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OKANAGAN BASIN WATER BOARD (OBWB) INFORMATION

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LAST UPDATE April 03, 2017

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You will find information about the Okanagan Water Basin Board from the Regional District of Central Okanagan on this page, as well as newspaper articles about the Okanagan Basin Water Board.

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You can make a comment about the Okanagan Basin Water Board using the form at the bottom of this webpage and your comment will be posted to this website here.  Do you believe the Okanagan Basin Water Board is something that is needed or just a needless expense?  Whatever comment you wish to make is fine, just don't get us into trouble.  Try to use facts and don't make up lies.  Thanks!

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The Okanagan Basin Water Board (the Board) is a regional government body comprising nine elected representatives from the three regional districts within the Okanagan and three appointed members who represent the Okanagan Nation Alliance, the Water Supply Association of BC, and the Water Stewardship Council (the technical advisory committee to the Board). The Board was legislated under the Municipalities Enabling and Validating Act, and by supplementary letters patent (SLP) to the Okanagan regional districts. Together with policies approved through resolution and basic municipal law, these set out the authority, objectives and purpose for Board activities, which promote effective water management on a basin-wide scale.

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2016 OBWB Voting Members

Doug Findiater Chair (RDCO)
Juliette Cunningham Vice-Chair (RDNO)
Doug Dirk (RDNO)
Bob Fleming (RDNO)
Tracy Gray (RDCO)
Cindy Fortin (RDCO)
Andre Martin (RDOS)
Sue McKortoff (RDOS)
Peter Waterman (RDOS)
Toby Pike of Water Supply Association of BC
Rob Birtles of Water Stewardship Council (technical advisory body to the board)

.pdf icon Item 6.1 Okanagan Basin Water Board Highlights

 

RDCO Appointments to Okanagan Basin Water Board
Doug Findlater
Cindy Fortin
Tracy Gray
James Baker (1 st alternate)
Wayne Carson (2nd alternate)
Patty Hanson (3rd alternate)

.pdf icon Item 7.2 2016 Committee Board Appointments

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  .pdf icon Item 4.1 Okanagan Basin Water Board Governance Manual.pdf
  .pdf icon Item 3.1 Okanagan Basin Water Board Recommended Drought Proofing Actions.pdf

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.pdf icon Okanagan Basin Water Board recommendations about the New Water Modernization Act

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Don't move a mussel http://www.dontmoveamussel.ca/

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VIDEO: New funding to fight invasive mussels
Waters - Mar 30th, 2017

Province adds new inspection sites, inspectors and a mussel-sniffing dog to combat invasive mussels.
Vernon Morning Star - by Alistair

The province is beefing up its protection action again zebra and quagga mussels.

Premier Christy Clark announced Thursday during a stop West Kelowna that $3 million is being added to the budget to keep invasive mussels out of B.C. waters to pay for two new inspection stations, expanding the hours of the eight existing stations, doubling the number of inspectors and adding Canada’s first specially-trained mussel-sniffing dog.

“Invasive mussels have spread to provinces and states throughout North America, but not yet in B.C., and we’re focused on keeping it that way,” said Clark.

“That’s why we’re adding more inspection stations, extending hours and staff, and (adding) Canada’s first multi-purpose, mussel-sniffing dog—to protect our most precious resource, our waterways.”

The dog, 15-month-old German Shepherd Kilo, is half way through his six-month training and will be on the job by the beginning of July, said his handler Staff Sgt. Josh Lockwood, head of the Conservation Service’s K-9 Unit.

On Thursday, Clark presented Kilo with his collar and badge, making him a canine conservation officer.

Clark said in addition to the existing eight inspection stations now up and running, two new ones will be added, at Yahk and Midway in the Kootenays.

B.C.’s busiest inspection station at Golden on the B.C.-Alberta boarder will be be open 24 hours per day and the other nine inspection stations will have their hours extended, generally from dawn to dusk. However actual opening and closing times will vary to help ensure compliance. The inspection operating season will now run from April 1 to the end of October.

In B.C., it is illegal bring a boat into the province without having it inspected and it is also illegal to launch a boat that has not been inspected. Anyone caught doing so faces a $345 fine. If a boat is found to have live or dead mussels on it, the owner could face a fine up to $50,000.

Clark said the potential damage the introduction of quagga and zebra mussels could cause if they establish themselves in local lakes could cost as much as $43 million a year to deal with.

To support the new stations and extended hours, the province is also adding 35 inspection officers to the program, bringing the total to 68 auxiliary conservation officers.

It is also giving the Habitat Conservation Trust Foundation $150,000 per year for the next three years to expand the government’s ongoing invasive mussel lake monitoring to detect potential invasive mussel larvae.

This will help build capacity for local stewardship groups to become involved in early detection; a critical first step in preventing invasive mussels from becoming established.

But Clark said what is critical is that the public also get involved and not just by learning about the dangers of the introduction of invasive mussel here and keeping their own boats, as well as other watercraft and water equipment, clean but by being vigilant about what they see.

She implored the public to report boats that launch without being inspected, or boats out on the water that do not have stickers on them showing they have been inspected, to report them.

“All of B.C. needs to do everything we can to stop the spread of invasive species,” said Clark.

The province is also unleashing Kilo, what it calls it’s new, and unique, weapon in the fight invasive mussels.

He will work with his handler at high volume stations on a rotating basis to help detect mussels.

The new funding for the fight to keep zebra and quagga mussels out of B.C. brings the total program funding to $4.5 million annually, with partner funding from BC Hydro, Columbia Power, Fortis BC, and Columbia Basin Trust.

Tracy Gray, chairwoman of the Okanagan Basin Water Board praised Clark’s announcement, saying it was what her board has been asking for since 2012.

“We are very happy with the announcement today,” she said.

The NDP’s Shelly Cook, Clark’s opponent in Westside-Kelowna (to be renamed Kelowna West for the upcoming election), said while the new funding for expanding the fight against the introduction of invasive mussel into B.C. is welcome, it’s long overdue.

She accused the Liberal government of “virtualy ignoring” the threat of invasive mussels for the last four years despite the existence of inspection stations, inspectors and provincial laws requiring the inspection of boats entering B.C.

While the mussels have not yet been detected B.C. lakes and waterways, 17 boats were caught at the borders with them last year and turned away, just a few of thousands of boats checked in 2016, said Clark.

The destructive mussels have infested a number of lakes in Western U.S states as well as in Manitoba. Zebra and quagga mussels can significantly affect food for fish in lakes and streams, resulting in the collapse of native fish populations including sockeye salmon.

They can also clog pipes and water systems and can ultimately affect municipal and industrial water supplies.

And they can also destroy beaches, which could have a devastating impact on the local tourism industry.

Source: http://www.vernonmorningstar.com/news/new-tools-to-fight-invasive-mussels/

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Dog to sniff out mussels
Castanet.net - Darren Handschuh - Mar 30, 2017 | Story: 193141

The B.C. government is unleashing a new tool in the ongoing battle to keep invasive mussels out of the province.

The province is adding two new inspection stations, expanding inspection hours and the inspection operating season, more than doubling the number of inspectors, increasing public education, expanding scientific lake monitoring and providing Canada’s first multi-purpose mussel-sniffing dog.

Kilo, a German Shepherd dog, is currently undergoing training to sniff out mussels – as well as firearms and bear parts – and will also be used in evidence recovery cases. Beginning July 1, Kilo will be working with his conservation officer handler at high-volume stations on a rotating basis to help detect invasive mussels.

“Invasive mussels have spread to provinces and states throughout North America – but not yet in B.C., and we’re focused on keeping it that way,” said Premier Christy Clark. “That’s why we’re adding more inspection stations, extended hours and staff, and Canada’s first multi-purpose mussel-sniffing dog – to protect our most precious resource, our waterways.”

Two new border inspection stations will open at Yahk and Midway, bringing the number of inspection stations in B.C. to 10.

The province’s busiest station at Golden will be open 24 hours. The remaining nine stations will have hours extended generally from dawn to dusk. However, actual opening and closing times will vary to help ensure compliance.

To support the new stations and extended hours, the province is also adding 35 inspection officers to the program, for a total of 68 auxiliary conservation officers.

The province is providing the Habitat Conservation Trust Foundation with three years of support to expand government’s ongoing invasive mussel lake monitoring to detect potential invasive mussel larvae. This will help build capacity for local stewardship groups to become involved in early detection – a critical first step in preventing invasive mussels from becoming established.

“A lot of the items that have been on our wish list are being announced today,” said Okanagan Basin Water board chair Tracy Gray.

“We look forward to continuing to work with the province, as well as the federal government and other partners, to build a program that will keep our waters invasive mussel-free. For our part, we are committed to continuing our efforts through our Don’t Move A Mussel program and encourage everyone to do their part.”

Conservation officers will be increasing enforcement of existing penalties, which can include fines up to $50,000 for a first offence for illegally transporting mussels anywhere in B.C.

Source: https://www.castanet.net/news/Kelowna/193141/Dog-to-sniff-out-mussels

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Invasive mussels pushing their way to B.C.
by Staff Writer - Penticton Western News - Dec 15, 2016

CLUSTERS OF QUAGGA and zebra mussels have been found on at least eight boats entering the Okanagan and officials are concerned some are being missed.— Image Credit: Photo Courtesy NOAA, Great Lakes Environmental Research Laboratory

Invasive mussels that devastated lakes in eastern North America are getting closer to B.C.

Montana declared a statewide natural resource emergency after the freshwater zebra and quagga mussels were discovered in that state, prompting the Okanagan Basin Water Board to again urge federal and B.C. governments to step up defenses.

“We wish to again express our deep concern that not enough action is being taken to prevent invasive mussels from spreading within the Pacific Northwest,” reads a letter from OBWB chair Doug Findlater sent to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau — also Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs — along with other federal cabinet members.

Read more: More resources need to prevent spread of mussels

The OBWB has been calling on senior levels of government for stronger efforts to prevent the spread of the mussels since 2012. Findlater said there has been improvements, like federal legislation allowing Canada Border Service Agency officers to interview boaters coming into Canada and notify the province when a watercraft inspection is needed.

In 2016 the province, with financial help from Fortis BC, BC Hydro, Columbia Power and Columbia Basin Trust, introduced eight inspection stations, operating 8-10 hours a day, seven days a week, April to October.

“We are pleased to see this, but there are still gaps in our defence, with inconsistent enforcement at our borders, and inspection hours that are not long enough. This, and more, needs to be fixed now, before next year’s boating season,” Findlater stated in a release.

Last month, the B.C. government reported on its summer mussel inspection program. Of 683 watercraft identified as coming from a high-risk province or U.S. state, 17 were confirmed to be carrying adult invasive mussels, with 14 coming from Ontario and the other three from Manitoba, Michigan and Nevada.

Read more: Battle against introduction of invasive mussels continues in Okanagan

Crews also issued 92 decontamination orders, as well as 46 tickets and 36 warnings to passing motorists with watercraft who failed to stop at the inspection stations as required by B.C. law.

“Infested watercraft have been intercepted on their way to the Okanagan. This, coupled with the fact that we have calcium-rich waters, known to put us at higher-risk for infection, means more needs to be done,” said Findlater.

The OBWB is calling for the federal government, the Water Board is calling for increased training and funding for border services and increased funding for containment to Quebec, Ontario and Manitoba which are already infested.

Read more: Penticton station will be line of defence against invasive species

For mussel-free provinces, the OBWB wants increased funding for prevention, and a commitment to research and education for prevention, containment, control and eradication methods.

It would also like to see the governments follow through on requests made in the spring to expand inspection station hours and increase the number of conservation officers, along with legislation requiring all watercraft to report to inspection stations.

“It would only take one piece of mussel-fouled equipment to ruin our fishery, our beaches, tourism, harm our drinking water, economy, and more. We all have a responsibility here," said Findlater.

An 2013 study conducted for the OBWB estimated that zebra or quagga mussels could cost at least $43 million each year to the Okanagan alone, in lost revenue, added maintenance of aquatic infrastructure and irreparable ecological damage.

For more information on the mussels, risks to the Okanagan, and prevention tips, visit DontMoveAMussel.ca.

Source: http://www.vernonmorningstar.com/news/406893166.html

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Battle against introduction of invasive mussels continues in Okanagan
by Alistair Waters - Kelowna Capital News - Nov 10, 2016

The province and the Okanagan Basin Water Board are both trying hard to keep invasive mussels out of Okanagan Lake. — Image Credit: Capital News File Photo

The province says it inspected 24,500 watercraft for invasive quagga and zebra mussels during the past boating season through its expanded Invasive Mussel Defence program.

The program, aimed at keeping the potentially dangerous and costly invasive mussels out of B.C. lakes and water bodies, was beefed up this year to include eight permanent inspection stations at major entry points along B.C.’s Alberta and U.S. borders and 32 trained inspection officers

The officers inspected a total of 683 watercraft identified as coming from a “high-risk” provinces or U.S. states and 17 were confirmed to have adult invasive mussels attached to them. Fourteen were from Ontario, with the other three from Manitoba, Michigan and Nevada.

In addition to the inspections, 92 decontamination orders were issued, as well as 46 tickets and 36 warnings issued to motorists who failed to stop at the watercraft inspection stations, as required by B.C. law.

“Invasive mussels may be tiny, but they pose a huge risk to B.C.’s ecosystems and economy,” said B.C. Environment Minister Mary Polak in making the announcement of the 2016 numbers.

“That’s why we are working hard with our partners and neighbouring states and provinces to prevent the spread of invasive mussels. To date, no zebra or quagga mussels have been detected in B.C.”

The Okanagan Basin Water Board, which has its own Don’t Move A Mussel prevention program in place, has estimated that if Okanagan Lake became contaminated with zebra and quagga mussels, it could cost more than $40 million a year to deal with the problems they would cause.

In addition to the work of the provincial inspectors, boats coming into B.C. were also flagged by the Canadian Border Services Agency, as well as Canadian and United States partner agencies, this summer.

Part of the mussel defence program is education and outreach and Victoria says crews promoted the “Clean, Drain, Dry” message to more than 49,000 people. The message tells not only boat owners, but owners of anything that goes in potentially infected waters—such as personal watercraft, belly boats and even hip waders worn by anglers—that they need to clean and dry their equipment property to make sure no mussels are attached that could be transported into to B.C. waters.

Following a successful pilot program in 2015, the provincial program was expanded earlier this year with a $2-million funding boost from BC Hydro, FortisBC, Columbia Power and the Columbia Basin Trust, as well as the province’s in-kind contribution of staff, office space, and equipment.

Invasive mussels threaten native species and fisheries in lakes and rivers. They clog water intake pipes, leading to increased maintenance costs for hydroelectric, domestic water, industrial, agricultural and recreational facilities. And they damage boat engines.

The economic impact of the mussels to hydropower, agricultural irrigation, municipal water supplies and recreational boating has been estimated to be $43 million per year. This estimate does not include the impact on commercial and recreational fisheries.

Failing to stop at a watercraft inspection station in B.C. is a ticketable offence. Vehicles transporting smaller watercraft, such as kayaks and canoes, and related equipment are not exempt.

Anyone who transports a boat into or within B.C. needs to clean the boat, trailer and other equipment by completely removing aquatic animals, plants and mud, drain all water out of bilges, ballast tanks, engines or live wells, and ensure the boat is dry.

During the 2015 pilot program, 4,300 boats were inspected. Of those, 70 were identified as coming from a high-risk region, 34 required decontamination, 15 were confirmed to be transporting invasive mussels and six were quarantined for 30 days due to the risk of live mussels.

Source: http://www.vernonmorningstar.com/news/400719541.html

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.pdf icon September 19, 2016 Highlights of the Regional District of Central Okanagan Regular Board Meeting

Nothing was mentioned in the Highlights about Peachland winning a water award because it was a Director Item

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.pdf icon September 19, 2016 Regional District of Central Okanagan Regular Board Meeting Minutes

11. DIRECTOR ITEMS
• Director Fortin noted that the District of Peachland won the OBWB 'Make Water Work Community Championship' based on the most per capita pledges than anywhere in the Okanagan.

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.pdf icon July 25, 2016 Regional District of Central Okanagan Regular Board Meeting Minutes

6. CORRESPONDENCE

6.1 Okanagan Basin Water Board Meeting Highlights - July 8, 2016 (All Directors Unweighted Corporate Vote - 208.1 - Simple Majority)

SIEBEN/GRAY
THAT the Okanagan Basin Water Board meeting highlights of July 8, 2016 be received for information.

CARRIED Unanimously

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.pdf icon May 30, 2016 Highlights of the Regional District of Central Okanagan Regular Board Meeting

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5. CORRESPONDENCE
5.1 Okanagan Basin Water Board Meeting Highlights - May 6, 2016 (All Directors - Unweighted Vote - LGA 208.1)
#117/16 FINDLATER/BAKER
THAT the Okanagan Basin Water Board meeting highlights of May 6, 2016 be received for information.
CARRIED Unanimously

5.2 Sterile Insect Release Board Meeting Highlights - May 6, 2016 (All Directors - Unweighted Vote - LGA 208.1)
#118/16 OPHUS/FINDLATER
THAT the Sterile Insect Release Board meeting highlights of May 6, 2016 be received for information.
CARRIED Unanimously

6. COMMUNITY SERVICES
6.1 Agricultural Land Commission Exclusion Application (A-16-01) - to exclude land from the Agricultural Land Reserve (ALR), City of Kelowna (applicant), located adjacent to Old Vernon Road, Central Okanagan East Electoral Area (All Directors - Unweighted Vote - LGA 208.1)
Staff report dated May 24, 2016 outlined the referral application for the exclusion of lands from the Agricultural Land Reserve.
Sam Samaddar, City of Kelowna Airport Director, outlined the application including the vision for buildings and uses required for future growth of the airport and economic indicators.
Agency referral comments were reviewed.
#119/16 BAKER/FINDLATER
THAT the Regional Board supports application A-16-01, applicant City of Kelowna, for exclusion of the subject properties from the Agricultural Land Reserve pursuant to Section 34(4) of the Agricultural Land Commission Act, as follows:
• Lot 1, District Lot 122, ODYD, Plan 1629, Except Plan 17004, 4310 Old
Vernon Road
• Lot 1, District Lot 122, ODYD, Plan 8953 Except Plans 15489 and 16500,
4130 Old Vernon Road
• Lot 2, District Lot 122, ODYD, Plan 1629 Except Plan 17004, 4210 Old
Vernon Road
CARRIED (Hanson opposed)

6.2 Zoning Amendment Bylaw No. 871-233 – 1st Reading - Forest House Preserve Ltd. - to amend the Permitted Uses Table for the RU2 Rural 2 zone, Section 6.2.1 by adding a new subsection 6.2.19 to allow a maximum of eight dwelling units. Located adjacent to Westside Road and Okanagan Lake (Z15/07) Central Okanagan West Electoral Area (Unweighted Vote - Electoral Areas, 1 Director, 1 Vote)
Staff report dated May 24, 2016 outlined the site specific zoning amendment. The intent is to permit the eight existing dwelling units to remain as legal dwelling use.
#120/16 CARSON/HANSON
THAT Zoning Amendment Bylaw No. 871-233 be given first reading;
AND FURTHER THAT the scheduling of application Z15/07 for a Public Hearing be withheld pending:
• The applicant submitting a draft covenant restricting the footprints and maximum gross floor areas for each of the eight dwelling units for Regional District staff to review.
CARRIED Unanimously

6.3 Zoning Amendment Bylaw No. 871-235 – 1st Reading - To amend the zoning from RU2 to RU2s Rural 2 (Secondary Suite) for S. Anderson (owner), K. Anderson (agent) in order to develop a legal suite attached to a proposed single family residence. Located adjacent to Maxwell Road (Z16/02) Central Okanagan West Electoral Area (Custom Vote - Electoral Areas, Peachland and West Kelowna Fringe Areas – 1 Director, 1 Vote)
Staff report dated May 24, 2016 outlined the zoning amendment bylaw to permit a secondary suite within the residence currently being constructed.
#121/16 CARSON/FINDLATER
THAT Zoning Amendment Bylaw No. 871-235 be given first reading;
AND FURTHER THAT the application Z16/02 be scheduled for a Public Hearing.
CARRIED Unanimously

6.4 Zoning Amendment Bylaw No. 871-236 – 1st Reading - Tolko Industries Ltd. (owner) c/o Ken MacPherson (agent) to amend the zoning from I3 to RU2, located adjacent to Westside Road and Okanagan Lake (Z16/03) Central Okanagan West Electoral Area (Custom Vote - Electoral Areas, Kelowna and West Kelowna Fringe Areas – 1 Director, 1 Vote)
Staff report dated May 24, 2016 outlined the zoning amendment to amend the zoning from I3 Timber Processing and Manufacturing to RU2 Rural 2 (rural residential use).
#122/16 CARSON/STACK
THAT Zoning Bylaw No. 871-236 be given first reading;
AND FURTHER THAT the scheduling of application Z16/03 for a Public Hearing be withheld pending:
• Receipt of comments from Regional District Parks staff, the Environmental Advisory Commission and the Central Okanagan West Advisory Planning Commission.
CARRIED Unanimously

6.5 Joe Rich Rural Land Use Bylaw No. 1195-12 – 1st Reading - Application RLUB-16-01 for L. King & K. Gibbard (owner) and P. Schuster, Novation design Studio (agent) to designate a portion of the subject property from Rural Acreage (RA) to Small Holdings 2 (SH-2) located adjacent to Highway 33, Central Okanagan East Electoral Area (Custom Vote - Electoral Areas and Kelowna Fringe Area - 1 Director, 1 Vote)
Staff report dated May 24, 2016 outlined the amendment bylaw to permit a boundary adjustment by redesignating a portion of the subject property in order to increase the agricultural capability of the farm operation.
#123/16 STACK/DEHART
THAT Joe Rich Rural Land Use Bylaw No. 1195-12 be given first reading;
AND FURTHER THAT the application RLUB-16-01 be scheduled for a Public Hearing.
CARRIED (opposed Carson/Hanson)

6.6 Joe Rich Rural Land Use Bylaw No. 1195-13 – 1st Reading - Application RLUB-16-02 for R. Hunt & J. Vandenbert (owners) to designate the subject property from Country Residential (CR) to Country Residential CRs (Secondary Suite), located adjacent to Highway 33, Central Okanagan East Electoral Area (Custom Vote - Electoral Areas and Kelowna Fringe Area - 1 Director, 1 Vote)
Staff report dated May 24, 2016 outlined the bylaw amendment to legalize an existing secondary suite by attaching a breezeway to the existing single detached house.
#124/16 HANSON/CARSON
THAT Joe Rich Rural Land Use Bylaw No. 1195-13 be given first reading;
AND FURTHER THAT the application RLUB-16-02 be scheduled for a Public Hearing.
CARRIED Unanimously
The question was raised whether the Public Hearings could be held in Joe Rich. Director Hanson to discuss with the Administrator and report back to the Board.

7. NEW BUSINESS
7.1 Gas Tax Community Works Fund Usage - For Information (All Directors - Unweighted Vote - LGA 208.1)
Staff report dated May 24, 2016 outlined the details of the Community Works Fund usage, including what funds have previously been committed and the eligible project categories.
#125/16 OPHUS/CARSON
THAT the Regional Board receive for information the Background report on Gas Tax Community Works Funds Usage.
CARRIED Unanimously

7.2 2016 Community Works Fund Project Approval (All Directors - Unweighted Vote - LGA 208.1)
Staff report dated May 20, 2016 outlined the projects identified for Community Works Fund for Central Okanagan West and Central Okanagan East Electoral Areas.
Discussion ensued regarding deferring Board consideration of the report. As requested, staff outlined the background of the proposed upgrades to the Westshore Water System Reservoir Project and whether there are projects at risk for delay?
Director Dehart left the meeting at 8:22 p.m.
#126/16 CARSON/HANSON
THAT agenda Items 7.2 and 7.3 be POSTPONED until the June 9th Regional Board meeting to allow further time for Director Carson to consider the projects identified.
DEFEATED (In support: BAKER, FORTIN, CARSON, HANSON)
#127/16 BASRAN/STACK
THAT the Regional Board approve the use of $1,309,693 of Gas Tax - Community Works Funds to complete the proposed projects listed in the Appendix 1 project plan dated May 20, 2016, and as reflected in the RDCO 2016-2020 5-Year Financial Plan.
CARRIED Unanimously
Director Dehart returned at 8:25 p.m.

7.3 RDCO 2016-2020 Financial Plan Amendment Bylaw, 1st, 2nd and 3rd readings and Adoption (All Directors - Weighted Vote – LGA 210.1)
Staff report outlined the financial plan amendments with regard to capital projects and Gas Tax Community Works Funding approved usage, and the provincial reimbursement to Ellison Fire Department’s response to the Joe Rich Fire in 2015.
Staff answered questions on the water supply project in Joe Rich and the increase in costs associated with the Westshore Water System Reservoir Project.
#128/16 BAKER/OPHUS
THAT Regional District of Central Okanagan 2016-2020 Financial Plan Amendment Bylaw be given first, second and third readings and adopted.
CARRIED (Carson opposed)

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5. CORRESPONDENCE
5.1 Okanagan Basin Water Board Highlights – April 8, 2016 [All Directors - Unweighted Vote - LGA 208(1)]
FINDLATER/GRAY
THAT the Okanagan Basin Water Board meeting highlights of April 8, 2016 be received for information.
CARRIED Unanimously

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Okanagan Basin Water board hands out grants
by Editorial - Kelowna Capital News - Apr 6, 2016

The Okanagan Basin Water Board has awarded $300,000 in funding to 18 projects that will help conserve and improve the quality of water in the valley.

OBWB directors approved the water conservation and quality improvement grants at their regular board meeting on Tuesday.

The successful grants applications came from a total of 27 asking for a total of $495,523.

“This year we had more applications with collaborative partnerships than ever before," said James Littley, the board's operations and grants manager.

"Multiple organizations, across jurisdictions, partnered and came to the table with funding and in-kind contributions to match the grants they were seeking."

In the Central Okanagan, funded projects include support to the Oceola Fish and Game Club, part of the B.C. Wildlife Federation, to develop a mobile app which will allow users to document and report damage in local watersheds.

This information will allow for follow-up enforcement, restoration and protection efforts and is being developed in partnership with UBC Okanagan.

Also funded was a project that will take some of the scientific water research by OBWB and others and turn it into a hands-on public exhibit, connecting people with the water of the valley and the need to take care of it.

The Social Life of Water in the Okanagan Valley: Past, Present and Future is a project of UBCO’s Centre for Culture and Technology, the Kelowna Museum Society, the Okanagan Nation Alliance and others.

“So often we concentrate on data and science. We want to share research results in an engaging way that helps people – of all ages - understand the complex relationship between people and water in the valley – how one affects the other and vice versa,” Littley said.

“This project, informed by experts, will be presented in a friendly way that goes far beyond reports and graphs.”

In the North Okanagan, the Deep Creek Improvement District received funding to do sensitive habitat inventory and mapping.

Deep Creek passes through Armstrong, Spallumcheen and Okanagan Indian Band lands before flowing into the north arm of Okanagan Lake. The area is known to have been impacted by agriculture as well as urban and rural land development. The mapping will be conducted in partnership with the OIB and is intended to help guide habitat restoration decisions.

According to Littley, the inventory and mapping will be a great addition to several other projects that have been supported by the water board in the Okanagan and will help it better understand what is happening in those areas as well as the work needed to protect and restore them.

A comprehensive review of last summer’s drought identified the need for up-to-date drought plans in the valley. As such, that was one of the strategic priorities for grant funding this year, said the board.

So among the projects funded this year in the South Okanagan will be three drought plansone by the City of Penticton, one by the Town of Oliver and one by the Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen.

“This combination of new drought plans in the South Okanagan will fill a significant gap in our collective ability to manage drought in the valley," said Littley.

"As each utility and area manages local drought, there will be more water left in reservoirs for human use, and more water flowing in the streams for fish and other species. This is where individual projects can have a big collective impact

Since the water board began awarding its water conservation and quality improvement grants in 2006, it has handed out $3.5 million to 215 projects throughout the valley.

Projects must meet a number of criteria, including the ability to demonstrate water savings or improvements to water quality, show collaboration, and provide valley-wide benefit.

