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Board Report – November

The Okanagan Basin Water Board’s monthly Board Report provides highlights from this week’s Board of Directors meeting. The monthly report provides up-to-date information about the activities, projects, and policies of the Water Board. Please feel free to share widely! Board

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Luck with rains and prudent water management prevented repeat of 2015 droughts this year

September 27, 2016 – Osoyoos Times Despite some worries at the start of the summer, water managers dodged a bullet this year thanks to June and July rainfall. As September draws to a close, local water users are now safely

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Need some accountability

September 21, 2016 – Oliver Chronicle While the bass are exchanging high-fives amidst all that extra milfoil in Vaseux Lake, the same can’t be said about the residents. The lake is a real mess, overgrown with algae and weeds, which

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Kelowna museum explores the meaning of water

September 16, 2016 – Kelowna Capital News What does water mean to you? Life-sustaining, thirst quenching, essential; water is precious for all living beings. And water certainly is a hot topic in the Okanagan. With concerns about water supply on

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Creek made fish-friendly

September 16, 2016 – Castanet It’s been years of planning and fundraising, since 2002 work was underway to provide flood-protection and environmental benefits to Mission Creek. The Mission Creek Restoration Initiative was launched in 2008 to address declining fish stocks

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Peachland wins Okanagan Make Water Work competition

September 16, 2016 – Peachland View Peachland Mayor Cindy Fortin is just flush. The Okanagan Basin Water Board (OBWB) held its Annual General Meeting at the Laurel Packinghouse in Kelowna last week. The theme this year, “A Watershed in the

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Vaseux Lake milfoil on water board’s radar

September 15, 2016 – Oliver Chronicle (This is the second of a two-part feature exploring the effects that the invasive seaweed known as milfoil is having on Vaseux Lake.) Milfoil’s unfavourable effects have been most evident in Vaseux Lake, but

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Museum to look at water

September 15, 2016 – Kelowna Daily Courier Water in the Okanagan will be the focus of an exhibition opening next month at the Okanagan Heritage Museum. With droughts in the news in recent years and restoration efforts underway on local

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Solid infrastructure and planning has allowed Northern California to survive five-year drought

September 14, 2016 – Osoyoos Times Residents and farmers in Northern California have managed to survive one of the worst extended droughts in that state’s history, but only because proper infrastructure is in place and government leaders have allowed experts

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Water – we’re all connected

September 10, 2016 – Castanet The interdependence of watersheds was emphasized at the Okanagan Basin Water Board’s annual general meeting, Friday in Kelowna. Decisions we make here not only affect the Okanagan, but other watersheds outside our boundaries as well, as we

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Vaseux Lake community aiming to rid waters of invasive milfoil

September 8, 2016 – Oliver Chronicle (Editor’s note: The following is the first in a two-part series on milfoil at Vaseux Lake. This week looks at suspicions that a sewage plant is significantly contributing towards a milfoil surplus. Part 2

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Okanagan Basin Water Board says cooperation and global thinking key to solving water issues

September 8, 2016 – Vernon Morning Star, Penticton Western News, Kelowna Capital News The Okanagan Basin Water Board has called for a spirit of cooperation and global thinking as communities around the Okanagan move forward with issues relating to water.

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Milfoil treatment sought for lake in South Okanagan

September 1, 2016 – Kelowna Daily Courier An invasive plant species has taken root in another Valley lake, prompting a South Okanagan politician to ask it receive regular treatment from the Okanagan Basin Water Board. The south end of Vaseux

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Camping ban unpopular

August 11, 2016 – Vernon Morning Star Calls for a camping ban along B.C.’s rivers are making waves. The Regional District of North Okanagan board refused Wednesday to support the efforts of the Village of Keremeos, in the Similkameen, to

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Residents urged to ‘have the talk’ about invasive mussels

August 11, 2016 – Osoyoos Times Have you had “the talk”? While many parents worry about how to have “the talk” with their children about sex, the Okanagan Basin Water Board (OBWB) is encouraging residents to have “the talk” with

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