CBWN  Columbia Connector
 February 2017 
CBWN Spring Webinars

Announcing our first four webinars of 2017!

Reading your water quality report: What matters?
Feb 21, 1:30 - 2:30 Pacific, 2:30 - 3:30 Mtn
with Richard Johnson, Slocan Lake Solutions and OPUS Engineering 

Richard Johnson, with Friends of the Lardeau, at the Halleran Wetland in Meadow Creek BC
Water quality and water chemistry reports are a complex mix of measures and quality levels. The key question from members that we address in this webinar is "When should we be concerned?"
Richard Johnson of Slocan Lake Solutions and OPUS Engineering leads us through the reports, the major factors in hydrology, geology and land use, and helps participants identify the key parameters of interest in their watersheds.
Columbia River Treaty Update
Tuesday, March 7, 1:30 - 2:30 Pacific, 2:30 to 3:30 Mountain 
with Kathy Eichenberger, Executive Director
Columbia River Treaty Team, BC Ministry of Mines
Kathy Eichenberger, ED, CRT 

Key Question: What is happening now with the Treaty Review?
The Columbia River Treaty is one of the most influential pieces of diplomacy and policy for the watersheds and ecology of the Columbia Basin.
In this webinar, we welcome Kathy Eichenberger to lead us through a review of the Treaty, the preparations for renegotiation, and the current status of the treaty and the timeframe for possible change. Kathy is the Executive Director of the Columbia River Treaty Review Team.

Sustainable Funding for Watershed Health: Theory and Practice
Tuesday, March 21, 1:30 - 3:00 Pacific, 2:30 - 4:00 Mountain  
Gerry Nellestijn, SWSS 
with Gerry Nellestijn, Salmo Watershed Streamkeepers Society, and
Dr. Tara Lynne Clapp, Columbia Basin Watershed Network and Iowa State Un iversity  

Key Question: How can we attract funding for the important and valuable work that we do as watershed stewards?
Sustainable funding is a concern for watershed stewardship groups across the Basin. Most watershed stewardship groups rely on volunteer effort to accomplish the basics, with grant funding the go-to source for needed equipment, supplies, and larger project efforts.
Dr. Tara Lynne Clapp
In this webinar, we will re-examine some of the fundamentals of 'value' in watershed stewardship, and look at different approaches to matching the values we protect and provide to sources of funds.

Tara Clapp will introduce some of the 'value frameworks' that are used to create funding opportunities, and Gerry Nellestijn will relate his experience from the Salmo watershed with a encouraging a user-pay framework. 
To register for Sustainable Funding for Watershed Health, click here. 

Understanding Basin Water Resources
Tuesday, Apr 4, 1:30 - 2:30 Pacific, 2:30 - 3:30 Mountain 
Dr. Martin Carver,
Aqua Environmental Associates, and
Chair, Columbia Basin Watershed Network Society
Responding to a growing interest in current information about water resources and water monitoring efforts, Columbia Basin Trust has released a report about the current state of water knowledge in the Columbia Basin Trust region. The report is called Water Monitoring and Climate Change in the Upper Columbia Basin.
Since climate change can influence the quality, quantity and timing of Basin water resources, understanding relevant changes and trends is increasingly important for Basin communities and resource managers. The report includes:
*              an overview of Columbia Basin water resources, from glaciers to groundwater, and pressures on them
*              anticipated effects of climate change on various types of water resources in the Basin
*              status and scope of water monitoring efforts in the region
*              an outline of opportunities to fill knowledge gaps about water resources to support a range of activities such as ecosystem stewardship and community water supply planning.

Our Events page on our website lists webinars of interest to members, check back often!

News from our Members!
Job postings
Land Manager, Nature Trust of BC
Summer Intern, Creston Valley Wildlife Management

... see our CBWN Member News page for these stories and more ...
Send us your news updates!

CBWN Members, Mapping and Data
CBWN/SGRC Mapping Program
GIS maps = data + location

Time to start thinking about a mapping project?

The CBWN partners with SGRC to offer mapping assistance to CBWN members each year.

For examples of what other groups have done through the program, please visit the SGRC/CBWN maps here.

