CBWN  Columbia Connector
 June 2017 

Spring Meeting and AGM Summary

CBWN 2017 Spring Meeting and AGM, Cranbrook. Photo by Raegan Mallinson
Thanks to all our speakers at the CBWN 2017 Spring Member Meeting and First Annual AGM. Find the recordings of the presentations:

We are delighted to introduce our new Board Members joining the Columbia Basin Watershed Network Society. We would also like to thank our outgoing Board Member, Ann Meidinger, Slocan Lake Stewardship Partners for all her hard work! Thanks to all these hard-working volunteers! 
  • Richard Johnson, SWAMP & Slocan Lake Research Centre
  • Natasha Overduin, POLIS Project on Ecological Governance
  • Alan Thomson, Mountain Station Consultants Inc.
  • Maggie Romuld, Columbia Wetlands Stewardship Partners
Come meet them on our website !
The first results from CBWN Member Survey were presented at the Spring Member Meeting - we are looking for further input from our member groups  (please complete survey- here. )


Find the presentation and live cast webinar and group discussion of Understanding Basin Water Resources, the recent CBT report presented by Dr. Martin Carver on our website. 

Couldn't attend in person? 
Listen to the recorded  webcast here of the entire Spring Member Meeting and AGM.

Thanks to our sponsors:
Living Lakes Canada, Nelson   Photo by Heather Leschied
Save the Date

CBWN Fall Member Meeting 
September 23, 2017
Nelson, BC

Agenda coming soon!

CBWN Spring Webinars


Big thank you  to our CBWN Webinar Guests and our enthusiastic participants

Richard Johnson for Understanding Your Water Quality Report
Kathy Eichenberger for Columbia River Treaty Update 
Gerry Nellestijn and our very own Tara-Lynne Clapp for Sustainable Funding for Watershed Health: Theory and Practice
Todd Reeve for Engaging the Private Sector in Watershed Restoration
& Dr. Martin Carver for Understanding Basin Water Resources live cast at the CBWN Spring Member Meeting 

The report can be viewed prior to the webinar. A press release with links to report highlights and to the full report is available at the
  Columbia Basin Trust website, here. 
Our Events page on our website lists webinars of interest to members, check back often!

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
Glade Watershed Stewardship Mapping Project
The CBWN Mapping Project has assisted with five mapping projects this year.

Kalyn May, a Coop student in the Selkirk College GIS program, has been helping several member groups to bring their data to life with maps.

The Arrow Lakes Wetlands Project, Mainstreams in Kimberley, Wasa Lake Improvement District, and Glade Watershed Stewardship have all received assistance through our mapping program. We have also worked with Wildsight Golden on a habitat mapping project, although they found other support for their immediate mapping needs.

The CBWN Mapping Program is a partnership between the Columbia Basin Watershed Network and the Selkirk Geospatial Research Centre. We are grateful to our funding partner, the Columbia Basin Trust.

CBWN Board Member with PM at WWF Freshwater Health Assessment Release

Local Basin resident, and CBWN Board Chair, travelled to Ottawa to participate in the day long conference hosted by WWF Canada to release their long awaited Canadian Fresh Water Health Assessment. The report reiterated that while Canada may be home to 20 per cent of the world's freshwater, there is no national system to collect or share information about the health and quality of Canada's watersheds, according to a new national assessment of Canada's rivers.
The report by WWF- Canada warns that Canada's watersheds are facing serious threats from pollution, climate change and loss of habitat.
"I think that's a result that we need to consider when we work on water monitoring in the Columbia Basin", stated Kat Hartwig, following her attendance to World Wildlife Foundation Freshwater Health Assessment Release on June 12. "We were able to provide some of the water quality data collected by water monitoring groups in the Columbia Basin to complete the fresh water health assessment providing a high level overview of the Columbia Basin water health", stated Ms Hartwig.
Hartwig went on to say "it was heartening to hear the Prime Minister say" We need to step up all of us= public sector, different levels of government, private partners- and ensure that the data so many people are collecting in so many different ways to get aligned, gets collated and gets shared."

