Group Accommodation Details

The Coast Capri Hotel is holding 100 rooms for October 16 and 17, and 75 rooms for October 18.

Group Block Details:

Group Number: CCH-GFC22862
Group Name: Okanagan Water Basin Board Environmental Flow Conference
Arrival Date: October 16 2018
Departure Date: October 19 2018
Method of Reservation: Call In On Own
Reservation Deadline: September 16 2018
Method of Payment: Pay On Own
Individual Cancellation: 48 Hours from the Date of Arrival

Guest Room Accommodations/Group Rates:

$130.00 Single occupancy

Additional Person(s) $ 20.00 Per person(s), per night, plus taxes. Children 18 years and under stay free when sharing a room with a paid adult.

Rate Details:
Rates are net, non-commissionable and are exclusive of taxes (currently 16%)

Individual Reservations:
Delegates, please contact either Central Reservations Office at 1.800.663.1144 or the Hotel Direct at 1.250.860.6060 and quote the Group Name or Group Number as noted above.


The Coast Capri Hotel
1171 Harvey Avenue, Kelowna BC V1Y 6E8

Seeking Sponsors

EFN2018 is seeking your sponsorship.

This is an excellent opportunity for your organization to showcase your services, products or professionals.

Your primary audience will be individuals and organizations interested in Environmental Flow Needs and the management of our shared water.

The conference will include plenary sessions, a gala banquet, and exhibitor hall with many great networking opportunities.

Up to 275 water resource professionals from Canada and abroad are expected to attend.

Download the EFN 2018 Sponsorship Package

Gold Sponsors represent a premium financial commitment to this conference and will have the opportunity to have a large logo displayed at all of the various events and meals as well as have a representative say a few words to the delegation during the Gala dinner. Gold sponsors will have the opportunity to set-up a display at the conference.

Silver Sponsors represent a significant financial commitment to this conference and will have the opportunity to have a medium logo displayed at all of the various events and meals. Silver sponsors will have the opportunity to set-up a display at the conference.

Bronze Sponsors will have the opportunity to have their organization’s name displayed on conference promotional materials.

FOR MORE INFORMATION or for questions regarding exhibitor options or sponsorship, please contact sponsorship co-chairs: Nelson Jatel at (250) 469.6295, e-mail or Lawrence Bird at (250) 545.3672, e-mail

Further Reading

Visit to learn more about the Environmental Flow Needs Project, including:

Mission Creek Habitat and Intake Mapping

Collaborative Development of Methods to Set Environmental Flow Needs in Okanagan Streams
This report presents the results of a study to develop robust methods for determining the Environmental Flow Needs of Okanagan streams, and provide information needed to customize the methods for 19 specific tributaries within the Okanagan Basin.

Annotated Bibliography – Environmental Flows: Water Use Plans and Technical Documents in the British Columbia Context
This Annotated Bibliography centralizes information of interest to the Okanagan Water Stewardship Council’s Environmental Flows committee. Specifically, included are Water Use Plans and Technical documents that are in the Okanagan Basin context.


The Okanagan Basin Water Board and the Canadian Water Resources Association, BC Branch are hosting an Environmental Flow Needs Conference, October 16 to 18, 2018, in Kelowna, British Columbia.

Environmental Flow Needs: Science, Policy & Practice

This conference builds on a workshop held in Vancouver in January 2016. The conference is intended to bring together researchers, fisheries and water managers, regulators, and policy-makers from a range of organizations (e.g. academia, First Nations, other governments, non-profit water organizations, and consultants) to discuss the state of knowledge of EFN-setting in B.C., to showcase recent EFN work in the Okanagan and elsewhere in B.C. and Canada, to address challenges in implementing B.C.’s new Water Sustainability Act, and to develop recommendations to improve the process of EFN setting, policy-making, and regulation related to EFNs.

More details to follow.

What Are Environmental Flow Needs?

The environmental (or in-stream) flow needs of a stream are defined as the volume and timing of water flow required for effective functioning of the aquatic ecosystem – for fish and other needs.

Methods of determining EFNs have been in use in North America for several decades, but in many areas no information on EFNs is available.

In B.C. the introduction of the Water Sustainability Act in February 2016 created a need to determine EFNs for water bodies potentially affected by proposed surface or groundwater extractions.

In locations where significant demand or competition for water exists, such as the Okanagan, scientists, policy-makers, planners, and regulators are now focussed on developing methods to determine appropriate EFN flow regimes.

These efforts are also being driven by an ever- increasing demand for water, and growing frequency and severity of droughts.