Clean water is the most precious natural asset in the Okanagan – essential to the beauty of our landscapes, our healthy economy and the well-being of our citizens. 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.
For many years, the OBWB directed its efforts toward the most urgent recommendations of the 1974 Okanagan Basin Study– reducing phosphorus and nitrogen inputs to the main valley lakes and controlling the invasive aquatic plant, Eurasian watermilfoil. In 2006, in response to rising public interest in water sustainability and with the support of the regional districts, the OBWB put into action a water management initiative to promote coordinated water management throughout the basin.
The Retooling for Climate Change website is funded through the BC Regional Adaptation Collaborative (BC RAC), a partnership program of the Fraser Basin Council and the BC Ministry of Environment – Climate Action Secretariat, with funding from Natural Resources Canada and other in-kind contributions.