CBWN  Columbia Connector
 October 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 & Selkirk College.


For more information, click here 
To register, email Doug here

More information 
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Questions: Monique Frith, 204-922-1878, frithm@brandonu.ca 
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?

Fall Member Meeting Summary 

Kelly Vodden and Vincent Chiref, Memorial University 

September 23, 2017 

The Front Room, Nelson

CBWN hosted a members' meeting and workshop in Nelson, with about 40 people attending. 
Representatives from watershed stewardship groups from all over the Columbia River Basin came together to share their experiences and projects and to hear from water management and legal experts.  

Find the full agenda and summary here. 
Agenda coming soon!
CBWN Members, Mapping and Data
CBWN/SGRC Mapping Program

"About six years ago I attended workshop at Selkirk on using Google Earth, using a GPS and getting mapping data off of the internet. During that CBWN sponsored workshop we had a presentation be Friends of the Lardeau of some maps that had been produced under the CBWN-Selkirk mapping program. I was blown away by the maps and the fact that it was free to CBWN members..."

Read more about Richard Johnson's experience with the CBWN/SGRC mapping program

We will be featuring the Summer 2017 mapping program recipients in our upcoming fall newsletters, stay tuned!
The Watershed Planning Team Model  
Making a difference through Collaboration. 
The Salmo Watershed Streamkeepers Society (SWSS) has been successful at increasing capacity to engage in Restoration, Research, Monitoring and Education/Awareness within their watershed by involving a Multi-stakeholder Collaborative Watershed Planning Team (WPT).   The approach is based on a philosophy that 'those who benefit from the Environment should support a stable approach to restore it'.  The WPT is a transboundary team comprised of First Nations, a U.S. Tribe, government, agencies, industry of all sorts, recreational groups, stewards, and landowners.  The WPT has worked to develop and approve a prioritized aquatic ecosystem health improvement plan. 
 "Our plan has six objectives each of which carries a number of strategies and actions to take us to those objectives" said Gerry Nellestijn Coordinator of the SWSS.  "We've been able to carry out a remarkable amount of Restoration with the help of our WPT and want to share the "Watershed Planning Team Model" with other areas.  
The BC Real Estate Foundation is supporting presentations in the Slocan Valley, Nakusp, Revelstoke, Golden, Cranbrook and other interested areas to inform groups of the benefits of this Model.

Give Gerry a call at 250-357-2630 or send a note to gerry@streamkeepers.bc.ca
to find out more about the Model and to schedule a presentation focused on participatory restoration.   
Regional Park Proposal for Kootenay Lake
East Shore Freshwater Habitat Society would like your support 
Please watch this  video 

Contact the East Shore Freshwater Habitat Society by visiting their
website  if you would like to help out with the Park proposal.

Aquatic Invasive Species News


 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.
Water News

Collaborative Consent & British Columbia's Water: Towards Watershed Co-Governance 

Collaborative consent provides a powerful way to tackle difficult questions about how Indigenous and non-Indigenous governments can work together to make decisions about water and land use.

Recently released  by the POLIS Water Sustainability Project at the University of Victoria and the Centre for Indigenous Environmental Resources, Collaborative Consent and British Columbia's Water: Towards Watershed Co-Governance lays out a viable model for achieving a critical shift towards more equitable nation-to-nation relationships.

Read more here. 

Funding Opportunities 
October 27 , Fish and Wildlife Compensation Program - Columbia Region  Grants.  
Kootenay Co-op Community Grants Program


October 21FAIRMONT HOT SPRINGS - A Wetland Adventure- Autumn Birds and Beauty, Wildsight Invermere. Details  here.  
November 15,
ONLINE - Creating Sustainable Funding Webinar, Rural Policy Learning Commons, KCP and CBWN. Register 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.
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