Source: http://www.kelownacapnews.com/news/374823331.html

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.pdf icon March 21, 2016 Regional District of Central Okanagan Regular Board Meeting Agenda

.pdf icon Item 5.1 Okanagan Basin Water Board Meeting Highlights

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Okanagan Basin Water Board Meeting Highlights

Mission Creek Groundwater Study approved: The OBWB will lead a study on groundwater flows to Mission Creek. The stUdy is a partnership with Kelowna area water utilities, UBC Okanagan, the Province of B.C., and Okanagan Nation Alliance. In part, the research will allow for a deeper look at recent UBCO study results that suggest very little water from the aquifer is reaching Okanagan Lake. As well, with the Province now requiring: 1) a licence to extract groundwater and 2) that Environmental Flow Needs of fish be understood before a licence is issued, this res arch will better inform licence decisions and fisheries work by ONA. It will also assist Kelowna utilities that depend on groundwater for its customers.

Rain Barrel Pilot Project launched In central Okanagan: The OBWS's Okanagan Water Wlse program has launched a pilot project, partnerlng with Regional District of Central Okanagan's Waste Reduction Office to offer rain barrels to Central Okanagan residents as part of this spring's annual composter sale. There are 100 barrels available at only $75 each. Depending on how the pilot goes, staff will consider a similar sale in other parts of the valley next year. For more information, visit www.OkWaterWise.ca.

Popular annual World Water Day event returns: The Water Board is again holding a public event to celebrate UN World Water Day and Canada Water Week. The event is co-presented with the BRAES Institute out of UBCO (Okanagan Institute for Biodiversity, Resilience, and Ecosystem Services) and will include a keynote address by Maggie Catley-Carlson, former chair of the Un-affiliated Global Water Partnership. The focus will be on the new normal - droughts and floods - how the Okanagan is preparing and how local residents can help. The event will be March 22, 6 p.m. at Kelowna's Laurel Packinghouse. Refreshments will be provided and registration required. Registration opens March 7. Details to be posted at www.OkWaterWise.ca.

Water Stewardship Council tasked with review of new B.C. water act: B.C:s long awaited Water Sustainability Act was brought into force Feb. 29 with the release of new regulations. The board welcomed the update to the century-old Water Act, noting it has been providing Input since 2009, Informed by its technical advisory body, the Water Stewardship Council. Significant changes include Introduction of groundwater licencing. The council has been asked to revlew the act and provide feedback to the board.

Make Water Work survey says...: Staff delivered results from a survey of Okanagan residents who took the Make Water work pledge this past summer. The survey was, in part, aimed at identifying barriers to conservation efforts. Results indicate the majority of respondents followed through with all pledges they made. Barriers to some of the tougher pledges (e.g. replacing thirsty lawn) were mostly cost and time. However, 75% of respondents indicated they made additional changes to conserve in and outside their home, including rain barrels. irrigation fixes, installing dual flush toilets and collecting grey water for reuse, The survey will Inform the 2016 Make Water Work program. Additional questions around cost were asked to help inform potential conservation supports from local governments.

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5. CORRESPONDENCE
5.1 Okanagan Basin Water Board Meeting Highlights – March 3, 2016 (All Directors – Unweighted Vote – LGA 208.1)
#70/16 FINDLATER/BASRAN
THAT the Okanagan Basin Water Board meeting highlights of March 3, 2016 be received for information.
CARRIED Unanimously

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.pdf icon March 10, 2016 Regional District of Central Okanagan Regular Board Meeting Agenda

.pdf icon item 5.1 Letter Minister Polak - Zebra/Quagga Mussels

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5. CORRESPONDENCE
5.1 Letter Minister Polak - Zebra/Quagga Mussels (All Directors - Unweighted Vote - LGA 802.1) 9 - 10
Recommended Motion:
THAT the letter dated February 11, 2016 from Minister Polak to follow up on the meeting at 2015 UBCM Convention regarding zebra/quagga mussels be received for information.

Attachment: A brief overview of the efforts to protect BC's waters from invasive mussels:

1. As of July 13, the Province of BC had six mobile inspection crews conducting mandatory roadside inspection along BC's eastern and southern borders. The inspection crews are operating out of Penticton, Nelson, Cranbrook, Invermere and Valemount. This is a collaborative program that is co-funded by the Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations, the Ministry of Environment, the Ministry of Agriculture, BC Hydro, The Columbia Basin Trust and Columbia Power Corporation.
2. Each inspection crew consisted oftwo designated auxiliary Conservation Officers with the powers to enforce the prohibition ofthe possession transport and release of live or dead zebra and quagga mussels under the Provincial Controlled Alien Species Regulation. The auxiliary Conservation Officers are trained in watercraft decontamination and equipped with mobile decontamination units.
3. In March 2015, the Provincial Zebra and Quagga Mussel Early Detection and Rapid Response Plan was completed by the Inter-Ministry Invasive Species Working Group and is available at https://www.for.gov.bc.ca/hra/invasive-species/index.htm.
4. The Province, along with the Invasive Species Council of BC, continues to raise awareness and promote responsible boating and angling behaviours to prevent the introduction and spread of aquatic invasive species. This includes a variety of outreach materials promoting "Clean, Drain, Dry."
5. The Province's Controlled Alien Species Regulation promotes responsible boating behaviour by levying fines and authorizing the detention and decontamination of boats found to be transporting live or dead zebra and quagga mussels in BC. .
6. BC is a signatory (as of 2009) to the Columbia River Basin Early Detection and Rapid Response Plan and, as such, has coordinated closely with US jurisdictions on monitoring, detecting and responding to invasive mussels. Similarly, BC is working with the western provinces (Manitoba, Saskatchewan and Alberta) to coordinate our prevention efforts and maximize their effectiveness.
7. We have trained a range of enforcement staff at the provincial and federal levels to identify and respond to mussel-infested boats. In 2015, the provincial inspection crews have already responded to several high risk boats coming from mussel infested jurisdictions.
8. The recent approval of the federal Aquatic Invasive Species Regulations under the Fisheries Act prohibits the entry of zebra and/or quagga mussel-contaminated vessels into Canada.  The federal regulation provides Canadian Border Services Agency (CBSA) legislative powers to stop and inspect watercraft at the border. BC is very supportive of this federal regulation, and the Province will continue to collaborate with the CBSA to prevent the introduction of invasive freshwater mussels through provincial and federal regulations.

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5. CORRESPONDENCE
5.1 Letter Minister Polak - Zebra/Quagga Mussels (All Directors - Unweighted Vote - LGA 208.1)
STACKIFINDLATER
THAT the letter dated February 11, 2016 from Minister Polak to follow up on the meeting at 2015 UBCM Convention regarding zebra/quagga mussels be received for information.
CARRIED Unanimously

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.pdf icon February 22, 2016 Highlights of the Regional District of Central Okanagan Regular Board Meeting

Water Grant Applications
The Regional Board has endorsed submitting eight funding applications to the Okanagan Basin Water Board (OBWB) Water Conservation and Quality Improvement Grant program. Three applications are from the Regional District while five others are on behalf of various public and non-profit community organizations. Individual projects that address water issues, knowledge sharing and enhance sustainable water use may qualify for OBWB program grants between $3,000 and $30,000 with a total of $180,660 available for projects within the Central Okanagan.

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Item 6.1 Okanagan Basin Water Board Highlights
OBWB sees minor change at board table: Regional districts in the North and Central Okanagan and Okanagan-Similkameen have appointed their representatives to the Water Board. Returning from RDNO are directors Juliette Cunningham, Doug Dirk and Bob Fleming. From RDCO, Doug Findiater and Tracy Gray return while Cindy Fortin is a new appointment. Returning from RDOS are Andre Martin, Sue McKortoff, and Peter Waterman. Additional directors include Peter Waardenburg of Okanagan Nation Alliance. Toby Pike from the Water Supply Association of BC, and Rob Birtles of the Water Stewardship Council (technical advisory body to the board), The board re-elected Dir. Findlater as chair and Dir. Cunningham as vice-chair.
Board sends letter requesting Hullcar drinking water protection: Directors voted to send a letter to the Ministry of Environment and Interior Health requesting action be taken to Investigate and control pollution affecting the drinking water quality in the Hullcar aquifer. The letter notes that the request Is in keeping with the board's policy of prioritizing drinking water protection when making regulatory decisions.
Provincial proposal to control Invasive mussels In 2016 supported, The board was updated on a provincial staff proposal to have eight full-time inspection stations set up at key crossings for the 2016 boating season- five along the B.C.-Alberta border and three along the B.C,-Washington border. This proposal is consistent with what the Water Board has been requesting since 2012, Directors agreed to send a letter to B.C, Environment Min. Mary Polak, Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations Min. Steve Thomson and Finance Min, Mike de Jong, supporting the proposal and urging that it be effectively funded and staffed.
Central Okanagan floodplain mapping project presented, The Water Board heard a presentation from Margaret Bakelaar. RDCO's Environmental/Land Use Planner on a regional floodplain management plan currently underway, funded in part through an OBWB grant. It was noted that the project will include mapping Of flood -risk areas, helping the district address liability issues. environmental concerns, make the region more resilient to climate change and assist with planning decisions, Directors showed great interest in seeing the project replicated in the North and South Okanagan.
Okanagan Drought Plan Report received, A final report on a valley-wide drought plan for the Okanagan was presented to the board. Building Drought Resilience in the Okanagan
- Phase ~: Gap Analysis and Recommendations includes a comprehensive look at the 2015 drought and suggestions to help address local water supply challenges and improve public communication. A report with next steps will be provided to the board in March.
Make Water Work 2015 report tabled: Staff delivered a final report on the Make Water Work outdoor residential water conservation initiative for 2015, With local governments in the Okanagan providing $2-3,000, matched by the OBWB's Okanagan WaterWise program, and then leveraged with additional support from local businesses, the Okanagan benefited from a program worth more than $18BK. Highlights this year included the launch of tile Make Water Work Plant Collection. Special thanks was given to media partners, garden centres and local landscaping and Irrigation businesses.

Item 7.1 Okanagan Basin Water Board Initiative Grants
SUBJECT: Okanagan Basin Water Board (OBWB) Water Conservation and Quality Improvement Grants
Purpose:
To endorse by resolution a total of eight (8) Water Conservation and Quality Improvement Grant applications as outlined in Table 1 prior to consideration by OBWB.
Executive Summary:
RDCO Planning staff provides administrative assistance by collating the applications that have requested Regional Board resolution. The applications include those from the RDCO, public irrigation districts as well as from non-profit community organizations. All applications submitted to RDCO are consistent with water management objectives and reflect the values of the community as outlined in the Regional Growth Strategy. Local government support by resolution is required in order to be accepted as an eligible project by OBWB.
RECOMMENDATION:
THAT the Regional Board endorse the following applications for the Okanagan Basin Water Board Water Conservation and Quality Improvement Grant Program;
• RDCO - Westshore Estates Leak Detection
• RDCO - Regional Floodplain Management Project - Phase 2
• RDCO - Updated Okanagan lake Foreshore Inventory Mapping
• Mission Creek Restoration Initiative - MCRI Demonstration Project Monitoring
• Oceola Fish and Game Club - Conservation App
• Okanagan Collaborative Conservation Program - Boating Capacity Study for Kalamalka and Wood Lake
• UBC - Okanagan - The Social Life of Water in the Okanagan Valley: Past, Present and Future
• Black Mountain Irrigation District - Re-instate Pearson Creek Hydrometric Station
AND FURTHER THAT the endorsements be forwarded to the Okanagan Basin Water Board as part of the application process.

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6. CORRESPONDENCE

6.1 Okanagan Basin Water Board Highlights – February 4, 2016 (All Directors – Unweighted Vote)

THAT the Okanagan Basin Water Board meeting highlights of February 4, 2016 be received for information.

CARRIED Unanimously

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7. COMMUNITY SERVICES

Planning

7.1 Report regarding Okanagan Basin Water Board Initiative Grants (All
Directors – Unweighted Vote)

Staff report dated February 10, 2016 outlined the grant applications for OBWB.
The OBWB Water Conservation and Quality Improvement Grant Program is intended to encourage innovative andcollaborative projects that promote more uniform standards and best practices. Projects are to address water issues, increase knowledge sharing and enhance the valley-wide sustainable use of water. OBWB requires a local government resolution to ensure that the proposed project is consistent with water management objectives and reflects community values.

#47/16 OPHUS/BAKER

THAT the Regional Board endorse the following applications for the Okanagan Basin Water Board Water Conservation and Quality Improvement Grant Program;

. RDCO – Westshore Estates Leak Detection
. RDCO – Regional Floodplain Management Project – Phase 2
. RDCO – Updated Okanagan Lake Foreshore Inventory Mapping
. Mission Creek Restoration Initiative – MCRI Demonstration Project Monitoring
. Oceola Fish and Game Club – Conservation App
. Okanagan Collaborative Conservation Program – Boating Capacity Study for Kalamalka and Wood Lake
. UBC – Okanagan – The Social Life of Water in the Okanagan Valley: Past, Present and Future
. Black Mountain Irrigation District – Re-instate Pearson Creek Hydrometric Station

AND FURTHER THAT the endorsements be forwarded to the Okanagan Basin Water Board as part of the application process.

CARRIED Unanimously

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.pdf icon February 11, 2016 Highlights of the Regional District of Central Okanagan Regular Board Meeting

Nothing was mentioned in the Highlights about Item 5.1 SILGA Call For Resolutions And Nominations

Single Employee Model Endorsed
The Regional Board has approved the use of the Single Employee Model confirming the Chief Administrative Officer as the Board’s single employee. This model is used by many local governments and while it has been in practice by the RDCO, it is now formally endorsed by the Board.

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To: All SILGA Members

Call for Resolutions for 2016 Convention

The SILGA Annual General Meeting and Convention is scheduled to be held in Kelowna from April 20th to April 22nd, 2016. The SILGA Constitution requires that resolutions to be considered at the Annual Meeting are to be received by the Secretary-Treasurer no later than 60 days prior to this meeting. Friday, February 19, 2016 will be the deadline for receipt of resolutions.

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5. CORRESPONDENCE

5.1 Southern Interior Local Government Association (SILGA) - Call for Resolutions for 2016 Convention and Call for Nominations (All Directors Unweighted Vote)
A question had been raised at the last meeting whether a resolution would be of benefit regarding legal marijuana sites being built in areas with no fire protection.
It was noted that this is a federal issue, whereby Health Canada oversees the approval and permit for legal marijuana sites. There is no requirement for a site to be in a fire protection area.
A question was raised on whether further resolutions are required for quagga mussels? No, the Ministry has heard the message - OBWB is communicating further with the Province. There are more things that can be done but OBWB is waiting to see what the Province comes up with. The federal government need to be involved as well.
BAKER/GRAY
THAT the Southern Interior Local Government Association (SILGA) - Call for Resolutions for 2016 Convention and Call for Nominations be received.
CARRIED Unanimously

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.pdf icon January 14, 2016 Regional District of Central Okanagan Regular Board Meeting Minutes

8. DIRECTOR ITEMS (items for information)

a) Dog Control Licensing Audit
The current Dog Control Audit which began in November was raised. While the Board supports zero tolerance for not having a license and the $300 fine, the question was raised whether the current door-to-door campaign is getting people to comply with as 'little pain' as possible. Staff noted that other local governments have carried out a similar approach checking their database to ensure dog owners have licensed their animals. While the campaign has produced a lot of positive results, it also has produced negative comments from the public. Concern was raised that if the dog owner was home, and had not renewed their 2014 license in 2015, they received a zero tolerance fine, while if the dog owner wasn't home received a 'door knocker' and possibly had a second chance to renew their license.

The question was raised whether the approach can be modified? The goal is compliance. Do people still find the zero tolerance model to be 'new'? The goal of the service is for dog owners to fund the program and be funded less by the general taxpayer.

ACTION: The Administrator noted that staff will review the audit at an administrative level and bring back a report to the Board on its findings, including year-to-date financials.

b) Director Carson raised the question whether volunteer firefighters have been paid for fighting the Shelter Cove fire. Staff noted they get paid their base rate, and are topped up when monies are received from Province. Staff will look into whether full payment has been completed.

c) The question was raised when the electronic board software will be implemented. It was noted that there have been some challenges that have delayed implementation of the I-pads and software but that final work is being completed for implementation in the first quarter of 2016.

d) Director Findlater noted that OBWB continues to request the need for action to prevent invasive zebra and quagga mussels from entering our lake systems. An infestation would harm the environment, economy and way of life and cannot be reversed. It is hoped that Emergency Management BC and the federal government will increase funding.

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.pdf icon November 23, 2015 Regional District of Central Okanagan Regular Board Meeting Agenda

.pdf icon Item 6.1 Okanagan Basin Water Board Meeting Highlights 

Okanagan Basin Water Board Meeting Highlights

Okanagan Drought Plan moving forward: Directors heard a presentation from Kellie Garcia of Summit Environmental, contracted by the OBWB to work with water utilities and local governments in the Okanagan to find what gaps exist in drought response planning and preparedness. Among the findings is the need to update and improve drought planning by individual jurisdictions, the need for consistent messaging on staged water restrictions by the various water providers, and year-round conservation messaging. Working with a focus group representing Okanagan utilities, Garcia is also looking at how communications and connections on drought response can be improved between the province and local communities and license holders. Garcia hopes to have a final report with recommendations ready in the new year.
Showcase celebrates 10 years of water funding: The Okanagan Basin Water Board, in partnership with the Okanagan Collaborative Conservation Program and the South Okanagan Similkameen Conservation Program, are hosting "Celebrating Collective Impact," marking the 10th anniversary of the OBWB's

Water Conservation and Quality Improvement (WCQI) Grant Program. This free event will showcase the nearly 200 projects that have been funded in the valley and which have helped conserve and protect water in Canada's most water-stressed
region. In addition to shining a light on past and ongoing projects, the OBWB will announce the call for applications to its 2016 WCQI grant program. Other funders will also be on hand to discuss possible partnerships to extend water protection efforts in our valley. And, of course, there will be a 10th anniversary cake-cutting.
This event will be of interest to educators, non-profits, local governments, First Nations, irrigation districts, and other grassroots organizations focussed on water related projects and protecting the natural environment in the region. Registration is now open at http://CelebratingCollectivelmpact.eventbrite.ca/.

OBWB awarded grant to update tools & help B.C. conserve: The board has accepted a $10,000 grant from B.C. Ministry of Community, Sports and Cultural Development to review the OBWB's Groundwater Bylaws Toolkit and Topsoil Bylaws Toolkit, as well as other water-related planning tools developed in B.C. (e.g. the Green Bylaws Toolkit), and develop a plan to streamline them to assist with greater uptake of water bylaws by local governments in the province. The tools are intended to help local governments develop bylaws and policies to increase water-protection in their communities.

Board adopts 2016-17 budget: Directors adopted the budget for the upcoming fiscal year, April 1, 2016 - March 31, 2017, with a net zero increase over 2015-16. The overall budget of $3.4 million covers the Watermilfoil Control Program, Sewerage Facilities Grants Program, and the Water Management Program (which includes water science research, Water Conservation & Quality Improvement Grant Program, and communications and outreach including the Don't Move a Mussel and Make Water Work initiatives).

For more information, please visit: www.OBWB.ca

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6. CORRESPONDENCE

6.1 Okanagan Basin Water Board Meeting Highlights - Nov, 5, 2015

FINDLATER/BAKER
THAT the Okanagan Basin Water Board meeting highlights of November 5,2015 be received for information.

CARRIED Unanimously

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Board offers sewer extension help
by Richard Rolke - Vernon Morning Star - Nov 8, 2015

The prospect of sewer extending into rural jurisdictions is garnering the attention of the Okanagan’s primary water agency.

Areas B and C, Spallumcheen and the Okanagan Indian Band are considering options for sanitary sewer.

“That’s the kind of thing we can help with,” said Anna Warwick Sears, Okanagan Basin Water Board executive director.

OBWB provides grants to communities throughout the valley to upgrade or install sewer systems as a way of shutting down septic systems and flows of phosphorous into lakes.

Beyond issuing its own grants, OBWB will support jurisdictions applying to senior government for infrastructure funds.

“We try to help communities with funds,” said Warwick Sears.

As part of the process, the electoral areas, Spallumcheen and the OKIB will develop a master waste water recovery plan to see if a sewer system is practical and financially sustainable.

Source:  http://www.vernonmorningstar.com/news/342126301.html

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Strong Okanagan voices appointed to Canada-U.S. water board: OBWB Director (and Osoyoos Mayor) Sue McKortoff and Water Board Executive Director Anna Warwick Sears have been named to the International Joint Commission (IJC)'s International Osoyoos Lake Board of Control for a one year term. The IJC was established to help the governments of Canada and the United States prevent and resolve disputes over the use of shared waters. The Osoyoos Lake Board was
established in 1946 to manage water levels on Osoyoos Lake, regulated by Zosel Dam in Washington state.

Ecole KLO Middle School shares Fascieux Creek restoration success: The Board was updated on the Fascieux Creek restoration project at Ecole KLO Middie School by one of the effort's volunteers, just ahead of its grand opening this week. This multi year project was launched by students and staff after discovering baby Western Painted Turtles in their long jump pit, considered a species of special concern. The project has attracted support of parents, several community groups and businesses and has included removal of 200 m of culverts and concrete pads on top of the creek. The newly daylighted creek is already home once again to turtles, ducks, and hundreds of fish, including kokanee. The project was partially funded through the OBWB's Water Conservation and Quality Improvement Grant Program, with $30,000 in 2013 and $28,000 in 2015.

Contract awarded to determine stream flow needs of fish: Vernon's Summit Environmental Consultants were awarded a contract to develop methods for determining environmental stream flow needs (EFNs) in the Okanagan. EFNs consider
the minimum amount of flow needed in a creek during drought to maintain a healthy ecosystem for fish and other animals and plants. With the new provincial Water Sustainability Act, a method to determine EFNs will be critical to ensure flows meet the needs for human use without damaging the environment in drought years. The project will look at 18 creeks determined to be high-priority throughout the Okanagan.

OBWB and UBC-O partner to review milfoil equipment management: The Water Board's Milfoil Control Program and UBC-O Faculty of Management are working together on an asset management plan for the OBWB's unique milfoil removal
equipment. The equipment - some now over 40 years old - is customized and has special asset management requirements. Students will learn about local government asset management, and provide recommendations to the Board on planning for
equipment replacement reserves, and repair and replacement schedules for machine components. This project should allow for less maintenance down-time in the program and ensure sufficient reserve in the event of an unanticipated breakdown.

Okanagan Nation Alliance hosts Okanagan Water Forum: The board was reminded of Okanagan Nation Alliance's upcoming Water Forum: "From Knowledge to Forward Thinking" on Oct. 14. The event is intended to build partnerships between Okanagan Nation representatives and regional water stakeholders to create water management solutions for the Okanagan. Details at: http://www.syilx.orglevents/4266/.

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5. CORRESPONDENCE

5.1 Okanagan Basin Water Board Meeting Highlights - October 9, 2015

FINDLATER/STACK
THAT the Okanagan Basin Water Board meeting highlights of October 9, 2015 be received for information.

CARRIED Unanimously

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BEYOND THE HEADLINES Good, but not great
by Richard Rolke - Vernon Morning Star - Sep 9, 2015

Last week, the provincial government issued a release bragging about how it’s entrenched on the front lines in the war against zebra and quagga mussels.

According to the release, more than 3,200 boats have been inspected since May, keeping B.C. safe from the invasive creatures.

“Our co-ordinated and ongoing efforts are making a real difference keeping invasive mussels out of B.C.,” said Mary Polak, environment minister.

“We have risen to the challenge, and are continuing to develop a sustainable mussel prevention program by building capacity, experience and additional partnerships.”

The government’s invasive mussel defence program includes six mobile decontamination units and 12 auxiliary conservation officers.

Financing consists of $1.3 million from Victoria and B.C. Hydro and $360,000 from the Columbia Basin Trust.

This all sounds great, but it’s not enough, according to the Okanagan Basin Water Board.

“We’d like to see permanent decontamination sites at the borders,” said Juliette Cunningham, an OBWB director and Vernon city councillor.

“There is an opportunity for some boats to get through. We don’t have a level of comfort that all is being done that could be done.”

And depending on mobile inspection stations means the B.C. border is like holes in Swiss cheese. If the six decontamination units are busy, who is minding the store at the other crossings along Alberta, the U.S. and the north?

The government’s back-slapping over its mussel response came at the same time that OBWB heard from Julia Lew, with the Southern Nevada Water Authority.

Since the arrival of quagga mussels in 2007, SNWA has struggled to keep them from clogging water intakes and undermining water treatment infrastructure.

“Whereas we haven’t seen some of the effects other jurisdictions have with the mussels, we’ve had others not seen elsewhere,” said Lew.

“For example, in many areas where the mussels exist there is one reproductive cycle per year and one female can produce a million eggs. But the warm water temperatures in Lake Mead is resulting in six to eight reproductive cycles per year.”

Another issue for SNWA is the $8 million price tag to chemically pre-treat a new intake, which is needed because of declining water levels in Lake Mead.

Lew is urging B.C. and Okanagan officials not to sit back and wait for the mussels to show up on a contaminated boat.

“If we could go back in time, prevention would have been the way to go. I know some think prevention is costly, but the moment you don’t have it, and the mussels get in, it’s devastating. The costs once they arrive are far worse,” she said.

Cunningham sees Nevada’s experience as a wake up call for the Okanagan, particularly because warm temperatures in Kalamalka and Wood lakes could prove ideal for breeding mussels.

“It’s quite alarming the measures that need to be taken and the cost involved,” she said.

In the government release, Forests Minister Steve Thomson says, “Invasive mussels pose a threat to more than just ecosystems, but to drinking water facilities, hydro stations, agricultural irrigation and more. While we continue to see great success stories this summer, we all need to do our part to keep invasive quagga and zebra mussels out of B.C. waters.”

And while all residents play a role in preventing the spread of mussels, the provincial government needs to do the heavy lifting.

Source: http://www.vernonmorningstar.com/opinion/325756231.html

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.pdf icon September 28, 2015 Highlights of the Regional District of Central Okanagan Regular Board Meeting

UBCM Conference Highlights

The Regional Board discussed a number of highlights from the recent Union of BC Municipalities conference. Meetings were held with Premier Christy Clark and several key members of the Provincial cabinet and the Board was pleased with the positive reception and ongoing commitment to keep Zebra and Quagga Mussels out of BC waters.

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8. DIRECTOR ITEMS

• The Regional Board discussed a number of highlights from the recent Union of BC Municipalities conference. The Province committed to $10mil to fuel modification in BC. Meetings were held with the Premier and several key members of the provincial cabinet. There was a positive reception and ongoing commitment to keep Zebra and Quagga Mussels out of BC waters.

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.pdf icon July 27, 2015 Regional District of Central Okanagan Regular Board Meeting Agenda

.pdf icon Item 5.1 Okanagan Basin Water Board July Highlights

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Okanagan Basin Water Board Meeting Highlights

Mudbogging concerns in Okanagan watersheds discussed: The board heard from Regional District of North Okanagan staff on efforts to protect drinking water reservoirs from damage by recreational users - a valley-wide concern. Current
options include creating specified recreation sites in the area but away from their drinking water source, or closing the area to recreation all together. After hearing the presentation the board voted to update its policy on Multiple Use of Crown Land in Watersheds, emphasizing that water protection should be the highest priority use and calling on statutory decision makers to ensure permitted land uses do not degrade water. This will be sent to B.C.'s ministries of Environment, and Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations with a letter urging increased enforcement and fines to deter further damage to these sensitive and important areas.

Water Board renews call to Province on Blue-Green Algae protocol: It's been a year since the province conducted a pilot in the Okanagan to test a new protocol for local governments to respond to blue-green algae blooms. This type of algae when it blooms can be toxic and cause Illness to swimmers and be fatal to pets. The need for a consistent approach came to light after a bloom in Osoyoos in 2013. Town staff could not find any guidance on when to close or open a beach when a bloom is suspected. The OBWB asked the province to help find a solution, but progress has been slow. The board is sending a letter to the province urging that the protocol be completed and will be sharing it with municipalities to raise awareness regarding the algae and include info on what to look for. It is expected that blue-green algae blooms could be an issue in the Okanagan this summer given warmer-than-normal water temperatures. For more on blue-green algae, visit: www.obwb.ca/bgal.

Directors hear response to milfoil challenges: The board was updated on summer milfoil control efforts. Despite extra time spent rototilling the invasive weed this past winter, growth this year is reportedly the worst it has been in 30 years. Early spring run-off and warm water temperatures have contributed to the problem. Additional staff and shifts have been added to help with harvesting (mowing). While rototilling deroots the plant, this can only be done in cold temperatures after the tops die back.
Directors were told that in addition to super-charged growth this year, recent vandalism to a harvester put an added strain on control efforts. As well, staff must work within specified work windows under federal fishing regulations. This became
an issue this year because of how fast the weed has grown.

