CBWN  Columbia Connector
 March 2017 
CBWN Spring Webinars

March Webinar

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,
Dr. Tara Lynne Clapp, 
Columbia Basin Watershed Network and Iowa State Un iversity  

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.
Funds and resources follow values. In this webinar, we will re-examine some
of the fundamentals of value in watershed stewardship. Using examples, we 
will review different approaches to matching the values we communicate 
to sources of funds. 

Dr. Tara Lynne Cla
Tara Clapp will introduce some of the value frameworks that are used to create funding opportunities. Gerry Nellestijn will relate his experience from the Salmo watershed. He will relate values to his work in establishing a user-pay framework.

The spring member meeting will focus on the issue of sustainable funding, and this webinar serves as an introduction to some of the concepts.
New webinar in development for April on private sector partnerships in watershed stewardship ...  and schedule changes yet to finalize for May.  
Watch your email or our website for updates.

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

Richard Johnson for Understanding Your Water Quality Report


Kathy Eichenberger for Columbia River Treaty Update 

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

Photo Credit: Columbia Basin Migratory Water Bird Survey.Rachel Darvill.

CBWN Member Survey is Now Open!
We would like to hear from all our members and partners about how we are doing, and what you would like to see for next year.
Find the survey here. 

Introducing CBWN Volunteer Awards
The CBWN wants to celebrate member achievements in citizen science, watershed education and habitat stewardship.
Do you have a water hero in your watershed?
Call for nominations 
will be announced this spring!

CBWN Members, Mapping and Data
CBWN/SGRC Mapping Program
FOKL: Kootenay Lake and Lower Kootenay River Shoreline Ownership SGRC map 2016.

Time to apply for Summer 2017!

Since 2008, the Selkirk Geospatial Research Centre (SGRC) of Selkirk College has been collaborating with the Watershed Network and its members on watershed mapping.

CBWN Member groups may apply for mapping support through the program. CBWN members work with SGRC staff to select projects based on promise of usefulness, breadth of impact and high potential for involvement and communication. Special consideration is given to groups that have not had mapping projects done with us before. 

Please find the online applications to the Summer Mapping program  here . For more information on CBWN mapping programs and assistance, please see our  website .

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.

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 the Columbia Basin Trust 

Support for Societies Act Transition

CBT Press Release March 6, 2017
CBT photo.

BC's new Societies Act came into effect on November 28, 2016, and non-profit societies have two years to file their Transition Application. To help with this process, the Trust has partnered with Law For Non-Profits (LFNP) to offer support to non-profit organizations in the Basin.
Online information hubs are available to help non-profits with transitioning to the new Societies Act. These Societies Act Transition Hubs have trained mentors who offer guidance and consultation and deliver facilitated workshops to support the transition process.  Register  for the east or west hub to access these services.
Upcoming workshops are in Nelson on March 9 and Kaslo on March 12 and April 2. More workshops are being scheduled in the Golden, Revelstoke and other parts of the Basin. For a list of workshop locations and details, and to register, click  here.
The Transition Application is an online form provided by the Corporate Registry-paper filings will no longer be allowed as everything is being moved to an electronic evergreen system. Societies are required to digitize and upload their constitution and by-laws to the Registry, as well as ensure that any overdue annual reports are filed and Statement of Directors and Registered Office are up to date.
For more information and to access online resources such as a Transition Guide, Application Filing Guide, local workshop events, webinars, legal support, other tools, or to request a workshop in your community, visit  Law for Non-Profits.
Additional resources on the new Societies Act are available at  ourtrust.org/npa.

Funding Opportunities 

 March 31 - Kootenay Savings Community Foundations.


March 21, INVERMERE- Lake Windermere Ambassadors, Confluence: Flow Together for  a Night about Water. More information  here

March 28, Webinar POLIS Creating a Blue Dialogue - Indigenous Water Initiatives: Achievements and Capacity Gaps, register here 

April 3-5, CRESTON -Columbia Mountains Institute of Applied Ecology: Introduction to Field Ornithology, find more information here

April 5, GOLDEN - Kootenay Conservation Program: Conservation of Private Land in the Golden area Presentation, click here for more information.

Check out CBEEN's  webinar series

See our  Events page for more information and events.

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CBWN Member News

Job Postings
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Volunteer Opportunities 
Board Member , Fish and Wildlife Compensation Program (Columbia Board)