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Controlling the Flow of Water through the Okanagan Lake System an Imperfect Science

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It’s shaping up to be a high water year in the Okanagan, but time, and the weather, will tell if it gets higher.

Kalamalka Lake and Okanagan Lake are going to be “above our comfort level” as far as high water goes this year, according to Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations section head for public safety and protection Shaun Reimer.

“We have pretty high water for this time of year, especially in Kalamalka and Okanagan Lakes, which are hardest to manage because of volume,” Reimer says.

The Ministry controls a series of dams in the Okanagan Valley, including structures at the outflow of Kalamalka Lake, Okanagan Lake, Skaha Lake and Vaseux Lake. The Oroville-Tonasket Irrigation District in Washington state controls the Zosel dam at the outflow of Osoyoos Lake.

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Steve Arstad – InfoNews.ca – May 8, 2017.

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