Castanet – September 9, 2019
Delegates to the Okanagan Basin Water Board’s annual general meeting in Kelowna Friday hammered home the message that all our water is connected.
The theme was ‘One valley. One water’ says board chair Sue McKortoff.
“The water of our valley, from the upper reservoirs, to the streams and lakes that flow through our valley bottom, and the groundwater that goes unseen, is all connected, from Armstrong to Osoyoos. At the same time, we live – and a growing number of people are joining us here – in Canada’s most water-stressed region,” says McKortoff.
“We have experienced varying degrees of drought and flood. And water, being the source of all life, requires everyone, residents and even visitors, the business community, government and utilities, to be good stewards, helping preserve and protect it.”
Executive director Anna Warwick Sears adds progress has been made on drought management flood planning, determining environmental flow needs for fish and the environment on significant streams, invasive mussel prevention, and more.