We are happy to help you develop your mapping ideas. Please contact us with questions.

The online applications to the Summer Mapping program will be available in March. For more information on CBWN mapping programs and assistance, please see our website .

This program o
ffered in partnership with Selkirk College, Selkirk Geospatial Research Centre
with the support of the Water and Environment Program of Columbia Basin Trust

News from Columbia Basin Trust

Learn More About Water Resources in the Basin

New Trust report highlights status of water resources and future opportunities
Columbia River Wetlands, near Golden 
(Columbia Basin) - A natural abundance of clean, fresh water defines the Columbia Basin and is an indispensable element of ecosystems and communities across the region. Since both climate and land use can influence water quality and quantity, understanding relevant changes and trends is increasingly important for Basin communities and resource managers.
Responding to growing interest in current information about water resources in the Basin, Columbia Basin Trust (the Trust) commissioned a study about water quality and quantity in the region. The report outlines ways to increase our understanding of Basin water resources in a changing climate. It will be useful for natural resource managers, professional and citizen scientists, communities and residents to better understand and prepare for changes to come.
"One of our roles is to provide well-researched and current information that can support residents and communities to strengthen well-being in the Basin," said Tim Hicks, Columbia Basin Trust Manager, Water and Environment. "That's why we commissioned this report: to summarize current knowledge about water in the Basin and to identify knowledge gaps that could be filled to support ecosystem stewardship, community water supply planning and a range of other activities."
The report provides a snapshot of current scientific knowledge about water resources within the Basin. It outlines:
·         the state of water monitoring efforts
·         how climate change is projected to affect various types of water resources such as snowfall, glaciers, rivers and lakes
·         opportunities to strengthen understanding of water resources in the future.
"Acquiring long-term data about water is essential as it helps us better understand the effects of climate change on Basin water resources," said Mel Reasoner, a Nelson-based climate scientist. "In turn, this informs planning processes that can help Basin communities address water-related challenges in the future."
Water monitoring is particularly relevant to higher-volume water users such as communities, hydropower operators, agricultural producers, industrial operations and snowmaking at ski resorts, and can also benefit commercial and private recreational users.
"Having sufficient water at all times of the year is critical to keeping our hydro facilities running so that Basin residents can continue to have reliable power," said Wendy Horan, Columbia Power Corporation Manager, Environment . "This report will be a valuable tool for assisting us in being better prepared for what the future holds."
Addressing gaps in knowledge through improved water monitoring would help Basin communities and land managers to plan for and adapt to current and future water-related challenges.
"Climate change is impacting our lakes, streams, rivers, wetlands, groundwater and glaciers. Water quality and quantity data are necessary for informed decision-making regarding water allocation, source water and ground water protection, environmental flow requirements for fish and healthy water-based ecosystems," said Katarina Hartwig, Director at Living Lakes Canada. "Community based water stewardship is an opportunity for communities and citizens in the Columbia Basin to work collaboratively to collect the data necessary to help support informed water decisions and to build climate resilient communities."
Numerous opportunities exist to strengthen understanding and stewardship of Basin water resources in a changing climate. The report suggests things like improving the monitoring and measurement of snow and glaciers, using existing data to understand snowfall in relation to climate change, increasing monitoring of smaller streams used for community water supplies and enhancing groundwater monitoring as a few examples.
The report was prepared by Martin Carver ( Aqua Environmental Associates), with contributions from Greg Utzig (Kootenay Nature Investigations Ltd.) and Faron Anslow (Pacific Climate Impacts Consortium), among others.
For the full press release, and access report highlights and the full report, click here.
CBWN will be hosting a webinar with Dr. Martin Carver to present the report.
To register for that webinar, click here.  


News from Funders

Community Initiatives and Affected Areas Programs
Applications due to your municipal government this month, see the link for due dates 

For Event updates, please see our Events page on our website.

Koocanusa Recreation Plan input at various locations in the East Kootenay/Elk to Feb 17

Kootenay Conservation Program has several webinars coming up!

Register now for CBEEN's Community Based Social Marketing Workshop, and check out their webinar series!

Link to all these great events and more through our website Events page.

Let us post your next event on our website, please email us your event news!