Seven full-time staff run OBWB programs that serve 13 municipalities, three regional districts and four First Nations communities in the Okanagan Basin. We serve the diverse interests of residents, governments, businesses, non-profit organizations, and visitors in all aspects of water use in the Okanagan.

Executive Director

Water Stewardship Director

Operations and Grants Manager

Communications Director

Policy and Planning Specialist

Eurasian Watermilfoil Control Crew

  • Pat Field has been working on the watermilfoil control crew since the early 1990s: building and rebuilding the harvesters and rotovators, trucking the machines to different lakes in the Okanagan, and running equipment. Both Pat and Ian are commercially certified scuba divers, and have been required to dive extensively as part of the watermilfoil control program. Pat spends his summer vacation fishing for salmon off Port Hardy. He likes to enjoy life and always eats dessert.
  • Ian Horner supervises the year-round Eurasian watermilfoil control program, and has been part of the watermilfoil control crew for more than 30 years. This includes summer harvesting of weed beds around public beaches and boat docks, and in the winter, using specially-designed rotovator machines to till up watermilfoil roots on the lake bottom. In his free time, Ian is active in search and rescue and a great variety of outdoor recreation activities – from kayaking to rock climbing and telemark skiing.

OBWB Office Staff

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OBWB Field Staff