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WHAT’S NEW

December 20, 2023 – Gardening with Nature column: A look back at the year that was for gardeners, Castanet.net

December 6, 2023 – Gardening with Nature column: Creating future gardens from the very beginning, Castanet.net

November 22, 2023 – Gardening with Nature column: Rodent problems can force harsh measures in a garden, Castanet.net

November 11, 2023 – Gardening with Nature column: Now’s the time to prep your garden for winter, Castanet.net

November 9, 2023 – Okanagan water board hoping for plenty of precipitation, Vernon Morning Star

November 9, 2023 – WaterWise program extended over winter due to drought, Vernon Matters

November 8, 2023 – Okanagan water conservation campaign wraps up, Board wary of drought conditions over the winter, Kelowna Now

November 8, 2023 – Gardening with nature column: Now’s the time to prep your garden for winter, Castanet.net

November 3, 2023 – Okanagan drops to level 2 drought conditions but warmer, drier winter still a concern, Kelowna Now

November 3, 2023 – Okanagan drought conditions improve, but concern lingers over multi-year water shortage, Vernon News

October 25, 2023 – Gardening with Nature column: Enjoy ornamental grasses through the winter months, Castanet.net

October 11, 2023 – Gardening with Nature column: Volunteers are the heart and soul of Okanagan Xeriscape Association, Castanet.net

September 27, 2023 – Gardening with Nature: Fundraising sale shows drought-resistant plants are growing in popularity, Castanet.net

September 21, 2023 – Armstrong named Make Water Work community champion for the 6th time, Castanet.net

September 19, 2023 – Water conservation encouraged as drought conditions persist, Vernon Matters

September 13, 2023 – Gardening with nature column: Drought-tolerant perennials a good choice for your garden, Castanet.net

September 7, 2023 – Okanagan Water Board annual meeting taps into water solutions that address climate & other challenges, AM 1150

August 30, 2023 – Gardening with Nature column: It’s time to set water priorities in your garden, Castanet.net

August 22, 2023 – Okanagan elevated to most severe drought level, Penticton Herald

August 17, 2023 – Okanagan drought rating heats up to highest, Level 5, Kelowna Capital News

August 15, 2023 – Okanagan residents asked to conserve water amid Level 4 drought, Global Okanagan

August 11, 2023 – Okanagan Water Basin now declared to be Drought Level 4, Castanet.net

July 19, 2023 – Gardening with Nature column: Tips to keep your plants alive in scorching summer heat, Castanet.net

July 11, 2023 – Okanagan moved to Drought Level 3, VernonMatters.ca

July 11, 2023 – Osoyoos consumes water at seven times the national average, Castanet.net

June 27, 2023 – Level two drought declared in Okanagan, Kelowna Daily Courier

June 24, 2023 – Okanagan Valley moves to level two drought, Global BC

June 23, 2023 – ‘Very dry’ – Okanagan elevated to drought level 2, KelownaNow.com

June 21, 2023 – Gardening with Nature column: Weather wreaks havoc on plants throughout region, Castanet.net

May 18, 2023 – Save water this summer – Aver. Okanagan home uses more than double national average, Castanet.net

May 18, 2023 – Okanagan residents encouraged to conserve water, Global Okanagan

May 18, 2023 – ‘We need to be more water-wise’: Okanagan chiefs, mayors encourage conservation, Kelowna Capital News

April 25, 2023 – Annual water restrictions coming to Penticton residents, Castanet.net

April 12, 2023 – Gardening with Nature column: Scary precipitation stats from Environment Canada, Castanet.net

March 29, 2023 – Gardening with Nature column: It’s officially spring, so it’s time to plant, Castanet.net

March 15, 2023 – Rest your lawnmower and let the lawn grow, Castanet.net

Jan. 24, 2023 – Gardening with Nature column: Xeriscape supporters are supporters of Mother Nature, Castanet.net

