CBWN  Columbia Connector
 November 2016  
CBWN Regional Fall Workshop Reports

CBWN Fall Workshop Series

Read up on what happened at each of our regional fall workshops!

At the Arrow Lakes Workshop in Nakusp, participants identified new projects they could work on collaboratively.

The CBWN Workshops at Kootenay Lake Summit focused on communication and updates. Some participants have signed up for follow up learning and collaboration on watershed planning.

At the   East Kootenay/Elk workshop , members shared ideas on how to secure sustainable funding by creating new partnerships and re-establishing stewardship practices as investments.

Fall Workshop Reports and Upcoming Member Events

News from our Members!
CBWN Member News
Columbia Wetlands Waterbird Survey photo

Columbia Wetlands Waterbird Survey Fall Results: Citizen Scientists Record over 51,000 birds!
Due to the outstanding contribution of 79 volunteers, 51,261 birds were recorded over three survey dates during the fall Columbia Wetlands Waterbird Survey (CWWS)! The highest single day count was recorded on October 15th, 2016 when 20,784 birds (75 species) were counted at 85 locations. This is an incredible accomplishment for our region and this effort is worth celebrating! Data will contribute to long-term conservation efforts in the Columbia Wetlands. For more on this story, click here. 

Living Lakes Canada
collaborated with the Alberta Lake Management Society, the North American Lake Management Society, the Lake Winnipeg Foundation and others to organize a great session at the North American Lake Management Society meeting. The session, Building Bridges: Citizens, Science and Policy brought together many great speakers. A great session!

Mainstreams Environmental Society is pleased to announce the launching of a website for the Columbia Basin Water Quality Project. An Internet search for cbwq.ca will take you to the site where you can explore monitoring data from nine local watersheds in the Columbia Basin. Click here for the whole story. 


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

CBWN Members, Mapping and Data
CBWN/SGRC Mapping Program
GIS maps = data + location

  GIS News from Selkirk College  

Thank you from Ian Parfitt and the Selkirk Geospatial Research Centre to everyone who made it out to GIS Day at Selkirk College Nov 17!   It was a really successful event for our GIS students and for the College, and by all accounts for the Kootenay GIS community in general.  
The topic was "Open Data":  Ian is leading a 3-year project funded by Canada's Social Science and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) titled "Open Data for Open Government in Rural BC" so wanted to connect this work to our big annual celebration of GIS.   We had a student poster session followed by a keynote address and a discussion of open data and privacy.

Member Data Inventory
As a first step towards making member data more available, CBWN will be contacting members to find out what data you have that you would like to share more widely! Email CBWN to get your data on the list and we will contact you to find out what you have!

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 Funders

New!  Small Grants Program from CBT
Applications accepted anytime, first review is first week of January 2017  

WWF Loblaw Water Fund supports community water projects
Applications due December 16, 2016 

RBC Blue Water Leadership and Community Action Grants
Applications now open 

For our complete grants listings, see our web page 
Aquatic Invasives News and Updates

Water samples positive for invasive mussel larvae in Tiber Reservoir near Shelby, Montana

From Montana Invasive Species Bulletin:
Water samples from Tiber Reservoir east of Shelby have tested positive for the
Photo courtesy of Province of British Columbia,  Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resources. 
larvae of aquatic invasive mussels, with similar tests from Canyon Ferry Reservoir near Helena showing "suspect" or inconclusive results, according to officials at Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks .
FWP, along with other state and federal agencies and the Montana Invasive Species Advisory Council (MISAC), are now working to determine whether adult mussels are present in Tiber Reservoir and to get further test results on Canyon Ferry. 
Glacier National Park has issued an interim boating closure of all waters
This discovery changes the North American map of zebra and quagga mussel-free jurisdictions. As the reservoir is close to Interstate Five that runs to the Alberta border, and to MT-2 that runs through Glacier National Park and connects to several southern BC border crossings, BC and Alberta are now much closer to exposure.

With the improvements in the 2016 BC boat inspection program, a far greater number of boats are being inspected. With the risk so much closer, it is likely that we need increased veliger monitoring.  Click here for more on the new map of invasive mussel risk


Headlines from our Regional Aquatic Invasive Species Program

Regional aquatic invasive species: new website

A new 'one stop shop' for all things aquatic invasive species!

Mussel Protection: Clean Drain Dry
Please consider renting a watercraft if you will be travelling outside of British Columbia, instead of traveling with yours.

From the BC Invasive Mussel Defence Program Status Report 
As of September 27th 2016 just over 24,100 watercraft were inspected and the inspection crews interacted with approximately 48,500 people to promote the message of Clean, Drain, Dry and Aquatic Invasive Species. Of the total watercraft inspected, 673 have been identified as coming from a high risk province or state. Of the total watercraft inspected 17 were confirmed to have adult invasive mussels and 14 of these watercraft were coming from Ontario, 1 from Manitoba, 1 from Michigan, and 1 from Nevada.

A total of 90 decontamination orders have been issued of which 68 had quarantine periods to meet the 30 day required drying time. A total of 46 tickets and 36 warnings have been issued to motorists for failing to stop at a watercraft inspection station. To date a total of 400 people without boats have voluntarily stopped at the watercraft inspection stations to get more information about Invasive Mussels and other Aquatic Invasive Species.

For the statistics on boat inspections and other Provincial invasive species control efforts,
click here.

Volunteer Opportunities 
In the Revelstoke Area, your regional committee is the Columbia Shuswap Invasive Species Society
In the West Kootenays, watch for Central Kootenay Invasive Species Society
In the East Kootenays, the East Kootenay Invasive Species Council
North of Revelstoke, contact the 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.

BCWF Announces new Conservation App

Available to iPhone users, the new Conservation App makes it easy for users to take geo-referenced, time-stamped photos or videos and to report issues related to illegal use, or abuse, of natural resources. The app works both in and out of service areas using the phone's GPS.  Reports are sent to a secure server and then forwarded automatically to the appropriate enforcement agency.


For Event updates, please see our Events page on our website.

December 5, 2016, 12 to 1:30 Pacific
POLIS Water Sustainability Project
Online Websinar
December 5, 2016
Columbia Mountains Institute

June 1-2, 2017
Community Based Social Marketing Institute
Featuring Douglas Mackenzie-Mohr
Columbia Basin Environmental Education Network
Selkirk College, Castlegar BC

For more events, please see our Events page on our website. 

Email us about your next event so we can share it here!