Osoyoos Lake Water Science Forum – 2015

The Osoyoos Lake Water Science Forum 2015: ” A Watershed Beyond Boundaries: Stewardship of our Shared Waters” was a 3-day event full of important and interesting presentations.

On Opening Night, Wednesday October 7, a Welcoming Reception was hosted at the spectacular Nk’Mip Desert Cultural Centre. The forum took place on the following two days.

Sharing Water Science was the theme for Day 2, Thursday October 8. Specialists, scientists, local government representatives, among others, presented on topics such as climate variation, water supply, fisheries recovery, water quality, and more.

Ensuring Sustainability was the focus of Day 3, Friday October 9. Closing day sessions included presentations about drought and conservation, local actions, living on the lake, invasive species, and more.

Osoyoos Lake Water Science Forum 2015

Outcomes & Proceedings:

News Release:

IJC Blog:

Conference Partners:
Town of Osoyoos, International Joint Commission, Okanagan Basin Water Board, Environment Canada, Okanagan Nation Alliance, Regional District of South Okanagan Similkameen Area A, Osoyoos Indian Band, Washington State Department of Ecology, Lake Osoyoos Association, Osoyoos Lake Water Quality Society.

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Osoyoos Lake Water Science Forum
A Watershed Beyond Boundaries:
Stewardship of our Shared Waters
2015 Forum

Columbia River Treaty Workshop

The October 7, 2015 Columbia River Treaty Workshop was co-presented by the Canadian Water Resources Association (B.C. Branch) and ACT (the Adaptation to Climate Change Team at SFU), and preceded the 2015 OLWSF.

2011 Forum

The 2011 Osoyoos Lake Water Science Forum focused attention on the needs and challenges for sustaining the ecological health of the lake, and the related well-being of the basin’s residents and visitors.

Progress made since the last Forum in 2007 was reviewed, as well as science studies related to the renewal of the International Joint Commission’s operating orders for Zosel Dam.

2007 Forum

A microcosm of global concerns
Osoyoos Lake is a beautiful lake that spans the Canada-United States border in the Okanagan River basin, and has many environmental challenges.

Lake sustainability depends on the actions of all who work, live or visit the basin, and all those involved in governance.