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Dr. Craig Nichol is a geologist and hydrogeologist who has worked on water in the Okanagan since 2006.? He studies groundwater resources, aquifer mapping, the connections of surface water and groundwater, and the effects of groundwater on surface water temperature.

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Okanagan domestic use water well sign-up frustration mounts

Vernon Morning Star – May 7, 2018 Okanagan Valley residents reliant on wells for their water could potentially lose their access rights if they don’t register their use with the provincial government. While frustration over well approval delays are causing

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Questions on new B.C. groundwater regulations prompt Okanagan Water Board to help local well-owners

Kelowna, B.C. – There has been some confusion about what new B.C. groundwater regulations – part of the recently introduced Water Sustainability Act – mean for residents who have a well. In response, the Okanagan Basin Water Board (OBWB) has

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Important info for well owners

To Protect Your Rights, Register Your Well Registering your well will help ensure your rights are protected when someone applies for a large volume groundwater license in your area. If the person reviewing the large volume license application doesn’t know

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Hullcar source under review

Vernon Morning Star – April 8, 2016 Government officials insist the source of water contamination still isn’t known in a Spallumcheen neighbourhood. While some residents have suggested high nitrates come from the spraying of manure above the Hullcar aquifer, the

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Rules governing wells and groundwater come into effect across the province

March 3, 2016 – British Columbia’s water sustainability act quietly came into effect this week, finally giving the province the groundwater protection most other jurisdictions have had for decades. “We’re one of the last holdouts in North America not

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Water board to study groundwater flows in Mission Creek

February 23, 2016 – Work begins soon on a research project to determine the extent of groundwater flows in Mission Creek and the effect of groundwater licenses on it. “This is something we’ve wanted to know more about for

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Water Quality Monitoring

Overview of Okanagan Water Quality Studies and Monitoring There are many agencies and groups who monitor water quality in the Okanagan. This list isn’t exhaustive, but provides links to websites and reports on water quality information. Environment Canada (EC) has

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Okanagan Groundwater Monitoring Project

Groundwater is a resource vulnerable to over‐exploitation. While depletion of surface water is seen easily with the public eye, groundwater depletion is invisible. Water managers need tools to understand the health of aquifers and to make evidence‐based decisions. One such



Environmental Reporting BC Long-term trends in groundwater levels in BC (explore interactive charts, find aquifer characteristics, etc) Policy and Regulation Buried Treasure: Groundwater Permitting and Pricing in Canada Review of British Columbia’s Groundwater Regulatory Regime: Current Practices and Options Well

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Groundwater Bylaws Toolkit

The Groundwater Bylaws Toolkit, is an appendix to the Green Bylaws Toolkit (, and was developed by the OBWB and partners to help local governments protect the quality and quantity of groundwater within their own geographic and legislative jurisdictions. This

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Groundwater licensing likely to be included in a new water act

Kelowna Capital News – October 13, 2012

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Groundwater monitoring well planned

Summerland Review – February 22, 2012

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Drilling for groundwater information in Joe Rich well

Kelowna Capital News – February 4, 2012

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Water Board to monitor vulnerable Okanagan groundwater

Kelowna, B.C. – Local residents, along with federal, provincial and local dignitaries, were on hand today as the Okanagan Basin Water Board (OBWB) broke ground on an important project to monitor the health of groundwater supplies in Joe Rich. The

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