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Columbia Connector February 2020 
The Summer Mapping Program - open until March 29, 2020!

 CBWN/SGRC Summer Mapping Program intake now open!! 

In partnership with the Selkirk Geospatial Research Centre, we are now accepting applications for the 2020 Summer Mapping program! This is an opportunity for your watershed group to work with a GIS student to create valuable maps that engage your community. Communicate complex watershed information in beautiful and easy to understand maps. For more information on the program, please see our website here.

For examples of past mapping work, please visit the SGRC site here.
Network Member Spotlight
Photo courtesy of Living Lakes Canada 

Would you like to share what your group has been up to?
CBWN is always looking to share information and updates from our network members via our newsletter and online through our social media channels and website.

If you have a story, event, publication or exciting news you would like us to share with our readers please feel free to contact us at:

Friends of Kootenay Lake to host CABIN Program
This summer the Friends of Kootenay Lake Stewardship Society (FOKLSS) will be launching their latest citizen science water monitoring program on the West Arm of Kootenay Lake. Interested volunteers will be invited to attend a 2-day workshop on the CABIN protocol, co-hosted by Living Lakes Canada. This program will offer an opportunity for passionate water stewardship advocates to develop the skills to monitor their watershed. This program will also assist FOKLSS in obtaining valuable data on stream health.

Stay tuned via the FOKLSS website for more details on when registration will open! 

To learn more about programs and opportunities offered through the Friends of Kootenay Lake Stewardship Society please
Columbia Wetlands Conservation Action Framework 2020-2025

The Columbia Wetlands Conservation Action Framework is the first multi-year strategic action plan that the Columbia Wetlands has developed. 

The document aims to: 

1. Highlight the overall importance of the Columbia Wetlands;
2. Outline the biological and ecological values of the Columbia Wetlands and the most pressing threats to those values;
3. Provide strategic direction to the CWSP and its partners for how to approach conservation, stewardship and management activities over the next five years.

To view the document please click

For more information on the Columbia Wetlands Stewardship Partners head to their website:
Living Lakes Canada announces partnership with the Fresh Water Data Commons 

Living Lakes Canada is partnering with the Fresh Water Data Commons (FWDC) on a pilot project which will collect water data in the Fruitvale/Trail/Rossland area over a 20 square kilometre site. This pilot project aims to utilise low cost sensors to collect real-time data. 

This project will assist the 
 Columbia Basin Water Monitoring Collaborative in developing an open source database to house water monitoring data collected throughout the Columbia Basin.

For more information and to view the announcement from Canada's Digital Technology Supercluster click
Columbia Wetlands Waterbird Survey

The Columbia Wetlands Waterbird Survey is now available! This is the fifth and final year that the survey has taken place. The survey has been running since 2015 and has engaged 230 volunteers and over 380,000 birds in the Columbia Wetlands. 

Thank you to Wildsight Golden for your efforts! 

To access the Columbia Wetlands Waterbird Survey Final Report click

For more information on Wildsight, visit their website:
Watershed News
Remaining forestry by-products could be used for energy production

The Regional District of Central Kootenay (RDCK) and the City of Nelson look at investigating the use of waste forestry wood for localised energy production. Read more...  

Image: Rossland News

Don't forget to apply for a groundwater license!

Living Lakes Canada is reminding people that non-domestic users of groundwater need to apply for a water licence before the 2022 deadline to comply. Read more...

Image: Living Lakes Canada

Project which predicts ice jams and reduce flooding risk

The University of Saskatchewan is working on a project which predicts the break up of ice and its contribution to flooding. This is a very technical process as ice jam formation and types of ice cover are determining factors. Read more...

Image: Shuttershock

Regional District of Central Kootenay - Climate Action Report

A report was released on February 24, 2020 outlining the action that the Regional District of Central Kootenay (RDCK) is taking to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. The report was an initiative of the Community Sustainable Living Advisory Committee (CSLAC). Read more...
Upcoming Events & Funding Opportunities

February 29, 2020 - Fernie
Elk River Alliance AGM

March 12, 2020 - Invermere
Lake Windermere Ambassadors AGM

April 22-24, 2020 - BC - Courtenay
Symposium on Water Stewardship in a Changing Climate

April 24-26, 2020 - BC - Kootenay National Park
Environmental Education Leadership Clinic

October 16-17, 2020 - BC - West Kootenay TBD
KCP Fall Gathering

May 6-9, 2020 - BC - Yasodhara Ashram
CBEEN The Art of Participatory Leadership: Hosting meaningful conversations that matter

May 6, 2020 - Online
ASWM-NRCS Wetland Webinar Series 

May 27-29, 2020 - Nakusp
British Columbia Community Forest Association Conference and AGM


CBT CIP/APP Funding Applications: The Community Initiatives and Affected Areas Programs (CIP/AAP) are intended to be flexible and incorporate community-based funding decisions. The programs support local projects that provide additional value to Basin communities, and that benefit the broad community and public good. Deadline: January 6 to February 28, 2020. Read more...

EcoAction Community Funding: New projects that engage Canadians and demonstrate measurable freshwater results. Deadline: March 3, 2020. Read more...

BC Hydro Community Group Grants: Two types of grants to support non-profits and registered charities making a difference in their communities. Deadline: March 31, 2020. Read more...

CBT Career Internship Program: wage funding for non-profits, businesses, local and First Nation Governments to hire college and university graduates. Deadline: Rolling intake. Read more...

CBT Grassland and Rangeland Enhancement Program: If you have an idea that will maintain or enhance grassland resources while meeting conservation, environment and recreation objectives, this program could help support it. This program is delivered by the Kootenay Livestock Association.

Fish and Wildlife Compensation Program Community Engagement Grant: Grants are typically $500 to $1,000 and help stewardship groups and others take action to benefit local fish and wildlife. Deadline: Ongoing. Read more...

Vancouver Foundation Systems Change Grants - Develop Grant: systems Change Grants support projects that take action to address the root causes of pressing social, environmental or cultural issues by influencing the behaviours of populations, organizations, and institutions. Deadline: Ongoing. Read more...
Check out Basin environmental events calendar here!
CBWN is grateful to the Columbia Basin Trust for their long-standing and ongoing support of our watershed activities and network communications.
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