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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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Okanagan moves into drought level two as hot, dry summer continues

Global Okanagan – August 24, 2018 The Okanagan is now at a level-two drought rating, the provincial government announced on Friday. In response, the Okanagan Basin Water Board put out a drought bulletin, calling the announcement a precautionary measure. In part,

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Okanagan reaches Level 2 drought rating

Vernon Morning Star – August 24, 2018 The provincial government elevated the Okanagan to a Level 2 drought rating due to low flows in several important local streams. The province is encouraging everyone to use water wisely and ensure local

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Okanagan now on a level 2 drought rating

Kelowna Now – October 24, 2018 The Okanagan’s drought rating has increased. Weeks of hot, dry conditions have pushed the Okanagan to drought level two, according to the Okanagan Basin Water Board (OBWB). This has fisheries scientists concerned about flows

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Level 1 drought rating remains for Okanagan valley

Summerland Review – June 26, 2018 The provincial government has elevated most water basins in the province to a Level 2 drought rating, but the Okanagan remains in Level 1 based on current water supply. It is expected that the

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Solid infrastructure and planning has allowed Northern California to survive five-year drought

September 14, 2016 – Osoyoos Times Residents and farmers in Northern California have managed to survive one of the worst extended droughts in that state’s history, but only because proper infrastructure is in place and government leaders have allowed experts

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Update #1 – June 1, 2016

June Weather Report Provincial River Outlook – Issued: May 27, 2016 3:00PM “Weather over the past week has been dominated by low pressure systems with cooler temperatures and showers. Precipitation totals over the past week were in the 0-20 mm

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Local mayors urge residents to conserve water

May 13, 2016 – Kelowna Capital News Municipal leaders from around the Okanagan gathered Wednesday to urge residents to change their water use habits and conserve water as the region known as one of the driest in Canada once again

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Valley mayors urge conservation ahead of possible drought

May 11, 2016 – InfoNews.ca With possible drought looming, mayors from Osooyoos to Armstrong are urging valley residents to voluntarily begin conserving water ahead of normal watering restrictions. The signs are already here and the need to react early is

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Large snowpacks, early melt mean uncertain forecast

April 20, 2016 – Osoyoos Times With warm temperatures this spring, snowpack is melting faster than usual, but this year there’s more snow than last year at higher elevations. All that adds up to uncertainty among the experts as they

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Report: Building Drought Resilience in the Okanagan

A new report, Building Drought Resilience in the Okanagan – Phase I: Gap Analysis and Recommendations, has been posted to our website. Download or view the report below, or visit OBWB Drought Information & Updates.

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Too early to predict a drought in the Okanagan this summer, but early snow melt a worry

February 27, 2016 – InfoNews.ca It’s hard to predict moisture conditions in the Okanagan Valley thanks to the regions variable annual rainfall patterns and the impact it has on those who try to control water flows and lake levels. That

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Penticton applies for drought management plan funding

February 19, 2016 – Penticton Western News Drought Management City staff asked for council’s support in making an application to the Okanagan Basin Water Board Water Conservation and Quality Improvement grant program. Staff are requesting $12,500 from the grant program,

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Snowpacks higher this year, but melt timing and rains will determine if we get drought or floods

February 10, 2016 – Osoyoos Times Snowfalls this winter mean the snowpack in local river basins is much higher this year than last, but the timing of the melt and June rains will determine whether we have floods or drought

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Prepare to take the pledge for Peachland and be more waterwise

January 29, 2016 – Peachland View Clearly we experienced an eye-opening event last year, both locally and in the greater region surrounding us. That is, severe drought conditions. Why bring this up while it is still early in the new

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