Jan. 18, 2023 – Gardening with Nature column: Don’t be a dinosaur – conserve water, Castanet.net

Make Water Work Story Series

FEATURE – Gwen Steele: Xeriscape works for longtime gardener, Vernon Morning Star

FEATURE: John and Maria Byland – Nursery making water work, Vernon Morning Star

FEATURE – Don Triggs & Culmina Family Estate Winery: Vineyard on cutting edge of farming, Penticton Western News

FEATURE – Janet Armstrong & Lloyd Davies: Xeriscaping can create beautiful yards, Vernon Morning Star

FEATURE – Barry Paull: Turf thirsty turf and replace with drought-tolerant material, Kelowna Capital News

FEATURE – Eva Antonijevic: Choose plants suitable to our dry climate, Kelowna Capital News

FEATURE – Bruce Naka: Don’t let automated irrigation get lazy, Kelowna Capital News

FEATURE – Dean Dack: Compost great for your plants and uses water efficiently, Kelowna Capital News

Media Releases

Sept. 14, 2021 – Okanagan residents who conserved water this summer celebrated in critically water-short year 

June 17, 2021 – Okanagan mayors take to social media with water conservation call

In The News

Sept. 24, 2021 – Make Water Work winner announced as Peachland, South Okanagan Times-Chronicle

Sept. 20, 2021 – How scorching temperatures and water shortages are affecting the Okanagan valley, CBC Radio One’s The Current

Sept. 16, 2021 – Make Water Work loss is just Peachy, Armstrong Advertiser

Sept. 14, 2021 – New winner of ‘Make Water Work’ in Okanagan, VernonMatters.ca

Sept. 14, 2021 – Okanagan News in Brief: Saving water pays off for Summerland woman, Kelowna Daily Courier

Sept. 10, 2021 – Peachland dethrones Armstrong for Okanagan water conservation title, Black Press

August 30, 2021 – Water diligence urged amid continued drought conditions in the Okanagan, Summerland Review

August 14, 2021 – Okanagan now at Level 4 drought – people asked to conserve water, Castanet.net

August 14, 2021 – Okanagan now at Drought Level 4 – government asking residents to reduce water use, Global Okanagan

August 14, 2021 – Okanagan basin moves to drought level 4, CBC TV Vancouver News

August 14, 2021 – Government declares Level 4 drought in Okanagan, South Okanagan Times-Chronicle

August 14, 2021 – Drought now at level 4 in the Okanagan, AM1150

August 13, 2021 – Okanagan drought, the impacts, and what residents can do, CBC Daybreak South

July 30, 2021 – Drought impacts on Okanagan streams and fish, CBC Daybreak South

July 29, 2021 – Okanagan Lake hits lowest level since 2003, Vernon Morning Star

July 29, 2021 – Stage 3 Water Restrictions take effect on Friday for Oliver water system users, Castanet.net

July 17, 2021 – Okanagan drought killing fish and exposing need for major water management change, InfoNews.ca

July 16, 2021 – Okanagan Valley upgraded to level 3 drought conditions, Global Okanagan

July 10, 2021 – COLUMN – Managing Summerland’s water resource, Summerland Review

June 28, 2021 – Use water wisely during heat wave: City of Kelowna, KelownaNow.ca

June 27, 2021 – ‘Too early to tell’ drought’s impacts on Okanagan agriculture, Castanet.net

June 23, 2021 – Okanagan residents challenged to ‘make water work’, Global Okanagan

June 20, 2021 – Okanagan Mayors call to action on water conservation,  Castanet.net

June 14, 2021 – Extremely dry spring brings water shortage worries to the South Okanagan,  Penticton Western News

June 8, 2021 – Okanagan bracing for what could be a severe drought this summer, Global Okanagan

June 7, 2021 – Drought preparations underway for the Okanagan VernonMatters.ca

May 21, 2021 – With reservoirs at below average levels, Greater Vernon Water suggests prepping for a dry summer, Global Okanagan

