press release by the Kootenay Lake Ferry Service Improvements Team

The province will be conducting dredging activities in the West Arm of Kootenay Lake from September 24 to November 30, 2019, to ensure the long-term navigational safety of the Kootenay Lake Ferry service. During this time, dredging with heavy machinery will take place from 7:00 am to 5:30 pm, Monday through Saturday.

After-hours dredging may be required between October 21 and November 4, but will be avoided if at all possible. Local residents will be informed if such work is required.

Ferry Service: Dredging will not impact the operation of the Kootenay Lake Ferry service.We will continue to assess and monitor conditions as the operation progresses to ensure the safety of all ferry users, crew members, and contractors.

Once the dredging is complete, spring low water levels will no longer result in service disruptions to ferry users. Together with other improvements, such as the procurement of a new right-sized electric-ready ferry and safety and amenity improvements to both the Balfour and Kootenay Bay terminals, ferry users will be able to enjoy a safer and more reliable ferry service.

We apologize in advance for any inconvenience and appreciate your patience as we improve this vital service.

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