RDNO gets climate grant

The Regional District of North Okanagan (RDNO) has been awarded $25,000 from the Okanagan Basin Water Board’s Water Conservation and Quality Improvement Grant Program to develop a Valley-wide climate projections report.

The report will inform decisions on infrastructure and planning, flood and drought preparedness and other water conservation issues in the face of climate change today and into the future, the RDNO said in a release. 
"Results from this work will provide Okanagan regional districts, municipalities, non-profits and interested citizens with the information they need to develop plans and actions for reducing the risks associated with climate variability and changes in water quantity and/or quality."
The report is expected to answer climate related questions, such as:

  • Will we need larger reservoirs in the future for storage capacity?
  • Is our storm water infrastructure designed to withstand increased rain events?
  • What will the future hold regarding flooding, drought, and extreme weather events?

“We are grateful to the Okanagan Basin Water Board for their support on this important project,” said Kevin Acton, Chair of the Board. “We recognize that the Okanagan is one valley with one water, so the collaborative approach to the creation of this report with the North, Central, and South Okanagan Regional Districts will provide valuable climate change projections for the entire basin.”
The RDNO will coordinate and oversee the development of the Climate Projections report in collaboration with the Regional District of the Central Okanagan and the Regional District of the Okanagan-Similkameen.

The Pacific Climate Impacts Consortium will carry out the projections modelling and indicator work while a consultant will be hired to complete the report writing component of this project.

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