Mussel expert announced as OBWS keynote speaker: The Water Board has invited Julia Lew, with the Southern Nevada Water System, to provide the keynote at its AGM on Sept. 4 at Rotary Centre for the Arts. Lew will be presenting on her agency's invasive mussel response and management in Lake Mead. Directors also applauded the recent adoption of federal regs allowing Canada Border Services agents to stop and inspect incoming watercraft for aquatic invasives, including mussels. The board is continuing to urge the province to provide permanent, mandatory inspection stations along the B.C.-Alberta border and commit to funding all treatment and containment programs should an infestation occur.

For more information, please visit: www.OBWB.ca

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5. CORRESPONDENCE

5.1 Okanagan Basin Water Board Highlights - July 10, 2015 (All Directors Unweighted Vote)

OBWB Board Chair, Director Findlater, noted that permitting from the Province has become difficult for milfoil cutting particularly in new areas, It is not as simple as just sending the machine around to cut. There are many issues to be
considered in the decision of when and where to cut.
It was noted there is an announcement promoting the 'Don't Move a Mussel' campaign' at the Water Street boat launch tomorrow at 11 :30 a.m.

FINDLATER/BASRAN
THAT the Okanagan Basin Water Board Highlights of July 10, 2015 be received for information.

CARRIED Unanimously

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Speed boat racer concerned about invasive mussels
7/28/2015 by AM 1150

Formula 1 boat racing team driver Mike McLellan is the latest voice to express concerns against invasive mussels reaching BC.

The Kelowna resident competes in races across Western Canada and the United States and doesn't want to see the spread of zebra and quagga mussels, which have cost billions of dollars in damage across North America.

"It would be great for the provincial government to set up inspection stations along the borders looking at boats coming in for zebra and quagga mussels and making sure that those boats are not contaminated and to get the word out that we are on the lookout for these things".

McLellan believes three mobile decontamination units are not enough to cover the province.

Okanagan Basin Water Board spokesperson Corinne Jackson says an infestation would be devastating.

"We are talking about a 43 million dollar hit to our valley, alone, if these things (mussels) come in and they will never be able to be removed. The only way, at this point, that they can be removed is to drain a lake".

Source: am1150.ca/News/Kelowna/2015/07/28/speed-boat-racer-concerned-about-invasive-mussels

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Okanagan milfoil harvester vandalized at worst possible time
AM1150.ca - 7/14/2015 by Adam Graham

Not only is the invasive water weed known as milfoil a bigger problem than ever this year on many lakes in the Okanagan, but now the machine that removes it has been vandalized.

Police say the Okanagan Basin Water Board's milfoil harvester, which is moored near the northeast corner of Wood Lake, was recently rendered inoperable after someone tampered with the ignition and other wiring.

Okanagan Basin Water Board Executive Director Dr. Anna Warwick Sears has no idea why someone would want to vandalize the machine.

"People want these machines out there to be doing this good work. Probably the kind of people who are vandalizing the machine are the kind of people who are out there enjoying the lake, so they just need to put two and two together," says Warwick Sears.

The vandalism couldn't come at a worse time, as the early spring run-off and warm water temperatures have caused the milfoil to grow at a rate that officials say hasn't been seen in over 30 years.

"One of our operators has been working for the water board for 37 years on the milfoil file. He says this is the earliest we've ever seen it and he hasn't seen it anywhere near this thick since the 1980s," says Okanagan Basin Water Board Operations Manager James Littley.

Police have no suspects in the vandalism case.

Littley says there are over 200 locations on five different lakes in the Okanagan with milfoil and many residents say it's driving away tourists from enjoying the lakes.

Source: am1150.ca/News/Kelowna/2015/07/14/okanagan-milfoil-harvester-vandalized-at-worst-possible-time

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Letter: OBWB has increased work on milfoil since last winter
Kelowna Capital News - Jul 10, 2015

To the editor:

The Okanagan Basin Water Board (OBWB) is the agency in charge of managing milfoil in Okanagan lakes.

In a recent letter to the editor, Homeowner Wants Milfoil Scoured From Shoreline (July 10 Kelowna Capital News), Michael Neill stated that the weeds in the lake are out of control. Indeed, this year is the worst milfoil growth our operators have seen in at least 30 years. (Most Severe Milfoil Bloom in 30 Years, July 10 Kelowna Capital News.)

Far from neglecting the Kelowna foreshore, last winter we put extra staff and machine time into rototilling known milfoil beds. In areas we rototill, it’s relatively controlled. What’s surprising are the number of new beds in new places, and the fast, early growth throughout the valley. The unseasonably warm spring weather and lake temperatures are contributing to the problem, as are the changing lake depths.

In 2012 and 2013 there were several extreme rain events causing very high flows in Mission Creek, and a big slug of sediment dislodged by these flows has moved out into the lake. The sediment has caused closure of a portion of the Cook Road boat launch, and also appears to have created several large new shallow water areas for the milfoil to grow.

This summer, in addition to putting an extra operator on to increase the machine time of the harvesting equipment, the OBWB plans to map the location of the new beds, and survey the substrates along the shoreline to potentially expand the work areas and seasonal work windows allowed under our environmental permit.

We fully agree with Mr. Neill— the lakes are the Okanagan’s most precious resource. As conditions change with the climate, the weather, and the shoreline, we are working to adapt our program.

Anna Warwick Sears, PhD,
executive director, OBWB

Source: http://www.kelownacapnews.com/opinion/letters/313336061.html

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Letter: Kelowna shore south of Bennett Bridge infested with milfoil
Kelowna Capital News - updated Jul 8, 2015 at 11:00 AM

To the editor:

The weeds in the lake are out of control. Other than the public beaches, much of the water near the shores along Kelowna south of the bridge is infested with milfoil growth that has reached the surface and now going to seed. Although the growth is in areas in front of private residences, more and more locals and tourists use the lake in these areas for swimming, paddle board, kayaking, sailing and other activities. Becoming tangled in the unsightly and highly invasive weeds is a turn off and unsafe depending on the severity.

Apparently, all the authorities are aware of the sudden breakout that is likely due to an early run off and warm spring. However, we are not aware of any short term plans to control the problem and prevent it from becoming an even more serious and expensive problem next year. In years past, I recall seeing weed control machines working much more often in the areas now infested. I hope that this is not a budget cutting initiative. The community needs to voice its concerns and the authorities need to educate us on their plans any anything we can do to help.

Kelowna's most valuable asset is at risk of being devalued. We should be taking extraordinary steps to deal with the extraordinary situation that I've not seen in my twenty years living in Kelowna.

Michael Neill, Kelowna

Source: http://www.kelownacapnews.com/opinion/letters/312571451.html

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.pdf icon June 11, 2015 Highlights of the Regional District of Central Okanagan Regular Board Meeting

Meeting with Provincial Government
The Regional Board has agreed to a request from the Okanagan Basin Water Board (OBWB) to request a meeting with Provincial Government representatives during the Union of BC Municipalities conference this September in Vancouver. The Regional District will ask that OBWB Directors and officials from the North Okanagan and Okanagan-Similkameen regional districts attend the session along with Provincial Cabinet members to discuss additional measures the Province can take to prevent and protect our water bodies from invasive zebra and quagga mussels.

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Item 6.2 Okanagan Basin Water Board Meeting Highlights

Board adopts position paper on invasive mussels: After sounding the alarm on invasive zebra and quagga mussels since 2012, sending numerous requests to senior governments to take action, and launching its own "Don't Move a Mussel" awareness campaign, the board has adopted a position paper. The paper notes the province's recent announcement of $575,000 in 2015-16 to fight the mussels with three roving inspection stations ($1.3 million from April 1, 2014 - March 31, 2017). For a little more funding, the OBWB suggests the province could have the permanent stations that local governments around B.C., Kelowna Chamber of Commerce, and others have been calling for. The paper also notes the OBWB's concern about downloading and the province's statement that once the mussels are beyond eradication it will be up to local governments to address. The board has adopted seven resolutions. Find the full statement at http://tinyurl.com/pd90ofx.

Mussel awareness efforts gets boost with local "Mussel Threat" film: Water Board efforts to raise aware'ness regarding invasive mussels received significant support recently with the launch of a six-minute film by Brynne Morrice. The part-time
Okanagan, part-time New York filmmaker and actor contacted the OBWB last fall after noticing its DontMoveAMussel.ca billboard and learning more at the website. After reading about the devastation zebra and quagga mussels can cause, he wanted to learn more and do something to help protect our waters. The result is a very moving film that compares the pristine waters of B.C. to the infested waters in several U.S. states. You can find the film at www.ProtectOurFreshwater.ca.

Make Water Work Plant Collection unveiled to help WaterWise valley: The board was updated on the launch of a "Make Water Work Plant Collection" (featuring low water plant material). The project was developed in partnership between the OBWB's Okanagan WaterWise program, the Okanagan Xeriscape Association, and Bylands Nursery. The collection will be prominently displayed and available for sale at garden centres throughout the valley. It will also be promoted as part of the larger "Make Water Work" campaign, a valley-wide local government initiative to promote outdoor water conservation. Learn more at www.MakeWaterWork.ca.

Water Board hosts "State of the Basin" webinar: The OBWB will be hosting a webinar Friday, May 15, llam - noon, providing an update on the state of the valley's water supply, including reservoir levels, snow pack, groundwater and current weather forecast information. The webinar will be of interest to local government and water managers, the agricultural community and water professionals. The webinar is free.
Register at: http://tinyurl.com/iwcvzeg.

OBWB to help Okanagan communities prepare drought plans: Directors approved support for a drought planning project for the Okanagan. Work will now begin on determining the barriers and opportunities to get all Okanagan local governments to
adopt appropriate drought plans for their community. This project is based on an extensive OBWB survey conducted last year that reviewed the state of existing plans in the valley and identified further work was needed.

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Item 6.3 Okanagan Basin Water Board UBCM Meeting

The Okanagan Basin Water Board would like to request a meeting with the Premier and ministers of Environment and Forests, Lands, and Natural Resource Operations, through the Regional District of Central Okanagan. This meeting would be to discuss the gaps in bUdget and planning for preventing invasive zebra and quagga mussels, and to advocate for a similar level of response as Alberta. We've heard from two provincial staff that the government does not intend to cover the costs of the damage associated with zebra/quagga mussels should they arrive, so it's especially urgent to keep
them out.

Last year, the RDOS and RDNO organized a similar meeting, and our board Chair, Doug Findlater, believes that this year the meeting would have the most impact if the request was sent by RDCO (on behalf of the OBWB) and opened up to representatives from the other two regional districts.

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6.2 Okanagan Basin Water Board - Highlights of the Board Meeting of May 8, 2015 (All Directors - Unweighted Vote)

FINDLATER/FORTIN
THAT the Okanagan Basin Water Board highlights of the Board meeting of May 8, 2015 be received for information.

CARRIED Unanimously

6.3 Rise and Report from the June 11, 2015 Governance & Services Committee Meeting
a) Request to meet with the Premier / Ministers at the 2015 UBCM Convention to discuss zebra and quagga mussel response.
The request for a meeting with the Province is to discuss the gaps in budget and planning for preventing invasive zebra and quagga mussels, and to advocate for a similar level of response as Alberta.

BAKER/FORTIN
THAT the Regional Board supports the request from the Okanagan Basin Water Board to ask for a meeting at the Union of BC Municipalities Convention with the Premier and Ministry of Environment, and to include the North and South Okanagan
Regional Districts, regarding zebra and quagga mussels.

CARRIED Unanimously

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.pdf icon Item 5.1 Okanagan Basin Water Board UBCM Meeting
.pdf icon Item 5.2 Okanagan Basin Water Board Wetland Strategy Phase 2

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Item 5.1 Okanagan Basin Water Board UBCM Meeting

The Okanagan Basin Water Board would like to request a meeting with the Premier and ministers of Environment and Forests, Lands, and Natural Resource Operations, through the Regional District of Central Okanagan. This meeting would be to discuss the gaps in budget and planning for preventing invasive zebra and quagga mussels, and to advocate for a similar level of response as Alberta. We've heard from two provincial staff that the government does not intend to cover the costs of the damage associated with zebra/quagga mussels should they arrive, so it's especially urgent to keep them out.

Last year, the RDOS and RDNO organized a similar meeting, and our board Chair, Doug Findlater, believes that this year the meeting would have the most impact if the request was sent by RDCO (on behalf of the OBWB) and opened up to representatives from the other two regional districts.

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Item 5.2 Okanagan Basin Water Board Wetland Strategy Phase 2

Purpose: To update the Governance & Services Committee on the status of the Okanagan Wetlands Strategy - Phase II facilitated through the Okanagan Basin Water Board (OBWB). A presentation will be provided by Nelson Jatel, Water Stewardship Director.

Executive Summary: Wetlands provide unique and critical habitat for many rare plant and wildlife species and also provide valuable ecological services. Phase I of the Okanagan Wetlands Strategy focused on data collection, outreach, mapping of Okanagan wetlands, and prioritization to identify high risk wetlands for management or protection. Phase II focuses on collaboration with Okanagan organizations to assist in wetland outreach and extension work including the management of hands-on wetland projects throughout the Okanagan. The presentation will provide an overview of Phase II activities.

RECOMMENDATION:
THAT this staff report and the presentation on the Okanagan Wetlands Strategy be received for information.

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Minutes of RDCO Governance and Services Committee meetings are not usually posted to RDCO's website until after the following meeting which would be July 16, 2015.  If the minutes are not posted here yet, you can check RDCO's website to see if they are posted there yet.  If you want a copy of the minutes before then, contact RDCO who will have a copy of the minutes at their office within 7 days after you request a copy of the minutes.  This is in accordance to Local Government Act Procedure Bylaws and Enforcement section 794 (5) and Community Charter Other records to which public access must be provided section 97 (2)

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.pdf icon May 25, 2015 Highlights of the Regional District of Central Okanagan Regular Board Meeting

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7. DIRECTOR ITEMS

Director Findlater noted that the Okanagan Basin Water Board is aware that the province of Alberta is coming on board with mussel inspections. Alberta has 10 permanent stations, four roaming stations and 50 personnel involved.
BC has 3 roaming stations, 6 personnel and no permanent stations. OBWB will continue to lobby the Province for more enforcement.

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.pdf icon May 14, 2015 Highlights of the Regional District of Central Okanagan Regular Board Meeting

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9. DIRECTOR ITEMS

It was noted that John Slater, former BC MLA and mayor of Osoyoos, and former chair of the Okanagan Basin Water Board had passed away.

The Administrator confirmed that the RDCO has received a retirement notice from Ellison Fire Chief Kurt Szalla.

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Mussel fight given boost
Castanet.net - by Deborah Pfeiffer | Story: 140425 - May 21, 2015

Efforts to keep quagga and zebra mussels out of Okanagan lakes received a financial boost Thursday.

The RBC Blue Water Project donated $100,000 to the Okanagan Aquatic Invasive Species Prevention Program.

“We’re very excited to see RBC support such an important prevention program,” said RDOS engineering technologist Candace Pilling.

Zoe Kirk, public works projects co-ordinator with the RDOS, said the presentation was timely, with a boat infested with mussels intercepted at Sylvan Lake, Alta., on the May long weekend during a mandatory border inspection.

Although the mussels have yet to make it to B.C., they have had a devastating effect in the United States and eastern Canada.

As they reproduce, the mussels degrade aquatic ecosystems to the point of collapse, cover infrastructure, infest beaches, affecting tourism, and coat boats, propellers and plug bilges.

"The environmental and economical impact of these mussels were they ever to arrive would be devastating," said Lisa Scott, program manager of the Okanagan and Similkameen Invasive Species Society. "So we need to do as much as we can now to educate the public about what we can do collectively to prevent their arrival."

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Issues with milfoil control prompt outreach: There has been an increasing number of issues getting in the way of milfoil control operations on our lakes. This is related to foreshore development in areas traditionally used to launch the program's machines and used as weed transfer sites. To address these concerns the OBWB will be sending a letter to local governments explaining the situation with an offer to meet and discuss further.

Board grants $300,000 to projects that protect valley water: Directors approved $300,000 in funding to 18 projects through its Water Conservation and Quality Improvement Grant Program. The projects include several innovative research projects (e.g. on wastewater, and the impact of various land uses on water), habitat restoration, WaterWise landscaping and irrigation, and more. In all, there were 34 applications with a total ask of $643,138. Since the program began awarding funds in 2006, the OBWB has awarded $3.2 million to 197 projects throughout the Okanagan. Projects must meet a number of criteria, including the ability to demonstrate water savings or improvements to water quality, show collaboration, and provide valley-wide benefit. Find the news release & a full list of grant recipients here: www.obwb.ca/funds-flow.

Canada Water Week panel and contest makes a return: Canada Water Week (CWW) is March 16-22. As part of the festivities, the Water Board and its Okanagan WaterWise program are holding a number of events around the theme of wetlands.
The fun begins on March 18 with a guided wetland tour of Kelowna's Rotary Marshes, 4 to 6 p.m., followed by our annual panel discussion at the Laurel Packinghouse, from 6 to 8 p.m. CBC Daybreak South host Chris Walker returns to MC this popular event. Refreshments will be served and registration is required. Registration opens Monday, March 9. CWW also marks the launch of the annual Okanagan WaterWise Youth Challenge - a multi-media contest. For wetland tour details, panel registration and more on the youth challenge visit: www.OkWaterWise.ca.

OBWB applies for funds to study water needs of fish: The board gave staff approval to pursue a large grant proposal to the province. The grant would help fund studies to calculate the amount of water needed to remain in streams for fish. The studies would be conducted in preparation for the province updating its water licencing protocol.

Okanagan Nation Alliance presents Syilx water strategy update: The Water Board heard a presentation from the Okanagan Nation Alliance's Tessa and Carrie Terbasket who provided an update on the Syilx water strategy and delivered a copy of the Syilx Nation Declaration on Water. The strategy is intended to help address water issues and describe how to properly protect and manage water use and allocation in a respectful and holistic way. It's expected the strategy will be completed and released within the year. For more information, visit: www.syilx.org/operations/natural-resourcesland-use/water/.

The next regular meeting of the OBWB is 10 a.m. May 5. 2015 at Regional District of Central Okanagan in Kelowna.

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6. CORRESPONDENCE

6.1 Okanagan Basin Water Board Meeting Highlights - March 5, 2015 (All Directors - Unweighted Vote)

It was noted that the OBWB milfoil program has discovered that municipalities continue to develop their foreshore/parkland and access for the machinery to cut the milfoil is being limited. OBWB is in contact with the municipalities to address this issue with them.

BAKER/FINDLATER
THAT the Regional Board receive for information the Okanagan Basin Water Board meeting highlights of March 5, 2015.

CARRIED Unanimously

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Water projects funded
Castanet.net - by Kevin Rothwell | Story: 134249 - Mar 4, 2015

Four Vernon-area water quality and conservation projects have received funding through the Okanagan Basin Water Board.

The Society for the Protection of Kalamalka Lake will receive $20,000 to study water quality and other issues affecting Coldstream Creek.

“The creek empties 300-400 metres from the drinking water intake on Kal Lake, so it’s pretty important we know what’s going on,” said Bob Fleming, local water board representative and BX-Swan Lake regional director.

“It will give regulators land-use decision making and public education tools.”

The society will partner with the District of Coldstream to complete the work.

The Regional District of North Okanagan asked for grant support for two projects.

Nearly $11,000 will fund Phase 2 of the Swan Lake water quality monitoring program.

“There is a mix of land uses, agriculture, industrial and residential, and they are all on septic fields or holding tanks,” said Fleming “It would probably be a green, slimy mess already if not for the natural protection of the wetland marsh as a filter, but that’s not an endless buffer.”

Extensive water testing will be done in all areas of the lake over a two-year period to determine if there has been an effect on water quality from onshore development.

Fleming says the lake is an important part of the North Okanagan ecosystem. “It’s huge, and recognized as a stopover for migratory birds and local wildlife. It’s a big deal.”

A Swan Lake flood-mapping project will also receive $15,000 to determine how to handle water entering the lake.

“There is a weir that controls flow into Vernon Creek ... which is important for flood control, and when water needs to be released to keep the creek and wetlands healthy for fish and wildlife habitat,” said Fleming.

The Patchwork Farms and Kalamalka Garden located at Okanagan College's Vernon campus also gets a boost for its innovative water-saving efforts on the two-acre site, with a grant of nearly $11,000.

The design elements involve on-site passive water harvesting that include swales, curb cuts into rain gardens, wicking beds and rain barrels. Active water features include a variety of irrigation systems custom tailored to each crop for efficient watering, including drip irrigation.

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Okanagan Basin Water Board Overview

The Regional Board has received a presentation from the Okanagan Basin Water Board (OBWB). Executive Director Anna Warwick Sears says the overall funding requisition to support OBWB programs for 2015 remains just over $3.4-million and marks the fourth consecutive year without any increase. Work will continue this year to assess various water supplies and make this information available for decision makers and the public while continuing efforts to coordinate valley-wide water use and conservation strategies. Ongoing public education programs will encourage water conservation practises and protection against invasive species like the zebra and quagga mussels.

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2015-16 Requisition: OBWB programs are supported through property tax assessments on lands in the Okanagan watershed, and through funding transfers from senior governments. The budget year begins April 1, and for 2015-16 has the following features:

The overall OBWB requisition is $3,444,375;
• This is a zero increase to the requisition budget compared to the previous year, and the fourth year in a row without an increase;
• As a percentage of assessments, the requisition is 5.9 cents/$1,000.

The budget includes base funding for OBWB's three programs, and a requisition of $100,000/yr for the 5th payment of a 5-year commitment to support a Water Research Chair position at UBC Okanagan, as requested by the three regional districts, (leveraging $1,500,000 in grants from the Province and the Real Estate Foundation of BC).

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5. DELEGATIONS

5.1 Okanagan Basin Water Board (OBWB) Update - Anna Warwick-Sears, Executive Director (All Directors - Unweighted Vote)
Anna Warwick-Sears provided an overview of the OBWB's history (formed in 1968) and three program areas:
• Water Management
• Sewage Facilities Grants
• Eurasin Watermilfoil Control

OBWB's region is from Armstrong in the North to Osoyoos in the South (North, Central and Okanagan-Similkameen Regional Districts). OBWB programs are supported through property tax assessments on lands in the Okanagan watershed, and through funding from senior governments. The Board was expanded to include a Water Stewardship Council.

A review of the year ahead was outlined including: water assessments (Okanagan Water Supply and Demand Project); building on information (hub of information resources, increasing efficiency of projects and programs, and community with the community); communication on a number of issues including "Don't Move a Mussel" campaign, endocrine disrupter research, co-hosting an Osoyoos Lake Water Science Forum, and valley-wide water strategy (more valley-wide agreements will be needed to link community water needs).

A question was raise regarding estimating water needs in Peachland. It was noted that a land-use inventory was done in Peachland last year. This was an agricultural inventory study measuring how much water crops would use if watered optimally it provided information on potential needs in the future.

There are ways of estimating water needs for the general population.

How is the warm weather impacting water availability this year? It has been a warm winter which has caused the snow pack to melt early. The freshet has started early this winter/spring. It is a very low snow pack across western Canada.

BAKER/FINDLATER
THAT the Regional Board receive for information the update from the Okanagan Basin Water Board.

CARRIED Unanimously

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Water Conservation and Quality Grants

The Regional Board has endorsed submitting eight applications to the Okanagan Basin Water Board (OBWB) for funding consideration under its Water Conservation and Quality grant program. Three applications are for projects proposed by the Regional District while the others are from individual non-profit organizations. The Central Okanagan region is eligible for just over $179,000 in funding through the OBWB program.

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Item 5.1 Okanagan Basin Water Board Highlights

OBWB welcomes new board members:
Water Board to support SILGA resolution on invasive mussels:
Board presented Make Water Work & Don't Move a Mussel results:
Plans underway for 3rd Osoyoos Lake Water Science Forum:
Water Board to assist Province with Water Licence tool:

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Item 7.1 Okanagan Basin Water Board Initiative Grants

Purpose: To endorse by resolution a total of eight (8) Water Conservation and Quality Improvement Grant applications as outlined in Table 1 prior to consideration by OBWB.

Advanced Biosolid Digestion to Control Nutrients and Micro-pollutants Discharge from the Westside Regional Wastewater Treatment Plant. $30,000

Westside Regional Wastewater Treatment Source Control Nitrate Optimization. $21,000

Joe Rich Creek Stream Restoration Monitoring Program. $10,000

Baseline Bio-inventorv and Hydraulic Engineering for Dike Setback
Design. $30,000

Fascieux Creek Daylighting and Naturalization - Phase 2. $30,000

Fostering Commercial Collaborations for Successful Xeriscape Adoption in the Okanagan. $22,935

Virus Testing in Groundwater Supply Sources Using Genetic Testing. $30,000

CPESC Certified Professional in Erosion & Sediment Control Certification Program. $25,000

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5. CORRESPONDENCE

5.1 Okanagan Basin Water Board Meeting Highlights - February 5, 2015 (All Directors - Unweighted Vote)

STACK/DONN
THAT the Regional Board receive for information the Okanagan Basin Water Board meeting highlights of February 5, 2015.

CARRIED Unanimously

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7. COMMUNITY SERVICES

Planning

7.1 Okanagan Basin Water Board Initiative Grants (All Directors - Unweighted Vote)

Staff report dated February 3, 2015 outlined eight water conservation and quality improvement grant applications. RDCO staff provide administrative assistance by collating the applications that require Regional Board support prior to being considered by OBWB. All projects meet the OBWB criteria and are consistent with water-related policies and values of the community as outlined in the Regional Growth Strategy.

STACK/OPHUS
THAT the Regional Board endorse the applications for the Okanagan Basin Water Board (OBWB) Water Conservation and Quality Improvement Grant Program, as follows:
• RDCO
   o Advance Biosolid Digetstion to Control Nutrients and Micro-pollutants
   o Discharge from the Westside Regional Wastewater Treatment Plant
   o Westside Regional Wastewater Treatment Plant Source Control Nitrate Optimization
   o Joe Rich Creek Stream Restoration Monitoring Program
• Mission Creek Restoration Initiative (multi-stakeholder partnership Baseline Bio-inventory and Hydraulic Engineering for Dike Setback Design
• Ecole KLO Middle School - Fascieux Creek Daylighting and Naturalization Phase 2
• Okanagan Xeriscape Association - Fostering Commercial Collaborations for Successful Xeriscape Adoption in the Okanagan
• Southeast Kelowna Irrigation District - Virus Testing in Groundwater Supply Sources Using Genetic Testing
• Erosion Sediment Control Association of Canada - CPESC Certified Professional in Erosion & Sediment Control Certification Program.
AND FURTHER THAT the endorsements be forwarded to the Okanagan Basin Water Board as part of the application packages.

CARRIED Unanimously

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Water grants program now accepting funding applications: The Water Board invites non-profit community groups, local governments, and irrigation or improvement districts in the Okanagan to submit applications to its Water Conservation and Quality Improvement (WCQI) Grant Program. With $300,000 available in total, successful applicants can receive up to $30,000 for their project. While the board will review all applications that meet the conservation and quality improvement criteria, special consideration will be given to projects that address priority areas identified in the OBWB's 2014-19 Strategic Plan and which help close some of the gaps in the valley-wide management of water.

Those categories include: Drought Planning, Groundwater, Irrigation, Metering, Restoration, Source Protection, Water System Improvement (Quantity and Quality), and Water Flow Monitoring. This year's application deadline is 4 p.m. Friday, February 6,2015. For more info. please visit http://www.obwb.ca/wcqi.

Okanagan Water Board weighs in on proposed groundwater regs: Directors voted to send a letter to the Province regarding new groundwater regulations, proposed as part of B.C.'s Water Sustainability Act. In particular, the letter recommends adequate funding and staff resources to ensure successful groundwater protection. The letter, developed in consultation with water managers, agriculture sector representatives, and groundwater experts in the Okanagan, also recommends: improved groundwater data collection and interpretation; a recognition that groundwater and surface water are interconnected and equally important; and adequate and meaningful consultation with local government, First Nations and water users. It also suggests running a pilot project for the new regulations in the Okanagan.

Water Board requests Zosel Dam operators to protect from mussels: In its continued effort to protect the Okanagan from invasive zebra and quagga mussels, the Board will be sending a letter to the Osoyoos lake Board of Control (OlBC) which is responsible for the operation of Zosel Dam, just south of the Canadian border. The OBWB is recommending that OlBC develop an emergency response plan to address the potential for the mussels' arrival.

