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A Pilot Project in Lake Country

The Lake Country Pilot Project of the Okanagan Wetlands Regeneration Alliance provides a blueprint for conducting similar research projects in the other regions of the Okanagan basin watershed. When complete, it will ensure that decision-makers involved in economic and social development understand the framework for regenerative habitat, and that the general public appreciate the inter-connectiveness of the watershed in their lives.

By bringing regenerative practices into considerations about the present and future of the Okanagan Basin watershed, it is imperative that we understand the critical nature of wetlands and natural habitat to the environment. This project will present a framework for understanding and ensuring that awareness.


  • To undertake a botanical inventory of the wetlands areas of Lake Country and contiguous areas.
  • To identify native and invasive plant species that contribute to and/or inhibit the natural waterflow environment. In the case of their contributory factors, determine how they can be maximized in their regenerative function. In the case of their inhibition factors, determine how they can be effectively removed and/or minimized.
  • To determine a set of maintenance factors that ensure a regenerative watershed behavior going forward.
  • To undertake a trial project to determent those plants that have the most effective regenerative potential in the environment.
  • To undertake a culling process to remove those plant species that inhibit waterflow and negate and/or limit regenerative processes.
  • To produce information and learning materials, and conduct a series of public presentations that reveal the findings and/or demonstrate the value of the project.
  • To engage members of the public in the process of discovery and mediation, through volunteer activity and attendence at events.


  • To understand and "know" the Lake Country watershed, for both proponents and volunteers, in a substantive and proactive manner.
  • To contribute to the understanding of present and future watershed issues, and contributory factors, in a meaningful and proactive way, to all the stakeholders in the District.
  • To contribute to the general public awareness of watershed issues.
  • To provide a roadmap to the application of regenerative principles to the future of watershed maintenance, locally, regionally and globally.
  • To provide materials that can be used by secondary and post-secondary faculty to engage their students.
  • To provide materials that can be used by municipal leaders to promote the benefits of regenerative practices to their stakeholders.
  • To determine the potential for regenerative non-timber forest product harvesting, processing and marketing in the area covered.


  • A volunteer supervisory committee has been formed, representing the Alliance partners, to provide governance and monitor the project.
  • A consultant team has been recruited to establish research and documentation guidelines, and supervise the chief investigator. Members of this team have expertise in aboriginal culture, wetlands ecology, biology research, environmental inventory analysis, permaculture, project documentation, and public awareness campaigns.
  • A chief investigator to spend the whole period of the project: Mapping the watershed; Conducting a habitat audit, and making recommendations to the committee on remediation activities; Conducting habitat restoration on a priority basis; Working with, and supervising, the activities of communtty volunteers and College and University faculty/students; Preparing regular reports on field activities.
  • The project is being conducted in six stages over ten months, with some overlap between them:
    Stage 1: Recruit and schedule principals, collaborators, interns and volunteers. Tasks and timeline established. Preliminary investigation.
    Stage 2: Habitat Investigation and mapping.
    Stage 3: Gathering information and producing a preliminary report for review by committee and team, and other stakeholder to determine tasks and timeline for next steps.
    Stage 4: Based on results of habitat research, conduct remediation activities.
    Stage 5: Publish a comprehensive report on the project, distribute press release, provide public website with project information.
    Stage 6: Public awareness campaign: local and regional public presentations, school outreach, policy presentations.

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    Okanagan Wetlands Regeneration Alliance

    Okanagan Wetlands Regeneration Alliance is a group of progressive citizens, groups, companies, institutions, organizations and communities who want to put nature back into the centre of Okanagan life.

    The Alliance was formed to apply the principals of ecology to the wetlands of the Okanagan Basin, which are the source and heart of the future of human habitation and economy of this area, and which are in continuous need of study, understanding and regeneration.

    Please contact:
    Robert MacDonald, Director
    1473 Ethel Street
    Kelowna BC V1Y 2X9
    Telephone: 250.870.2690
    Email: click here

    The Partners in the Wetlands Alliance are
  • Okanagan Basin Water Board
  • District of Lake Country: James Baker, Mayor
  • Okanagan Greens: Angela Reid, President
  • Okanagan Institute: Robert MacDonald, Director
  • Okanagan College: Douglas MacLeod, Associate Dean, Science and Technology
  • Community Futures of the Central Okanagan: Larry Widmer, Director
  • Summerhill Organics and Wildcraft: Gabe Cipes, President
  • Okanagan Nation: Chad Eneas, En'owkin Centre
  • Okanagan Network for the Environment: Deb Thorneycroft, Coordinator
  • Aspire Media Works: Geoff Millar, President

    The Alliance welcomes participation from members of the public, as well as from companies, organizations and institutions of all kinds.
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