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Community Water Forum – Nov. 21

The Okanagan Basin Water Board (OBWB)-Okanagan WaterWise is pleased to join UBC Okanagan and present “Fire and Flood: Climate Change & Extreme Weather in the Okanagan.” Fire, smoke, flood, drought are becoming a new reality in the Okanagan and across

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Drought level raised in the Okanagan as rain remains scarce

InfoNews.ca – August 24, 2018 With seemingly interminable smoke swirling through the air, it’s easy to ignore the increase to the Okanagan region drought rating issued today by the provincial government but do so at your own risk. “It’s all

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Incentive to be water-wise and fire smart

Kelowna Capital News – May 23, 2018

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B.C. 2017 disaster report: Extreme weather here to stay

Penticton Western News- May 11, 2018 A comprehensive report on the 2017 B.C. wildfires and floods has resulted in 108 recommendations on how the province can better adapt to climate change. But to what extent the report’s findings impact the

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Water warning issued

March 25, 2016 – Kelowna Capital News The Okanagan Basin Water Board (OBWB) wants to spread awareness about water management. That was one of the main topics at ExSTREAMS: The Okanagan Water Story and You, Tuesday evening, a forum where

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Water concerns in the valley

March 22, 2016 – Castanet What does the future of water look like in the Okanagan? A hundred people packed into the Laurel Packinghouse in Kelowna Tuesday night to find an answer. Coinciding with UN World Water Day, the discussions

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Think 2015 Was Hot and Weird? Get Ready for Worse, Experts Say

March 18, 2016 – DeSmog Canada B.C. faces a future of disappearing salmon runs, more wildfires and dying forests with a temperature increase of two or three degrees and it is time to adapt to a new reality, a panel

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Election 2015: Roll with the changes—make your politicians help

September 18, 2015 – Kelowna Capital news

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International Water Forum returns to Osoyoos – drought, mussels, climate top agenda

Kelowna, B.C. – With a drought still gripping parts of B.C. and Washington, concerns over the possibility of a costly mussel invasion, and more, community members and agencies on both sides of the border are coming together to talk.  The

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Okanagan Valley increasingly vulnerable to severe climate disruptions, says expert

Osoyoos Times – September 24, 2014 Humans have changed Earth’s life support systems, so in future, it’s vital we begin to manage our water resources more carefully, warns Robert Sandford, Canadian chair of the UN’s Water for Life initiative on

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Valley increasingly vulnerable to climate change, forum told

Daily Courier – September 19, 2014 Climate change is threatening the Okanagan, a forum on water resources heard this week. Robert Sandford, Canadian chairman of the UN’s Water for Life initiative on water policy, warned an audience at the Water

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How climate change creates extreme weather

CBC Radio One – September 16, 2014 A major conference is under way in Kelowna looking at Okanagan Water and Biodiversity. It’s hosted by UBC Okanagan and the Okanagan Basin Water Board. One of the keynote speakers is Robert Sandford,

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Full agenda for Okanagan Basin Water Board

Vernon Morning Star – September 10, 2014 Considerable work continues within the Okanagan Basin Water Board. Among the issues facing the agency are population growth, civic and federal elections, new B.C. water regulations, climate change and recent court rulings recognizing

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Experts share worry for climate change in Penticton

Penticton Western News – November 21, 2013 Extreme weather events like those behind this summer’s Alberta floods are the new norm and highlight the need for governments here to take climate change seriously, a water expert warned this week. Robert

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Climate change will result in more catastrophic weather events, says expert at water board AGM

Osoyoos Times – September 11, 2013 Climate change is going to result in larger and more frequent catastrophic weather events across Canada and around the world and the only way to reverse this frightening trend is for world leaders and

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