OBWB call for action prompts B.C. response on blue-green algae: The Water Board was provided an update from Interior Health on a B.C.-wide protocol to deal with blue-green algae blooms. The protocol is the result of a request from
OBWB to have a system put in place after it became apparent this was missing during a bloom at an Osoyoos beach in the summer of 2013. Since then, Interior Health has been working to develop a protocol. The system will help local
governments and B.C. Ministry of Health better address the issue, knowing when to post signs at beaches and alert the public.

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8. NEW BUSINESS

5. CORRESPONDENCE

5.1 Okanagan Basin Water Board Highlights - November 6, 2014 (for information) (All Directors - Unweighted Vote)

Director Findlater noted that the Canadian government announced proposed regulations to battle invasive zebra quagga mussels. The regulatory framework would give provinces new tools to prevent the introduction of these types of
species into Canada. A 30-day public comment process is now underway by the Canadian government. Don't Move a Mussel website has been developed by the OBWB which has assisted the very successful lobbying effort.

FINDLATER/SIEBEN
THAT the Regular Board receive for information the Okanagan Basin Water Board Highlights of November 6, 2014.

CARRIED Unanimously

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Okanagan approves renewal of Water Management Program: Directors were given an update on the Water Management Program, noting all three regional district boards have approved its renewal for another four years. The program includes the Water Stewardship Council (technical advisory body to the board), the Water Conservation & Quality Improvement Grant Program, Water Science and Research, and Communications and Outreach. Activities include the Water Supply and Demand Project, groundwater monitoring, workshops and conferences, the grant program and various outreach projects (e.g. Okanagan WaterWise).

Water Board's 2015-16 budget approved: The Board approved the OBWB 2015-16 budget with no increase in spending. The overall requisition is $3.4 million, or 5.9 cents/$1,000 of assessment. OBWB programs include the Sewage Facilities Grant Program to help local governments upgrade old sewage systems, the Milfoil Control Program, the Water Management Program (outlined above), and the UBCO Water Research Chair endowment fund. This is the final payment toward the UBCO endowment. For more on the OBWB and its programs please visit www.obwb.ca.

Milfoil rototilling underway: Rototilling is underway in Osoyoos Lake with work to start in Okanagan and Wood Lakes on October 15. Rototilling (de-rooting) is the most effective way to control this invasive aquatic plant. Learn more - check out our videos at: www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL11479BF5E31AOF82.

Board updated on continued efforts to prevent invasive mussels: The board was updated on a recent resolution presented by the Kelowna Chamber of Commerce (CoC) to the national CoC regarding zebra and quagga mussels, and adopted. The resolution included a call to the federal government to pass pending legislation to allow Canada Border Services Agents (CBSA) to stop and inspect incoming watercraft and provide support to provinces to combat the mussels. The Union of BC Municipalities also passed a resolution at its recent convention calling on the province to initiate and fund inspection stations. According to provincial staff, some initial training of CBSA officers has been held in anticipation of federal legislation, and they are exploring a perimeter defence strategy. The board will send a letter to the province acknowledging progress to date and encouraging efforts to continue.

Okanagan water survey underway: A survey is being conducted over the next few weeks in the valley to gauge awareness around water issues. This is an update to a similar survey done in 2009.

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Corporate Administration
Extensive support provided for Fringe Area Planning, 911 and Dispatch
Review projects;
Completion of preliminary budgets for Sterile Insect Release Board and Okanagan Basin Water Board;
Clean Audit Reports for RDCO, CORHD, SIR and OBWB;
Concluded Regional, Electoral Area & Fringe Area Planning Service Review;
Completed Leadership Training Program & Violence in the Workplace
Training with all staff (WorkSafe Bill 14 - Bullying and Harassment Legislation);
Preparing for the upcoming CUPE Collective Agreement Negotiations.
Current contract expires December 31, 2014;

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5. CORRESPONDENCE

5.1 Okanagan Basin Water Board - October 9,2014 Meeting Highlights (All Directors - Unweighted Vote)

It was noted that the OBWB is close to having a program announced for early detection of mussels. It is anticipated there will be no tax increase for 2015.

STACK/EDGSON
THAT Okanagan Basin Water Board meeting highlights of October 9, 2014 be received for information.

CARRIED Unanimously

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Water expert Bob Sandford in Okanagan for free public event:

Project manager will move Okanagan Wetland Strategy forward:

Made-in-Okanagan water use tracking tool extended to farmers:

Summer 'Make Water Work' program produces wins for valley:

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5. CORRESPONDENCE

5.1 Okanagan Basin Water Board Meeting Highlights - Sept. 11, 2014 (All Directors - Unweighted Vote)

FIELDING/BASRAN
THAT the Okanagan Basin Water Board's meeting highlights of September 11, 2014 be received for information.

CARRIED Unanimously

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Okanagan Basin Water Board Supported

The Regional Board has reaffirmed support for the Okanagan Basin Water Board (OBWB) Water Management Program. One change to the program is that the renewal period will now be extended to four years from the previous three, to coincide with the change in the term for local government elections. The Regional Board continues to see excellent work and value from the OBWB as it partners with the North Okanagan and Okanagan Similkameen regional districts on various water management and research projects. Each of the other regional districts has also reaffirmed support for the program.

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Re: Okanagan Basin Water Board - Water Management Program

Please be advised that at the August 21 , 2014 Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen regular Board meeting the Board of Directors passed the following resolution:

B238/14A It was MOVED and SECONDED
THAT the Board of Directors, upon mutual agreement with the Regional Districts of Central Okanagan and North Okanagan,
reaffirms support for the Okanagan Basin Water Board's Water Management Program under the terms of reference given in the OBWB Governance Manual, as adopted by this board in 2010; and, THAT the Board of Directors support adjusting the review period to remain consistent with the municipal election cycle.

CARRIED

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Over the next four years, B.C. will be rolling out regulations for the new Water Sustainability Act. These changes will
have sweeping implications for all aspects of Okanagan water management. This program provides a mechanism for local
governments to respond and adapt to the new regulations, and, if possible, to shape them to the needs of the valley.
There are no major changes in the scope of funding or activities, but the OBWB seeks a change in the review period to
remain consistent with the new municipal election cycle. The Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen, Regional District
of Central Okanagan, and Regional District of North Okanagan are thus requested to pass the following resolution:

“That the each of the Regional Districts, upon mutual agreement with both other Okanagan Regional Districts,
reaffirm support for the Okanagan Basin Water Board’s Water Management Program under the terms of reference
given in the OBWB Governance Manual, as adopted, and support adjusting the review period to remain consistent
with the municipal election cycle.”

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.pdf icon September 11, 2014 Regional District of Central Okanagan Regular Board Meeting Minutes

5. CORRESPONDENCE

5.1 Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen re: Support for the Okanagan Basin Water Board's (OBWB) Water Management Program (All Directors Unweighted Vote)

FINDLATER/BASRAN
THAT the August 22,2014 letter from the Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen regarding support for the Okanagan Basin Water Board's Water Management Program be received for information.

CARRIED Unanimously

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9. COMMITTEE RECOMMENDATIONS

9.1 Rise & Report - Governance &Services Committee meeting of September 11, 2014

a) Okanagan Basin Water Board Water Management Program Review

FINDLATER/CONDON
THAT the Regional Board reaffirms support of the OBWB Water Management Program under the Terms of Reference given in the OBWB Governance Manual of 2010, within the limits of legislation and subject to the following:
• The OBWB's Water Management Program renewal period will be extended to four years, remaining linked to the timing of the civic election cycle;
• The OBWB may requisition up to two-cents ($0.02 per $1,000 assessment to support the activities of the Water Management Program;
• The OBWB will hold an Annual Meeting and issue an Annual Report each September that details program activities including audited financial statements;
• The OBWB's Water Management Program will conduct a comprehensive review prior to the end of the renewal period. The next review will be in 2018;
• Water conservation and quality improvement grants program will be maintained at its existing level of $300,000/year;
• Outreach to local governments and the public will remain a core priority, with communication tools and strategies such as a valley-wide advertising campaign and materials to engage youth.

CARRIED Unanimously

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.pdf icon September 11, 2014 Regional District of Central Okanagan Governance and Services Committee Meeting Agenda

.pdf icon Item 5.1 Okanagan Basin Water Board Water Management Program Review

.pdf icon Item 6.1 Quarterly Program Measures Report

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Recommendations for Program Renewal:
I. Continue existing program under the Terms of Reference given in the OBWB Governance Manual of 2010, within the limits of legislation and subject to the following:
• The OBWB’s Water Management Program renewal period will be extended to four years, remaining linked to the timing of the municipal election cycle.
• The OBWB may requisition up to two-cents ($0.02) per $1000 assessment to support the activities of the Water Management Program.
• The OBWB will hold an Annual Meeting and issue an Annual Report each September that detail program activities including audited financial statements.

2014 OBWB Water Management Program Review
• The OBWB’s Water Management Program will conduct a comprehensive review prior to the end of the renewal period. The next review will be in 2018.
• Water conservation and quality improvement grants program will be maintained at its existing level of $300,000/yr.
• Outreach to local governments and the public will remain a core priority, with communication tools and strategies such as a valley-wide advertising campaign and materials to engage youth.


II. Pursue priorities from the OBWB 2014-2019 Strategic Plan
• Goal 1: Adequate Supplies of water for all human and environmental uses.
• Goal 2: The Okanagan has excellent source water quality – drinkable, swimmable, fishable.
• Goal 3: Okanagan local governments, First Nations, water purveyors and stakeholders have up-to-date coordinated plans and policies to protect water quality and water supply, and prepare for extreme events.
• Goal 4: The OBWB has excellent relationships, a defined role, and clear communications with stakeholders and other levels of government.

The Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen has approved the Program renewal on August 21. The Regional District of North Okanagan will vote on September 3. All three Okanagan regional districts must be in agreement for the program to continue. If the Program is not renewed, the OBWB will return to its narrower focus on milfoil control and sewerage grants. Individual communities would return to independent water planning, and independent arrangements for funding and programs with the Province.
Requested Resolution: The Okanagan Basin Water Board respectfully requests the Regional District of Central Okanagan to reauthorize this program for a new term, ending March 31, 2019.

“That the Regional District of Central Okanagan, upon mutual agreement with the Regional Districts of North Okanagan and Okanagan-Similkameen, reaffirms support for the Okanagan Basin Water Board’s Water Management Program under the terms of reference given in the OBWB Governance Manual, as adopted by this board in 2010, and supports adjusting the review period to remain consistent with the municipal election cycle.”

Attachments: OBWB Water Management Review 2014, OBWB Governance Manual, OBWB Strategic Plan

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Requested Resolution: The Okanagan Basin Water Board respectfully requests the Regional District of Central Okanagan to reauthorize this program for a new term, ending March 31, 2019.
“That the Regional District of Central Okanagan, upon mutual agreement with the Regional Districts of North Okanagan and Okanagan-Similkameen, reaffirms support for the Okanagan Basin Water Board’s Water Management Program under the terms of reference given in the OBWB Governance Manual, as adopted by this board in 2010, and supports adjusting the review period to remain consistent with the municipal election cycle.”

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Finance &Administration Services:

003 - Finance
Finance completed the 2014 budget in a timely fashion and the 2014-2018 Financial Plan was adopted March 28, 2014. The 2013 audits for Regional District, Hospital District, and contracted Sterile Insect Release Program & Okanagan Basin Water Board were completed and all received clean Management Letters from the auditors BOO Canada LLP.
The Regional District has entered into a ten year Community Works Fund Agreement with the Union of BC Municipalities (UBCM), which administers the Federal Gas Tax funding program with the Canada and BC governments. Under the new agreement, the RD is eligible for bi-annual payments of $320,835 for 2014 and 2015.
The number of website payments has continued to significantly increase with implementation of the Online Dog License website renewals. To June 30, 2014, 5,846 online payments were made totaling $296,347 compared to June 30, 2013 with 2,442 payments totaling $223,270. Effective June 2014, Septic billing payments are no longer accepted online.
Senior Accounting Coordinator/Systems Analyst implemented training for the newly launched Vadim Explorer in addition to streamlining the online payment processes for Dog Control, Alarm Control and Business Licenses. New for 2014, journal vouchers entered into the General Ledger have documentation scanned and attached to the voucher for electronic referencing.

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.pdf icon September 11, 2014 Regional District of Central Okanagan Governance and Services Committee Meeting Minutes

5. Delegations:

5.1 Okanagan Basin Water Board - Anna Warwick-Sears, Executive Director re: Water Management Program Review

Anna Warwick-Sears addressed the Committee providing a review of the OBWB's mandate which includes the water management program. The three Okanagan regional districts first approved the program in 2006 and subsequently have supported the continuation of the program. The program is unique in BC allowing the OBWB to undertake initiatives and secure external funding that has not been possible in other areas. The program provides a regional approach to water planning that bridges the interests of Okanagan communities. By working with many partners, the program's impacts have been greater than would be possible by anyone organization, with significant economies of scale. By focusing on valleywide issues and opportunities the program complements rather than duplicates work in individual jurisdictions.

A. Warwick-Sears reviewed the success of the grants received and their continuing work to look for new additional grants for a variety of programs ie: RDOS/Royal Bank grant. Looking forward the priorities over the next four years include: Water Sustainability Act (not sure how the Province will role the new Act out); Groundwater Regulations out by spring 2015; need for reconciliation of water licenses in the Central Okanagan (Province over-issuing of licenses in the valley); flood plain mapping; continuing to work on wetlands, and ways the OBWB can help water purveyors; challenges - lack of resources at the provincial level, junior staff filling in senior positions; system changes in the valley infrastructure renewal; not being a subject of downloading from the Province and, doing more with less, regardless. Strength of OBWB is it is designed for collaboration-the only one in the province, and building partnerships with private, public corporations, foundations, universities.

Chair Hobson congratulated OBWB staff, and particular Ms. Warwick-Sears on the leadership she has provided to OBWB over the years.

BAKER/EDGSON
THAT the Okanagan Basin Water Board presentation on the Water Management Program Review be received for information;
AND FURTHER THAT the Governance & Services Committee recommends:
THAT the Regional Board reaffirms support of the OBWB Water Management Program under the Terms of Reference given in the OBWB Governance Manual of 2010, within the limits of legislation and subject to the following:
• The OBWB's Water Management Program renewal period will be extended to four years, remaining linked to the timing of the civic election cycle;
• The OBWB may requisition up to two-cents ($0.02 per $1,000 assessment to support the activities of the Water Management Program;
• The OBWB will hold an Annual Meeting and issue an Annual Report each September that details program activities including audited financial statements;
• The OBWB's Water Management Program will conduct a comprehensive review prior to the end of the renewal period. The next review will be in 2018;
• Water conservation and quality improvement grants program will be maintained at its existing level of $300,000/year;
• Outreach to local governments and the public will remain a core priority, with communication tools and strategies such as a valley-wide advertising campaign and materials to engage youth.

CARRIED Unanimously

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6. Quarterly Program Measures Report, Year-To-Date June 30, 2014

Staff report dated September 4,2014 outlined the program measures to June 30, 2014. A summary of the highlights was presented. It was noted that staff continue to review the quarterly information presented to ensure the Committee is well
informed on the regional services and issues arising.

CONDON/EDGSON
THAT the Quarterly Program Measures Report, year-to-date June 30, 2014 be received for information.

CARRIED Unanimously

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Mussel meeting demanded
by Staff Writer - Vernon Morning Star - Aug 8, 2014

Frustration is growing over the perceived lack of action by senior government on invasive mussels.

The Okanagan Basin Water Board is demanding a meeting with Environment Minister Mary Polack to discuss the need for inspection stations to ensure quagga and zebra mussels don’t get into local lakes.

“We have been sounding the alarm for two years now, warning of the threat invasive zebra and quagga mussels pose to the Okanagan and elsewhere,” said Doug Findlater, chairperson.

“Our research indicates the cost could be more than $43 million a year to just manage this problem. And while we have launched our Don’t Move a Mussel campaign to raise awareness, and promoted the outreach of others and the Clean, Drain, Dry message, we need concrete action. The only organizations in a position to do this effectively are the provincial and federal government.”

In December, the provincial government brought in legislation banning the movement of the mussels, dead or alive, but Findlater says there’s still no enforcement.

OBWB has been urging the province to bring in inspection stations, similar to self-funded U.S. boater-pay sticker programs.

The board has also been calling on the federal government to pass pending legislation allowing Canada Border Services agents to stop and inspect boats coming into Canada.

OBWB has also learned that Alberta has now established inspection stations on four major routes entering that province along its south and east borders.

So far this year, inspectors have intercepted eight mussel-infected boats, all headed for the Calgary and Edmonton areas. Alberta estimates the cost of an invasive-mussel infestation in that province would be $75 million a year.

“Action by our province is not dependent on the federal government acting,” said Findlater.

“Alberta didn’t wait for the federal legislation. They moved quickly to protect their lakes and we should do the same. They get it. It’s a serious threat and they’ve invested money in helping protect themselves. B.C. needs to do the same.”

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.pdf icon August 25, 2014 Regional District of Central Okanagan Regular Board Meeting Minutes

6.2 Okanagan Basin Water Board Report - August 7, 2014

BAKER/FIELDING
THAT the Okanagan Basin Water Board Report of August 7, 2014 be received for information.

CARRIED Unanimously

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.pdf icon July 17, 2014 Regional District of Central Okanagan Governance and Services Committee Meeting Minutes

6. Community Services

6.1 Okanagan Wetlands Strategy - Update by Nelson Jatel, Water Stewardship Director - Okanagan Basin Water Board

Nelson Jatel addressed the Committtee:
- Values: valley-wide approach; benefits the basin as a whole and equity
- Guiding principles for the project are: think regionally and think long-term; protect nature for the benefit of all; anticipate change-plan accordingly; balance multiple priorities; and clear communication.
- Ten key wetland values reviewed.
- Economic value of wetlands - for every hectare that is protected has a value of $22,000 per hectare per year (1994 costs)
- Wetland loss in the Okanagan: 92% of shrubbery birch/dogwood wetlands; 40% of cattail marshes; 84% of flow elevation wetlands have been lost, and 93% of Okanagan River wetlands, channelized and dyked in 1948, reduced from 212ha to 15 ha.
- Phase 1 reviewed:
o Project team involved RDCO, OBWB and BC Wildlife Federation
o Phase 1 included: outreach, data collection, prioritization and mapping
o Provide foundation for immediate and long-term conversation and restoration effectors on Okanagan wetlands
o Project Objectives: summarize existing wetland information; gather input from stakeholder groups; conduct assessment and mapping to classify and rank wetland habitats for conservation and restoration priorities
o Summarize in a report with recommendations for management strategies, governance framework and steps to be taken in future phases of the project.
o Study area - three regional districts with focus on the Okanagan basin.
o Recommendations reviewed.
- Phase 2 includes hiring an environmental coordinator. Environment Canada has provided the grant funds ($50,000 for the next two years).
- Phase 3 will build on phase 2: what is the governance, the challenges and develop a strategy for the Okanagan.

Director Findlater left at 10:45 a.m.

GRAY/EDGSON
THAT the presentation by Nelson Jatel, Okanagan Basin Water Board on the Okanagan Wetlands Strategy be received for information.

CARRIED Unanimously

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6. CORRESPONDENCE

6.1 Okanagan Basin Water Board Meeting Highlights - June 5, 2014 (for information) (All Directors - Unweighted Vote)

FIELDING/EDGSON
THAT the Okanagan Basin Water Board meeting highlights of June 5,2014 be received for information.

CARRIED Unanimously

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Invasive species not welcome in B.C.
Daily Courier Staff - Sunday, June 8, 2014

The B.C. government is taking aim at zebra mussels and invasive plants by proclaiming this week Invasive Species Week.
Kelowna MLA Steve Thomson, Minister of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations, helped promote the effort Friday at a press conference at Thomson Marsh Park on Gordon Drive.

“I encourage British Columbians to learn more about these damaging plants and animals and actions that anyone can take to limit their spread,” he said.

“I encourage citizens to use the Report-A-Weed app, and I encourage boat owners to ensure they ‘clean, drain and dry’ their boats before launching in B.C.’s lakes and rivers.”

Environmental groups have criticized the government for dragging its feet in the effort to curtail the spread of zebra mussels, which threaten to clog water intakes and damage Interior lakes.

Victoria recently announced $1.6 million in invasive-plants grants for 29 regional districts, municipalities and organizations. The funding is in addition to the $809,000 earmarked by the Ministry for invasive-plant control and management in 2014-15.

The ministry and partners are also looking into ways to develop new biological-control agents to control invasive plant species, Thomson said.

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Boaters beware of mussels
Castanet.net - by Ragnar Haagen | Story: 116680 - Jun 7, 2014

Zebra mussels
With summer upon us in the Okanagan, the local water board is again calling on residents to be aware and to not move a mussel.

They are also asking residents to participate online by contacting their local MP or MLA and take action against the invasive zebra and quagga mussels.

These creatures can quickly disrupt the fragile eco-systems of local waterways by polluting drinking water, competing with native species for food, and affecting both tourism and property values. They latch on to the vessels of unassuming boaters and unless properly flushed, can be carried from one lake or water source to another.

“The concern for us is now the boats are arriving and we’re trying to do our best to keep those things out of here,” says Corinne Jackson, director of communications at Okanagan Basin Water Board.

She says the board has been pressuring both the provincial and federal governments for the past two years to get inspection stations at the border, but so far little has been done to curb the possible influx.

“It’s a real concern – we’re talking $43 million per year to just manage (the problem) if they get here. Whereas we’re saying if the province just spends $2.4 million per year, we would be able to inspect and potentially prevent this,” she says.

That yearly allowance would be used for the upkeep of 15 stations at a cost of $60,000-$160,000 each per year.

“It would be a lot better than what we have now, which is nothing, other than a campaign from our end. We don’t have the manpower, we don’t have the authority to stop and inspect.”

Next week, the provincial government has proclaimed to be Invasive Species Week from June 9-15. In a release to the media, they hope to raise awareness of the economic and environmental damage that invasive plants and animals can cause if allowed to spread in British Columbia.

But aside from $1.6 million of grant money announced for 29 regional districts, municipalities and organizations last month, little has been done in terms of a long term plan, or a proactive solution.

Since 2012, the province has provided $2.1 million to help prevent aquatic invasive species from entering BC and to support public awareness campaigns and preventative measures, such as the "Clean, Drain, Dry" program for recreational boaters. That same year they amended the controlled alien species regulation to further restrict non-native species.

But that only means invasive zebra or quagga mussels (alive or dead) are not allowed to remain on boats or related equipment, and those that fail to adhere can be slapped with a fine up to $100,000.

The Manitoba government is also currently embroiled in a battle to save their many lakes against the clam-like creatures. The Great Lakes and parts of the US have already been infested by the invasive mussels too.

Manitoba will spend $500,000 to dump liquid potash into the waters until it reaches a lethal concentration for the mussels, clogging their gills. This has never been done before in open water.

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6. CORRESPONDENCE

6.1 Okanagan Basin Water Board Meeting Highlights - May 8, 2014 (for information) (All Directors - Unweighted Vote)

FINDLATER/BAKER
THAT the Regional Board receive for information the Okanagan Basin Water Board meeting highlights of May 8, 2014

CARRIED Unanimously

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.pdf icon April 28, 2014 Regional District of Central Okanagan Regular Board Meeting Minutes

6. CORRESPONDENCE

6.1 Okanagan Basin Water Board Meeting Highlights - April 3, 2014 (All Directors - Unweighted Vote)

It was noted that the Water Board has stepped up action in an attempt to prevent invasive mussels from entering the Okanagan. OBWB wants to ramp up inspection stations and has written further letters to government agencies. Signage has been developed for those municipalities wishing to post at their boat launches.

BAKER/FINDLATER
THAT the Okanagan Basin Water Board meeting highlights of April 3, 2014 be received for information.

CARRIED Unanimously

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Muscles flexed over mussels
Castanet.net - by Carmen Weld | Story: 114201 - May 1, 2014

Vernon City Council is fed up with the lack of federal and provincial government concern over zebra and quagga mussels invading Okanagan lakes.

At their meeting on Monday fears were shared over a possible mussel invasion and frustration over their unanswered calls for help.

“It really scares me because our lakes are one of the biggest attractions that we have and we don't want to see anything disrupt that,” said Councillor Lord.

“Some of things I have found most disturbing in discussions with the regional district is how little action there has been provincially and federally,” added Councillor O'Keefe.

The Vernon City Council has decided to once again send letters to the federal and provincial government for help.

“Our whole economy, in many ways, depends on our lakes, so it is going to be really, really important that we will start to get some buy-in at the federal and provincial level and so I would also like to see you go see those people and impress our deep concerns to them,” said O'keefe to Vernon Mayor Rob Sawatzky.

Sawatzky said he is angered by the lack of provincial and federal concern and is frustrated that they have to once again send this type of letter.

“We have done this in the past and the complete lack of a useful response is what is most outstanding,” said Sawatzkty.

“It is a hugely important issue for our valley, for if nothing else, water intake and water supply, plus all of the occasions of recreational and other use. It could be a real “watershed” issue.”

Councillor Lord added that she fears the lakes will be ruined if we do not do something soon and that it will be similar to when milfoil changed the lakes forever.

“I think that the mussels present the same kind of threat to our lakes. It is a lot more important than we think, there are lakes in the United States now that have warning signs up saying to wear shoes because those mussels are so sharp, it is really scary.”

Along with the letter being sent to government agencies the City of Vernon plans to add a sample letter to their website encouraging other residents to send their own letters to the government.

Letters from the City will add to a pile of letters already being sent from the Okanagan Basin Water Board and other jurisdictions to BC Premier Christy Clark, BC Minister of Environment Mary Polak, federal Minister of Fisheries and Oceans Gail Shea and federal Minister of Public Safety Steven Blaney.

The board says in their letter that the recent catch of a mussels on a boat at the BC border in Osoyoos heading for Okanagan Lake was a sign something needs to be done, and fast.

The letter includes a call for action for a 'Boat inspection program' which they claim would be a fraction of the cost of an actual zebra and quagga mussel infestation.

“The most conservative estimate is that an invasion would cost $20 million per year in BC, but our own study puts the figure at more than $40 million in the Okanagan alone,” states the letter from Doug Findlater, Chair of the Okanagan Basin Water Board.

The letter will also call for a completion of the BC governments aquatic invasive species control plan:

increased training for Conservation Officers in the Southern Interior
training and equipment for Canada Border Services Agents
federal regulations prohibiting the transport of the invasive mussels into Canada
investment in decontamination equipment

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Officials targeted over mussel risk
Vernon Morning Star - by Richard Rolke - Apr 2, 2014

Okanagan residents are being rallied to fight invaders.

The Okanagan Basin Water Board decided Tuesday to consider ways of allowing residents to express concerns about the risk of zebra and quagga mussels to federal and provincial officials.

“Our MLAs need countless correspondence from constituents,” said director Toby Pike at a meeting in Coldstream.

“This is a nerve issue for people in the valley. They really don’t want this to happen.”

The mussels are indigenous to Europe and since arriving in North America, they have spread across the continent, clogging water intake pipes and boat motors. They also deplete food sources for fish, produce toxins that contaminate drinking water and razor-sharp shells spread across beaches.

Also on Tuesday, the OBWB board agreed to write a letter once again reiterating the need for the federal and provincial governments to take action on the mussels, particularly given that a boat infested with mussels was found at the Osoyoos border crossing March 12.

“I’m quite disgusted with how the province and the feds are taking this so lightly,” said director Allan Patton.

OBWB has been urging the federal government to permit border guards to inspect boats and prohibit entry of any contaminated vessels. It also wants the provincial government to create an inspection program.

“We have to continue to hammer away at the province to do something and the feds to implement regulations,” said Doug Findlater, OBWB chairperson.

When contacted, Okanagan MPs have indicated that federal regulations are pending.

“They’re very vague on that end of things,” said Anna Warwick Sears, OBWB executive director.

The other concern is that when the mussel-infested boat was stopped in Osoyoos, the B.C. Ministry of Environment had to find a commercial company for decontamination.

“They’re just not prepared,” said Warwick Sears of the ministry.

“There are very few resources coming down to the local level.”

Director Juliette Cunningham says senior officials need to act as the possibility grows that mussels will arrive in the Okanagan.

“I have people coming up to me and they’re freaking out about it,” she said.

Okanagan jurisdictions are also being urged to speak out.

“We need to get every municipality to do it (write letters). That may have some teeth,” said director Gerry Zimmermann.

