The controversial practice of applying biosolids to land and the environmental and health impacts of it will be discussed at length by TNRD officials today.
Area M director Randy Murray initiated the meeting at the Hotel 540 in Kamloops with a goal of giving fellow directors and TNRD staff a look at alternative disposal/storage methods.
"We're up against the slow adoption and understanding of what these micro molecules, and toxins within the product do to our environment. In your everyday life you don't see it, hear, feel or taste them, but they have an impact."
Lower Nicola Indian Band expressing interest in Kettle Valley Railway 'Rails to Trails' project.
Chief Aaron Sumexheltza says the band has had discussions with the City of Merritt and TNRD about creating a trail along the former railway from the city, through the Lower Nicola Indian Band reserve, and eventually all the way to Spences Bridge.
He believes the 'Rails to Trails' project would draw additional tourists to the Nicola Valley, and at the same time promote a healthy lifestyle for area residents.
"We are committed to taking a serious look at the Rails to Trails project, and I look forward to having continued discussions with the TNRD, and city to see if this can become a reality."
Closed to trains in 1989, the Kettle Valley Railway system stretches from Midway all the way to Spences Bridge.
Rainbow sidewalks were painted at the LNIB Band offices and school this week.
After all the controversy this past spring in the City of Merritt, Chief Aaron Sumexheltza says band council wanted to show support for the youth of the area.
"Especially when it comes to bullying, it's important we do everything we can to support our young people. They need our support, and even if it just a rainbow on a sidewalk, it shows they are not alone."
Closure of the Exit 286 BC Visitor Centre leading to huge increase in traffic at the Baillie House to start the year.
City of Merritt Tourism manager Will George says through June, the Merritt visitor centre has seen more than 11,000 visitors.
That's almost 1,800 more people than the first six-months of 2017.
"Seeing that our busiest season is July and August, it will only go up from here. But, we are pleased to report that compared to the first half of 2017, we are up almost 17% when it comes to visitors at the Baillie House."