The south end of Okanagan Lake. (File photo)

Funding sought for Okanagan Lake management study

Okanagan Basin Water Board pushing for water level regulatory review

The initial steps in updating the Okanagan Lake water level management plan continue to progress forward, reports the executive director to the Okanagan Basin Water Board (OBWB).

In her report to the board for its Jan. 28 meeting, Anna Warwick Sears said work continues on the lake level management report, titled “Gap Analysis and Recommendations of studies needed to update the Okanagan Lake Regulation System and its Operating Plan.”

“This is the first step in the process for a potential change to how the lake is managed. The report is expected to be completed in March 2021,” said Warwick Sears in her report.

“We anticipate extensive collaboration with Okanagan Nation and consultation with different sectors. As discussed last month, we will be working with the Okanagan local governments to raise the awareness of this issue within the provincial government and the need for ongoing funding to do the studies that arise from the gap analysis.”

READ MORE: Mild Okanagan winter confusing vegetation

The emphasis on changing how the Okanagan Lake levels are managed was started by Peachland council last fall, which endorsed a resolution to address existing management protocols which are resulting in thousands of dollars damage in infrastructure damage during spring flooding.

The water board has since taken up Peachland’s initial cause, engaging with other communities and the Okanagan Nation Alliance for support in the review process.

In December, Warwick Sears says the OBWB was given approval to submit applications to the National Disaster Mitigation Program, funded by Emergency Management BC and Public Safety Canada, for a grant deadline of Jan. 7, 2021.

“We submitted two applications, one for Flood Risk Mapping, to add additional information to the lakeshore floodplain maps, and one for Nearshore Bathymetry Mapping – topographical maps for the portions of the shoreline that are normally underwater,” said Warwick Sears.

“There is another grant intake for flood-resilience projects through the Community Emergency Preparedness Fund (CEPF) on Feb. 26, and we are happy to support the applications of Okanagan communities,” added Warwick Sears, noting the OBWB is not eligible to apply for that particular grant.

READ MORE: Addressing conflicts in Okanagan Lake management

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

Okanagan

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

A nurse performs a test on a patient at a drive-in COVID-19 clinic in Montreal, on Wednesday, October 21, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Paul Chiasson
Interior Health reports 16 new COVID-19 cases

423 cases remain active in the region

(Photo by Marissa Baecker/Shoot the Breeze)
B.C. WHL teams to hit the ice with Kelowna, Kamloops hub cities

Kelowna, Kamloops centres chosen to host B.C. WHL teams for 24-game regular season

(CIty of Kelowna)
Kelowna council shoots down Upper Mission subdivision after 8 years of planning

Thomson Flats would have introduced 680 new homes near Kelowna’s southern boundary

Ice rescue on Shannon Lake. Phil McLachlan, Kelowna Capital News.
‘Ice season is over’; West Kelowna crews rescue man from icy lake

A man in his 60’s was pulled from the waters of Shannon Lake after falling through

HOPE Okanagan’s Stay at Home Gala will raise funds to help serve Kelowna and Vernon’s vulnerable. (HOPE Okanagan)
Non-profit hosts virtual gala to support Okanagan’s vulnerable

HOPE Okanagan wants to raise awareness and support for those struggling in the streets

The Independent Investigations Office of B.C. has cleared the Lumby RCMP of any wrongdoing after a missing person was found deceased in December 2020. (IIO photo)
Police watchdog says North Okanagan RCMP played no role in missing person’s death

The body was found by a family member shortly after the RCMP suspended their search

The images are of Bald Eagles feeding.
Photos: Birds of prey

Princeton photographer captures compelling photos of a Bald Eagle breakfast

Older rental apartments are prime candidates for renovations, and could result in lost affordable housing stock. (Zoë Ducklow photo)
B.C.’s renoviction overhaul a good start, but won’t preserve affordable stock, lawyer says

And still no protection for people who can’t pay rent due to COVID-19

An off-duty Vernon Taxi driver got a 24-hour licence suspension, vehicle towed, after failing a standardized field sobriety test around 1:40 a.m. Tuesday, March 2, 2021. (John E Green - Facebook)
Vernon Taxi towed after driver suspected impaired

Off-duty cab towed from McDonald’s drive-thru early Tuesday morning

Cannabis bought in British Columbia (Ashley Wadhwani/Black Press Media)
Is it time to start thinking about greener ways to package cannabis?

Packaging suppliers are still figuring eco-friendly and affordable packaging options that fit the mandates of Cannabis Regulations

Kamloops This Week
Cause of Kamloops landfill fire may never be known

Fire investigators are dealing with too much destruction in too large an area

Canadian Mental Health Association staff and volunteers experienced increased Crisis Line calls with COVID-related concerns. (CMHA photo)
North Okanagan MP pushes for national suicide hotline

Mel Arnold seeks support from North Okanagan-Shuswap municipalities for 988 hotline

Most Read