May 3, 2021 – Easy on the hose water hog, Penticton Herald

April 29, 2021 – Watering restrictions in Penticton start May 1, Penticton Western News

Media Releases

September 6, 2019 – Okanagan Water Board Annual Meeting spotlights valley-wide water connection

May 16, 2019 – Okanagan mayors & students join forces, encourage water conservation

In The News

September 9, 2019 – Water – don’t waste a drop, Castanet.net

September 6, 2019 – Peachland beats out Armstrong for water conservation contest, Kelowna Capital News

June 23, 2019 – Drought Warning for Okanagan Residents AM1150

June 21, 2019 – Drought declared for Valley The Kelowna Daily Courier

June 21, 2019 – Voluntary water restrictions urged in the Okanagan as drought concerns rise Infotel News

June 21, 2019 – Time to reduce water use says water board Kelowna Capital News

June 20, 2019 – Okanagan elevated to Level 3 drought rating, water conservation urged Global News

June 16, 2019 – Oliver gets water restrictions Castanet

June 15, 2019 – Possible water restrictions in Vernon Vernon Morning Star

June 12, 2019 – Okanagan raised to level two drought rating Global News

June 11, 2019 – Level 2 drought warning Castanet

May 22, 2019 – Kelowna school joins valley-wide initiative to cut back on water usage Kelowna Now

May 17, 2019 – Okanagan mayors urge citizens to conserve water Kelowna Capital News

May 16, 2019 – Stay WaterWise, kids Castanet

May 16, 2019 – Make Water Work campaign encourages water conservation in Okanagan valley Global News

Media Releases

October 12, 2018 – Okanagan Residents Commit to Conversation – Win WaterWise Yard Prizes

May 17, 2018 – Okanagan mayors trade gavel for gardening gloves & encourage water conservation

In The News

October 21, 2018 – Winners announced in water conservation contest Kelowna Daily Courier

October 17, 2018 – Water Board recognizes water conservation winners Castanet

August 24, 2018 – Okanagan moves into drought level two as hot, dry summer continues Global Okanagan

August 24, 2018 – Drought level raised in the Okanagan as rain remains scarce InfoNews

August 8, 2018 – Preparing for Okanagan Valley’s water future Kelowna Capital News

June 26, 2018 – Level 1 drought rating remains for Okanagan Valley SummerlandReview

May 23, 2018 – Editorial: Incentive to be water-wise and fire smart Kelowna Capital News

May 20, 2018 – Mayors get WaterWise Castanet

May 18, 2018 – Okanagan Communities Reaffirm Water Conservation Commitment Water Canada

May 17, 2018 – Pledging to Make Water Work Kelowna Capital News

Media Releases

Sept. 22, 2017 – As summer of wacky Okanagan weather comes to end, WaterWise residents 

June 14, 2017 – Okanagan mayors gather to encourage conservation in face of weather extremes

In The News

Sept. 25, 2017 – Make Water Work Castanet

Sept. 23, 2017 – Kelowna resident Make Water Work champ Kelowna Capital News

Sept. 22, 2017 – WaterWise residents recognized by Okanagan Basin Water Board KelownaNow

July 6, 2017 – From floods to drought Castanet

June 23, 2017 – Opinion: From the Mayor’s desk – Returning to normal Peachland View

June 16, 2017 – In the midst of historic flooding officials asking you to conserve waterInfoNews Kelowna

June 16, 2017 – Water conservation still key this summer Kelowna Capital News

June 15, 2017 – Water restrictions – Make Water Work CBC Radio -Daybreak South

June 14, 2017 – Make Water Work Castanet

June 14, 2017 – Mayors kick off Make Water Work campaign KelownaNow

June 14, 2017 – Okanagan mayors urge water conservation despite flood Global Okanagan

June 14, 2017 – Water Board brings back conservation challenge AM1150

June 14, 2017 – Water Still At Premium Despite Lake Levels 1075 Kiss FM Vernon