There is a great opportunity for the us to collaborate in order to fill our own water data gaps in the Columbia Basin and act upon the important information that was relayed to the Basin residents, business, and industry with the release of the Columbia Basin Trust's report, Water Monitoring and Climate Change in the Upper Columbia Basin, in February this year, concluded Hartwig. 

For more information please contact:

Kat Hartwig
Executive Director
Living Lakes Canada

See the CBWN website for full Freshwater Health Assessment backgrounder. 

Save the Date
DataHub Dialogue 
November 29-30, 2017
A conversation about sharing our water stewardship information...
... towards best practices in BC and the Basin.

Convened by Living Lakes Canada and partners.

Aquatic Invasive Species News

B.C. joins Western Canadian Fight Against Invasive Species

B.C. Government News, June 6, 2016: The Province is joining forces with neighbouring jurisdictions in the fight against invasive species, including zebra and quagga mussels.
The Western Canada Invasive Species Agreement, signed by British Columbia, Alberta, Yukon, Saskatchewan and Manitoba, is a coordinated regional defence against invasive species, with an initial focus on aquatic invasive species.
The agreement allows for a greater collaboration between regions in Western Canada by sharing resources and coordinating planning in the prevention and response to invasive species. As an example, jurisdictions will work together to co-ordinate watercraft inspection station locations near shared highway crossings and offer valuable resources to help in the event a rapid response is needed.
Aquatic invasive species, such as zebra and quagga mussels, pose a significant threat to Western Canada's freshwater ecosystems. Invasive mussels threaten native species and fisheries in lakes and rivers. They clog water intake pipes, leading to increased maintenance costs for hydroelectric, domestic water, industrial, agricultural and recreational facilities.
In March 2016, the Province announced an annual $2-million boost to the Invasive Mussel Defence Program. Thanks to support from BC Hydro, FortisBC, Columbia Power and the Columbia Basin Trust, five inspection stations opened along the B.C.-Alberta border, and three along the B.C.-United States border. A total of 32 mussel inspectors are operating the stations, 10 hours a day, seven days a week.
The enhanced program also includes eight mobile decontamination units, which have the ability to travel to locations throughout B.C. in order to respond to high-risk watercraft notifications from other jurisdictions.
To date, more than 3,200 watercraft have been inspected, of which 124 were identified as coming from a high-risk province or state. Out of these 124 watercraft, six were confirmed to be transporting adult invasive mussels. Sixteen were issued a quarantine period to meet the required 30-day drying time.
So far this boating season, mussel inspectors have interacted with approximately 5,500 people to promote the message of Clean, Drain, Dry and raise awareness about invasive zebra and quagga mussels and other aquatic invasive species.
The public is encouraged to report potential invasive mussel-infested boats and equipment to the B.C. Conservation Officer Service's Report All Poachers and Polluters (RAPP) hotline at 1 877 952-7277.
 For more information 

 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.
Funding Opportunities 

July 1 - August 31, BC Community Gaming Grants - Environment

July 15, TD Friends of the Environment Foundation

Early July, 
Mountain Equipment Co-op Grants. 

Ongoing,   Kootenay Co-op Community Grants Program


July 7, INVERMERE  - Wildsight, Biodiversity of Bees with Lincoln Best. Register    here. 

July 27 REVELSTOKE  - Columbia Shuswap Invasive Species Society, Invasive Species ID & Management Training Workshops  
here.  Free.

September 13/14 , NELSON - Living Lakes Canada Canadian Aquatic Biomonitoring Network (CABiN) Field Practicum. More information here.

September TBD , NELSON - Different by Design- Exploring Innovation for Rural Prosperity Conference, Canadian Rural Revitalization Foundation. 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 - 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
CBWN Member News

Job Postings

Columbia Headwaters Associate Summer Intern, Yellowstone to Yukon Conservation Initiative, SOUTH-EAST BC. More information  here.

Please see our CBWN Member News  page for these stories and more...
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