Good water science is critical for wise water decisions.
The OBWB is committed to supporting practical water science by providing information that supports sustainable decision-making about our limited and shared water resources – at all levels of government, and for all water stakeholders in the Okanagan.
Find tools we’ve developed:
- Building Climate Resilience in the Okanagan – A Homeowner’s Resource Guide
- Okanagan Lakeshore Living Guide
- Slow it, Spread it, Sink It! – An Okanagan Homeowners Guide to using Rain as a Resource
- A River Film
- Okanagan WaterWise website
- Make Water Work campaign website
- Don’t Move A Mussel campaign website
- Okanagan WaterWise on YouTube
- More Okanagan WaterWise Resources
- NEW! Okanagan Sustainable Water Strategy – Action Plan 2.0 (2019)
- NEW! Okanagan Wetlands Action Plan – A Resource for Local Government and Communities (PDF)
- Okanagan Climate Data Guide
- Okanagan Basin Water Quality Database
- Drought Information & Updates
- Workshops & Conferences
- Planning Guides
The resources in this database provide legal mechanisms, innovative policies, and best practices that planners can use to help their communities adapt to climate change, protect green infrastructure, and carry out sustainable land and water use practices.
- Constructed Wetlands for Stormwater Management: An Okanagan Guidebook (PDF)
- Local Government Guide to the Okanagan Water Supply & Demand project
- Okanagan Water Supply & Demand project website, including Future Scenarios.
The Okanagan Basin Water Quality Database allows you to view Okanagan water data, including water chemistry and phytoplankton (algae) taxonomic data. You can also use this tool to generate summary statistics and informative visualizations, screen data against relevant water quality guidelines, and compute statistical trends.
In October 2019, the Okanagan Water Stewardship Council released its Okanagan Sustainable Water Strategy: Action Plan 2.0.
BC Water Use Reporting Centre (BC WURC, formerly Streamlined Water Use Reporting Tool)
A simple web-based system designed to help utilities and large water users regularly record water use. Learn more about the BC Water Use Reporting Centre.
Water Supply and Demand Project – Future Scenarios
No one knows exactly what the future will bring. Local governments – faced with long-term decisions for infrastructure and development – need to know reasonably-likely outcomes. The valley’s overall water balance was assessed in 2010, and in 2012, the impacts of climate change and population growth were further explored. All climate models show increased risk of floods and droughts, but population growth is expected to have the biggest impact on water demand over the next 25 years. Learn more by visiting the Water Supply and Demand project website.
Okanagan Basin Water Resource Information Database (OBWRID)
The Okanagan Water Science Library is a searchable digital document database of water-related information compiled, studied and acquired about the Okanagan Basin since the 1970’s. More than 300 documents are available online.