Building Sustainable Communities                           2010
 Founded in 1970  • Droughts  • Pollution  • Population boom Water  management   mandate
 Are we running out of   water? Are there too many   people in the valley? Should we prohibit all   golf courses? Wher...
First ‐  Assess water supply & demand  Identify stakeholder needs  Target problems & prioritiesThen ‐  Local & Regiona...
 Water supply & demand Endocrine disrupters Water use reporting Groundwater monitoring Drought planning Water pricing
Less snow, more rain
summer low‐flows                   Competition for water
 Healthy waterways?   • Protect birds & fish, keep water clean, reduce erosion  Local agriculture?   • Health, food secu...
Supply reality Shortages happen every summer Some years are dry everywhere Some areas higher risk for chronic shortages...
 Unregulated by   province Overdraft creates   conflict between   neighbours Local government   has power to   regulate...
 Tool for planners Groundwater science   handbook  Model bylaws: e.g.,  • OCP policies  • Geothermal  • Pumping rates
www.obwb.cawww.okwaterwise.ca 
Okanagan Waterwise: Water Centric Planning in the Okanagan - Building Sustainable Communities
Okanagan Waterwise: Water Centric Planning in the Okanagan - Building Sustainable Communities
Okanagan Waterwise: Water Centric Planning in the Okanagan - Building Sustainable Communities
Okanagan Waterwise: Water Centric Planning in the Okanagan - Building Sustainable Communities
Okanagan Waterwise: Water Centric Planning in the Okanagan - Building Sustainable Communities
Okanagan Waterwise: Water Centric Planning in the Okanagan - Building Sustainable Communities
Okanagan Waterwise: Water Centric Planning in the Okanagan - Building Sustainable Communities
Okanagan Waterwise: Water Centric Planning in the Okanagan - Building Sustainable Communities
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Okanagan Waterwise: Water Centric Planning in the Okanagan - Building Sustainable Communities

  1. 1. Building Sustainable Communities  2010
  2. 2.  Founded in 1970 • Droughts • Pollution • Population boom Water  management   mandate
  3. 3.  Are we running out of  water? Are there too many  people in the valley? Should we prohibit all  golf courses? Where should we have  development?
  4. 4. First ‐  Assess water supply & demand  Identify stakeholder needs  Target problems & prioritiesThen ‐  Local & Regional water planning  Water allocation decisions  Drought management
  5. 5.  Water supply & demand Endocrine disrupters Water use reporting Groundwater monitoring Drought planning Water pricing
  6. 6. Less snow, more rain
  7. 7. summer low‐flows Competition for water
  8. 8.  Healthy waterways? • Protect birds & fish, keep water clean, reduce erosion  Local agriculture? • Health, food security, economic stability Green space? • Air quality, views,  Golf courses? • Economic driver, keeps greenspace open, exercise Green lawns and gardens? • Popular hobby, food security, healthy recreationMinimize conflicts?
  9. 9. Supply reality Shortages happen every summer Some years are dry everywhere Some areas higher risk for chronic shortages Hillside development on groundwater a high riskDemand reality We use more water than anyone else 78% of domestic water goes on lawns Not enough water to support sprawl
  10. 10.  Unregulated by  province Overdraft creates  conflict between  neighbours Local government  has power to  regulate  development
  11. 11.  Tool for planners Groundwater science  handbook  Model bylaws: e.g., • OCP policies • Geothermal • Pumping rates
  12. 12. www.obwb.cawww.okwaterwise.ca 

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