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June 5, 2020, 8:19 am

Regional District of Central Okanagan Wins Award for Environmental Collaboration Project

Regional District of Central Okanagan

KELOWNA - The Regional District of Central Okanagan has been recognized for its collaborative effort in the wake of flooding in 2017.

It has received the Southern Interior Local Government Association (SILGA) Community Excellence Award for Environmental Sustainability. 

In 2018 the Regional District partnered with the Okanagan Basin Water Board (OBWB) on a multi-stakeholder committee representing 13 local governments, four First Nations and several local and provincial agencies in the Okanagan to coordinate the Okanagan Flood Collaboration Project. 

RDCO Chair Gail Given says “this was a fantastic project in the area of flood management. It was an amazing effort by RDCO Community Services staff along with their partners at the OBWB to bring all the agencies and stakeholders together from up and down the valley, as they were all impacted by flooding and will benefit from the work.  The project shows just how much we can all accomplish when we work together.”

Through the Okanagan Flood Collaboration Project risk assessments were undertaken along with flood mapping in the hope of making the valley become more resilient to precipitation extremes.

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