Project Mermaid



Book your own photo shoot to become a Mermaid this summer!

Project Mermaid Okanagan is an ongoing awareness campaign for residents and visitors to the Okanagan to help spread information that will help protect one of our most important and valued natural resources; our lakes.

The mermaid is a gentle water guardian, watching over the lakes. She is represents everyone who will be affected if our natural resources are spoiled. She is an ambassador between us and our environment, and a reminder of how precious our waters are.

Using these photos of beautiful mermaids on the beaches of some Okanagan lakes, photographer Bonnie Donovan draws your attention to the issues we need to be aware of and share with vistors to the Okanagan. Enjoy these beautiful images, as you take in a little information on steps you can take to help sustain the beauty and health of our lakes and wetlands. Click on the More about buttons where you will be taken to the Okanagan Basin Water Board's websites.

Join our campaign by educating yourself and others by sharing the message!

Okanagan Lake

What threatens our lakes?

Zebra and Quagga Mussels

Zebra Mussel – US Fish & Wildlife
Quagga mussel on boat motor - National Park Service
Zebra Mussel – US Fish & Wildlife
Boat covered in Zebra Mussels © 2016, KBJR & KDLH Television, Inc. All Rights Reserved.

They can clog pipes of water treatment and power plants, disrupt ecosystems with large monocultures, are difficult to remove and non-native to British Columbia. Zebra and quagga mussels are an ALERT SPECIES—currently they have not become established in Oregon, Idaho, Washington, Montana or British Columba—prevention is key!

Source: Invasive Species Council of BC

Zebra and Quagga Mussels are closely-related mollusks that originate from Europe and are non-native to North America. They live in freshwater – such as lakes and rivers – and are invasive, known to encrust and corrode hard surfaces and cause serious harm to waters where they become established.

How this affects you

  • Our water quality is at risk.
  • Our beaches are at risk.
  • Our fish are at risk.
  • Our lake's ecology is at risk.
  • Our property values are at risk.
  • Our Tourism is at risk.
  • Our economy is at risk.
Source: OBWB-OkWaterWise

In the Okanagan, report possible sightings of zebra or quagga mussels to 1-877-952-7277 (RAPP)

Contrary to its appearance, the Okanagan often experiences serious drought.

There is LESS water available per person in the Okanagan than anywhere else in Canada.

The Okanagan has one of the highest rates of water use per person in Canada.

24% of ALL water used in the Okanagan is used on our household lawns and gardens.

Source: OBWB-OkWaterWise

Mabel Lake


Kalamalka Lake


Can you spot the dragon fly below?

Our wetlands also need your protection.

Maude-Roxby Bird Sanctuary, Kelowna


Okanagan Lake from Penticton, BC


Kalamalka Lake


Okanagan Lake

Eurasian Watermilfoil

The Okanagan Basin Water Board is working on keeping Milfoil under control. It is a nuisance to many.

Photo: Michigan Sea Grant web site (
Photo: Michigan Sea Grant web site (
Source: OBWB-OkWaterWise

Enjoy our Okanagan lakes this summer!

You can book your own photo shoot and become a mermaid this summer!

Click the Icon below for more information!

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