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This no-brainer scares me that people have to send in letters to encourage the government to do what is right.  Is the government that stupid that they need to have people telling the government to do what is right?  People don't have time to write thousands of letters, and the government doesn't have time to read them all, so what is the point of writing letters?  The government doesn't listen anyway.  It is the governments job to do what is right!!!  If the government can't do their job without a thousand letters, maybe its time we disband government!!!  I don't know about you, but every day there is something that pisses me right the "F" off!  Sometimes several times per day!!!  If the OBWB can't persuade the government, who can?  The government will do whatever it wants to do no matter what people say, and even if you do send in letters.  The system is obviously not working.  Why don't we change the system so that it does work.  If we don't change the system, nothing is going to change, and everyone will have to spend their life writing letters and spend thousands of dollars cleaning up Okanagan Lake.  This mussel problem was brought up a long time ago by the OBWB and its still an issue!!!!!!  For all the effort protestors have to put in to encourage change, all the protestors could use that effort to become their own government and change the system so that it works the way it should.  Tell me, do you like Harper and Clark, cause I sure don't.  Harpers election fraud scandal, should have been your first clue!!!  How many letters after the first one, do the OBWB need to write?  The OBWB have already written a letter, but the government needs more letters from them????  Lets work on changing the way the system works so you can stop writing letters for every dam thing that comes along.  How stupid does our government have to be for you to do something about it?  Do you really want to live the rest of your life this way, writing letters or forever holding your peace?

Honestly, can you believe this?  Well I for one can't stand this anymore!!!  The entire system needs to change!!!

If you do write a letter, make sure you emphasize how ignorant government is and that you shouldn't have to write a letter about the mussel problem.

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.pdf icon March 24, 2014 Highlights of the Regional District of Central Okanagan Regular Board Meeting

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OBWB calls on Province for Made in BC plan to stop mussels: The Okanagan Basin Water Board is recommending to the Province that it develop a "Made in B.C." business plan to help prevent the spread of invasive zebra and quagga mussels into British Columbia waters. The suggestion is a potential sticker program for watercraft owners tied to inspection or licencing similar to successful programs in the U.S. The Water Board continues to urge the federal government to pass pending legislation allowing Canada Border Services agents to inspect boats coming in from the U.S. For more about the mussels visit http://www.DontMoveAMussel.ca/.

Funds approved for Okanagan irrigation training: The Board approved funding to subsidize training for Okanagan irrigation installers this fall through the Irrigation Industry Association of BC to help address the shortage of certified installers in our
valley. Subsidies will be available to those conducting agricultural, commercial and residential installs.

Board commends B.C. on proposal to get tough on off-road vehicles: OBWB will be forwarding a letter to the Province commending proposed legislation to have offroad vehicles (e.g. dirt bikes and quads) licenced when used on public land and fines increased from $500 to a maximum $5,000. The board believes the legislation will be significant in helping protect water quality.

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5. CORPORATE SERVICES

5.1 Okanagan Basin Water Board March 6,2014 Meeting Highlights (All Directors - Unweighted Vote)

FIELDING/OPHUS
THAT the Okanagan Basin Water Board March 6,2014 meeting highlights be received for information.

CARRIED Unanimously

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Water Conservation and Quality Grants

The Regional Board has endorsed submitting six applications to the Okanagan Basin Water Board (OBWB) for funding consideration under its Water Conservation and Quality grant program. Three applications are for projects proposed by the Regional District while the others are from individual non-profit organizations. The Central Okanagan region is eligible for almost $179,000 in funding through the OBWB program.

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OBWB calls on sr. government to get serious about mussel threat: After lengthy discussion about the growing threat of invasive zebra and quagga mussels to Okanagan lakes, the board directed staff to take action. Staff were asked to meet
with the Okanagan MLA and MP caucus and urge passing of pending legislation to allow watercraft inspections at Canada-U.S. border crossings, and recommend inspections at inter-provincial borders as well as the necessary funding to implement
such a program. Staff were also directed to send letters to the B.C. and federal ministers responsible and make the same recommendations. It is estimated that an invasion could cost the valley $43 million annually to manage. The province has
suggested inspection stations would cost up to $160,000 per station per year, but would only be needed at major entry points into B.C.

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6. CORRESPONDENCE

6.1 Okanagan Basin Water Board Meeting Highlights - February 6,2014 - for information only (All Directors - Unweighted Vote)

ZIMMERMANN/GIVEN
THAT the Okanagan Basin Water Board meeting highlights of February 6,2014 be received for information.

CARRIED Unanimously

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10. COMMUNITY SERVICES

Planning:

10.1 Report regarding Okanagan Basin Water Board Initiative Grants (036020 OBWB) (All Directors - Unweighted Vote)

Staff report dated February 17, 2014 outlined seven water conservation and quality improvement grant applications. All projects meet the OBWB criteria as outlined in the OBWB grants program guide. Local government support is required in order to be eligible for OBWB consideration. The projects were outlined.

The question was raised whether staff evaluates the applications. Staff do not give oversight or comments on applications. The evaluation process is done by OBWB staff. All projects meet OBWB's criteria. Local government support is required in order to be accepted as eligible for consideration by OBWB.

Concern by Lake Country's Mayor was expressed regarding BC Wildlife Federation - Watershed Evaluation of Aquatic Disturbances Relating to Fish and Wildlife Habitat $22,354. The District of Lake Country has submitted an application for downstream work in the Crooked Lake watershed and questions whether this interferes with Lake Country's water management plans primarily water storage on Crooked Lake. Lake Country was not aware of this application and believes providing funding is in opposition to Lake Country's work in the watershed.

OPHUS/ BAKER
THAT the Regional Board endorse the applications outlined below for the Okanagan Basin Water Board Conservation and Quality Improvement Grant Program;
• RDCO - Biosolids Land Application at Brenda Mines $30,000
• RDCO - Treated Effluent Irrigation at Bylands Nursery $25,000
• RDCO - Phase 1 Regional District Floodplain Risk Assessment and mapping $20,000
• Mission Creek Restoration Initiative - Biophysical Inventory and Management Plan for Ecological Resources along Mission Creek Corridor - Phase 1 $30,000
• Okanagan Collaborative Conservation Program - Improving Habitat Connectivity $10,000
• Okanagan Xeriscape Association - Plant labelling pilot project $20,400

AND FURTHER THAT the endorsements be forwarded to the Okanagan Basin Water Board as part of the application packages.

CARRIED Unanimously

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.pdf icon January 16, 2014 Regional District of Central Okanagan Regular Board Meeting Agenda

.pdf icon Item 5.1 2014 Committee Appointments

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Governance & Services Committee
Robert Hobson (Chair)
Gail Given (Vice Chair)
James Baker
Colin Basran
Jim Edgson
Keith Fielding
Doug Findlater
Walter Gray
Patty Hanson
Duane Ophus
Luke Stack
Gerry Zimmermann
Councillor Chris Derickson (WFN-non-voting)

Environmental Advisory Commission
Beverly Andrews (3 yr term - Jan 2017)
Jeffrey Austin (3 yr term exp April 2015)
Melony Catana (3 yr term - Nov 2015)
Jennifer Clarke (3 yr term - exp April 2015)
Angela Cormano (3 yr term - Jan 2017)
Denis Davis (3 yr term - exp April 2015)
Jacqueline Foley (3 yr term - Nov 2015)
Jenna Gall (1 yr term - Jan 2015)
Rose Gunoff(3 yr term - Nov 2015)
Les Gyug (3 yr term - Jan 2017)
John Janmaat (3 yr term - Jan 2017)
Allan King (3 yr term - Jan 2017)
Peter Spencer (3 yr term - Nov 2015)

Central Okanagan West Electoral Area Advisory Planning Commission
Don Bennison (2yr term - May 2014
JeffDeacoff (3Yr term - May 2015)
Ben Hansen (3Yr term - May 2015)
Joe Iafrancesco (3Yr term - May 2015)
Bob Johncox (2 Yr term - May 2014)
Norm MacLeod (3 Yr term - May 2015)

Agricultural Advisory Commission
Bob Fugger (exp. Nov 2015)
Lisa Cameron (exp Nov.2015)
Eveline Irons (exp Feb 2016)
Victor Macdonald (exp Feb 2015)
Emma Rantucci(exp Feb 2015)
Molly Thurston (exp Dec 2016)
Carl Withler (advisory only)

Sterile Insect Release Board
Colin Basran
Duane Ophus
Gail Given (1st alternate)

Okanagan Basin Water Board
Keith Fielding
Doug Findlater
Gerry Zimmermann
Patty Hanson (1st alternate)
James Baker (2nd alternate)
Gail Given (3rd alternate)

Audit/Human Resources Committee
Robert Hobson (Chair)
James Baker
Walter Gray
Keith Fielding
Doug Findlater

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5. CORPORATE SERVICES
5.1 Approval of 2014 Committee Appointments (All Directors - Unweighted Vote)

Chair Hobson presented the list of committee appointments for 2014.

EDGSON/FIELDING
THAT the Regional Board approve the 2014 Committee Appointments.

CARRIED Unanimously

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Regional District and Water Board Team Up for Huge Savings

Reclaiming and reusing water at the Westside Regional Wastewater Treatment Plant is saving water and money.

Since a water reclamation project was completed this summer, there’s been a dramatic reduction in the amount of potable drinking water needed for everyday use around the Gellatly Road plant which treats a daily average of nine-million litres of wastewater from homes and businesses in West Kelowna, Peachland and the Westbank First Nation Reserves #9 and #10.

Last spring, the Regional District of Central Okanagan, which maintains and operates the plant, received a $25,000 Water Conservation and Quality Improvement program grant from the Okanagan Basin Water Board. The grant along with just over $10,000 from the Regional District was used for a major upgrade to a small water reclamation system that was in use at the plant.

Communications Officer Bruce Smith says, “We’ve always used a small amount of treated plant effluent water around the facility but were using a vast amount of treated, potable drinking water. With the grant, we were able to substantially upgrade our system by retrofitting two existing pumps; purchasing and installing new filters that use minimal electricity and water for backwashing and converting plumbing from the treated drinking water system to use the newly filtered treated plant water in appropriate areas of the plant.”

He adds, “As a result, we’ve significantly decreased our use of regular quality drinking water and we’ve seen our water bill plummet.”

For example, last summer the Regional Wastewater Treatment Plant used 3,212 cubic metres of potable drinking water, a drop of 67% from the same period in 2012, before the water reclamation project. Now that the expanded water reclamation system is in place, over the course of a year, the plant’s total water consumption is expected to drop by at least 25,000 cubic metres, saving about $12,000 a year.

Reclaimed water is used throughout the Westside Regional Wastewater Treatment Plant to cool pump bearings, flush mechanical seals, wash-down equipment and through spray nozzles to control foam and the build-up of solids. It’s also used during the spring and summer months for outdoor irrigation. Regular quality drinking water isn’t needed for these operations around the plant.

You can learn more about the plant by visiting www.regionaldistrict.com/wastewater.

(November 13, 2013)

Source: RDCO's what's new

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5.2 Okanagan Basin Water Board Report - Nov. 7, 2013 (for information only)
(All Directors - Unweighted Vote)

FINDLATER/FIELDING
THAT the Okanagan Basin Water Board report dated November 7,2013 be received for information.

CARRIED

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5. CORRESPONDENCE

5.1 Okanagan Basin Water Board Report - October 2, 2013 (for information only)

ZIMMERMANN/BAKER
THAT the Okanagan Basin Water Board report dated October 2, 2013 be received for information.

CARRIED

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Silvoculture award from the Province of BC - Chair Hobson confirmed that the Regional District, as part of other local governments and key stakeholders and agencies been awarded a Silvoculture award. This is the first of its kind in BC, this
water-management partnership arose out of the need to protect drinking water in the Okanagan Shuswap District. This win-win approach integrated the management of forestry and livestock productions with conservation practices to protect drinking water while also promoting industry.

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.pdf icon September 12, 2013 Regional District of Central Okanagan Governance and Services Committee Meeting Minutes

5. Community Services

Environmental Planning:

5.1 OBWB collaboration and Okanagan Wetland Strategy--presentation by Anna Warwick-Sears and Nelson Jatel (Okanagan Basin Water Board)
Anna Warwick-Sears introduced the topic of collaboration between the Water Board and RDCO. Solutions to water issues are bigger than one jurisdiction.
Director Baker arrived at 8:37 a.m.
Through the OBWB grant program, the RDCO and partners have been involved in a number of projects including: sensitive habitat inventory mapping; best management practices illustrations; hydrogeological assessments and modeling of aquifer systems in the central Okanagan; stream restoration and education activities on Joe Rich Creek; the "silvopasture" project in Vernon and Oyama Creek watersheds; Okanagan Lake foreshore inventory mapping; and wetland inventory, collaboration and prioritization.
Nelson Jatel provided an update on the Okanagan Wetland Strategy and the ground water study. RDCO Community Services Planning Section is working in collaboration with the Okanagan Basin Water Board (OBWB) on a number of initiatives related to water conservation and quality, including input on the Regional Growth Strategy.
Director Stack arrived at 8:47 a.m.
Regional planning function is imperative to the strategy as it has to be bigger than Central Okanagan boundaries. The majority of funding comes from senior governments. Wetlands are the 'kidneys' of the environment. The Strategy is looking at emerging issues and collecting the dots between data currently available and future data.

Discussion:
- Director Baker noted that Lake Country is supporting a resolution at UBCM to get more staffing in environment offices in the Okanagan. Jatel noted they don't see a trend for increased staffing being re-routed to the environment. The answer is going to rest in new solutions to consider and dealing with constricted budgets.
- If new sources of revenue are taxed, need to ensure the funds are being directed to the areas identified.
- Are there any results back from the Joe Rich water study? The data from Joe Rich is just beginning-limited data sets available, still playing catch-up. It is imperative to share data in a meaningful way to help local government in the decisions they are required to make when it comes to development.
- Is the OBWB looking at working with local governments on storage of water, particularly high level? Storage is something that is done by individual water utilities. Storage is multi-jurisdictional as well - province, local governments, First Nations.
- Lobbying provincial representatives re: water quantity/quality affects health care.
- It is one water basin, We all have to work together to protect water sources,
- One of the issues RDCO is looking at is the emergency program for climate change including: continuity of service, adaption including catastrophic events, flood risk assessments/mapping critical to the future.

ZIMMERMANN/FIELDING
THAT the presentation by Anna Warwick-Sears and Nelson Jatel, Okanagan Basin Water Board on the Okanagan Wetland Strategy be received for information.

CARRIED

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5.2 Habitat connectivity in the Okanagan Region--presentation by Dr, Lael Parrot (UBC-O) Species at risk

Another collaborative environmental planning project that has been partially funded through RDCO is the Biodiversity Conservation Strategy, The information and mapping on habitat connectivity that has been developed in conjunction with the
project, together with the land use information from the Regional Growth Strategy update, has led to a partnership with UBCO to further refine habitat connectivity across the RDCO area, The objective of this project is to assist in identifying a
terrestrial network of patches and corridors whose conservation or restoration may contribute to maintaining habitat connectivity for a broad range of species in the Okanagan Basin. Restoring habitat connectivity once it has been lost is
considerably more costly and much less effective than conserving existing native habitat. Dr. Lael Parot provided a presentation on identifying priority areas for conserving habitat connectivity in the Okanagan Region.
The vision of the group: maintaining ecological functional landscape in the Okanagan; support and sustain native biodiversity; maintain habitat connectivity for native species throughout the valley and with Washington State.
Why is it important to maintain natural habitats? To maintain quality of life, local ecosystem is unique to Canada, 25% of species at risk are located here. How much habitat is enough? Minimal values includes 40% of historic watershed wetland coverage; 50% native vegetation cover or more at the watershed scale to support most species and healthy aquatic system, 75% of stream lengths should be vegetated.

Director Findlater arrived at 9:22 a.m.

Some previous work has been done by Okanagan Collaborative Conservation Program and the South Okanagan Conservation Program. Objective of program was reviewed as well as the method of work UBC-O is doing. Working groups are being formed which includes Washington State. Species don't know about borders - collaboration is imperative.

Discussion:
- As you do the mapping and analysis will remediation be done as well? The first step is to identify what we have in the current landscape that can be conserved.
Remediation gets into a whole other field which would need funding. This project may identify priority areas.
- How do you anticipate local governments to be involved? That is why they are here today - currently contact is with local government staff.
- The challenge in conservation is identifying where subdivisions are - what is on public lands, what is on private lands.
Director Gray arrived at 9:35 a.m.
- Important to review/look at restrictive development to protect the natural landscape. Need to look at extreme scenarios - public dialogue will be important.
- What is the timeline to present some information to staff/board? Connectivity maps - 12 to 18 months. Honor thesis available by May 2014. Larger project simulation models - 5 year project plus.
- Important to establish environmental contacts with each of the municipalities staff can assist with this. Important to engage with all staff, at all levels.
- Bringing First Nations in is critical at the beginning of the process and bringing in their values as well.
- This work fits in with the Regional Growth Strategy.

STACK/BAKER
THAT the presentation by Dr. L. Parrot (UBC-O) on habitat connectivity in the Okanagan region be received for information.

CARRIED

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5.2 Okanagan Basin Water Board Meeting Highlights (for information only)

EDGSON/OPHUS
THAT the Okanagan Basin Water Board meeting highlights of July 4,2013 be received for information.

CARRIED

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7. DIRECTOR ITEMS

7.1 Directors were reminded that the District of West Kelowna was hosting an open house today from 3-7 p.m. OBWB and RDCO will have tables at the event.

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6. CORRESPONDENCE

6.1 Okanagan Basin Water Board Highlights - May 9, 2013 (for information)

EDGSON/FIELDING
THAT the Okanagan Basin Water Board highlights of May 9,2013 be received for information.

CARRIED

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6. CORRESPONDENCE

6.1 Okanagan Basin Water Board Highlights - April 4, 2013 (for information)

FIELDING/EDGSON
THAT the Okanagan Basin Water Board meeting highlights of April 4, 2013 be received for information.

CARRIED

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6.2 Ministry of Environment re: Invasive Zebra and Quagga Mussels (for information)

The April 2, 2013 letter from the Ministry of Environment, in response to the RDCO's letter requesting the Province become more involved in the risks to BC by the invasive mussels, outlined a number of actions the Province is taking to both raise awareness and develop collaborations to prevent invasion of the mussels in BC.

FIELDING/BAKER
THAT the April 2, 2013 letter from the Ministry of Environment, in response to the RDCO's letter requesting more involvement by the Province regarding the risks to BC posed by the invasive Zebra and Quagga mussels be received for information.

CARRIED

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Invasive Aquatic Mussels Resolution

The Regional Board has approved a resolution to be submitted for consideration by the Southern Interior Local Government Association conference. The resolution calls on the federal and provincial governments to immediately establish mandatory inspection stations and an education program to inform people about the threat posed by invasive Zebra and Quagga mussels. These species of aquatic mussels are easily transported and once in place, can have a major economic impact on infrastructure and tourism.

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7. UNFINISHED BUSINESS

7.1 Late Resolution to SILGA 2013 Convention re: Threat of Invasive Zebra and Quagga Mussels (All Directors - Unweighted Vote)

The Board at its March 14th meeting requested a late resolution be forwarded to the 2013 SILGA convention on the threat of invasive Zebra and Quagga Mussels.

FINDLATER/FIELDING
WHEREAS the Regional District of Central Okanagan has been informed of the threat of invasive Zebra and Quagga mussels spreading into Western Canada and that the infestation of these species will cost millions of dollars in damage and increase costs for infrastructure, and that at the present time there is no known natural predator of
the mussels;
AND WHEREAS according to the Canadian Council of Fisheries and Aquaculture Ministers Aquatic Invasive Species Task Group the most effective approach is to manage pathways by which these aquatic invasive species enter Canadian waters;
AND WHEREAS mandatory boat inspection programs now exist in some U.S. states and similar mandatory inspection stations in Canada along provincial and international borders could prevent or delay the aquatic invaders;
AND WHEREAS the Province of BC has strong legislation and stiff penalties prohibiting the transport of aquatic invasive species;
THEREFORE it is requested that the provincial and federal governments act immediately to develop mandatory inspection stations and an education program to inform the public of the threat of invasive Zebra and Quagga mussels.

CARRIED

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Prevention of Invasive Aquatic Mussels

The Regional Board has agreed to write letters to the federal and provincial governments supporting an initiative of the Okanagan Basin Water Board to proactively protect against the introduction of invasive aquatic mussels. These species are easily transported and once in place, can have a major economic impact on infrastructure and tourism.

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8. COMMITTEE RECOMMENDATIONS
8.1 Rise &Report - Governance &Services Committee meeting of February 28, 2013 & March 14, 2013

b) Limiting the Spread of Zebra and Quagga Mussels in the Okanagan

The Okanagan Basin Water Board (OBWB) continues to urge federal and provincial governments to implement a strategy to prevent the spread of the mussels to the Okanagan. This matter concerns all local governments in the Okanagan as the infestation will have a drastic economic and environmental impact if these invaders are introduced to our waterway.
Several initiatives are underway to help prevent mussels from infesting Okanagan Lakes. The OBWB is holding a public meeting April 4th in Osoyoos. A PowerPoint presentation is available on OBWB's website.

EDGSON/GIVEN
THAT the Regional Board forward a letter urging provincial and federal governments to take immediate action to prevent the spread of invasive Zebra and Quagga mussels to British Columbia and all un-infested parts of Canada;
AND FURTHER THAT the Regional District .bring forward a resolution of support to the floor at the 2013 SILGA Convention.

CARRIED

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.pdf icon February 25, 2013 Highlights of the Regional District of Central Okanagan Board Meeting

Okanagan Basin Water Board Submissions

The Regional Board has endorsed sending 11 applications to the Okanagan Basin Water Board (OBWB) for grant funding consideration. The applications are being made under the OBWB Water Conservation and Quality Improvement Grant Program. Four of the applications are from RDCO departments and the remaining seven have been submitted by a variety of non-government agencies. The Water Board program funding allocation for projects in the Central Okanagan is $177,300.

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.pdf icon February 25, 2013 Regional District of Central Okanagan Board Meeting Minutes

Planning

9.2 Okanagan Basin Water Board Initiative Grants (0360-20 OBWB) (All Directors - Unweighted Vote)

Staff report dated February 18, 2013 outlined the grant applications which have been submitted for consideration by the OBWB. Grants are intended to encourage innovative and collaborative projects that promote more uniform
standards and best practices throughout the valley.

Eligible grants must: demonstrate water savings or improvements to water quality; be supported by local government; and be consistent with water management planning objectives in their respective jurisdiction.

An eleventh application came in after the report was prepared for the Board. It was noted planning staff provide administrative support only. OBWB evaluates the program grants.

The question was raised whether the grant application from Ecole KLO Middle School has been supported by the School Board as there may be liability issues involved with volunteers and environmental work being done. OBWB to be asked to follow-up with the School District to ensure it is endorsed.

Concern was raised whether UBC-O is also providing funds for projects they are undertaking. The valley regional districts have contributed significant funds towards the research chair collaboration program and questioned whether they should be applying for these very limited funds.

Further, it was noted that, some projects have a direct benefit, economically and environmentally, to the Regional District. It is felt that OBWB should look for projects that leverage other sources of funding.

BAKER/FIELDING
THAT the Regional Board endorse the following applications for the Okanagan Basin Water Board Conservation and Quality Improvement Grant Program:
• RDCO - Regional Parks Irrigation Audit and Assessment
• RDCO - Gellatly Nut Farm Regional Park - Turf Replacement Study
• RDCO - Reclaimed Water Upgrade - Westside Regional Wastewater Treatment Plant
• RDCO - Wetland Inventory - Collaboration and prioritization
• UBC-O - Water Quality Research
• Mission Creek Restoration Initiative - Dike Setback-Flood Protection and Habitat Enhancement
• Ecole KLO Middle School- Fascieux Creek Restoration and Riparian Habitat Conservation
• Okanagan and Similkameen Invasive Species Society -Invasive Mussel Prevention Program
• Okanagan Collaborative Conservation Program - Biodiversity Conservation Strategy - Case Study and Outreach
• Okanagan Xeriscape Association - Promoting xeriscapes to reduce water consumption
• UBC-O - Water Distribution Systems Reliability

AND FURTHER THAT the endorsements be forwarded to the Okanagan Basin Water Board as part of the application packages.

CARRIED

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.pdf icon November 26, 2012 Regional District of Central Okanagan Regular Board Meeting Minutes

6.3 Okanagan Basin Water Board Report - November 8, 2012 (for Information) (All Directors - Unweighted Vote)

ZIMMERMANN/FIELDING
THAT the Okanagan Basin Water Board report of November 8, 2012 be received for information.

CARRIED

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.pdf icon October 22, 2012 Regional District of Central Okanagan Regular Board Meeting Minutes

7.2 Okanagan Basin Water Board - October 4, 2012 Board Report (for information only)

EDGSON/BLANLEIL
THAT the Okanagan Basin Water Board report dated October 4,2012 be received for information.

CARRIED

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.pdf icon July 23, 2012 Regional District of Central Okanagan Regular Board Meeting Minutes

6.2 Okanagan Basin Water Board Meeting Highlights - July 3, 2012 (for information only)

Directors expressed support for both OBWB and the International Osoyoos Lake Board of Control recommendation to the International Joint Commission for renewal of the Osoyoos Lake Orders under the Boundary Waters Treaty regarding the Osoyoos Lake level and no guaranteed flows to the USA.

Concern was expressed that any change to guaranteed water flow or delivery into the US may have implications to water levels in Okanagan Lake.

FINDLATER/BAKER
THAT the July 3,2012 Okanagan Basin Water Board meeting highlights be received;
AND FURTHER THAT a letter be forwarded to the International Joint Commission (IJC), Canadian Section in support of the Okanagan Basin Water Board's letter regarding the renewal of operating orders for Osoyoos Lake which requests IJC to not consider a major policy change on specific lake levels.

CARRIED

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.pdf icon May 28, 2012 Regional District of Central Okanagan Regular Board Meeting Minutes

6. CORRESPONDENCE

6.1 Okanagan Basin Water Board Report - May 4, 2012 (for information)

FIELDING/OPHUS
THAT the Okanagan Basin Water Board report of May 4, 2012 be received for information.

CARRIED

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.pdf icon May 10, 2012 Regional District of Central Okanagan Governance and Services Committee Meeting Minutes

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A round table for Mayors
Castanet.net - by Grant Scott - Story: 74400 - Apr 27, 2012

The four member municipalities of the Inter-Municipal Services Advisory Board - Kelowna, West Kelowna, Vernon and Penticton - are continuing their work on common municipal issues including transit governance, the Okanagan Basin Water Board and environmental permitting.

The board is made up of the four municipal mayors and chief administrative officers.

On Friday, April 20, Kelowna Mayor Walter Gray, Vernon Mayor Robert Sawatzky, West Kelowna Mayor Doug Findlater and Penticton Mayor Dan Ashton met to plan ahead for the rest of 2012.

“By continuing to work together, the four municipalities are able to address areas of mutual concern, which will be a benefit to all the citizens of the Okanagan Valley,” says Penticton Mayor Dan Ashton.

In the past, that has included agreement on a common Safe Premises bylaw to handle properties found to be cultivating illegal drugs, the launching a Bylaw Dispute Adjudication System and lobbying for continued support of the Combined Forces Special Enforcement Unit of the RCMP, dedicated to organized crime activity.

This time around, the group discussed partnership opportunities with BC Transit, which is considering implementing a three-person panel to work with municipalities on planning.

The Mayors agreed that larger centres would like to work in tandem with its provincial transit partner, making the panel available to assist smaller centres with planning.

The group also noted it is looking forward to the Okanagan Basin Water Board’s strategic planning session scheduled for early June, and would call on municipal peers at the coming Southern Interior Local Government Association (SILGA) convention in Revelstoke to offer the OBWB suggestions and recommendations for consideration during its planning process.

Penticton Mayor Dan Ashton also broached the topic of environmental permitting issues relating to the reconstruction of streamside infrastructure, such as dike systems.

The City of Penticton will take the lead on the matter, writing a letter to senior government to review the lengthy and often costly process required before municipalities are able to conduct needed repairs.

Mayors Gray, Sawatzky, Findlater and Ashton signed two joint letters at the meeting: one to Premier Christy Clark seeking funding support for private landowners for forest fire mitigation and the other to the Union of BC Municipalities seeking a change in how funds are allocated under the Gas Tax Agreement.

Ongoing concerns that impact all member municipalities were also discussed, including enforcement of lakeshore zoning regulations and the RCMP policing agreement.

