Environment Canada and Natural Resources Canada have just published a new full colour poster of the Okanagan Basin watershed. Drawing on the success of similar Waterscape projects in other parts of BC and Alberta, the poster was produced through collaboration between Okanagan water experts and scientists from around the country. Featuring photos, 3-D images and a glossy topographical map, the poster depicts a range of different water topics in the Basin – water sources and flows, how we use and share water, future threats, and ideas for water conservation. The Okanagan Waterscape poster will have an official unveiling on January 23rd at the upcoming Groundwater Symposium in Penticton. However, it is already being distributed for free and is available to the public from organizations throughout the valley. A companion teacher’s guide is being developed by the Central Okanagan Science Opportunities for Kids Society, to supplement the use of the poster in Okanagan schools. This guide will give teachers a way to teach kids about different aspects of water, incorporating a regional focus. Poster pick up locations are from Osoyoos to Vernon.
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If you’d like more information on this topic please contact Anna Warwick Sears at the Okanagan Basin Water Board, (250) 550-3779 or email [email protected] ; or Bill Taylor at the Environment Canada (604) 664-9193 or email [email protected]