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:
Learn more about:
- Slow it, Spread it, Sink It! – An Okanagan Homeowners Guide to using Rain as a Resource
- Okanagan WaterWise website
- Make Water Work campaign website
- Don’t Move A Mussel campaign website
- Okanagan WaterWise on YouTube
- 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)
- Drought Information & Updates
- Local Government Guide to the Okanagan Water Supply & Demand project
- Okanagan Water Supply & Demand project website, including Future Scenarios.
- Okanagan Sustainable Water Strategy
- Topsoil Bylaws ToolKit
- Groundwater Bylaws ToolKit
- Green Bylaws ToolKit
- Underground Stormwater Infiltration Model Bylaw
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. Search the Database using the sidebar –>