OKANAGAN REGION IN DROUGHT LEVEL 5
Lack of rain, low streamflows, high water temperatures that can be lethal to fish, and sustained warm weather have prompted the Government of B.C. to move the Okanagan to Drought Level 5, where adverse impacts to socio-economic or ecosystem values are almost certain.
Many important fish-bearing streams in the Okanagan are flowing at historical lows and several are completely dry. The forecast is for continued hot and dry weather in August, so it is unlikely that conditions will improve without drastic conservation measures.