CBWN  Columbia Connector
 May 2017 

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CBWN Member Meeting, Fall 2015, Photo by Louis Bockner
Join Us!
CBWN Spring Member Meeting & AGM
May 27, 2017 
College of the Rockies, Cranbrook
Room 187/188, Kootenay Centre
Agenda to include:
  • Results from CBWN Member Survey (please complete survey by May 19 - here.)
  • Sustainable funding for watershed stewardship: partnerships, sources of value, sources of funding
  • Presentation and live cast webinar and group discussion of Understanding Basin Water Resources, the recent CBT report by Dr. Martin Carver.
  • First Annual AGM of the Columbia Basin Watershed Network Society!
Register for the CBWN Spring Member Meeting & AGM  here.

Can't attend in person? 
Register for our live stream webcast, and/or attend the AGM on your computer. Register for the webcast here. 

Thanks to our sponsors:
CBWN Spring Webinars

Coming in May!
Dr. Martin Carver
Aqua Environmental
Webinar and live cast at CBWN Spring Meeting. 
Understanding Basin Water Resources
with Dr. Martin Carver  
Aqua Environmental Associates, and Vice- Chair, Columbia Basin Watershed Network Society

Saturday May 27
12:30 - 1:45 Pacific 
1:30-2:45 Mountain
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 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 flow 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
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.

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

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

Living Lakes Canada, Nelson CABIN Field Certification , Photo by Raegan Mallinson
CBWN Member Survey

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.

Have a say in how the network can enhance your water work in the basin.
Find the survey 

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?

Citizen Engagement in Wetland Habitat Restoration, 
Arrow Lakes Region

We are delighted to announce that the Loblaw Water Fund is supporting a project partnership between member groups in the Arrow Lake region!

The project is a 'network' project as it involves several groups in the Arrow region in existing and potential wetland habitat restoration projects. The Slocan Wetland Assessment and Monitoring Project (SWAMP) will be providing support with wetland mapping and assessment protocols. The Columbia Basin Watershed Network helped to bring the project together and will be contributing administrative assistance.  This project was outlined at a Columbia Basin Watershed Network workshop in Nakusp last Spring.

We are currently seeking a part-time contract Engagement Coordinator, preferably located in the Arrow or Slocan, to coordinate events, volunteers, and to ensure that this project works with ongoing work being done in the area by others. 

Applicants send resume and 3 references to cbwn.coordinator@gmail.com by June 9

CBWN Members, Mapping and Data
CBWN/SGRC Mapping Program
GIS Mapping layers


We are currently reviewing all submitted applications. We will inform all applicants regarding the status of their 2017 Mapping Program projects shortly.

Columbia Lake Stewardship Society Launch New Website

A place to outline CLSS's goals and objectives, store their water quality and flow information and communicate these results with the communities around Columbia Lake.

Aquatic Invasive Species News

May proclaimed as Invasive Species Action Month

B.C. g overnment has proclaimed May 2017 as "Invasive Species Action Month" to help raise awareness of invasive plants and animals in British Columbia and to highlight the environmental and economic damage they can cause. 
The proclamation is part of an ongoing effort to encourage people to learn more about how these plants and animals can displace native species and disrupt local ecosystems. The B.C. government, the Invasive Species Council of B.C., regional districts, local governments, First Nations and community-based organizations work together throughout the year to help prevent the introduction and spread of these harmful species.
The Invasive Species Council of B.C. assists with invasive species program co-ordination and communications, develops best management practices (in collaboration with the B.C. government and local agencies), and helps increase public awareness and public reporting of invasive species.
Total funding for the invasive mussel program is now $4.5 million annually, run in partnership with BC Hydro, Columbia Power, FortisBC and the Columbia Basin Trust.

 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 

May 16, Public Conservation Assistance Fund

May 31, 
Rural Dividend Fund


May 13, TRAIL - Fish and Wildlife Compensation Program, Critter Day. More information
May 27 , CRANBROOK - Columbia Basin Watershed Network Spring Meeting & AGM. Register here. 

May 30 , GOLDEN - Columbia Shuswap Invasive Species Society, Invasive Species ID and Management Training Workshops. More information here.

May 30 , CRESTON - Kootenay Conservation Program Strategic Planning Session: Putting Our Heads Together for Conservation. More information here.

June 1-2, CASTLEGAR - Columbia Basin Environment Education Network, Community-based Social Marketing Institute with Doug McKenzie-Mohr. More information here.

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

Engagement Project Manager - Community Engagement in Wetland Habitat Restoration, Columbia Basin Watershed Network, ARROW REGION. More information here. 

Watershed Stewardship Assistant , Lake Windermere Ambassadors, INVERMERE. More information  here.

Environmental Monitoring Assistant, Columbia Lake Stewardship Society, COLUMBIA LAKE. More information here.

Please see our CBWN Member News  page for these stories and more...
Send us your news updates, events or job postings!