Inter-Municipal Services Advisory Board meetings are held quarterly and alternate between municipalities. The four mayors represent more than 80 per cent of the Okanagan’s population.

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.pdf icon April 23, 2012 Regional District of Central Okanagan Regular Board Meeting Minutes

6. CORRESPONDENCE

6.1 Okanagan Basin Water Board Report - April 5, 2012 (for information)

It was noted that OBWB is beginning preparation for a strategic planning session and that the Regional Board may wish to spend some time discussing what OBWB's current responsibilities are and whether there are any new ideas or direction the Board may wish OBWB to consider. A few issues include whether there is a better way to provide grants and the issue as to why there are no weighted votes at the Board table.

FINDLATER/GRAY
THAT the Okanagan Basin Water Board report of April 5,2012 be received.
AND THAT OBWB Chair and its Executive Director be invited to attend a future Governance & Services Committee meeting to provide an update on OBWB's current plans and direction for the future.

CARRIED

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10.2 Appointment - OBWB Okanagan Water Stewardship Council (All Directors - Unweighted Vote)

BAKER/FIELDING
THAT the Regional Board of the Regional District of Central appoint Margaret Bakelaar, and Chris Radford as alternate, to the OBWB Okanagan Water Stewardship Council for the upcoming 18-month term (May 2012-0ctober 2013).

CARRIED

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.pdf icon March 8, 2012 Highlights of the Regional District of Central Okanagan Regular Board Meeting

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.pdf icon Item 5.3 Okanagan Basin Water Board Initiative Grants.pdf

*Note* this is only a snippet, please click links above for entire content.

What is the aim of the project?
The project goal is to incorporate Syilx, or Okanagan, peoples' values and principles of water into Okanagan Basin Water Board's communications strategies, project development and outreach activities. The Okanagan Nation Alliance (ONA) will 'produce communication products that OBWB and ONA can use to introduce what water means to Syilx people now and since time immemorial.

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5.3 Okanagan Basin Water Board Initiative Grants (0360-20 OBWB) (All Directors)

Staff report dated March 1, 2012 outlined the application for the Okanagan Basin Water Board initiative grant. The ONA requires local government support in order for the application to move forward. Concern was expressed that the OBWB had recently approved a term position and that this may be an existing service that OBWB has already been contracted and that this is a duplication of service. The Regional District representatives to the OBWB were asked to further discuss this issue at the OBWB table.

FINDLATER/BAKER
THAT the Regional Board endorse the Okanagan Nation Alliance Integration of Okanagan Perspectives of Water - $60,000, application for the Okanagan Basin Water Board Water Conservation and Quality Improvement Grant Program subject to
the program not being a duplication of services or an existing contracted program of the OBWB;
AND FURTHER THAT program allocation be shared amongst the three regional districts;
AND FURTHER THAT the endorsement be forwarded to the Okanagan Basin Water Board as part of the application package.

DEFEATED (Gray, Fielding, Baker, Given, Blanleil, Findlater in support of resolution)

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.pdf icon February 27, 2012 Regional District of Central Okanagan Regular Board Meeting Minutes

6.2 Okanagan Basin Water Board Meeting Highlights - Feb. 9, 2012 (for information)

EDGSON/BAKER
THAT the Okanagan Basin Water Board meeting highlights of February 9, 2012 be received for information.

CARRIED

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7.3 Okanagan Basin Water Board Initiative Grants (0360-20 OBWB) (All Directors)

Staff report dated February 21, 2012 outlined the applications the Regional District wishes to support for the Okanagan Basin Water Board Water Conservation and Quality Improvement grant program.

The question was raised when funding for these grants come from out of the RDOS grant funds, why are we being asked to support a South Okanagan-Simikameen grant. It was noted that the Society is based in the RDOS but the project is provided in both regional districts. They have also applied for a grant for the Okanagan-Similkameen. It is a partnership delivery program - there is no society or function in the RDCO so for the last two years their program has been extended into the Central Okanagan as an education program. This is an extension of that agreement.

EDGSON/OPHUS
THAT the Regional Board endorse the following applications for the Okanagan Basin Water Board Water Conservation and Quality Improvement grant program:

• RDCO - Westshore Estates/Kiliiney Beach Leak Detection ($25,000)
• UBC-Okanagan - Assessment of Water Quality from Green Roofs ($30,000)
• South Okanagan-Similkameen Invasive Plant Society - Preventing the spread of aquatic invasive species ($10,000)
• Glenmore-Ellison Improvement District - Limiting the spread of invasive aquatic species in the Okanagan ($9,940)
• Okanagan Xeriscape Association - xeriscapes to reduce water consumption ($20,950)
• Okanagan Collaborative Conservation Program - Outreach on the results of FIM/AHI for Okanagan Lake ($25,000)

AND FURTHER THAT the endorsements be forwarded to the Okanagan Basin Water Board.

CARRIED

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.pdf icon February 17, 2012 Regional District of Central Okanagan Governance and Services Committee Meeting Agenda

.pdf icon Item 1 Budget Presentation.pdf

.pdf icon Item 1a Budget Piechart.pdf

.pdf icon Item 1b Budget Summaries.pdf

.pdf icon Item 1c Tax Requisitions and Rates.pdf

.pdf icon Item 2 Financial Plan Contents.pdf

.pdf icon Item 2a Environmental Services - Engineering.pdf

.pdf icon Item 2b Environmental Services - Waste Management.pdf

.pdf icon Item 3a Development Services - Planning.pdf

.pdf icon Item 3b Development Services - Protection Services.pdf

.pdf icon Item 3c Development Services - Inspection Services.pdf

.pdf icon Item 4 Parks Services.pdf

.pdf icon Item 5 Finance and Administration.pdf

.pdf icon Item 6 Corporate Services.pdf

.pdf icon Item 6a Corporate Services - Policing Liaison Services.pdf

.pdf icon Item 7 Economic Development Commission.pdf

.pdf icon Item 8 Regional Board.pdf

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.pdf icon January 12, 2012 Regional District of Central Okanagan Governance and Services Committee Meeting Agenda

.pdf icon Item 5.2 Okanagan Basin Water Board Annual Update.pdf

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2012-2013 Requisition: OBWB programs are supported through property tax assessments on lands in the Okanagan watershed, and through funding transfers from senior governments. The budget year begins April 1, and for 2012-13 has the following features:

• The overall OBWB requisition is $3,449,885;
• There is a net reduction in the overall budget of 7.3% from the previous year;

CD As a percentage of assessments, the requisition is 5.7 cents/$1,000 (down from 6 cents last year).

The reduction is the direct result of a 2011 internal review and an improved financial management system for the Sewage Facilities Grants program.

The budget includes base funding for OBWB's three programs, and a requisition of $100,000/yr for a 5-year commitment to support a Water Research Chair position at UBC Okanagan, as requested by the three regional districts, (leveraging $1,500,000 in grants from the Province and the Real Estate Foundation of BC).

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5.2 Anna Warwick-Sears, Executive Director - Okanagan Basin Water Board re: Annual Update

Anna Warwick-Sears provided an update on the background and the programs of the Okanagan Basin Water Board. OBWB has three program areas including water management, sewage facilities grants and Eurasian water milfoil control. A review of the successes and challenges was presented.

2012 begins with a new OBWB Board, which includes three directors from the RDCO. The first meeting will be held February 7'h. Initiatives underway include:

  • Water Assessments - Okanagan Water Supply and Demand Project, a 3year, $3-million dollar partnership of more than 10 senior government agencies, universities and industry stakeholders.

  • Building on Information

  • Valley-wide Agreements - more valley-wide water agreements will be needed to link community water needs.

Discussion:
- Milfoil - is it getting better? The weed will continue to grow, but staff has identified the areas with the highest public value and work to keep this clean. In a reasonable holding program. Working with government in Washington on this issue as well.
- Has work been done with the agricultural community in regard to irrigation management? Seminars are being held and staff work closely with Ministry of Agriculture and Agriculture Canada. OBWB is not a training organization but works with government to assist agriculture.
- How is the health of Okanagan Lake? In some ways we are doing really wellwater quality, waste water quality continues to improve, working to have natural processes improved. More work is needed in the sensitive ecosystem areas-must continue to do the 'right thing' to ensure riparian areas are protected.
- No regulatory capacity with OBWB - will this change? Sees this as a strength. OBWB convenes and brings people together. Collaboration is more powerful. Must be accountable and demonstrate that the quality of work gives more strength than the 'stick' approach.
- Is there technology available to collect rainwater? It's hard on a domestic level .. Helping people reduce water usage is a more valuable solution.
- Water Board has taxing authority under provincial legislation.
- Mussel problem - when they arrive there will be huge costs. The border crossings, US and Federal government will have to be involved. They will clog pipes in the lake, it's not if they get here, it's when they get here. The species is from Europe/Asia and the Okanagan Lake is one of the best habitats for the mussels to survive.

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Okanagan Basin Water Board accepting grant applications
AM 1150 - 12/15/2011 - Hayley Cooper - Kelowna

The Okanagan Basin Water Board is accepting applications for a 2012 grants program.

Non profit organizations, local governments and irrigation or improvement districts have until February 24th to apply for a grant worth up to $30,000 that is meant to go towards projects that improve or conserve water.

Genevieve Dunbar with the OBWB says they are looking for tangible applications that show marked measures of improvement.

"We're also looking for things where people are thinking outside of the box a little. We want people to be creative an innovative and show us why we should fund their project."

The deadline to apply is February 24th at 4pm.

The recipient will be announced in early to mid April.

The OBWB has $300,000 in total to hand out.

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.pdf icon December 12, 2011 Highlights of the Regional District of Central Okanagan Regular Board Meeting

Regional Board Members
Chair Robert Hobson Councillor, City of Kelowna
Vice-Chair James Baker Mayor, District of Lake Country
Jim Edgson Central Okanagan West Electoral Area
*Patty Hanson Central Okanagan East Electoral Area
*Walter Gray Mayor, City of Kelowna
*Colin Basran Councillor, City of Kelowna
*Andre Blanleil Councillor, City of Kelowna
*Gail Given Councillor, City of Kelowna
*Gerry Zimmermann Councillor, City of Kelowna
Keith Fielding Mayor, District of Peachland
Doug Findlater Mayor, District of West Kelowna
Duane Ophus Councillor, District of West Kelowna
Mickey Werstuik Councillor, Westbank First Nation
(Non-Voting Member)

* means new member of the board

Board-Committee Appointments

The Regional Board has approved some Director appointments to various statutory committees such as the Sterile Insect Release program, the Okanagan Basin Water Board and the Okanagan Regional Library board. The Regional Board will review the remaining committees and advisory commission structure in the New Year.

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.pdf icon December 12, 2011 Regional District of Central Okanagan Regular Board Meeting Agenda

.pdf icon Item 5.1 Regional Board Appointments.pdf

Agenda No: 5.1
Mtg Date: Dec 13, 2011

Regional Board Report

TO: Regional Board
DATE: December 8,2011
FROM: Mary Jane Drouin Corporate Services Coordinator
SUBJECT: Board Appointments (External)

The following external appointments are required to be made at the December 12th Board meeting:

  • Okanagan Basin Water Board - 3 Directors and 3 Alternates (Director Keith Fielding from Peachland, ??)
  • Sterile Insect Release Board - 2 Directors and 1 Alternate
  • Okanagan Film Commission Board - 1 Director and 1 Alternate (Director Andre Blanleil from City of Kelowna, with Director Duane Ophus from West Kelowna as alternate)
  • Okanagan Regional Library - 1 Electoral Area Director and 1 Electoral Area Alternate (COW Director Jim Edgson and Director Patty Hanson from COE as alternate)
  • Economic Development Commission Advisory Board - 1 Electoral Area Director and 1 Electoral Area Alternate (Director Colin Basran from City of Kelowna and Director Duane Ophus from West Kelowna as alternate)
  • Southern Interior Beetle Action Committee - 1 Director and 1 Alternate (Director Jim Edgson from Central Okanagan West and Director Patty Hanson from Central Okanagan East as the alternate)
  • Municipal Finance Authority - 1 Director and 1 Alternate (Chair Robert Hobson elected himself mentioning that Director Duane Ophus from West Kelowna wanted the appointment )
  • Community Action Towards Children's Health (CATCH) - 1 Director and 1 Alternate (Director Keith Fielding from Peachland and Director Gail Given from City of Kelowna is the alternate)

A recommended list of appointees will be brought forward on December 12th.

The Governance and Services Committee functions as a 'committee-of-the-whole' comprised of all Regional Board members.

In addition, the Regional Board will review the remaining committees and their structure in the New Year at which time further appointments will be confirmed. These committees include:

Human Resources Committee;
Regional Sustainability Steering Committee;
Negotiating Committee;
Watercraft Committee;
Airport Advisory Committee;
Highway 97 Steering Committee;
Okanagan-Similkameen Airshed Coalition;
Okanagan Marine Advisory Council;
Dog Advisory Committee;
Weed Control Committee;
Westside Wastewater Treatment Service
Stakeholder Select Committee;
Agricultural Advisory Commission;
Environmental Advisory Commission;
Central Okanagan West Electoral Area Advisory Planning Commission and
Central Okanagan East Electoral Area Advisory Planning Commission.

This is for your information.

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Water Board opposes endagered listing of mussel
AM1150 Newscentre - 11/4/2011

The Okanagan Basin Water Board is making a specific request to Fisheries and Oceans Canada.

The OBWB is opposed to listing the native Rocky Mountain ridged mussel as "endangered" under the Species at Risk Act.

The Board is concerned what economic impact the listing will have on local governments, potential restrictions on OBWB milfoil control and potential restrictions on lake level management.

The feds are also be asked by the Board to take a proactive approach in stopping the spread of the zebra mussel in Okanagan Lakes.

The zebra mussel is considered a non-native, invasive and threatening species.

Hayley Cooper - Kelowna

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6.2 Okanagan Basin Water Board Highlights - October 2011 (for information only)

FIELDING/OPHUS
THAT the Okanagan Basin Water Board highlights of October 6, 2011 be received for information.

CARRIED

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Water board gets federal boost
by Castanet Staff - Story: 64437 - Sep 12, 2011

The Okanagan Basin Water Board (OBWB) held its Annual General Meeting last Friday at the Laurel Packinghouse in Kelowna. The meeting touched on the accomplishments of the past year in protecting Okanagan water, and looked ahead at the work to come.

“It’s been a fantastic year,” says Anna Warwick Sears, Executive Director for the OBWB.

She noted the work done to bring diverse groups of people and organizations together for a common purpose, to help ensure a clean, sustainable water supply for all Okanagan residents, now and in the future.

Last fall’s Rain to Resource workshop was one example of this collaboration. It brought together elected officials, local government planners and engineers, policy-makers and others, from across B.C., to learn about new and innovative ways to address stormwater.

Warwick-Sears says the OBWB is also in the process of producing a homeowner’s guide to managing stormwater, encouraging residents to become involved in water protection.

“This type of collaboration will become even more important as the Okanagan, like most regions, faces the added pressures on their water supply from climate change and population growth.”

The OBWB also received a financial boost Friday when Ruta Fluxgold, Manager of the Ecosystem Coordination Office for Environment Canada’s Pacific region, announced funding of nearly $77,000 to the Water Board.

Around $20,000 of this federal funding will go towards supporting the Osoyoos Lake Water Science Forum September 18 to 20 in Osoyoos.

$15,479 will support water utility staff get trained in the use of the OBWB’s Streamlined Water Use Reporting Tool. Another $15,480 will assist the OBWB with its hydrometric monitoring program, reintroducing monitors to track water supplies, and $26,000 will be provided to the Okanagan Collaborative Conservation Program to help develop a biodiversity strategy for the Okanagan.

Another OBWB partner, Okanagan Nation Alliance (ONA), gave a presentation at the meeting on the amazing recovery of the Okanagan sockeye fishery. Howie Wright is Project Manager with ONA’s Fisheries Department. As a result of a number of changes to the natural habitat of the fish in the Okanagan, Wright explained, the salmon experienced a serious decline in numbers. Now, as a result of significant restoration work, ONA is seeing fantastic returns.

“Since 2008, we’ve been able to increase the amount of fish Okanagan Nation members have been able to harvest for food. In 2010 we were even able to open a recreational fishery and even a small Okanagan Nation commercial fishery,” says Wright.

“It’s taken awhile, but through collaborative efforts and multiple projects we’re seeing the benefits.”

For more information on the Okanagan Basin Water Board, or to view a copy of the Water Board’s 2011 Annual Report, “Providing Leadership in Changing Times,” please visit their website.

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6. CORRESPONDENCE

6.1 Okanagan Basin Water Board - July 8, 2011 Meeting Highlights (for information)

SHEPHERD/JAMES
THAT the Okanagan Basin Water Board July 8, 2011 meeting highlights be received.

CARRIED

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5.2 Anna Warwick-Sears, Executive Director - Okanagan Basin Water Board re: Renewal of Water Management Program and Endorsement of the OBWB Governance Manual

Anna Warwick-Sears addressed the Committee highlighting that in 2005 the Okanagan regional districts agreed that the OBWB would undertake a water management program. A review of the highlights of the Program since 2009 was provided. OBWB letter of JUly 7, 2011 outlined the background of the Water Management Program as well as the Governance Manual. Both documents were circulated to the committee.

#GS62/11 BAKER/FINDLATER
THAT the Governance and Services Committee recommends that the Regional Board of the Regional District of Central Okanagan reaffirms support for the Okanagan Basin Water Board's Water Management Program under the Terms of Reference given in the OBWB Governance Manual, as adopted by this Board on December 14, 2009, and contingent on mutual agreement by the Regional Districts of North Okanagan and Okanagan-Similkameen.

CARRIED

The question of milfoil harvesting was raised. It was noted that staff are working with the Ministry of Environment (MOE). The MOE originally designed the milfoil program in the late 80s and then handed over the program to OBWB. The MOE is now concerned about machines and harvesting methods regarding possible environmental impacts. The winter derooting program has currently been put on hold. As usual we will use science as the basis of the program.

SHEPHERD/HODGE
THAT a letter be forwarded to the BC Ministry of Environment regarding the importance of continued milfoil harvesting (derooting program) and the overall importance of the program for tourism and economic development in the region.

CARRIED

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RDCO Board Meeting December 14, 2009
Agenda
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  .pdf icon Item 3.1 Okanagan Basin Water Board Recommended Drought Proofing Actions.pdf
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Basin Water Board Program Supported

The Regional Board has reaffirmed endorsement of the Okanagan Basin Water Board Water Management Program. Since the program was initially endorsed in 2009, it has completed a $3- million Water Supply and Demand Assessment, developed a Water Use Reporting Tool to track major water extractions from Okanagan lakes and streams and developed a Groundwater Bylaws toolkit to help local governments protect their aquifers. The North Okanagan and Okanagan Similkameen regional districts will also be asked for their continued support.

The Board will also send a letter to the Ministry of Environment reaffirming support for and the importance of the OBWB’s milfoil control and harvesting program.

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Agenda No: 5.2
Mtg Date: July 14, 2011

Okanagan Basin
WATER BOARD
MEMORANDUM

9848 Aberdeen Road
Coldstream, BC V1 B 2K9
P: 250-550-3700
F: 250-550-3701
www.obwb.ca

File No.0110AO

To: Chair and Directors of the Regional District of Central Okanagan
From: Anna Warwick Sears, OBWB Executive Director
Date: July 7,2011
Subject: Water Management Program Review

Background: In 2005, the Okanagan regional districts permitted the OBWB to undertake a Water Management Program - with a goal to improve water management in the Okanagan valley, and assist local governments, by defining and promoting solutions to water management issues of basin-wide significance - returning to OBWB's 1970 mandate.

This Program is unique in British Columbia and Canada, and because of it, the OBWB has been able to undertake initiatives and secure external funding that would not be possible in any other jurisdiction.

The Program has provided capacity for a regional approach to water planning that bridges the interests of all Okanagan jurisdictions. By working with many partners the Program's impacts have been far greater than would be possible by any individual organization, with significant economies of scale. By focusing on valley-wide issues and opportunities the Program
complements rather than duplicates work of individual jurisdictions.

The OBWB's Water Management Program must be reviewed and renewed every three years, and must be approved for renewal before November, 2011. OBWB recently completed a review of the program, which will be provided to the Directors prior to the meeting. The review process included development of the OBWB Governance Manual (adopted by all three regional districts in March, 2010), a 2011 strategic planning session report, a review of progress made to date on the Okanagan Sustainable Water Strategy, a compilation of new, completed, and ongoing projects and partnerships, a summary of Water Conservation and Quality Improvement grant awards, and a financial overview of the program.

I will be making a presentation, summarizing the review at your meeting on July 14th

• Highlights from the Water Management Program since 2009 include:
• The Okanagan now has the best water demand data in BC for local government planning;
• Three-million dollar Water Supply and Demand Assessment has been completed;
• Connectivity analysis for a Valley-wide drought plan is near completion - showing the interdependence of major water supplies
• Moratorium on the sale of Recreation lots on Drinking Water Reservoirs was accomplished by getting the science to show the importance of these water sources;
• A Water Use Reporting tool has been developed to track major water extractions from Okanagan lakes and streams;
• 15 new groundwater monitoring wells are on their way for strategic and at-risk aquifers;
• A Groundwater Bylaws Toolkit was developed to help local governments protect their aquifers;
• An Endocrine Disrupter study has been completed to assess risks from wastewater treatment plant discharges;
• OBWB represents Okanagan governments at the Southern Interior Regional Drinking Water Team;
• Providing an Okanagan voice for future BC water policy by participating on the Technical Advisory Committee for the new BC Water Sustainability Act;
• $900,000 of Water Conservation and Quality Improvement Grants have been distributed to 59 projects by 37 organizations, including local governments, improvement districts and NGOs.

The Okanagan Basin Water Board would like to respectfully request the Regional Board of Central Okanagan to reauthorize this program for the next three year term (2012-2015).

If the Program is not renewed, the OBWB would return to its focus on milfoil control and sewerage assistance grants, and there would no longer be a single agency working to coordinate Okanagan water management. Individual communities would undertake independent water planning, and make independent arrangements for funding and approvals with the Province.

Requested Resolution:

The Okanagan Basin Water Board requests that the Regional Board of Central Okanagan approve the following resolution:

"That the Regional District of Central Okanagan reaffirms support for the Okanagan Basin Water Board's Water Management Program under the terms of reference given in the OBWB Governance Manual, as adopted by this board on December 14,
2009
, and contingent on mutual agreement by the Regional Districts of North Okanagan and Okanagan-Similkameen."

Attachments: OBWB Water Management Review 2009-2011, OBWB Governance Manual

(There was no attachment with the Agenda)

RDCO Board Meeting December 14, 2009
Agenda
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  .pdf icon Item 3.1 Okanagan Basin Water Board Recommended Drought Proofing Actions.pdf
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6. COMMITTEE RECOMMENDATIONS
6.1 Rise and Report - Governance & Services Committee meeting of July 14,2011

a) Okanagan Basin Water Board re: Renewal of Water Management Program and Endorsement of the OBWB Governance Manual (All Directors - Unweighted Vote)

SHEPHERD/OPHUS
THAT the Regional Board of the Regional District of Central Okanagan reaffirms support for the Okanagan Basin Water Board's Water Management Program under the Terms of Reference given in the OBWB Governance Manual, as adopted by this Board on December 14, 2009, and contingent on mutual agreement by the Regional Districts of North Okanagan and Okanagan-Similkameen.

AND FURTHER THAT a letter be forwarded to the BC Ministry of Environment regarding the importance of continued milfoil harvesting (derooting program) and the overall importance of the program for tourism and economic development in the
region.

CARRIED

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6. CORRESPONDENCE

6.1 Okanagan Basin Water Board - June 10, 2011 Meeting Highlights (for information)

BAKER/EDGSON
THAT the Okanagan Basin Water Board meeting highlights of June 10, 2011 be received for information.

CARRIED

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6. CORRESPONDENCE

6.1 Okanagan Basin Water Board - May 5, 2011 Meeting Highlights (for information)

EDGSON/CRAIG
THAT the Okanagan Basin Water Board meeting highlights of May 5, 2011 be received for information.

CARRIED

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BOARD REPORT: April 7, 2011

Okanagan Basin Water Board Meeting Highlights

Water conservation and improvement grants awarded: Board of Directors approved the award of $300,000 through the Water Conservation and Quality Improvement Grant Program to five projects in the North Okanagan, eight in the Central Okanagan and six in the South Okanagan. Priority was given to projects that will provide valley-wide benefit, recognizing that we are all share "One Valley. One Water."

Funded projects include:

- an interactive water exhibit at Okanagan Science Centre;

- development of a Water Conservation Manual for Municipal Parks and Green Spaces by City of Kelowna;

- and shoreline mapping on Osoyoos Lake that will be included in an Okanagan-wide mapping network.

For more information on the grants visit http://www.obwb.ca/.

Okanagan Nation Alliance provides insight into water issues:

OBWB Director and ONA representative Gwen Bridge gave an update on work by local First Nations on water issues. A Land Use Plan should be complete by May 2011 and ready for implementation, noted Bridge, adding a number of water concerns arose while developing the plan such as the lack of clean water on some Okanagan reserves. Other issues include inadequate sewage treatment, agricultural run-off, population growth and climate change. The board noted the importance of ONA involvement with the Water Board in working together to address these issues, all of which are of valley-wide concern.

Board wants Province to reinstate Parliamentary Secretary on Water:
The board asked staff to send a letter to B.C. Premier Christy Clark, asking that the position of Parliamentary Secretary on Water be reinstated. The position was cut in the last cabinet shuffle. Directors believe that with the revision of the century old Water Act and changes in water legislation coming, and with several ministries involved, there needs to be someone supporting and providing leadership to the process.

Okanagan WaterWise Challenge engages youth: Staff announced the launch of the Okanagan WaterWise Challenge, aimed at engaging young people in learning about Okanagan water. The contest began during World Water Week in March and ends May 3, during Drinking Water Week. Kids 5 to 15 are encouraged to visit www.okwaterwise.ca. take the challenge and enter to win a pool and pizza party for themselves and nine of their friends.

Board proclaims Drinking Water Week, May 1 to 7, 2011:
At the request of the BC Water and Waste Association, the OBWB has proclaimed May 1 to 7 Drinking Water Week.

A number of events and activities are being planned throughout B.C. For details visit http://www.bcwwa.orglpublic-info/drinkingwater-week.html.

For more information, please visit: www.OBWB.ca

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CORRESPONDENCE

6.1 Okanagan Basin Water Board - April 7, 2011 Meeting Highlights (for information)

FIELDING/HODGE
THAT the Okanagan Basin Water Board meeting highlights of April 7, 2011 be received for information.

CARRIED

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$300,000 in water grants approved
by Castanet Staff - Story: 61407 - Apr 13, 2011

The Okanagan Basin Water Board approved funding to 19 projects in the Okanagan this week, through its annual Water Conservation and Quality Improvement Grant (WCQI) Program, aimed at improving and conserving water in the Okanagan Valley.

"We’re very pleased with the response we had this year," says Melissa Tesche, Office and Grant Administrator for the OBWB, noting that there were 35 applications with a total request of $703,331. There was $300,000 available in the grant program.

Funding for the WCQI grants is split between the three Okanagan regional districts, based on their contributions to the program. As such, with $58,500 available for the North Okanagan, five groups were awarded funds. Eight projects were funded with the $175,800 available in the Central Okanagan, and six projects were funded in the South Okanagan with a total of $65,700.

"There were a lot of stand-out proposals," says Tesche, adding that the grant program is based on the idea of "One valley. One water."

"It focuses on projects that show valley-wide benefit, promote collaboration, and share best practices."

An example of a project approved for the North Okanagan is a grant to the Okanagan Science Centre for a new interactive water exhibit and three new programs focusing on water use.

The three programs include an outdoor water use camp for youth, lake tours and low impact gardening programs for all ages.

In the Central Okanagan, City of Kelowna received funding for a Water Conservation Manual for Municipal Parks and Green Spaces.

The manual will review the work of the city in reducing the amount of water used in city parks and green spaces, including its research into the use of compost tea as fertilizer and drought tolerant grasses.

The manual will provide guidance to other Okanagan communities looking to waterwise their green spaces.

And in the south, the Town of Osoyoos was awarded funds to map and inventory the shoreline of Osoyoos Lake and develop an aquatic habitat listing that will be included as part of an Okanagan-wide mapping network.

Such research helps communities make sound land-use decisions, ensuring areas that are environmentally at risk are identified and can be protected.

Since 2006, the WQCI grant program has awarded nearly $2 million for 115 projects that help conserve and improve water for all residents of the Okanagan Basin.

