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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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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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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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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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Kids challenged to be climate heroes

Kelowna Daily Courier – March 22, 2019 The Okanagan Basin Water Board is inviting young people to be climate heroes and enter its seventh annual youth challenge. Youth from five to 18 years of age can be climate heroes by

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Kids Water Day challenge

Castanet – March 22, 2019 Friday is World Water Day, and the Okanagan Basin Water Board is celebrating by launching its 7th annual youth challenge inviting young people to be climate heroes.  The City of Penticton, City of Kelowna and

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World Water Day: Special challenge issued to youth to be climate conscious

Kelowna Capital News – March 22, 2019 In celebration of Canada Water Week this week and Friday’s UN World Water Day, the Okanagan Basin Water Board’s program has re-launched its seventh youth challenge, inviting young people to be climate heroes.

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Restrictions on Okanagan milfoil control to protect mussels could hurt beaches

Global News – March 20, 2019 Efforts to protect an endangered species are impacting work to keep Okanagan beaches weed-free. Invasive milfoil is regularly cleared from Okanagan lakes, especially in areas popular with visitors and locals. However, increased efforts to

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Environmental Flow Needs Conference Leads with Reconciliation

Water Canada – October 24, 2018 Last week, 250 attendees at the siwłkʷ  (WATER) FOR ALL – OUR RESPONSIBILITY Environmental Flow Needs Conference listened, shared, and discussed how to ensure water for fish, and everything else that depends on water.

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Water conference brings native, non-natives together

Kelowna Daily Courier – October 22, 2018 About 250 people attended a two-day water conference last week in Kelowna, hosted by the Okanagan Basin Water Board. The main topic was environmental flow needs — essentially, determining how much water is

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Okanagan water conference builds connections

Kelowna Capital News – October 18, 2018 How much water is needed for fish and to sustain our environment? That was a central question subjected to two days of discussion as 250 environment, agriculture and water management experts gathered in

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