CBWN  Columbia Connector
 November 2017 
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Open Source
Water Data Hub Dialogue:
Towards a Columbia Basin Water Monitoring Framework
November 29-30, 2017
Invermere, BC
On November 29th and 30th, join the dialogue that will envision creating a Water Monitoring Framework and a shared, Open Source Water Data Hub in the Columbia Basin. The goal of the dialogue is to develop a collective understanding for modernizing water knowledge with useful, reliable, open source data, that is freely accessed, evaluated and applied by users. The time for a coordinated, collaborative, innovative, user friendly, cost effective and open water data platform, has arrived.

Bursaries will be available to individuals working with relevant non-profit groups - A limited number will be available. Please fill out our bursary application by clicking here. 

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

More information 
To Register, click 

Questions: Meghan Wrathall, wrathallm@brandonu.ca 

Coming up with the Rural Policy Learning Commons:

Doing Community- Based Research: It's a People Process 
November 29.
Click here 
to register.
Photo by Heather Leschied
Nominate someone today for the  CBWN Volunteer AWARDS

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

" The adventure began in 2015 when Mainstreams decided to launch a three-year  program to monitor water quality in Mather Creek. Mainstreams enlisted long-time  local residents Susan, Shirley and Walter Latter as monitors, and the novice trio began  dipping their toes into the specialized, technical world of collecting creek data that  stands up to scientific scrutiny..."

Read more about Susan Bond, volunteer with Maintstreams Environmental Society experience with the CBWN/SGRC mapping program  here. 

We will be featuring the Summer 2017 mapping program recipients in our upcoming fall/winter newsletters, stay tuned!
CBWN Communication Manager to Share Community-based Water Monitoring Experiences in Colombia

The Colombian Ministry of the Environment and Sustainable Development (MADS in Spanish) has programming to support watershed management and monitoring by engaging regional and local watershed advisors (Consejeros de Cuencas in Spanish). As part of this programming a Colombian national forum will be held in the city of Pereira from November 14-16, 2017 with the participation of 50 watershed keepers from across the country. The agenda is expected to feature presentations on the role of watershed keepers and Community Based Monitoring (CBM), challenges which are faced in various regions of the country, as well as sessions to initiate collaboration amongst the range of participants at the forum. 

Raegan Mallinson CABIN water monitoring. LLC photo.
CBWN's Communication Manager, Raegan Mallinson will be attending and presenting at the conference in Pereira. She will be sharing experiences of community-based monitoring from the Columbia Basin and providing hands on knowledge of what it takes to carry out effective community-based monitoring. Following the forum she will meet with water monitors and community members in Putumayo to exchange experiences on CBM, but also to share cultural, social and environmental perspectives faced by vulnerable populations. 

We look forward to her shared experiences when she returns to Canada. 
Water Quality & Quantity Monitoring on Columbia Lake 
Water testing on Columbia Lake in January 2016. CLSS photo.

 "The Columbia Lake Stewardship Society (CLSS) has been working hard over the years on developing a water quality and quantity monitoring program on Columbia Lake. The objectives of the program are: 1) Water quality monitoring; 2) Water quantity monitoring and 3) Community education. The overall goal is to improve communities' knowledge of water resources and the steps that can be taken to protect them."

Check out the Kootenay Conservation Program Local Conservation Fund Feature here. 

Aquatic Invasive Species News


 Volunteer Opportunities - Regional Invasive Species Societies

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.
Water News

Ontario's Clean Water Act and it's implications for rural serviced municipalities

PhD candidate Sarah Minnes (Memorial University) reviewed the implications of Ontario's Clean Water Act for rural municipalities 
The main findings are:
  • Realistic fiscal frameworks should be created between provincial and municipal bodies to sustain source water protection efforts (including up to date data, further source protection plan updates, expert human resources at the municipal and/or conservation authority levels, ongoing monitoring and evaluation, data sharing networks, and public outreach efforts). Regional collaborations could offer value in this matter.
  • Further work needs to be done to create better ways to specifically engage First Nations in the process,
  • Fostering better public engagement in the source water protection process is needed. Help from non-governmental organizations in engagement efforts could aid in diversifying engagement techniques and participating audiences.
  • Further research needs to be done on appropriate ways to include other systems (e.g. private drinking water well clusters) into the Clean Water Act.
  • It was suggested by research participants that if other rural areas in Canada were to consider a process similar to that under the Clean Water Act, they should carefully consider what aspects would make sense for their local context.
Both the brief and the related published article are now available on the RPLC - Natural Resource Development Team webpage.

Funding Opportunities 
Dec 18, Loblaw Water Fund Grants
Dec 29, 
Columbia Basin Trust Environment Small Grants

Ongoing, Fish & Wildlife Compensation Program Community Engagement Grant 
Jan 31, Columbia Power, Waneta Terrestrial Compensation Program


November 15
ONLINE - Creating Sustainable Funding Webinar, Rural Policy Learning Commons, KCP and CBWN. Register here
November 16  REVELSTOKE  - CRED Talks - The Columbia River Treaty and Options for Arrow Lakes Reservoir Operations. Columbia Mountains Institue. Details  here. 
  November 17 , REVELSTOKE - Introduction to QGIS, Columbia Mountain Institute. Register here .
November 29-30 FAIRMONT HOT SPRINGS - Open Source Data Hub Dialogue: Towards a Columbia Basin Water Monitoring Framework, Living Lakes Canada, with CBWN and partners. To register and more information here.
November 29, ONLINE - Doing Community Based Research: It's a People Process. With Greg Halseth, Community Development Institute, UNBC. Presented  by Rural Policy Learning Commons. To register and more information here.
March 3 , NELSON - Climate Change Education Workshop, CBEEN. More information   
April 20, FAIRMONT - CBWN Spring AGM and Member Meeting.
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
Employment Opportunities  
Columbia Basin Trust, Program Coordinator. More information here.

Nature Conservancy of Canada, Stewardship Coordinator - Canadian Rocky Mountains Program. More information here.

Thanks to our Funders