During an afternoon break at the 2015 Osoyoos Lake Water Science Forum, local citizens converse in front of a booth focused on defensing invasive mussels.
Anna Warwick Sears, executive director of the Okanagan Basin Water Board, speaks on a panel summing up the discussions of the first full day of the Osoyoos Lake Water Science Forum. On the left is Stu Wells, former Osoyoos mayor and former OBWB chair, who co-chaired the forum along with Sears and current mayor Sue McKortoff. (Richard McGuire photo)
Rich Moy , Commissioner, U.S. Section, International Joint Commission
Drought planning, response, and water conservation panel receives many comments and questions from Forum participants.
Participants at the 2015 Osoyoos Lake Water Science Forum line up to make comments during the Drought Planning, Response and Water Conservation Panel Session, as drought conditions play a role in water management in 2015. The phrase “the new normal” was a common theme noted by commenters.
Afternoon break chat at the 2015 Osoyoos Lake Water Science Forum.
One of the new local members of the International Osoyoos Lake Board of Control, John Arterburn, has a chat during a break at the 2015 Osoyoos Lake Water Science Forum. John is also an Anadromous Fish Biologist with the Colville Confederated Tribes.
Members and Secretaries of the International Osoyoos Lake Board of Control convene with the Chair of the Canadian Section of IJC, Gordon Walker, during a break at the 2015 Osoyoos Lake Water Science Forum.
Three member of the Real Estate Foundation engage in discussion with one of the new local board members to the International Osoyoos Board of Control, Anna Warwick Sears. Anna is also the Executive Director of the Okanagan Basin Water Board and was instrumental in organizing the 2015 Osoyoos Lake Water Science Forum. She also played major roles in organizing the 2007 and 2011 Forums.
Osoyoos Lake Water Science Forum
A Watershed Beyond Boundaries: Stewardship of our Shared Waters
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.
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.