Okanagan moves into drought level two as hot, dry summer continues

August 24, 2018

Global Okanagan – August 24, 2018

The Okanagan is now at a level-two drought rating, the provincial government announced on Friday.

In response, the Okanagan Basin Water Board put out a drought bulletin, calling the announcement a precautionary measure.

In part, the bulletin said, “while Okanagan water purveyors are generally experiencing average supply conditions, regional drought conditions have escalated after weeks of hot, dry conditions. Kokanee and other fish species need sufficient flows in the fall to successfully spawn, and fisheries scientists are becoming concerned about flows in several Okanagan streams, especially if the current weather patterns continue.”

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