From drought to wildfire: Water challenges front and centre at Okanagan water board AGM

September 7, 2023

InfoNews – September 7, 2023

With drought drying up streams and lowering water levels in lakes and reservoirs across BC, the Okanagan Basin Water Board’s this week’s annual meeting is very timely.

“We have long understood that the Okanagan has water challenges. And, with one of the highest rates of population growth in Canada, this of course is going to affect water availability, as well as water quality,” executive director Anna Warwick Sears says in a media release.

The water board is holding their annual meeting tomorrow, Sep. 8, at the Mary Irwin Theatre in Kelowna to present its report Tapping Into Water Solutions. The event is free to attend but people need to register here.

Warwick Sears says protecting the watershed is especially important right now because of major droughts around the province.

“A number of Okanagan streams are running very low, causing concern for salmon that are supposed to come back to spawn. And this year’s wildfires have also impacted water supply in some Okanagan communities,” Sears says. “Conservation will continue to be critical until mid-October.”

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