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  1. Where’s the Water ? – The Devastation of Drought

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    A drought occurs when a region becomes deficient in its natural water supply whether on the surface or underground. Droughts can last for months and even years. In general, droughts occur when a region receives less than the average rainfall in an annual year.

    Droughts can have a substantial impact on the ecosystem, agriculture, and society of the affected region. Contrary to popular opinion, short intense droughts can cause significant damage insomuch as dry periods that last for several years.

    Due to its impact on agricultural production, droughts can severely harm the economy. The consequences of extended droughts have had a significant impact on the agricultural, economic, environmental, and social aspects of entire civilizations. The severity of the consequences vary according to the region’s vulnerability. In other words, a region will not feel the worst of a severe drought if alternatives exist for the inhabitants that reside there. However, if a region depends on natural rainfall for agricultural production, then the area becomes more drought-prone.

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  2. Irrigation Industry Association of BC – IIABC

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     The IIABC was conceived in February 1978 by participating irrigation dealers, distributors, manufacturers and involved individuals at a three-day seminar in Vernon, B.C. 

    An ad hoc committee consisting of a representative cross-section of the industry was elected and given the mandate to proceed with the establishment of a formal association.

    On February 9, 1979 the Irrigation Industry Association of B.C. was officially founded with an elected directorate, constitution and by-laws.

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  3. British Columbia’s Irrigation Scheduling Calculator

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    The Irrigation Scheduling Calculator that the Ministry of Agriculture and Lands has been working on the past few years is now live and operational.

    The calculator will provide users with an irrigation schedule using real-time climate data from Farmwest.

    The calculator works for most irrigation systems, both agriculture and landscape systems in British Columbia. The tool is part of the commitment on “improving irrigation efficiency” under Living Water Smart.

    The development was funded by the National Water Supply Expansion Program in partnership with the Irrigation Industry Association of British Columbia (IIABC) .

    To access the calculator, click on the calculator tab on the IIABC website or select it from our Toolbox sidebar on the left on this page.

    Users guides are being prepared that provide attitional information and will assist users of the online calculator. A users guide for Landscape Drip and the various agricultural systems are under development and will be added as they are completed. 

    Listed below are Users Guides that are currently available.

     

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    Landscape Sprinkler Irrigation Scheduling Calculator Users Guide 

     

     

     

     

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    Agriculture Sprinkler Irrigation Scheduling Calculator Users Guide

     

     

     

     

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    Agriculture Drip Irrigation Scheduling Calculator Users Guide

     

     

     

     

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    Agriculture Pivot Irrigation Scheduling Calculator Users Guide

     

     

     

     

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    Agriculture Travelling Gun Irrigation Scheduling Calculator Users Guide

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Agriculture Stationary Gun Irrigation Scheduling Calculator Users Guide

     

     

     

     

  4. Okanagan Basin Water Board – Sources of Water Supply Information

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    The Okanagan Basin Water Board website offers water supply information for the Okanagan which is available from several sources, including the River Forecast Centre, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, Environment Canada, and the Ministry of Environment.

    Links to groundwater, snow pack, precipitation, and streamflow data are also included on this website.

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    Sources of Okanagan Water Supply Information

     

  5. B.C. Dairy Expo

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    Title: B.C. Dairy Expo

    Location: Abbotsford, British Columbia

    Description: The annual B.C. Dairy Expo at Tradex in Abbotsford is an annual event that showcases the latest and most innovative equipment and technology for the agriculture industry. Join thousands of farmers and agri-food producers in comparing and investigating what dealers and manufacturers have to make your operation more efficient. The Show runs for several day and kicks off with the popular Dairy Farm Tour . This Dairy Farm Tour takes place on a Wednesday in late January of each year prior to the Dairy Expo at the Tradex.

  6. Agricultural Building Setbacks from Watercourses in Farming Areas

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    This factsheet from the BC Ministry of Agriculture provides an overview on building setback standards from watercourses and wetlands in farming areas.

     

    The area between the watercourse and the building is set aside as a streamside protection and enhancement area for riparian vegetation.

  7. Okanagan Basin Water Board

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    The Okanagan Basin Water Board (OBWB) was instituted in 1970 through a collaboration of the three Okanagan regional districts to provide leadership on water issues that span the entire valley – recognizing the need to work together to protect our common resources.

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  8. Partnership Committee on Agriculture and the Environment

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    The Partnershipn Committee on Agriculture and the Environment provides a single-window approach for consultation on enviornmental issues that affect farmers and agriculture. The Partnership Committee provides an opportunity for local government representatives to meet face to face with the people who initiate policies and legislation that directly affect farmers.

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  9. Farmwest

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    Farmwest is a non-profit venture developed by the Pacific Field Corn Association, a non-profit society.

    The Farmwest climate station network is part of a water conservation initiative for more effective and efficient use of irrigation water.

     

     

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  10. DROUGHT PROGRAMS

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    Programs are available to offset drought in British Columbia.

     

    Visit the BC Ministry of Agriculture Production Insurance page for more information. Click Insurable Crops link in the navigation menu on the left on that webpage.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Drought Watch
    This website provides information about Federal programs in place to provide farmers with assistance.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Potential water shortage and risk mgmt programs

     

    INFORMATION BULLETIN

    Potential Water Shortage and Risk Management Programs