Developing a hydrological model for the Okanagan Basin

Enabling a better understanding of water supply and demand issues

An increasing population and competing water demands has caused concern about the long-term sustainability of the Okanagan Basin. In collaboration with Summit Environmental, we developed a hydrologic model for the Okanagan Basin Water Board (OBWB) to help authorities assess water needs and availability. The OBWB used the model to evaluate the potential impacts of climate change, land use change, and water consumption on the overall water balance in the Basin. This will assist the OBWB with shaping water resources management policies for the Okanagan Basin – now and in the future.