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Fall meeting

Join us on Saturday, November 17, 2018 in Nelson to explore water stewardship collaboration and network with fellow watershed groups. We're featuring the Centre for Indigenous Environmental Resources (CIER) and POLIS Water Sustainability Project soon-to-be released "Handbook for Water Champions: Strengthening Decision-Making and Collaboration for Healthy Watersheds. " Agenda will be posted on our website shortly.
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Groundwater Contribution to Columbia Lake

Columbia Lake Stewardship Society is excited to announce that Ed Gillmor, hydrogeologist and CLSS volunteer, just completed ‘Groundwater Contribution to Columbia Lake in the Vicinity of Canal Flats.’ The report indicates the importance of groundwater to the health of Columbia Lake and will help CLSS in further understanding the water balance of the lake.
Pelicans in Corn Creek Marsh

Marc-Andre Beaucher from the Creston Valley Management Area observed close to 300 American White Pelicans earlier this month. Large gatherings of pelicans are not uncommon in Leach Lake, but it was unprecedented for Corn Creek Marsh. The flock was busy foraging for a week before moving on.

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Regional District of Central Kootenay restores wetland in Lister

A former water source for the Lister Water System was recently restored to a natural series of wetlands. The project will  increase habitat for waterfowl, amphibians and reptiles; improve wildlife viewing opportunities; and restore a turtle hibernation site.

Federal Environmental Damages Fund used to restore fish habitat and protect nature

Funding will support seven environmental projects in the Kootenay and Columbia River watersheds.

Increased water quality monitoring on Lake Koocanusa

Proposal for Boundary watershed management planning passes

US court orders temperature protections for Columbia salmon

Drought in northern and central B.C. has officials worried

'Cheat sheet' to help communities learn Indigenous greetings

B.C. and Washington pledge to protect habitat for orcas, salmon

Region twice the size of Banff National Park declared an Indigenous Protected Area
CVRD Aquires Land to Protect Watershed


Columbia Shuswap Invasives Mapping the Bullfrog: Potential Routes of Entry
Dispersal rates were mapped to determine when American bullfrogs may reach the Columbia Shuswap region through natural dispersal - 15 years is the earliest expected arrival, with no treatment of existing populations.  
Waterways of the Columbia Shuswap region and southern BC were also mapped to determine potential pathways for natural dispersal and potential monitoring sites. The mapping projects will inform the Bullfrog Risk Assessment, for determining priority risks and areas for action.
Many thanks to our project partner, the Selkirk Geospatial Research Centre, and to Columbia Basin Trust for their support of this program.


October 30, Online 4:30-5:30pm PST
A Community Pathway to Stewardship
CBEEN (Columbia Basin Environmental Education Network) webinar

November 2, Nelson,12 noon PST
Public gathering: Water is Life

Ministry of Land, Forests, and Natural Resources Office, 1907 Ridgewood Rd
This event will provide an opportunity to voice community watershed concerns, and includes local government and other speakers, petition signing and media engagement.

November 3, Kaslo 4:30pm PST
Kootenay Lake Summit
Friends of Kootenay Lake
The history of Kootenay Lake including cultural and archaeological history.

November 6, Argenta, 7PM PDT
Dr. Michael Proctor: Cooperation & Science Fix for Grizzly Bear Conservation
Friends of the Lardeau River

November 7, Online, 4:30-5:30pm PDT
Creating Community-Wide Outdoor Education Festivals
CBEEN webinar

November 10, Kimberley
Wildsight Kimberley - Wild & Scenic Film Festival

November 13, Nakusp 
Putting “Fun” Back Into Fundraising
Columbia Basin Trust Nonprofit Advisors Program

November 15- 29, Online
Online Digital Campaigning
Organize BC

November 16 & 17, Trail
Non-profits and How They Work: Meeting the Challenge of Good Governance and Strategic Leadership
Columbia Basin Trust Nonprofit Advisors Program

November 24, Invermere
Wildsight Invermere - Wild & Scenic Film Festival


Columbia Basin Trust: Environment Small Grant for projects requiring $5000 or less. Deadline October 31. Read more...
Columbia Valley Community Foundation: small grants to address needs in the Columbia Valley. Deadline October 31. Read more…

Kootenay Conservation Program, Columbia Valley Local Conservation Fund: Projects in the Columbia Valley that will contribute to the conservation of our valuable natural areas. Deadline: November 1. Read more…

Kootenay Conservation Program, Kootenay Lake Local Conservation Fund: Projects in the Kootenay Lake area that will contribute to the conservation of our valuable natural areas. Deadline: November 1. Read more…

Fish and Wildlife Compensation Program Community Engagement Grant: funds to support conservation and enhancement work. Read more...

Municipal natural asset management and the opportunity for a project in smaller communities has been extended.
We are tremendously grateful to the Columbia Basin Trust for all their support of watershed stewardship including this newsletter


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