2011 thru 2015

FLASHBACK TO 2011: Okanagan Basin Water Board released ‘Managing Stormwater in a Changing Climate’ – a report on the From Rain to Resource 2010 workshop

“We spent the last half a century trying to control runoff with dikes, storm sewers, curbs and gutters. We can’t engineer away our problems fast enough, and have to look at other, lower impact solutions. Now, increased development and increased storm intensity from climate change are increasing peak flows and altering the rules of the game,” stated Anna Warwick Sears. “The Okanagan is particularly vulnerable to the impacts of unmanaged stormwater and rainwater because all surface water flows into the lake system that runs along the bottom of the valley.”

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“Clearly, the website is a ‘go-to’ resource for many,” observes Mike Tanner, Chair

“The website is designed to provide the complete story on integrated land and water management – why, what, where and how. Because we have such a strong following in the United States, we do make a special effort to include American stories. We cannot help but wonder about the extent to which the BC experience may be subtlety influencing thinking in the United States,” states Mike Tanner.

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FLASHBACK TO 2005 (Video): Launch of website announced by the Province of British Columbia at Penticton Conference

“Local governments and others can share success stories, information, practical tools and ideas about water sustainability and conservation. “This is another major step forward to ensuring British Columbians have access to safe, clean and abundant water supplies. This resource will allow those responsible for water management to develop tools and programs that address water sustainability and to share their knowledge and successes with others,” stated the Hon. Bill Barisoff.

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