Public panel floats water ideas on Fintry Queen Mar. 27

People will be talking about water on the water in Kelowna next Thursday night. The final event in UBC Okanagan’s World Water Week is a water expert panel public discussion, hosted by the Okanagan Basin Water Board on the Fintry Queen, moored at the foot of Bernard Ave. in downtown Kelowna.

"The informal discussion provides a unique opportunity for the public to access water expertise and share ideas about water quality in the Okanagan," says Nelson Jatel, Director for the Okanagan Basin Water Board and the moderator for the Mar. 27 event.

"Water quality impacts us all. High-quality water is a shared resource that is critical to our health, ability to produce food and support the quality of life that makes the Okanagan a unique and special place.”

Panelists are:

  • Sandra Kochan, Strategic Planning Coordinator City of Kelowna’s Recreation, Parks and Cultural Services
  • Anna Warwick Sears, Executive Director of the Okanagan Basin Water Board
  • Denise Neilson, Research Scientist with Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada
  • Mike Adams, Senior Drinking Water Protection Officer for the Interior Health Authority
  • Bob Hrasko, Director of the Water Supply Association
  • Allison MacMillan, Professor with Okanagan College’s Engineering Technology program
  • John Wagner, Professor with UBC Okanagan’s Cultural Anthropology program
  • Bruce Mathieson, Professor with UBC Okanagan’s Biology Department

“I’m looking forward to an evening of idea sharing and discussions focused on actions in support of sustainable, high-quality water throughout the Okanagan Basin," Jatel says.

The Fintry Queen can accommodate up to 100 people for this free public event, so attendance is limited to that number and seating will be on a first-come-first-served basis.

A complete list of World Water Day events can be found at:

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