OKANAGAN NOW IN DROUGHT LEVEL 4
Lack of precipitation, low streamflows, high water temperatures that can be lethal to fish, and sustained warm weather have prompted the Government of B.C. to move the Okanagan to Drought Level 4.
While water systems that are supported by upland storage reservoirs and mainstem lakes are doing okay, many important fish-bearing streams in the Okanagan are flowing well below normal and several are completely dry. The forecast is for continued hot and dry weather in August, so it is unlikely that flows will improve without drastic conservation measures.