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.pdf icon March 21, 2011 Regional District of Central Okanagan Highlights of the Regular Board Meeting

Draft Water Sustainability Act Review

The Regional Board supports a request from the Okanagan Basin Water Board (OBWB) regarding the review process of the proposed Water Sustainability Act.

The OBWB has asked the Provincial Government to provide public opportunities for comment and feedback on the proposed legislation and if that’s not possible that a stakeholder panel be created to provide input into the draft legislation.

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6. CORRESPONDENCE

6.1 Okanagan Basin Water Board - Meeting Highlights - March 4, 2011 (for information)

JAMES/HODGE
THAT the Okanagan Basin Water Board meeting highlights of March 4, 2011 be received.
CARRIED

6,2 Okanagan Basin Water Board - Letter to Minister of Environment re: Open and Accountable Governance of the Water Sustainability Act (for information)

SHEPHERD/EDGSON
THAT the Okanagan Basin Water Board letter of February 21, 2011 to the Minister of Environment regarding open and accountable governance of the Water Sustainability Act be received;

AND FURTHER THAT the Board supports the Okanagan Basin Water Board's letter to the Ministry of Environment.

CARRIED

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5.3 Delegations

c) Okanagan Basin Water Board Budget Update - Anna Warwick-Sears, Executive Director and M. Rilkoff

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c) Okanagan Basin Water Board Budget Update - Anna Warwick-Sears, Executive Director and M. Rilkoff

Staff clarified the deficit of $64K with the committee and noted that this arose due  to a timing difference in budget preparation and receipt of information between the two organizations (OBWB & RDCO). Since there was a surplus of $24K carried forward from 2009 in the 2010 RDCO budget, the surplus deficit swing makes up $88K of the requisition increase. Staff explained that the OBWB's tax rate would have remained approximately the same for 2011 had the 2010 information timing
difference not occurred. It was noted that the assessment values for the RDCO also rose, generating a higher requisition. Staff noted that the timing differences have been resolved for the future.

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Water Board Grant Application

The Regional Board has endorsed the submission of three applications for funding to the Okanagan Basin Water Board Water Conservation and Quality Improvement program.

• RDCO - $25,000 for Silvopasture Pilot Project – Water Stewardship Phase 1

• Okanagan Xeriscape Association - $30,000 to promote xeriscapes to reduce outdoor water consumption

• Benvoulin Water Users Community - $30,000 for fish screening and streamflow protection planning along Benvoulin ditch.

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Planning: (Unweighted Vote)

9.2 Report regarding Okanagan Basin Water Board Grant Application. (1855-01) (All Directors)

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Okanagan Basin WATER BOARD BOARD REPORT: February 3, 2011

OBWB Directors
Stu Wells - Chair, Regional District of OkanaganSimilkameen
Rick Fairbairn - Vice Chair, Regional District of North Okanagan
James Baker - Regional District of Central Okanagan
Bernie Bauer - Okanagan Water Stewardship Council
Buffy Baumbrough - Regional District of North Okanagan
Michael Brydon - Regional District of OkanaganSimilkameen
Gordon Clark Regional District of OkanaganSimilkameen
Doug Findlater - Regional District of Central Okanagan
Graeme James - Regional District of Central Okanagan
Doug Dirk - Regional District of North Okanagan
Toby Pike - Water Supply Association of BC
Gwen Bridge - Okanagan Nation Alliance

The next regular meeting of the OBWB is scheduled for 10a.m. on March 1, 2011, at Regional District of OkanaganSimilkameen.

Okanagan Basin Water Board Meeting Highlights
Water Board welcomes new directors: The Board of Directors re-elected Stu Wells, representing Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen, as their chair and Rick Fairbairn, from Regional District of North Okanagan, as vice-chair.
Two new board members were also welcomed: Doug Dirk for RDNO and Gwen Bridge for Okanagan Nation Alliance. Thank you to Gyula Kiss (RDNO) and George Saddleman (ONA) for their service.

Water Management Program up for review: The board was reminded that the current three year term of the agency's Water Management Program (WMP) expires March 31, 2012. Staff will be meeting with Okanagan regional districts in the coming year to review the program. The WMP oversees the Water Supply and Demand Project, Water Conservation and Quality Improvement Grants, the Water Stewardship Council, Education and Outreach and 13 other initiatives. Web-based tool to track valley water use launches Friday: After a year in development, the Water Board is unveiling its Streamlined Water Use Reporting Tool (SWURT) Feb. 4. The web-tool will replace the written and faxed form water utilities currently provide to the province once a year. The tool will allow utilities to report water use monthly, helping them manage water supplies better. This will be especially useful to help prepare for water shortages that are expected with increased population and climate change. Board to ask province to allow more input on revised Water Act: The OBWB will be producing a response to the province's "Water Sustainability Act," by the Feb. 21 deadline. However, the board will also be asking the province to allow another opportunity for feedback, noting this is the first document that outlines significant changes to the century-old Water Act, including regulating groundwater and selling of water licences.

Letter to feds will urge protection of Canada's water needs: Directors asked staff to write to Okanagan MP Stockwell Day and Canada's Foreign Affairs Department, encouraging protection of Okanagan interests as the U.S. and Canada renew the operating orders, controlling water levels on Osoyoos Lake. The agreement is up for renewal in 2013. Of interest is a recent U.S. study that suggests flow rates also be negotiated. The board believes this could impact the Okanagan, including water for fish. A bi-lateral forum is planned in Osoyoos, Sept. 18-20, 2011, to allow public consultation before the order is renewed.

For more information, please visit: www.OBWB.ca
 

 

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Agenda No: 9.2
Mtg. Date: Feb. 21, 2011

DEVELOPMENT SERVICES DEPARTMENT REPORT
For the Regional Board February 21, 2011

TO: Chair & Members of the Regional Board
FROM: Margaret Bakelaar. Environmental / Land Use Pfanner
DATE: February 16. 2011
SUBJECT: Okanagan Basin Water Board (CaWS) Water Conservation and Quality Improvement Grants (File: 1855-01)

RECOMMENDATION:
1. THAT the Regional Board endorse the enclosed applicallons for the Okanagan Basin Water Board Water Conservation and Quality Improvement Grant Program;
2. AND FURTHER THAT the endorsements be forwarded to Okanagan Basin Water Board as part of the application packages.

PURPOSE:
The Water Conservation and Quality Improvement Grants Program is intended 10 encourage innovative and collaborative projects that promote more uniform standards and best practices throughout the valley. Projects are to address water issues and to enhance the valley-wide sustainable use of water.

According to the OBWB Water Conservation and Quality Improvement Grants Program Guide, eligible projects must:
Demonstrate wafer savings or improvements to water quality;
• Be supported by local government through a board or council resolution; and
• Be consistent with water management planning objectives in their respective jurisdictions.

The Water Board requests Regional District or municipal sponsorship or endorsement prior to consideration by OBWB. A total of 3 applications have requested RDCO endorsement. These applications are summarized in the attached table.

Individual grants range from $3000.00 to $30,000.00 and run for one year. Additional applications have been submitted from: municipalities; regional districts; irrigation/improvement districts; and non-profit community organizations directly to OBWB. A population based allocation of $ $175,800 is available for initiatives in the Central Okanagan, $65,700 is available for initiatives in the South Okanagan and $58.500 in the North Okanagan.

CENTRAL OKANAGAN APPLICATIONS FOR WATER CONSERVATION AND QUALITY IMPROVEMENT GRANTS

Applications Project OBWB Request Project Budget
1 RDCO (Central Okanagan East) Silvopasture Pilot Project  Water Stewardship Phase 1 $25,000 $86,200
2 Okanagan Xeriscape Association Promoting Xeriscapes in the Okanagan Valley to REDUCE OUTDOOR WATER CONSUMPTION $30,000 $72,850
 3 Benvoulin Water Users Community 3 Benvoulin Water Users Benvoulin Ditch: Fish Screening & Community Streamflow Protection Planning $30,000 $70,000


DEVELOPMENT SERVICES STAFF COMMENTS:
Recognizing the importance of water resources to future growth and development of communities as well as the need to integrate land use planning and water resource management in the Central Okanagan, staff recommends that the applications receive endorsement from the Regional Board. Without having a process to evaluate all Central Okanagan community based applications. Regional District staff has not prioritized projects.

Respectfully submitted,

Dan Plamondon
Director of Development Services

Margaret Bakelaar
Environmental / Land Use Planner

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February 15, 2011
Our File: 1855-01

Melissa Tesche
Okanagan Basin Water Board
1450 K.L.O. Road
Kelowna, B.C. V1W 3Z4

Dear Melissa

Re: Water Conservation and Quality Improvement Grant Application - Silvopasture Pilot Project - Water Stewardship Phase 1
On behalf of the Regional District of Central Okanagan, please accept the attached application to the Water Conservation and Quality Improvement Grant Program.

The attached application focuses on the water stewardship components of a Silvopasture Pilot Project. Silvopasture is the intentional integration of livestock, forage and forest production with conservation practices. This is a multi-year pilot project to be undertaken in the Oyama and Vernon Creek Community Watershed where the recently developed Source Water Assessment plan identified concerns with cattle intruding into riparian areas. The project is designed as a collaboration with the Ministry of Agriculture, the Ministry of Natural Resource Operations, Agriculture and Agri-food Canada, District of lake Country, First Nations and others who have an interest in the continued shared use of the Community Watershed. Both the RDCO and the District of Lake Country are supportive of this innovative approach as it addresses concerns and recommendations set out in the recently completed Oyama and Vernon Creek Source Water Assessment.

As outlined by the Ministry of Agriculture, the ranching industry in the Okanagan contributes to the social and economic well-being of the region. Concerns are mounting however, over the potential impacts of livestock on water quality, riparian and aquatic habitat. Riparian zones in the spring-fall rangelands in the Okanagan are a natural draw for cattle as a source of water and high quality forage. Given multiple uses and users, there is a need for options to restore and maintain riparian health without constructing extensive fencing or the permanent alienation of upland forest areas. Utilizing silvopasture and off·stream water developments to provide both high quality forage and water away from riparian zones provides a potential management option to address water quality stewardship, and for project partners to build collaborative approaches to water management and evaluate innovative approaches. Potential applicability within the Okanagan Basin is wide, but effectiveness needs to be evaluated.

This initial year win see the formation of a multi stakeholder advisory committee to oversee site selection, baseline data collection and outreach activities. Subsequent years will entail monitoring of the relative habitat utilization to determine if the upland silvopasture have sufficient draw to attract cattle away from the riparian zones. The sites will be examined for changes in riparian health indicators that can be used to determine if water quality, riparian and aquatic habitat are being positively Impacted by the management changes.

Additionally. this work will address a number of the key Guiding Principles of the Okanagan Sustainable Water Strategy prepared by the Okanagan Water Stewardship Council, including:

• Protect and enhance ecological stability and biodiversity (through management systems designed to attract animals away from the riparian zones)
• Integrate land use planning and water resources management (through site specific riparian assessments and plant community assessments)
• Encourage active public consultation. education and participation in water management decisions (through development of a multi-party advisory group, stakeholder engagement and project partnerships)
• Practice adaptive water and land management (through pre- and post implementation monitoring, reporting out on the project, and integration of knowledge into beneficial management practices)

Thank you for your consideration of this proposal.

Margaret Bakelaar
Environmental / Land Use Planner

cc: Dan Plamondon, Director Development Services

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6. CORRESPONDENCE

6.1 Okanagan Basin Water Board Meeting Highlights (Feb. 3, 2011)

JAMES/BAKER
THAT the February 3,2011 Okanagan Basin Board meeting highlights be received.

CARRIED

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9.2 Report regarding Okanagan Basin Water Board Grant Application (1855-01) (All Directors)

Staff report dated February 15, 2011 outlined the OBWB grants received by the Regional District for endorsement prior to consideration by the OBWB.

JAMES/FIELDING
THAT the Regional Board endorse the following applications for the Okanagan Basin Water Board Water Conservation and Quality Improvement Grant Program:

• Silvopasture Pilot Project - Water Stewardship Phase 1 (Central Okanagan East)
• Okanagan Xeriscape Association - promoting xeriscapes in the Okanagan Valley to reduce outdoor water consumption
• Benvoulin Water Users Community - Benvoulin Ditch: Fish Screening and Streamflow Protection Planning

AND FURTHER THAT the endorsements be forwarded to Okanagan Basin Water Board as part of the application packages.

CARRIED

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7. COMMITTEE RECOMMENDATIONS

7.1 Rise and Report - Governance & Services Committee meeting of February 10, 2011

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7. COMMITTEE RECOMMENDATIONS

7.1 Rise and Report - Governance & Services Committee meeting of February 10, 2011

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7. COMMITTEE RECOMMENDATIONS

7.1 Rise and Report - Governance & Services Committee meeting of February 10, 2011

The following issues were brought forward for consideration from the Governance & Services Committee meeting of February 10, 2011

b) Application for the General Strategic Priorities Fund (Gas Tax Agreement) for the Regional Growth Strategy Update

SHEPHERD/FINDLATER
THAT an application for $405,000 in grant funding through the Capacity Building and Integrated Community Sustainability Planning Projects under the Gas Tax Agreement - General Strategic Priorities Fund be supported by the Regional Board;
AND FURTHER THAT an application for this grant in the amount of $405,000 be submitted.

CARRIED

c) The Board rose and reported further on the following resolutions from the February 10, 2011 Governance and Services Committee. By consensus it was agreed to adopt one resolution.

SHEPHERD/HODGE
Aggregate Supply & Demand Study
THAT the Regional Board approve proceeding with the update of the Central Okanagan's Aggregate Supply & Demand study;
AND FURTHER THAT staff be directed to bring forward the Terms of Reference for the Aggregate Supply & Demand Study for Regional Board approval.

Administrative Overhead
THAT staff be directed to provide a report on the administrative overhead from 2007 thru to 2011 and show and explain how it is allocated to the service, including the gross amount, and how it is recovered.

Effluent Water Disposal
THAT staff be directed to report to the Governance & Services Committee on:
• an outline of the effluent water disposal service and the role of the Regional District;
• a cost recovery model with the object for full cost recovery;
• developing a service agreement with Lake Country to include a planned service review timeframe.

Stakeholder Select Committee Terms of Reference
THAT the Terms of Reference for the Westside Wastewater Treatment Service Stakeholder Select Committee be amended to include discussion on the service of the Westside Waste Disposal & Recycling Centre.

Regional Parks
THAT staff be directed to update the Governance and Services Committee on regional parks issues on a quarterly basis.

Okanagan Basin Water Board
THAT the Okanagan Basin Water Board be requested to present to the March 10th Governance and Services Committee to explain the requisition increase.

Domestic Violence Staffing
THAT the Regional District continue to advocate for funding for a police-based domestic violence position for the Central Okanagan.
AND FURTHER THAT staff be directed to request a delegation from the RCMP for the March 10th Governance and Services Committee meeting to present their position on the need for a police-based domestic violence staff position.

Regional Rescue
THAT staff be directed to respond to the following:
• report on whether the purchase of the replacement boat for Peachland can be delayed and transfer of reserve reduced to lessen the tax impact for 2011;
• examination of the cost of the boat in relation to what it costs for a fireboat;
• the functionality of the boat (can it be used for purposes other than rescue?)

Mosquito Control
THAT staff be directed to contact the Province before final budget to ask for a response if, and why they are considering pulling out from funding mosquito control for West Nile Virus.

CARRIED

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Okanagan Basin Water Board
THAT the Okanagan Basin Water Board be requested to present to the March 10th Governance and Services Committee to explain the requisition increase.

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Okanagan Water Basin BOARD REPORT: December 8, 2010

For more information, please visit: http://www.OBWB.ca/

Webcast to focus on Canada's water issues: The board was invited to tune in to a webcast by University of Toronto's Munk School of Global Affairs. The Office of the Auditor General's Scott Vaughan will speak on his audit of the Canadian government's record in monitoring fresh water resources. Water specialists will also speak on Canada's water challenges. The webcast begins at 9:30 PST at: http://hosting.epresence.tv/MUNK/.

Xeriscape video catches attention: A unique communication tool has caught the attention of the OBWB. UBC-O student Graham Campbell has created a rap video on xeriscaping. Initially inspired by a talk from the OBWB on water conservation, Campbell entered the video in BC Hydro's Invent the Future contest where it sits at #1 in the song category. You can view, and vote, for the entry at: www.inventthefuture.ca/songs.php?sort=popular&.

Drilling for groundwater monitoring wells set to go: The board approved a partnership with Okanagan local governments, BC Ministry of Environment, and Agriculture Canada to drill and monitor wells in 15 sensitive Okanagan aquifers. The OBWB places priority on groundwater monitoring, noting it could be impacted by increased population and climate change.

Board approves 2010-11 provisional budget: Board of Directors approved a $3.7 million budget for the coming year, funding its Sewage Facility Grants, Watermilfoil Control, Water Management, and the new UBCO Water Research Chair programs. The budget will now be forwarded to the three Okanagan regional districts for final approval.

Okanagan Basin Water Board Meeting Highlights
Meadowlark Festival gets Water Board support: The board approved sponsorship of the Okanagan-Similkameen Conservation Alliance's Meadowlark Festival, May 19-23, 2011 in Penticton. This year's event will focus on water and provide an opportunity to raise community awareness of Okanagan water issues.

OBWB to create rainwater guide for homeowners: The OBWB will be producing a rainwater management guide for Okanagan homeowners following its recent "From Rain to Resource" workshop. The guide will show residents how to "green" stormwater runoff, protecting their property and the environment. The guide will be digitally published and distributed through the OBWB's public outreach program, Okanagan WaterWise.

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OBWB WATER BOARD Directors

Stu Wells - Chair, Regional District of OkanaganSimilkameen
Doug Findlater, Regional District of Central Okanagan
Graeme James, Regional District of Central Okanagan
Gyula Kiss, Regional District of North Okanagan
Toby Pike, Water Supply Association of BC
Gordon Clark, Regional District of OkanaganSimilkameen
George Saddleman, Okanagan Nation Alliance
Rick Fairbairn - Vice Chair, Regional District of North Okanagan
James Baker, Regional District of Central Okanagan
Bernie Bauer, Okanagan Water Stewardship Council
Buffy Baumbrough, Regional District of North Okanagan
Michael Brydon, Regional District of OkanaganSimilkameen

The next regular meeting of the OBWB is set for 10 a.m. on February 1, 2010. Location to be determined. Watch OBWB website for details.

For more information www.obwb.ca

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6.2 Okanagan Basin Water Board Report - December 2010

SHEPHERD/JAMES
THAT the Okanagan Basin Water Board report of December 8,2010 be received.

CARRIED

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Water board says public left out
Kelowna Capital News - By Judie Steeves - February 03, 2011

The province’s process for bringing in new legislation to replace the century-old water act is flawed, according to the Okanagan Basin Water Board.

Instead of calling for feedback once a draft of the legislation is available to comment on, the province’s plan is to go directly from public feedback to drafting legislation, then to taking it to the legislature for approval. Currently, the process is at the Water Sustainability Act policy proposal stage, having already gone through a public input process that resulted in draft options which aren’t specific. The next four steps to introduction of legislation are all at the government level, with no public feedback stage.

OBWB director Graeme James said the City of Kelowna believed there would be time for its input on the draft legislation, and director James Baker agreed, saying they need details on which to comment, rather than just vague policy directions.

Director Toby Pike recalled that the Parliamentary Secretary for Water Stewardship to the Minister of Environment, John Slater, who also used to head up the OBWB, committed to make time for feedback after the legislation was drafted. For instance, at this point, there’s no definition of what’s meant by such terms as “conservation flows,” noted Pike.

Director Bernie Bauer suggested the board send a letter expressing strong support for the policy proposal, but expressing concern about the details of the actual legislation. The letter will request that a period for public feedback on the draft legislation be allowed before it goes to the legislature for approval.

The province is calling for public feedback now on its blog on proposals for the new act at

http://blog.gov.bc.ca/livingwatersmart/

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Okanagan directors say water act process is all wet
Vernon Morning Star - February 08, 2011

The province’s process for bringing in new legislation to replace the century-old water act is flawed, according to the Okanagan Basin Water Board.

Instead of calling for feedback once a draft of the legislation is available to comment on, the province’s plan is to go directly from public feedback to drafting legislation, then to taking it to the legislature for approval.

Currently, the process is at the Water Sustainability Act policy proposal stage, having already gone through a public input process that resulted in draft options which aren’t specific. The next four steps to introduction of legislation are all at the government level, with no public feedback stage.

OBWB director Graeme James believed there would be time for its input on the draft legislation, and director James Baker agreed, saying they need details on which to comment, rather than just vague policy directions.

Director Toby Pike recalled that the parliamentary secretary for water stewardship, John Slater, committed to make time for feedback after the legislation was drafted.

For instance, at this point, there’s no definition of what’s meant by such terms as “conservation flows,” noted Pike.

Director Bernie Bauer suggested the board send a letter expressing strong support for the policy proposal, but expressing concern about the details of the actual legislation.

The letter will request that a period for public feedback on the draft legislation be allowed before it goes to the legislature for approval.

The province is calling for public feedback now on its blog on proposals for the new act at

http://blog.gov.bc.ca/livingwatersmart/.

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Hydrological illiteracy stops utilizing of valuable resource
Kelowna Capital News - By Judie Steeves - October 29, 2010

Planet earth is actually planet water, since it’s 70 per cent water—97 per cent of that is ocean salt water, two per cent is trapped in glaciers—and only one per cent is fresh water.

The water cycle and the life cycle are one and same, and both depend on your ability to maintain them. All creatures, including humans, are largely water.

Your water supply is your watershed, your water production machine, explained Brock Dolman, director of the Watershed Advocacy Training Education and Research Institute, or WATER Institute.

Those who believe in getting their water from a bottle are willing to trash their watersheds, he added.

He was the keynote speaker at a workshop called From Rain to Resource, managing stormwater in a changing climate, in Kelowna Friday and talked to the 100 delegates from around the province about Thinking Like a Watershed.

He reminded the civic council members, engineers, planners and consultants of the importance of water with the succinct reminder: “No water, no food.”

Unfortunately, he said people on this continent suffer from “hydrological illiteracy. People don’t even know about the water cycle,” he said.

While the volume of water is finite, the potential for renewal is infinite, he noted. On a seasonal basis, water cycles through periods of high and low precipitation, alternately filling waterways and then drawing them down.

Although he hails from California, Dolman said the Okanagan Basin Water Board’s slogan ‘One Valley. One Water.’ illustrates its understanding that there is a hydrologically-defined boundary of this community. And, he was impressed with the Okanagan Waterwise website created by the board.

The workshop was organized by the OBWB and the B.C. Water and Waste Association.

Dolman likened the valley to a lifeboat and advised those within it to leave the city rivalries behind and work together to keep it afloat.

People and their attitudes are the problem, he said, with their historic tendency to try and get rid of water following a storm, instead of looking on rainfall as a resource to be stored and meted out when the weather is dry.

“There is no ‘away’ when it comes to water,” he advised. It can only be moved from one place to another, despite the illusion of its disappearance into a storm drain underground and out of sight.

He warned about decreasing water well levels and noted that groundwater is the oldest water, and the least connected to the annual income allowance of water through precipitation.

Yet, he noted, in B.C. its use is not even regulated. “That makes no sense,” he said bluntly.

In order to conserve more water, we need to think in terms of concave versus convex land systems, in order to attract water instead of forcing it to run off the land.

Designers should ask: “What would water want? when designing landscapes. The result would be better than what we have,” he said.

Low Impact Development, or LID, is the current buzz-word for ways of designing, engineering, building and landscaping for green management of stormwater.

For instance, one inch of rain falling on 1,000 square feet of impervious surface can result in collection of 600 gallons of water which could be stored for a drier period.

“Rather than a water-scarce area, it should be considered a water storage-scarce area,” he explained, since there are lots of opportunities for harvesting rainwater for dry periods.

His mantra is ‘slow it, spread it, sink it’ referring to how best to manage stormwater.

He recommended development of regional plant palettes for rain gardens, where runoff water can be directed to drain back into the ground from asphalt and concrete and rooftops (see story on A8).

Land use planning, he reminded planners, is water use planning.

jsteeves "at" kelownacapnews.com

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BOARD REPORT: October 5, 2010

Okanagan Basin Water Board Meeting Highlights

Water pricing survey results: Results from the first of two phases of the water pricing survey, completed by Urban Systems Ltd, are in. The report provides a baseline understanding of water pricing in the Okanagan. With responses from 20 different water utilities in the valley, highlighted findings include: Over 50 different pricing formulas are currently used by the
responding utilities, and although 64% of connections are metered, only 25% of those connections are using volumetric pricing. The current price of water varies widely from $0.15/m3 to $1.20/m3
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Valley-wide drought watch signs being developed: The OBWB is working with local and provincial governments to develop standardized road signs that would indicate a community's current level of drought. Similar in style and purpose to the widely-recognized fire danger signs, the signs would provide a clear and current indication of the local drought conditions. The steering committee is working on the sign prototype-look for implementation of the signs in 2011.

Innovative Approaches Proposal submitted: Together with leading experts in agricultural economics, policy development, and law, the Water Board has submitted a major proposal to Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada's Innovative Approaches Program. If successful, the proposed project would turn a $50,000 OBWB investment into a $1.6 million study that would investigate the possibility of an agricultural water reserve in the Okanagan and the development a water pricing policy toolkit. The study would attempt to determine the true value of water and irrigated lands in the Okanagan when considering the values of food security, regional aesthetics and tourism, and ecological habitat.

From Rain to Resource Workshop Upcoming: There are a few spaces left in the upcoming workshop. The two-day event, co-hosted by the OBWB and the B.C. Water and Waste Association, will be held October 28 and 29 at the Best Western Inn, Kelowna. The event has two streams: one for engineers, planners, and architects who deal with the technical aspects of
rainwater management, and one for those developing policy around rainwater management, including elected officials and senior municipal staff.

To register, please visit: http://www.bcwwa.org/seminars/RtoR.htm.
For more information, please visit: www.OBWB.ca

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3. CORRESPONDENCE

3.1 Okanagan Basin Water Board Meeting Highlights - October 2010 (for information)

EDGSON/BAKER
THAT the Okanagan Basin Water Board meeting highlights of October 5, 2010 be received.

CARRIED

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3. CORRESPONDENCE

3,1 Okanagan Basin Water Board Meeting Highlights - September 2010 (for information)

FIELDING/SHEPHERD
THAT the Okanagan Basin Water Board meeting highlights of September 9, 2010 be received for information.

CARRIED

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Taking the pressure of watering
Kelowna Capital News - September 23, 2010

A new resource is now available for people interested in conserving water used on landscapes.

The new UnH2O Garden, created by the Okanagan Xeriscape Association over the past year at Kelowna’s H2O Adventure and Fitness Centre on Gordon Drive, officially opens today.

Temporary fencing that enclosed the garden while it was being created will come down so the public can meander along the pathways and learn more about plants that require very little or no irrigation, even in this near-desert environment.

This 4,000 square foot demonstration xeriscape garden is laid out in five theme areas: a Mediterranean Garden, two Rock Gardens, a Butterfly Garden, Native Plant Garden and an Ornamental Grass Garden. “The goal of this public garden is to show the beauty and versatile range of garden styles that can be achieved using xeriscape principles,” explained Gwen Steele, executive-director of the OXA.

“The garden’s colour and texture will evolve with the seasons and also as the plants grow and mature in the coming years, so people will see something quite different each time they return to visit,” she adds.

The garden was created largely by volunteers, but with financial support from the Okanagan Basin Water Board’s water conservation grant program, Environment Canada’s EcoAction Community Funding program and the City of Kelowna. The local landscape industry partnered with the OXA to build the garden.

“We are proud to support community groups across British Columbia like the Okanagan Xeriscape Association,” said Canada’s environment minister Jim Prentice.

“We encourage all Canadians to take action on biodiversity as every action, large or small, can help to protect the abundance and variety of life that is part of our natural heritage.”

Kelowna-Lake Country MP Ron Cannan added: “During this important International Year of Biodiversity, I am pleased that the federal government is able to support a worthwhile project such as this Okanagan xeriscape gardening project.

“This demonstration garden will enhance public awareness on gardening and water usage and provide training in xeriscaping to local residents, garden clubs and businesses interested in decreasing water use.”

The OBWB’s Okanagan Water Supply and Demand Study, released this spring, reported that 24 per cent of water used in the valley is for outdoor domestic use, predominantly irrigating landscapes, compared to indoor domestic use, at seven per cent.

