Shared Duty to Protect Okanagan Water the Focus of Annual Meeting

Kelowna, B.C. – With all the changes coming – with population growth, civic and federal elections, new B.C. water regulations, climate change, and recent court rulings recognizing Aboriginal title – the Okanagan Basin Water Board has chosen as this year’s Annual Meeting theme “Shared Water. Shared Solutions.” The board held its meeting today at Rotary Centre for the Arts in Kelowna.

“The Water Board was deliberately designed as a partnership organization, that’s the basis of our whole structure,” explained OBWB Executive Director Anna Warwick Sears. “It’s from this position of strength that we work to ensure a sustainable water supply in the valley.

“It’s becoming more important than ever to recognize water as a precious and limited resource,” added Sears.  “We all share in its use – whether for growing food or wine, for healthy fish and eco-systems, for drinking, and playing in – and we must also all share in its protection.  We need to find shared solutions to ensure its sustainability.

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