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Okanagan water grants aim to conserve and improve water quality in face of climate change

Kelowna, B.C. – The Okanagan Basin Water Board (OBWB) has approved more than $318,000 in funding to 17 projects that will help conserve and protect water in the valley while addressing the larger issues of climate change. Directors approved the

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Missed our Water Supply webinar?

The Okanagan Basin Water Board hosted an Okanagan Water Supply Webinar on April 12, to review the current and forecasted water supply for 2019 in the valley. View YouTube recording below: or follow this link

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April 12 – Water Supply Webinar

This year’s seventh annual Okanagan water supply webinar will be hosted on Friday, April 12th from 11a.m. – 12 p.m. This webinar provides an opportunity to hear from reliable government and agency sources about the current and forecast water conditions

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Native mussel species crimping Okanagan milfoil control plans

Vernon Morning Star – April 7, 2019 A native mussel species is creating challenges to keep the milfoil weed under control. Director Bob Fleming told the Regional District of North Okanagan board April 3 that the provincial government is reluctant

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Drought plans, milfoil control discussed at Okanagan Basin Water Board meeting

Global News – April 6, 2019 If drought conditions are declared this summer, the Okanagan Basin Water Board says it’ll be ready for them. This week, the Okanagan Basin Water Board (OBWB) released its April board meeting report. In it,

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Some Okanagan beaches left in the weeds because of protected mussels

CBC News – April 6, 2019 You may notice more weeds at some Okanagan beaches this summer since the Okanagan Basin Water Board doesn’t have a permit to rototill in areas where Rocky Mountain Ridged Musselshave been discovered. For the past 40 years, it

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Board Report – April

The Okanagan Basin Water Board’s monthly Board Report provides highlights from this week’s Board of Directors meeting. The monthly report provides up-to-date information about the activities, projects, and policies of the Water Board. Please feel free to share widely! Board

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Climate change brings higher numbers of invasive aquatic plants in Okanagan

Kelowna Capital News – April 3, 2019 A warming planet is allowing invasive plants to thrive in Okanagan lakes. James Littley, operations and grants manager with the Okanagan Basin Water Board, said milfoil thrives and spreads in warmer waters, which

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We’re Hiring! Communications & Outreach Coordinator

We’re looking for a Communications and Outreach Coordinator – someone who can create amazing materials, and then get out, share & talk to people! Download Job Posting (PDF) Okanagan WaterWise Communications & Outreach Coordinator Location: Kelowna, B.C. Application Deadline: April

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Feds not strong on mussels

Castanet – April 2, 2019 North Okanagan-Shuswap Conservative MP Mel Arnold says Ottawa is not doing enough to protect fresh-water lakes in Western Canada. Arnold is calling on the federal government to initiate immediate responses to an audit released today examining

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North Okanagan-Shuswap MP calls for response to failing invasive species program

Vernon Morning Star – April 2, 2019 North Okanagan- Shuswap MP Mel Arnold is calling on the federal government to initiate immediate responses to an audit released Tuesday, examining aquatic invasive species (AIS). The audit was performed by the Commissioner

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Canada is not doing enough to prevent mussel movement: Report

InfoTel – April 2, 2019 A new report has criticized the lack of action by the federal government to prevent aquatic invasive species entering local waterways. The report released today, Apr. 2, by the Commissioner of the Environment and Sustainable Development criticizes

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Weather Report – April

Most of us in B.C. have enjoyed the recent temperature anomaly in southern B.C. (not sure about the orchardists). Agencies are predicting an early, dry spring for B.C., including this recent report from the Weather Network (see this updated link).

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EFN Conference Proceedings & Outcomes – NOW available!

The Siwłkw (Water) For All – Our Responsibility conference was hosted by the Okanagan Basin Water Board and the Canadian Water Resources Association. Now available: Proceedings & Outcomes This document summarizes the conference and provides recommendations for further action. Thanks

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Okanagan watershed forum held near lake above Peachland

Global News – March 22, 2019 A circle of mostly strangers gathered in the Central Okanagan on Friday with one thing in common: water. This is World Water Day, hence the gathering of community leaders at Headwaters Lake above Peachland

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