The OXA is committed to help people reduce that water use, with such tools as this new demonstration garden and a website with tips and advice about planting around your home. There is also a detailed database of plant varieties which thrive on less water, including photos. It’s at: www.okanaganxeriscape.org

Steele conducts classes in xeriscape techniques in the spring and fall, with discounts for OXA members. Details of class dates and a membership form are also available on the website.

She said she hopes the garden will inspire people to create their own xeriscapes. Those who do should consider entering their efforts in the 2011 unH20 Gardening Contest for residential landscapes.

There will be three $500 cash prizes for the best large xeriscaped landscape; the best small one; and a draw from all contest entries. Entrants must submit before and after photographs of their landscape and incorporate the seven principles of xeriscape. Entries will be judged in September 2011.

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Water research taps into NORD funding
Vernon Morning Star - By Richard Rolke - September 02, 2010

Some North Okanagan taxpayers will be funding research into water sources.

North Okanagan Regional District directors from Greater Vernon, Armstrong and Spallumcheen have agreed to provide $19,300 annually over five years for a regional innovation chair in water resources and ecosystem management at the University of B.C.

“This is an opportunity for an independent resource to the regional district,” said John Trainor, Armstrong director.

Full support also came from Vernon director Patrick Nicol, saying that issues surrounding water quality and supply are critical.

“This is about the long-term, the future,” he said.

Through contributions from NORD and the valley’s other two regional districts, the Okanagan Basin Water Board will be able to provide $500,000 towards the Kelowna-based position.

Anna Warwick Sears, OBWB executive director, insists there is a need for water-related research.

“There is a lot of understanding of what the problems are in the Okanagan but the question is how to address them,” she said.

Armstrong, Spallumcheen, Vernon, Coldstream, BX-Swan Lake and BX-Silver Star are the only NORD jurisdictions funding the program because they are in the Okanagan drainage basin.

The other communities in NORD are part of the Shuswap drainage system.

The provincial government has provided $1.25 million to the research chair at UBC in Kelowna, and funding is also coming from other sources such as the Real Estate Foundation of B.C.

Among the issues the research will tackle are climate change and population growth. Work could also revolve around water allocation, the role of agriculture and governance of water.

“Regional governments are mandated to find solutions to these problems and that’s where we think we can help,” said Doug Owram, deputy vice-chancellor and principal of UBC’s Okanagan campus.

“We want to do research that is regionally relevant but nationally and internationally important.”

John Janmaat, an economist, has been nominated as the chair of the program.

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UBC Okanagan Water Resources Chair

The Regional Board has agreed to support the establishment of a BC Regional Innovation Chair in Water Resources and Ecosystem Management at the University of British Columbia Okanagan. The Okanagan Basin Water Board will contribute a total of $500,000 over five years to help create the research position and fund its work. The North Okanagan and South Okanagan- Similkameen regional districts will also be asked to provide support through the water board in order to leverage a $1.25-million contribution from the BC Government Leading Edge Endowment Fund in establishing the position. With development pressures and Climate Change, the Board agrees that this UBC-O Innovation Chair will help find practical solutions to water supply and ecosystem management issues which are a high priority throughout the Okanagan Valley.

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Nothing in the agenda about the Okanagan Basin Water Board

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1.2 Okanagan Basin Water Board

BAKER/EDGSON
THAT the presentation from UBC-Okanagan regarding BC Regional Innovation Chair in Water Resources and Ecosystem Management be received;

AND FURTHER THAT the Regional Board support the Okanagan Basin Water Board in the BC Regional Innovation Chair in Water Resources and Ecosystem Management Leading Edge Endowment Fund (LEEF) with a contribution of $500,000 over five years.

CARRIED

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Agenda No: 4.1
Mtg Date: Aug 12, 2010
Okanagan Basin WATER BOARD

21 July 2010
Harold Reay, Chief Administrative Officer
Regional District Central Okanagan
1450 KLO Road,
Kelowna, BC V1W 3Z4

Re: Okanagan groundwater quantity monitoring project (OGMP): Enhancing groundwater supply monitoring in the Okanagan

Dear Harold Reay:

The OGMP steering committee is looking to establish the level of interest by the Regional District Central Okanagan to participate in developing new monitoring wells for water table levels in your local area as part of a network of strategic monitoring wells throughout the Okanagan. Local governments interested in partnering in this project will be asked to participate on the Project steering committee and contribute matching funds (see draft budget for details - Table 1) toward the development of groundwater monitoring well(s) in your jurisdiction. Participating local government partners will have access to enhanced groundwater monitoring that may be useful for land-use development decisions that occur over local groundwater aquifers. This project is designed to bring together all levels of government to develop and enhance the available information about local Okanagan aquifers - with significant cost sharing support.

Environment Canada has designated the Okanagan and Similkameen as a priority ecosystem region, recognizing the inherent water availability challenges and the importance of groundwater management in the basin. Recent scientific groundwater studies19 show that there is a need to increase the observation wells throughout the Okanagan, both to develop better local information in priority areas, and to gain a better understanding of ongoing changes to groundwater supplies in the valley as a whole. The installation and operation of monitoring wells help water managers understand the composition and basic health of the aquifers (trends in water table), and how they are affected by human use and changes in rain and snowfall. The management of local groundwater plays an integral role in the environmental and socio-economic sustainability of the region.

In partnership with the BC Ministry of Environment, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, Environment Canada and the Okanagan Basin Water Board a review has been conducted

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19 HyGeo Consulting Review (2009); Golder Associates (2009) - Phase 2 Okanagan Water Supply and Demand Project.

Map of

Proposed Aquifiers for Establishment of New Observation Wells

Central Okanagan

Armstrong, Lumby, West Kelowna, Kelowna, Penticton, Oliver, Osoyoos


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3. Delegation

3.1 UBC-Okanagan - Dr. Doug Owram, Deputy Vice Chancellor re: BC Regional Innovation Chair in Water Resources and Ecosystem Management Dr. Owram addressed the Committee requesting support of a partnership to establish a BC Regional Innovation Chair in Water Resources and Ecosystem Management. A review of the program was provided.

It was noted that UBC has been awarded funds from the BC government's Leading Edge Endowment Fund (LEEF) and has been tasked with putting together matching funds. Currently the Real Estate Foundation of BC and UBC Okanagan have committed funds. The request today is for the Okanagan Basin Water Board (OBWB) to join as a key funder and partner of this initiative with an investment of not less than $250,000 to a maximum of $500,000.

Dr. John Janmatt, provided background information on his credentials for his candidacy for Chair of the BC Regional Innovation Chair in Water Resources and Ecosystem Management. He briefly discussed the following issues and concerns in regards to water in the Okanagan: managing; usage; gains and losses; population growth and climate change. His recent research includes: Demand for a Proposed Trail; Household management of septic systems; Management of drought risk by irrigators; Factors influencing household water use and pricing; Climate change and land use; Sustainable livelihoods and water storage in Nepal.

His future research would include water allocation in the Okanagan; water governance in the Okanagan; benefits and cost of an agriculture water reserve and the value of agriculture in the Okanagan.

Anna Warwick-Sears, OBWB Executive Director, was in attendance to address questions, including:
• Will it matter that the endowment is spread over 5 years in regards to your ability to do anything? No as long as we have the commitment.
• Will there be a tax increase? If the OBWB were to contribute funding for the initiative, the funding would be within the legislative funding ceiling of 3.6 cents/1000 assessment (excluding sewage grant requisitions) as per
supplementary letters patent. The current funding for OBWB is approximately 2.4 cents/1000.
• Is there a way to put this in a separate line item in the tax requisition? The Province won't put in on as a separate line item; however RDCO will note it as a separate line item in the 5 year financial plan.

#GS48/10 BAKER/SHEPHERD
THAT the presentation from UBC-Okanagan regarding BC Regional Innovation Chair in Water Resources and Ecosystem Management be received;

AND FURTHER THAT the Governance and Services Committee recommend to the Regional Board to support the Okanagan Basin Water Board in the BC Regional Innovation Chair in Water Resources and Ecosystem Management Leading Edge Endowment Fund (LEEF) with a contribution of $500,000 over five years.

CARRIED

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4. Correspondence

4.1 Okanagan Basin Water Board re: Okanagan Groundwater Quality Monitoring Project: Enhancing Groundwater Supply Monitoring in the Okanagan Okanagan Basin Water Board (OBWB) letter of July 21, 2010 requested a level of interest and support from the Regional District to establish and participate in developing new monitoring wells for water table levels in the area as part of a network of strategic monitoring wells throughout the Okanagan. Local governments interested in partnering in the project are asked to participate in a steering committee and contribute matching funds. The proposed budget to develop one monitoring well is approximately $38,000.

Dan Plamondon, RDCO Director of Development Services provided information on the establishment of one monitor well in Electoral Area East with an approximate contribution of $6,500. He noted that there would be on going positive benefits in terms of the data collected, which would be produced on an annual basis. The information collected would be used for analysis by staff for land use planning and/or services and would determine if there are fluctuations in the water supply.

He noted that the existing well in the area may be utilized and funding for the project may be obtained from within the electoral area planning budget or a grant-in-aid which would assist in a significant reduction of the well.

Nelson Jatel, OBWB Director of Water Stewardship, was in attendance to address questions and gauge what support the Committee had for the project, including:

• Has this request been sent to the municipalities? Yes, the report has been sent to all member Municipalities.
• Where will the test drilling be done? What is the end result of the study?
In confined and unconfined areas, it will depend on what aquifers we are talking about. This is not a study. The wells will be put in and the Ministry of Environment will maintain them in perpetuity. This will allow for real time information to be available to planning staff to better manage both the water resources and land usage that apply specifically to ground water.
• Will ground water studies be thrown into the mix? There are unlimited things that you can do with the data.
• Is metering of wells a possibility? Local Governments would have the opportunity to apply or put in place (bylaws) for best practices for groundwater. The Ground Water Bylaws Tool Kit is available.

#GS49/10 HAYES/SHEPHERD
THAT the July 21 , 2010 letter from the Okanagan Basin Water Board regarding support for the Okanagan Groundwater Quantity Monitoring Project: Enhancing Groundwater Supply Monitoring in the Okanagan be received.

CARRIED

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Item 3.1 OBWB Meeting Highlights - July 2010.pdf

Okanagan Basin Water Board Meeting Highlights

Okanagan Irrigation Management: Ted van der Gulik from the Ministry of Agriculture demonstrated a web-based tool for farmers to improve their irrigation efficiency and track water use. Greater Vernon Water, Glenmore Ellison Improvement
District and the District of Summerland are using the tool and other utilities have expressed interest in signing on.

Groundwater Monitoring: The OBWB is partnering with the Ministry of Environment, Agriculture Canada and Environment Canada to expand monitoring of the 15 most at-risk aquifers in the valley. The program's goal is to establish 5 monitoring wells a year over 3 years to track water levels in 15 aquifers. Participating communities will have monitoring wells installed for a fraction of their cost. A letter will be sent to local governments eligible for this program.

UBC-O Water Resources Chair: The Board received a request from UBC-O to contribute to an endowment for a Water Resources research chair. Funds would help match a $1.25 million grant from the Province. The request is being forwarded to the regional boards for approval.

Water Board receives grant: The OBWB received a $40,000 grant from Environment Canada for further Water Supply and Demand studies to help local communities improve water planning.

Reservoir Lakes: A letter will be sent to the Minister of Forests and Range, to share Water Supply and Demand results showing the need to protect and expand reservoirs for environmental, agricultural and domestic water use.

Water Database: All the data and models from the recently completed Water Supply and Demand Project are being moved to RDCO, where they will be made accessible to local governments.

Financial Statements: The Board adopted its audited financial statements for the prior fiscal year. These will be published in the OBWB annual report, which will be released at the Okanagan Basin Water Board's upcoming AGM, on Friday September 10.

Watermilfoil: The summer harvesting season for watermilfoil begins on July 12, in Osoyoos and Okanagan lakes. Weed growth is particularly heavy this year in Osoyoos, because weather conditions restricted winter rototilling.

For more information, please visit: www.OBWB.ca

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OBWB Directors

Stu Wells - Chair, Regional District of OkanaganSimilkameen

Rick Fairbairn - Vice Chair, Regional District of North Okanagan

James Baker, Regional District of Central Okanagan
Bernie Bauer, Okanagan Water Stewardship Council
Buffy Baumbrough, Regional District of North Okanagan
Michael Brydon, Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen
Gordon Clark, Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen
Doug Findlater, Regional District of Central Okanagan
Graeme James, Regional District of Central Okanagan
Gyula Kiss, Regional District of North Okanagan
Toby Pike, Water Supply Association of BC
George Saddleman, Okanagan Nation Alliance

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3. CORRESPONDENCE

3.1 Okanagan Basin Water Board Meeting Highlights - July 2010 (for information)

SHEPHERD/OPHUS
THAT the Okanagan Basin Water Board meeting highlights of July 2010 be received.

CARRIED

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Kelowna Capital News - August 27, 2010

A $10,000 grant from the Okanagan Basin Water Board will help ensure progress managing the Valley’s Canada Goose population continues into 2011.

The Okanagan Valley Goose Management Program received the funding from the water board to heighten awareness about health issues related to limiting the goose population.

Municipal governments throughout the Okanagan partner to deliver the program.

The committee works to reduce the risk of potential human harm due to contamination of water and other public resources. Efforts focus on reducing goose populations to naturally sustainable levels, where sufficient native habitat exists to support the goose population without problematic use of public park and urban lands, and educating people about problems with wild geese.

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A $10,000 grant from the Okanagan Basin Water Board will help ensure progress managing the Valley’s Canada Goose population continues into 2011.

The Okanagan Valley Goose Management Program received the funding from the Water Board to heighten awareness about health issues related to limiting the goose population.

Municipal governments throughout the Okanagan partner to deliver the program.

“We are very grateful to have this funding in place,” says chairman John Penrice, Urban Forestry Supervisor with the City of Kelowna.

“It’s essential funding that permits us to build on gains we’ve made in parks, golf courses and beach quality in recent years.”

The committee works to reduce the risk of potential human harm due to contamination of water and other public resources.

Efforts focus on reducing goose populations to naturally sustainable levels, where sufficient native habitat exists to support the goose population without problematic use of public park and urban lands, and educating people on the importance of allowing geese to remain wild.

The goal is to return goose behaviour to a native condition where they fear of humans and do not approach for food.

A crucial element of population management is the egg addling program.

During the past four seasons, at least 4,000 eggs have been prevented from hatching through this minimally invasive approach.

This program also entails a nest locating program and goose population surveys.

For more information about efforts to create a balance between people and geese in the Okanagan, go online.

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NEWS RELEASE

For Immediate Release
2010CD0021-000580

May 14, 2010
Ministry of Community and Rural Development

FUNDS HELP 39 COMMUNITIES PLAN INFRASTRUCTURE

VICTORIA – Thirty-nine communities across the province will share more than $360,000 in grants to help them develop plans for local infrastructure, Community and Rural Development Minister Bill Bennett announced today.

“This funding helps local governments plan the kind of infrastructure that makes the best use of resources while also meeting community needs,” said Bennett. “Whether it’s upgrading the Bamfield water system, evaluating production wells in Quesnel or creating a regional water conservation plan in the Thompson-Nicola Regional District, this funding lays the foundation for communities to build their future.”

The Infrastructure Planning Grant Program provides grants of up to $10,000 to help local governments plan, design and manage infrastructure. The communities that were chosen will use the funds for projects to improve infrastructure sustainability, such as long-term comprehensive plans and studies that assess the economic and environmental feasibility of proposed water, sewer, drainage and transportation infrastructure.

In past years, these grants have often led to supporting applications for capital infrastructure projects that have been submitted to programs such as Towns for Tomorrow and the Building Canada Fund – Communities Component.


A backgrounder follows.

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For Immediate Release
2010CD0021-000580

May 14, 2010
Ministry of Community and Rural Development

INFRASTRUCTURE PLANNING PROJECTS FUNDED

Thirty-nine local governments are sharing $367,750 in funding for planning the projects outlined below:

100 Mile House: Water Supply Pipeline Preliminary Design Study – $10,000 – A 2008 water supply study showed that the quality and reliability of water supplied to 100 Mile House could be improved by taking water directly out of Horse Lake rather than from Bridge Creek. The addition of a dedicated watermain from Horse Lake to the 100 Mile House water treatment facility will also provide a safer, more reliable water source for the District of 100 Mile House.

Abbotsford: Pilot Facility for Demonstration of Anammox Treatment – $10,000 – A two-year pilot study at the JAMES wastewater treatment plant to design a full scale treatment facility that will remove high concentrations of ammonia through biological systems. Current practice for ammonia removal from wastewater is costly and releases a high quantity of greenhouse gas to the atmosphere.

Alberni-Clayoquot RD: Bamfield Water System Infrastructure Assessment – $10,000 – The Bamfield Water System, constructed between 1979 and 1980, supplies water to approximately 300 residents and businesses year-round and up to 1,500 during the summer months. The current water supply system is in need of upgrades. This grant will allow the district to complete infrastructure condition assessments and an evaluation of universal metering and conservation rate structures.

Capital Regional District: Opportunity Assessment for Integration of Liquid and Solid Waste Management Plans for the CRD – $10,000 – This project will assess the feasibility of an integrated liquid waste and solid waste management plan for the Capital Regional District, including regulatory and operational issues, potential cost savings, efficiencies in the use of infrastructure and natural resources and integrated planning approaches.

Capital Regional District: Joint Tri-Regional Waste to Energy Viability Study – $10,000 – This project will investigate the feasibility of a joint tri-regional waste to energy facility. The study will compare costs of a centrally located waste to energy plant to serve the three southern Vancouver Island regional districts, as well as analyze the greenhouse gas impacts of such a facility compared with the current disposal options used by the three regions.

Central Kootenay Regional District: Denver Siding Water System – $5,000 – The district will conduct a study to determine the safest and most cost-effective options for the Denver Siding water system. This community has been on a ‘boil water advisory’ for an extended period of time. This study will outline the most feasible and most economical option for the community to improve water quality.

Colwood: Community Energy Plan – $10,000 – The focus of this project is to create a high-level framework to assist Colwood in achieving significant reductions in energy and water use and greenhouse gas emissions at both a community-wide and operational level. This will be done by inviting input from key stakeholders and the community and building on existing policies.

Comox Valley Regional District: Bathymetric Survey - Langley Lake – $10,000 – The project will establish bathymetric (depth) information for Langley Lake. This will establish the storage capacity, which will then inform future water use decisions.

Coquitlam: Assessment of Effectiveness of the City's Rainwater Source Control Features – $10,000 – As part of development in northeast Coquitlam, developers are required to install both on-site and off-site rainwater source controls to improve the environmental health of the watershed. As this is a new practice, the effectiveness under west coast climate conditions is being determined. To this end, the city intends to measure the effectiveness of 300-mm absorbent topsoils for all grassed and vegetated areas, as well as infiltration trenches installed on private properties and pubic road boulevards.

Cowichan Valley Regional District: Feasibility Study for Carlton Water System – $10,000 – The regional district has been asked to conduct a feasibility study regarding the potential for takeover of the 30-year-old Carlton Waterworks System. The study will review the existing system to address deficiencies and make recommendations for upgrades or replacement if required.

Cranbrook: Asset Management Baseline Assessment and Objectives Setting – $10,000 – This project will identify the current status of – and then set short, medium and long-term objectives for – asset management in the City of Cranbrook.

Esquimalt: Feasibility Study for Resource Recovery from Sewage Treatment Plant Effluent – $10,000 – Esquimalt will conduct a feasibility study of resource recovery from a proposed sewage treatment facility, including the reuse of reclaimed water and heat recovery in the municipal facilities in the Village Centre area. Potential reuse of effluent includes irrigation of sport fields, parks, and ice-making. Potential use of heat extracted from the reclaimed water includes heating municipal buildings and heating the municipal pool.

East Kootenay Regional District: Wilmer Waterworks District Water System Assessment Study – $5,250 – The study will assess the Wilmer water system and estimate both the costs and work required for the system to reach local bylaw standards.

Fruitvale: Comprehensive Stormwater Management Plan – $10,000 – The Village of Fruitvale has experienced some drainage and flooding issues over the last few years resulting in damage to the Village's infrastructure. The project will create a comprehensive storm water management plan to ensure corrective measures can be taken over the next few years.

Grand Forks: City of Grand Forks Water Audit – $10,000 – The project will conduct a water audit with the goal of ultimately reducing water usage. The proposed water audit will test large industrial meters; records night time flows at source; estimate water usage for areas such as main flushing and fire usage; review systems for unauthorized usage; complete a nighttime and annual water balance; and estimate system leakage.

Greenwood: Comprehensive Water Master Plan – $10,000 – The project will create a comprehensive water master plan to address the city’s aging water system. The city will conduct the study to ensure corrective measures can be taken over the next few years, as well as identifying areas within the water system that may be deficient in pipe sizing, reservoir storage and pumping capabilities.

Kamloops: Water Conservation Rate Design – $10,000 – The project will review the current water rate structure in preparation for a universal water metering program. The current system has meters in place for industrial, commercial, institutional and multi-family residential connections.

Keremeos: Groundwater Assessment of West Well Field – $10,000 – The Village of Keremeos relies on groundwater to supply all of its domestic water. Information is required to assess the groundwater status of the West Well Field, including collecting water-quality information in the wells and the adjacent surface water source.

Ladysmith: Asset Management Pilot Case Study – $10,000 – The city will conduct an asset management case study, using a manual developed through Indian and Northern Affairs Canada. Ladysmith was recommended as a test location for the study due to its size, age and diversity. The study results can be used as a template for other municipalities to develop asset management strategies.

Lions Bay: Study of Potential Green Infrastructure Elements, New Community Centre – $7500 – The project will examine sites for a new community centre that would include proximity to other services and enable innovative or green infrastructure elements to be incorporated in its design. The current centre is a multi-use facility in constant demand by the community and is both outdated and inefficient in energy use.

Merritt: Infrastructure Asset Management Roadmap – $10,000 – Given the limited personnel and financial resources available each year to meet competing infrastructure needs, Merritt plans to develop an ‘Infrastructure Asset Management Roadmap’ and implementation strategy that will be the basis for informed decision-making and prioritized spending, ensuring a balance between growth, replacement and the renewal of existing infrastructure.

Midway: Midway District Energy Opportunity Assessment – $5,000 – The project will assess the potential of a distinct energy system as a way to reduce Midway’s reliance on fossil fuels, reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and lower operating costs. This project will assess the potential of this system, including a technical and economic assessment of waste heat recovery, geo-exchange, solar thermal, and biomass heat sources. This project will also provide a valuable guide for other small municipalities who are trying to determine the feasibility of distinct energy systems.

Nanaimo Regional District: Joint Tri-Regional Waste-to-Energy Viability Study – $10,000 – This project will investigate the feasibility of a joint tri-regional waste-to-energy facility for the Cowichan Valley Regional District, the Regional District of Nanaimo and the Capital Regional District (CRD).

Since these facilities require sufficient feedstock to be economically and financially viable, incorporating waste from the CRD in addition to the other two districts may make this a viable option for the handling southern Vancouver Island waste. The study will compare costs of a centrally located facility that would serve the three southern Vancouver Island regional districts with current disposal costs in the three regions, as well as analyze the greenhouse gas impacts.

Nanaimo Regional District: Evaluation of Anaerobic Digesters at the French Creek Pollution Control Centre – $10,000 – The project will evaluate the benefits and costs of treating wastewater at the French Creek Pollution Control Centre using anaerobic digesters, which produce gas that could be captured and used by the centre for heating and/or other energy needs. This change in technology would yield a more efficient use of existing infrastructure, with some opportunity to reduce operating costs.

New Westminster: Asset Management Baseline Assessment and Objectives Setting – $10,000 – This project will identify the current status of – and then set short-, medium- and long-term objectives for – asset management in City of New Westminster.

Okanagan Basin Water Board: Technical Framework for Coordinated Okanagan Drought Response – $10,000 – This project will provide the technical framework for a basin-wide co-ordinated drought response plan, drawing on information from the Okanagan Water Supply and Demand Project to establish drought trigger levels, based on mainstream lake levels, for municipalities and other water utilities to respond to region-wide water shortages.

Okanagan Similkameen Regional District: Septage Disposal Facility Feasibility Study – $10,000 – The project will study the feasibility study of septage disposal options. The regional district will develop a strategy for required budgeting, land purchases, buffer zone requirements, hauling distances, and educational objectives.

Parksville: Geo-Exhange Municipal District Heating Utility Study – $7, 500 – This project will do a pre-feasibility study to investigate the potential for establishing a municipal energy utility in two new developments planned in Parksville. The city is interested in establishing a district heating system that will reduce greenhouse gas emissions and energy consumption, benefiting residents while providing a potential revenue stream to the city.

Port Hardy: Water Wise Plan Review and Update – $10,000 –The District of Port Hardy has recognized the need to implement comprehensive water conservation and demand management methods. A ‘Water Wise Plan’ was developed to address these needs and has been implemented over the past several years. This project is a review of the plan to include new data, identify current best practices for water conservation and demand management, and complete a cost/benefit analysis of these options.

Princeton: Condition and Capacity Assessment Study of Wastewater Treatment and Disposal Systems – $10,000 – Princeton is undertaking a condition and capacity assessment study of the wastewater treatment system. The study will determine the system operating capacity and operational related deficiencies, as well as come up with a system upgrading and expansion plan that includes capital cost estimates.

Powell River Regional District: Lund Sewage Treatment Plant Upgrade – $10,000 – After a breakdown in November 2009, serious corrosion was discovered and the plant is now operating at limited capacity. The project will assess the system condition and reason for corrosion, develop a program to mitigate the potential for corrosion, and identify options for upgrading or replacing the treatment plant.

Quesnel: Sustainable Capacity of Well Fields and GUDI Study – $10,000 – The purpose of this project is to evaluate the long-term pumping capacity of each of the seven production wells Quesnel operates and assess potential vulnerability from surface water. Information from this assessment will be used to update the Water Conservation Strategy and establish baseline conditions for long-term asset management of the water system.

Salmon Arm: Salmon Arm Water Master Plan – $10,000 – The proposed water master plan will evaluate both the existing water distribution system and future conditions, identify existing and future deficiencies, and recommend upgrading options (both current and staged) for system reliability and future growth. The project will develop a long-term plan to upgrade the water distribution system.

Silverton: Feasibility Study for an Integrated Large-Scale Geothermal System – $10,000 – This project will conduct a feasibility study of using an Integrated Large-Scale Geothermal System to supply heating, cooling, and hot water to homes in Silverton. Since the village is located on the shores of Slocan Lake, it is ideally suited for the use of a water source geothermal heat pump system as a municipal energy utility. This type of system will reduce energy consumption and emissions by 72 per cent compared to conventional electrical resistance heating systems.

Sooke: Infrastructure Asset Management Strategy – $10,000 – Development of an asset management strategy that will guide the implementation of integrated asset management practices across the organization to promote informed decision-making and effective stewardship of municipal-owned infrastructure assets.

Thompson-Nicola Regional District: TNRD Regional Water Conservation Plan – $7500 – The regional district currently owns and operates 11 community water systems ranging in size from 16 to 350 connections. The district will develop a regional water conservation plan that will allow them to implement recommended water conservation measures such as watering restrictions, metering, bylaw development and enforcement.

Tumbler Ridge: Asset Management Baseline Assessment and Objectives Setting – $10,000 – This project will identify the current status of – and then set short-, medium- and long-term objectives for – asset management in the District of Tumbler Ridge.

Victoria: Integrated Storm Water Master Plan – $10,000 – The Integrated Storm Water Master Plan will provide a concise multi-year plan for system wide improvements, including prioritized lists of improvements and cost estimates for the next 20 years. The plan will also review all current city bylaws, regulations and guidelines related to storm water management and make recommendations for modifications or new documents to reflect current best practices and standards for low-impact developments.

View Royal: Community Energy and GHG Emissions Sustainability Plan – $10,000 – The Town of View Royal is developing a plan related to community energy and GHG emissions in time for the town to amend its Official Community Plan in 2010.

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Water Board Appointment

The Regional Board has appointed Director Graeme James as the new representative for the Regional District on the Okanagan Basin Water Board. He fills the position previously held by Director Brian Given who passed away earlier this year.

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Okanagan Water Stewardship Council

The Regional Board has accepted an offer from the Okanagan Basin Water Board for membership in the Okanagan Water Stewardship Council. The Infrastructure Coordinator will represent the Regional District as one of the proposed 28 organizations that make up the Council. It was established in the spring of 2006 and provides the Basin Water Board with diverse advice on water issues.

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