Kelowna, B.C. – The Okanagan Basin Water Board (OBWB) held its Annual Meeting today at Westbank Lions Community Centre in West Kelowna. The theme this year was “Weathering Extremes,” recognizing that the climate in our valley is changing and the need to act on – to adapt to, but also to mitigate – climate change.
Of course the Okanagan has seen flooding and droughts in the past, but as climate models show us, these extreme events will become more common and more intense. This spring, we saw historic flooding, followed by a prolonged period of heat and dry weather, breaking temperature and lowest precipitation records in our valley.
As part of its annual meeting this year, the OBWB showcased some of the projects it is undertaking to address these two extremes, and spoke to the need to do more, in partnership with local governments, senior levels of government, non-profits and individuals.