now  been cleared,
up.
Proposed  by A.L.   Baldoek,   seconder   by  S.   J.   Land   and  Carried.
TEAT no  ret ion bo taken in regard   to liability  of Districts for
damage  done   b|  w^cr  rafter  it hae  ;'ccn   ^eliveredto the     %*Xbt users.
Proposed,   by G.   C.   Tassie,   so con dec   by  H.   C.   3.   ^ollett •
That Mr.   H  E. Harrison be nominated  president   of the   Association.
Carried.
In response   to   a  request  for suggestions  for th*:    ho la ing  of
meetings,  Mr.   J.  E.   Clarke  stated   that   it would be more suitablp  for
those   attend ina   from the  South if meetings were held  in the   afternoon.
This was   declare^  as  suitable  for all  others  in attendance,   and  the ^
Secretary instructed   to  keep   it m nine! \rl\cia other meetings were veing
arranged.
The suggestion that  Dr.   "iloox  of  the   Experimental Fam at
Summerland wVuld   like   to   aiscuss   operation  problems with those  in -*4*
charge of such,work and others interested, net vith general approval,
hia* Mr. Clarke asked tlv t the Superintendent of the Oliver System be
invited  to attend.
A suggestion was made  that  in view of the  Governments extensive
plans for rural  electrification,   the  time was   opportune  to make  representation for cheap rates  for   mumping for irrigation,   as the  latter is   '
muc h m :. r e   imp o r t an c c from
Provincial   or National standpoint  than  the
provision   of   electrical   appliances  in  the home
offered  on this  point.
;ion w&s,  ho*"
At  12.15 p.m.  the meeting adjourned   on motion.
APPENDIX:
Irrigation Charges   in British  Columbia-.
Munic ipal Sys terns;
Penticton Municipality
!    Summerland »
Irrigation Districts:
Black Mountain
Cawston
East Creston
Glenmore
Grand Forks
Heffley
Zaledcn
Eercmcos
Male on Horie
Merritt Central
Naramata
Okanagan Falls
Oyama
Peachland
Scotty Creek
S.E.Kelowna
Vernon
Westbank
Winfield & Ok. Centre
Wynndel
latcr'Compani c s:
B.  C.  Fruit lands
Columbia Va.   Irrig.  Fruit
Columbia Va.  Orchards
Ok.  Development Co.
Woods  Lake  later Co.
1940
1941
1942
1943
13.25
same
same
sane
10.44
same
same
sane
3.28
6.78
7.10
7.68
12.00
same
■  same
sane
6.75
5.40
nil
5.00
7.46
6.95
7.48
7.48
5.69
4.25
4.40
4.00
2.92
3.14
3.05
3.20
15.56
14.70
14.70
15.33
8.75
8.55
8.55
10.35
5.00
2.90
2.90
3.25
2.50
same
same
sane
12.00
12.00
1&. 00
12.50
Nil
Nil
8.25
6.92
20.60
20.00
21.50
29.00
11.00
11.00
11.00
12.00
2.30
2.30
2.30
2.16
9.90
9.30
10.46
10.20
5.37
, 4.7$
4.02
5.30
8.35
8131
8.81
8.31
11.00
11.00
11.00
11.00
4.95
3.06
2.00
4.00
6.00
5.80
5.42
5.56
3.50
same
same
same
3.00
same
same
same
4.86
4.86
5.07
5.18
$.00
0 amo
same
same
Southan Ok.   Lands  Project:
Oliver Gov't Scheme
6.00
same    same

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