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"Water-centric planning means planning with a view to water – whether for a single site or the entire province. At the core of the approach is a water balance way-of-thinking and acting. The underpinning premise is that resource, land use and community design decisions will be made with an eye towards their potential impact on the watershed," explains Kim Stephens.

Okanagan Basin Waterscape: Water – the myth of abundance

"We live in a dry landscape. The large lakes make water look abundant, but nature's yearly resupply is small. As our population is growing rapidly, so is our demand for water. Climate is changing and future water supplies are uncertain. Will there be enough water for our children and grandchildren? To meet the needs of humans and nature, we will have to rethink our water use, and value it more highly," stated Ted van der Gulik.

City of Courtenay Issues 2014 State of the Environment Report

“There’s no question that land development has an impact on our local ecology. One of the most visible and loved ecological features of a community is its water – its streams and rivers, lakes and wetlands. In working with the conservation sector, we decided to focus on these ecosystems to highlight their value and show how they are changing as our community grows over time," said Nancy Hofer.

BC Water Use Reporting Centre Brings Water Management Into the 21st Century

"Water use reporting is more than simply meeting regulations. The more often we report, the more accurate our data is, and the more responsive we can be to shortages. The vision of the Okanagan Basin Water Board (OBWB) is to have a fully-integrated water system, meeting the needs of residents and agriculture while supporting wildlife and natural areas," states Anna Warwick Sears

“Proposed BC Water Commission would improve water services at very little additional cost,” says the OBWB’s Nelson Jatel

“The proposed new commission creates the necessary link between good water-use data and water management, a significant improvement to the current process of managing BC’s precious water resource,” stated Nelson Jatel. “The business case proposes a new commission that would manage water and build on the made-in-BC Water Use Reporting software developed in the Okanagan and piloted in the Okanagan.”

Okanagan Basin Water Board Proposes New B.C. Water Commission

“Building on previous senior and local government investments to develop the Water Use Reporting Centre in the Okanagan, we are in a unique situation to develop a new model that supports sustainable water management, economic development and provides a world-class system for British Columbia,” stated Chair Doug Findlater.

From Highlands to Valley Floor

The Okanagan Valley is a great trough that cuts across the highlands of southern British Columbia. Most of the population live down on the valley bottom or on the surrounding benchlands.

Our Water Cycle

The Okanagan Basin is dry because it lies in the rain shadow of the Coast Mountains. Most water enters the Okanagan Basin as winter snow on the highlands.