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Partnership for Water Sustainability Annual Workshop Series

FLOW & GROW WORKSHOP: “Plants will adapt to either over-watering or under-watering,” reports Ken Salvail, horticulturalist and co-host of Grower Coach garden show


“It has become a mentality to over-water in the Okanagan, yet in nature plants dry out between waterings,” states Ken Salvail. “We are training plants to live with a steady supply of water rather than training for long periods without water. We can take almost any plant and wean it over time to live without water by stretching the time between waterings, weaning it gradually.”

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ANNOUNCEMENT: Real Estate Foundation of BC sponsors keynote presentation by Bob McDonald, host of “Quirks & Quarks” on CBC Radio, at Flow & Grow Water Sustainability Workshop (Nov 2016)


The REFBC has been making grants in support of the health and resilience of natural freshwater systems for many years. “Freshwater sustainability is making choices that protect freshwater resources now and in the future,” states Jack Wong. “In a 2014 public opinion poll we commissioned, we found that 93% of British Columbians view water as our most precious natural resource. Water connects us to prosperity, quality of life and a sense of ‘home’.”

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ANNOUNCEMENT: CBC’s Bob (Quirks & Quarks) McDonald headlines “Flow & Grow Workshop” (Nov 29, 2016)


Loved by audiences across Canada for making complex scientific issues understandable, meaningful, and fun, Bob McDonald has been a fixture in radio and television broadcasting for more than 30 years. “A global perspective reminds us of the limited availability of fresh water on the planet, a vital life sustaining resource that demands a raised level of consciousness and commitment,” says Bob McDonald.

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FLOW AND GROW! – A workshop on HOW to respect ecosystem and cultural values, ensure food security and build water-resilient communities (Nov 29, 2016 in Kelowna)


“FLOW AND GROW is structured as four modules and is cascading – from high-level visioning to ground-level applications. Each module has a learning objective. Adaptation to a changing climate is a thread that runs through all the modules,” states Kim Stephens. “Climate change, water security, population demand and food security issues will be discussed in grounded terms by a team of 11 expert inter-disciplinary presenters. Their objective is to seed a conversation that will ripple through time.”

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ANNOUNCEMENT: Irrigation Industry Association and Partnership for Water Sustainability join forces with Okanagan Basin Water Board to co-host “Flow & Grow Workshop” in Kelowna, the 4th in an Annual Year-End Water Sustainability Series


“This workshop series has proven to be an innovative initiative; it brings together the individuals involved in the conservation and long term management of water with those that rely on having water readily available to produce food and maintain green-spaces,” notes Kirby Ell. “Having all the stakeholders in the same room allows each the opportunity to understand the others’ perspectives. It also creates a collaborative environment.”

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Build Water Resilient Communities: Partners release program overview for “Flow and Grow Workshop” (November 29, 2016)


The workshop program is structured as four modules and is cascading – from high-level visioning to ground-level applications. Adaptation to a changing climate is a unifying theme. Both the urban and agricultural perspectives are represented. “The workshop will explore the role of water from the global to the local. The particular journey facing the Okanagan Basin includes the impact of climate change, water security, population demand and food security issues,” states Ted van der Gulik.

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“Blue Ecology and climate change: interweaving cultural perspectives on water” – by Michael D Blackstock, independent scholar


“Hydrologists are encouraged to embrace the companion Blue Ecology water cycle that is meant to enhance Western science’s hydrological cycle by providing a holistic cultural context. Hydrologists and water managers could also communicate complex climate change impacts to the public, using common sense terms. Hydrologists and water managers can use the hydrological and Blue Ecology cycles to help explain how and why the climate is changing,” wrote Michael D. Blackstock.

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Leading Change in British Columbia: Partnership for Water Sustainability and Irrigation Industry Association co-host “Convening for Action Annual Year-End Water Sustainability Workshop Series”


“On November 29, 2016, we are co-sponsoring a timely and vital workshop in Kelowna that will address both immediate and long term water security issues in the Okanagan Valley,” states Eric Bonham. “The significance of the findings from the workshop will be of equal importance and applicability to other areas within the province and beyond, given the focus is on the impacts of climate change and the need to plan now for a water sustainable future.”

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The Story of the Feast AND Famine Workshop, as told in Watermark Magazine (April 2016)


The event attracted attracted media attention, resulting in front-page headline stories in both of BC’s major daily newspapers. This led to further radio and TV coverage when the 2015 drought was voted BC’s top news story of the year in an online poll. “The Watermark spring theme focuses on risk and resilience, and we thought it would be a great opportunity to summarize the feast and famine workshop,” stated BCWWA’s Edel Burke.

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2014 Managing Water Workshop: PowerPoint Presentations


“Our collaboration with the Irrigation Industry Association paid dividends and opened eyes. Participants from local government were exposed to a practical side of water use in the urban environment. It gave them an appreciation of the impact on municipal, potentially either good or bad, depending on whether outdoor irrigation systems are well-constructed or poorly constructed,” stated Peter Law.

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