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Mayor continues duty on water board

Osoyoos Today – February 20, 2018 Osoyoos Mayor Sue McKortoff appears to be enjoying her time on the Okanagan Basin Water Board. The Mayor has agreed to sit another one-year term on the board — joining mayors from other Okanagan

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Snowpacks well above average for time of year, but too early to predict spring floods

Osoyoos Times – February 13, 2018 There is currently well-above normal snowpack in the Okanagan and Similkameen based on information from Feb. 1 released last Wednesday by the River Forecast Centre. Snowy Mountain, above the Similkameen Valley, seen here from

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New tiller joins milfoil fight

Castanet – February 11, 2018 A new, built-in-the-Okanagan rototiller will join the valley’s milfoil control fleet this year. The Okanagan Basin Water Board was updated this week on its construction, which should be complete by April. Built by Multi-Power Products

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Internal review of the province’s response to floods is complete

Vernon Morningstar / Kelowna Capital News / Salmon Arm Observer / Lake Country Calendar – February 10, 2018 A retired Vernon engineer has completed a technical assessment of the decisions made by the provincial government during last year’s disastrous floods

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Water board chair re-elected

Kelowna Daily Courier – February 9, 2018

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New member of milfoil control fleet

Beach Radio Vernon – February 8, 2018 There is a new weapon in the battle to control the invasive milfoil weed in Okanagan lakes. The Okanagan Basin Water Board says a new rototiller, built by a Kelowna company, should be

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Rising Okanagan snowpack raises flooding concerns

Kelowna Capital News – February 8, 2018 There has been an ominous rise in snowpack levels across the Okanagan Valley, according to the BC River Forecast Centre. David Campbell, section head of the River Forecast Centre, said snowpack levels as

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Kelowna city councillor re-elected water board chair

Kelowna Capital News / Lake Country News – February 7, 2018 Kelowna city councillor Tracy Gray will serve a second term as chair of the Okanagan Basin Water Board. Gray was lone candidate for the position, as was vice-chair nominee

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Restoring a floodplain

Castanet – February 3, 2018 The En’owkin Centre will have written support from the Regional District Okanagan Similkameen as they seek funding to reconstruct a floodplain on Penticton Indian Band land. The RDOS board voted on Thursday to write a

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Funds sought for water work

Castanet – February 2, 2018 The Regional District Okanagan Similkameen is looking for funding for a pair of environmental projects in the South Okanagan. On Thursday, the RDOS board voted unanimously to seek funding from the Okanagan Basin Water Board, through

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West Kelowna begins harmonization of water rates

Kelowna Capital News / Lake Country Calendar – January 29, 2018 West Kelowna water users can expect to see rate increases this year as the City of West Kelowna prepares to fund significant upgrades and improvements to bring the municipal

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Okanagan losing battle to preserve wetlands

Kelowna Capital News – January 19, 2018 The Okanagan Valley is a major contributor to why B.C. is among the worst provinces across Canada for protecting wetland habitat, says an expert on the subject. Neil Fletcher says the Okanagan has

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Plan in works for healthcare, flood mapping

Castanet – December 26, 2017 … McKortoff said the public responded well to requests to stay off the water, as well as closures of the public boat launches when the threat of flooding was high. She added the Okanagan Basin

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Gov to help clean up lake

Castanet – December 23, 2017 The provincial government reportedly agreed this week to take measures to protect Vaseux Lake in the South Okanagan. Norm Gaumont, chair of the Vaseux Lake Stewardship Association, said the Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource

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An alternative for Okanagan mud boggers

Lake Country Calendar / Kelowna Capital News / Vernon Morningstar – November 16, 2017 Greater Vernon Water is optimistic over a solution to discourage mud boggers using reservoirs on the Aberdeen Plateau as their personal playgrounds. The creation of 14-campsites

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