OLWQS Executive Changes in 2015
June 2015 - A volunteer group monitoring water quality in Osoyoos Lake has seen a turnover of its board membership and is trying to attract new blood. The Osoyoos Lake Water Quality Society (OLWQS) takes weekly readings of temperatures, dissolved oxygen, turbidity and acidity at several locations in the lake between July and September.
Salmon run faces catastrophe this year
July 29, 2015 - Sockeye salmon are dying off in huge numbers on the Columbia River and very few have made it to Osoyoos Lake, prompting the extended closure of the recreational and commercial fisheries this year.
CBSA officials finally given powers to intercept invasive mussels at border
June 24, 2015 - Long-awaited federal regulations that allow border officials to stop and detain boats carrying invasive mussels came into effect last week.
Mussel inspections to double in B.C. with funding from Columbia Basin Trust
July 15, 2015 - The effort to intercept invasive mussels in B.C. is doubling thanks to a $360,000 contribution from the Columbia Basin Trust.
Invasive mussels found during checks on intercepted boats coming into B.C.
September 10, 2015 - Invasive mussels have been intercepted on boats coming into B.C. from outside the province this summer.
Water expert from Las Vegas details devastation caused by invasive mussels
September 10, 2015 - What’s happened in Vegas will hopefully stay in Vegas and not ever come to the Okanagan Valley when it comes to invasive quagga and zebra mussels.
Former Mayor Wells talks to Rotarians about water issues on Osoyoos Lake
August 26, 2015 - Stu Wells, the former Osoyoos Mayor and former chair of the Okanagan Basin Water Board, spoke about water at the Rotary Club of Osoyoos luncheon recently.
Milfoil growth four to six weeks early this year
June 30, 2015 - The unusually early seasons have also caused Eurasian milfoil to make an early appearance in the Okanagan lakes.
Salmon Run into Osoyoos Lake Varies by Year
Low spring runoff and above-normal temperatures have negatively impacted the 2015 salmon run. Conversely, the 2014 salmon run was quite successful. July 9, 2014 - Experts were expecting between 300,000 and 400,000 sockeye salmon to make the long trek from the Pacific Ocean and Columbia River system in the United States into Osoyoos Lake.
Many Citizens Angry as Milfoil Out of Control on Osoyoos Lake
August 6, 2014 - Many Osoyoos residents are upset and complaining about the abnormally high levels of milfoil growth in Osoyoos Lake in the summer of 2014, but there’s nothing the Okanagan Basin Water Board (OBWB), which runs the milfoil control program, can do about it after the provincial and federal government halted milfoil harvesting to protect fish habitat.
State of the Lake
In-depth report on the STATE OF OSOYOOS LAKE 2005-2011, released in March 2014 from the British Columbia Lake Stewardship Society. (download pdf)
Is your tap water discoloured? This is due to increased spring flows. Find out more here
How High Can the Water Go?
Spring is here and you'll begin to see lake water levels rise. How high can they go? Who manages the water levels? Find out here
Work is under way to protect Okanagan Valley's remaining wetlands:
Why is Osoyoos Lake Important?
- The lake is home to a large variety of aquatic life and several endangered species
- It is is a crucial waterway for the Columbia River salmon run
- It supplies water for our homes, businesses, agriculture, and recreation
- It's the number one attraction in Osoyoos for residents and visitors
The lake has its own ecosystem. Insects, fish, predators, lakeshore vegetation – even things like temperature and oxygen content, are inter-related. Take out one tiny part of it and the entire balance is upset, creating a ‘domino’ effect. With an increase in population and development, it is everyone’s responsibility to ensure nothing is done to harm its already vulnerable waters and surrounding aquifers.
Osoyoos Lake Appreciation Day
Saturday May 21, 2016 from 2:00PM to 5:00PM @ Gyro Park
Presented by the Osoyoos Lake Water Quality Society
- Opening: Chief Clarence Louie, Mayor Sue McKortoff & Arnie Marchand
- Keynote Speaker: Anna Warwick Sears
- OLWQS 25th Anniversary Cake
- Music by Route 33
- Viewing of OLWQS Boat and water sampling equipment
- Kids Zone Play Area