Projects & Initiatives

Okanagan Climate Projections Report

Despite global efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, the world is facing a different climate future. Canada is warming at twice the global average rate and impacts are already being felt and anticipated to worsen. 

Our ecosystems, communities and our economy are being challenged. Wildfire, flooding, and drought have already tested local infrastructure, caused economic losses, and posed health risks to communities.   It's now imperative that governments and individuals act to minimize, prepare for and adapt to these future extremes.

That's why the Regional Districts of the North, Central and South Okanagan Similkameen have partnered with the Pacific Climate Impacts Consortium and Pinna Sustainability and developed a Climate Projections report for the Okanagan.  This report provides the scientific foundation to make informed decisions that support community action and to better prepare for climate variations over the next 30 and 60 years.

Findings indicate that the Okanagan can expect significant changes including:

  • Warmer temperatures year-round
  • Summers will be considerably hotter
  • Increased duration of growing season
  • Warmer winter temperatures
  • Increased precipitation across all seasons except summer
  • Summer is expected to remain the driest season, and become drier; and
  • We can expect shifting seasons
Funding for the report was provided by the three regional districts, Natural Resources Canada in partnership with the  Fraser Basin Council and the Okanagan Basin Water Board Water Conservation and Quality Improvement Grant Program.

A Resource For Okanagan Lakeshore Living

A best management practices guide has been developed to offer practical solutions for Central Okanagan property owners along the shoreline of Okanagan Lake.

The guide:

  • provides information for property owners on how they can help protect natural areas and enhance regional resiliency to climate change.
  • promotes and encourages stewardship actions that improve and effectively manage the Okanagan Lake shoreline while supporting flood preparedness.
The project was initiated by the Regional District of Central Okanagan in partnership with the Okanagan Collaborative Conservation Program (OCCP)  and the South Okanagan Collaborative Conservation Program (SOSCP) .     Funding was provided by Environment and Climate Change Canada, the Okanagan Basin Water Board (OBWB) Water Conservation and Quality Improvement Grant Program, and the Real Estate Foundation of BC. Click here to access A Resource for Okanagan Lakeshore Living

Okanagan Lake Foreshore Inventory Mapping 2016 Updated Report

Foreshore Inventory and Mapping (FIM) is a method of collecting information on the current state of the foreshore.

This is an update to the data collected from the 2011 report along with other relevant survey data.

Okanagan Lake has 290 km of shoreline and findings from the 2016 FIM update shows that the majority is developed, with only 41% remaining natural.

Click here to access the 2016 FIM Report for Okanagan Lake.  

Climate Resilient Landscape Outreach Project

This project aims to support residents on improving water use efficiency and encourage resilient landscaping throughout the region.

Watershed Restoration

Each year, the RDCO is involved in watershed restoration.

Focus throughout the years has been in Joe Rich Creek; a tributary to Mission Creek. The creek provides habitat to resident rainbow trout. Along the creek, areas of extensive bank erosion have been identified and poor water quality raised concerns over the health of the system.

Planning For Ecosystem Connectivity In The Central Okanagan

This project involves identifying locations of ecosystem connectivity corridors that, if conserved or restored, will contribute to maintaining ecosystem connectivity in the Central Okanagan, and to connect the plans made here throughout the Okanagan (from south of the US boarder to North Okanagan). .

Rural Westside Development Permit Areas

The RDCO uses Development Permits to ensure development adheres to set guidelines and objectives, including protecting sensitive habitats and ecosystems within designated Development Permit Areas (DPAs).

Throughout the last few years, overview environmental assessments for some of the existing small lot subdivisions in the Rural Westside Official Community Plan (OCP) area have been completed. The assessments benefit Rural Westside residents by refining some of the DPAs to more accurately represent environmental conditions and features at a scale that can be used for individual properties.

Overview environmental assessments have been completed for the following:


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