A buoy has been set up on Okanagan Lake

A buoy has been set up on Okanagan Lake

Device checks water supply

Boaters on Okanagan Lake will find a new feature off shore from Vernon

Boaters on Okanagan Lake will find a new feature off shore from Vernon.

Environment Canada has installed a buoy in the Cameron Point area (latitude: north 50 degrees, 12 minutes, 26.9 seconds; longitude: west 119 degrees, 26 minutes, 10.2 seconds).

“The purpose of the buoy is to measure evaporation off Okanagan Lake and is part of the water board’s ongoing water supply and demand study,” said Corinne Jackson, with the Okanagan Basin Water Board.

“It helps us better understand the valley’s water supply, how much we have, where it goes, etc.”

The buoy was previously located at Carr’s Landing in Lake Country.

RCMP received some phone calls last summer regarding flashing lights emitted from the buoys. Some people thought there was a boater possibly in distress.

“The buoys include a flashing light that emit five flashes in 15-second intervals,” said Jackson.

For more information, go to www.obwb.ca/wsd/data/lake-evaporation.