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.

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.