Convening for Action in the South Okanagan: Water for Life and Livelihoods

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Within the next 10 to 15 years it is projected that the available water in the Okanagan Basin will be fully allocated. At the same time, agricultural development is also expected to increase, with potential growth in the grape and wine sector leading the way. Also, the region will continue to experience both the benefits and consequences of climate change – that is, a longer growing season and changes in form and pattern of precipitation and runoff, respectively. The purpose in ‘convening for action' is to build regional capacity and understanding of what Water OUT = Water IN means in the context of a Regional Growth Strategy and its goals.

 In his presentation at the 2007 Annual Conference of the BC Water & Waste Assocation (BCWWA), Ted van der Gulik (Senior Engineeer, Ministry of Agriculture and Lands) elaborated on the Agricultural Component of the Okanagan Water OUT = Water IN Management Model that is now under development under the aegis of the Okanagan Basin Water Board. To download a copy of this presentation, please click on this link to Convening for Action in the South Okanagan – Water for Life and Livelihoods.

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The South Okanagan presentation was one of five cascading presentations that comprised a half-day session on Convening for Action in Brtish Columbia. The session was co-organized by the BCWWA Water Sustainability Committee (WSC) and the Green Infrastructure Partnership (GIP). For a comprehensive story that provides a synopsis of each presentation, please click here.


Posted May 2007