Assisting local teachers with the collection of curriculum units for nature-based education around water themes that follow the new curriculum guidelines. The resource kits will also feature a guide to assist teachers with construction and enhancement of outdoor learning spaces.

OCCP is working in collaboration with RDCO, RDNO, and the Districts of Coldstream and Lake Country and the Okanagan Similkameen Evasive Species Society (OSESS) to investigate the long-term potential threats of boating activity on lake water source protection for the municipal and domestic intakes on Wood Lake and Kalamalka Lake.

Foreshore Inventory and Mapping (FIM) is a method of collecting information on the current state of the foreshore, or shoreline, of a lake. The most recent FIM survey report (2016) provides an updated summary of the condition of the Okanagan Lake shoreline, and compares the 2016 landscape with earlier data to allow the research team to measure the environmental impacts that accumulate from lakeshore development over time. It took many long days on a boat to survey the 290 km of shoreline along Okanagan Lake. After all of the information was reviewed, the research team concluded that over the seven year study period (2009 – 2016), 4.1 km or 1.42% of the natural Okanagan Lake shoreline was lost or permanently altered. Key changes to the shoreline included removal of native vegetation, construction of 165 retaining walls that altered 1.45 km of shoreline, 164 new docks, 9 new marinas, more road access, and general landscaping. Lakebed materials were also disturbed along 4.1 km of the shoreline. Development has been an important cause of Okanagan Lake natural shoreline loss (e.g. rural and residential land use). The researchers determined that 59% of the shoreline of Okanagan Lake has already been developed.

This workshop will provide an overview of the opportunities and challenges of planning to maintain environmental integrity.  Speakers will review case studies that highlight the current legislative landscape surrounding different aspects of environmental protection, and outline guidelines, best practices, and tools available for local governments to enhance environmental protection.  We will offer participants the opportunity to tackle top challenges with your peers and exchange ideas and strategies on how to enhance environmental protection.