District supports basin water board

Regional District of Central Okanagan endorses Okanagan Basin Water Board program

  • Jul. 22, 2011 2:00 p.m.

Support continues for a valley-wide program focused on water stewardship.

The Regional District of Central Okanagan has reaffirmed endorsement of the Okanagan Basin Water Board water management program.

“Since the program was initially endorsed in 2009, it has completed a $3-million water supply and demand assessment, developed a water use reporting tool to track major water extractions from Okanagan lakes and streams and developed a groundwater bylaws toolkit to help local governments protect their aquifers,” said Bruce Smith, RDCO communications co-ordinsator.

“The (RDCO) board will also send a letter to the Ministry of Environment reaffirming support for and the importance of the OBWB’s milfoil control and harvesting program.”

The North Okanagan and Okanagan-Similkameen regional districts will also be asked for their continued support of the Okanagan Basin Water Board.