CBWN  Columbia Connector
 August 2017 
Please join us at our Fall Member Meeting


Agenda coming soon!
Save the Date
Open Source  
Water Data Hub Dialogue:
Towards a Columbia Basin Water Monitoring Framework
November 29-30, 2017
Invermere, BC
More information and outcomes  here.

Convened by Living Lakes Canada, Columbia Basin Water Stewardship Network, Selkirk College.


Burton Flats Photo: Jason Jobin, BCWF

Community Engagement in Wetland Habitat Restoration in the Arrow Lakes

CBWN is happy to report that the new project to enhance community engagement in wetlands restoration is now underway. Doug Switzer from Nakusp has been hired as Community Engagement Coordinator and, as the job title suggests, he will be working with groups and individuals to encourage community members and groups to become more involved in issues related to wetland restoration and preservation.
The Arrow Lakes Environment Stewardship Society and the Slocan Wetlands Assessment and Monitoring Program are partners with CBWN in this project.  
For more information visit our website here.

We gratefully acknowledge the support of WWF-Canada and Loblaw Companies Limited.  
If you are interested in working with other groups in your region on a collaborative watershed stewardship project, CBWN would like to help you! Email us at cbwn.coordinator (@) gmail. com to discuss.

Living Lakes Canada, NALMS 2016, LakeKeeper Workshop, Photo by Heather Leschied
Nominate someone today for the  CBWN Volunteer AWARD S

The CBWN wants to celebrate member achievements in citizen science, watershed education and habitat stewardship.

Do you have a hero in your watershed?

CBWN Members, Mapping and Data
CBWN/SGRC Mapping Program

Kalyn May is behind the CBWN Summer Mapping Program. Read about her experience as a Coop student in the Selkirk College GIS program and working with several CBWN member groups on their mapping projects.

More information and contacts  here.  
Do you love the Columbia Wetlands, birds, and being outside? If so, participating in the Columbia Wetlands Waterbird Survey (CWWS) may be for you!  


Aquatic Invasive Species News


 Volunteer Opportunities - Regional Invasive Committee's

North of Revelstoke: Northwest Invasive Plants Council
Reporting Invasive Species 
For reporting information, contact your regional group, Invasive Species Council of BC or use the phone numbers and contacts on our website.
Small Farmers Can Access Assistance with a Range of Issues Including Water
(Columbia Basin & Kootenay Boundary) - Agricultural producers in the region now have access to a new service offering technical support and expertise to help them succeed. Kootenay and Boundary Farm Advisors is a free service that is launching this summer.
More information and contacts  here. 

Professional Reliance in BC

A review of Professional Reliance has been announced by the new government in British Columbia (see our website for links to the news story and reports).  
Professional reliance is a regulatory principle that is used in several resource management domains in British Columbia, including forestry and mining. The Ministry of Environment has promised to review this principle and its application throughout the government. This is likely to have important impacts on watershed stewardship on Crown Land throughout the Province.
Briefly, the principle of professional reliance is that the government will rely on the judgment of qualified professionals to assess complex situations on Crown lands and ensure that management objectives are met. This means that experts hired by proponents and licensees are making expert judgments on the balance of values, the level of acceptable risk.
We at CBWN are tracking this issue, collecting resources and information from various perspectives. At our Fall Meeting, Sept 23 in Nelson, we hope to be able to host a dialogue that helps all members to understand what 'professional reliance' is, and how the professional reliance review might affect us.
For more information and resources please go visit our website. 
If you have information and resources to share, please email us at cbwn.coordinator@gmail.com

Funding Opportunities 
Sept 8, Real Estate Foundation of BC   Grants - Freshwater
October 3 ,   
Columbia Basin Trust - Environment Grants 
Ongoing,   Kootenay Co-op Community Grants Program


September 13/14 , NELSON - Living Lakes Canada Canadian Aquatic Biomonitoring Network (CABiN) Field Practicum. More information here.
September 20-23 , NELSON - Different by Design- Exploring Innovation for Rural Prosperity Conference, Canadian Rural Revitalization Foundation. More information
September 23, NELSON - Columbia Basin Watershed Network Fall Member Meeting. More information here.
September 25, Online, 11am Pacific - Fresh Ideas Webinar - Wetlands, From Science to Action, Canadian Freshwater Alliance. More information here.  
September 29 - 30, CRANBROOK - Fall Gathering and AGM, KCP. More information here.
September 29 - October 1, BLUE LAKE CENTRE - Inquiring Voices Sustainability Symposium, CBEEN. More information  here. 
October 13-15, KIMBERLEY - CBT, Col. Chris Hadfield Keynote Speaker for Columbia Basin  Symposium. For more information and register  here. 
November 29-30, FAIRMONT HOT SPRINGS - Open Source Data Hub Dialogue: Towards a Columbia Basin Water Monitoring Framework, Living Lakes Canada, with partners. More information coming soon.
Check out CBEEN's  webinar series

See our  Events page for more information and events.

Have an event coming up? Let us post your next event on our website and newsletter, please
Job Postings
Nature Conservancy of Canada - Program Director, Canadian Rocky Mountains Eco-Region, BC.  More information here.  
Please see our CBWN Member News  page for these stories and more...
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