Flooding of Ponds on Neskonlith Indian Reserve in the Salmon Arm Forest District
The report examines if the flooding of ponds on the Neskonlith Indian Reserve was caused by forest practices and whether there were any contraventions of the Forest Practices Code of British Columbia Act and related regulations (the Code).
Neskonlith Indian Reserve #2 is situated about eight kilometres west of Chase, British Columbia. Three unnamed ponds are located on the reserve. Water levels in the ponds began rising in the spring of 1998 and the three ponds joined to form one lake. The high water levels flooded grassland and killed trees scattered around the perimeters of the ponds.