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Fall member meeting report!
Thank you to our amazing speakers and everyone who joined us on Saturday, November 17, 2018 in Nelson! We featured 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." We also showcased summer mapping projects, member updates and more. See our website for recording and the eerie sounds of the American Bullfrog!

Thank you to the Regional District of Central Kootenay for their support.
Listen and learn here!


Living Lakes Canada is looking for a well near you!

Living Lakes Canada is coordinating a Groundwater Monitoring Program to help effectively manage and protect groundwater resources in the Upper Columbia Basin. Through engagement of citizens to develop groundwater knowledge, the program works with landowners, community groups and governments to identify and monitor water levels in priority aquifers.

Ideal wells are those constructed in accordance with the Ground Water Protection Regulation and are not being used as a source water well.If you have a suitable well or you are interested in groundwater monitoring in your area, contact Carol Luttmer at
SWAMP reflects on 4 years of wetland study

Since 2014, the Slocan Wetlands Assessment and Monitoring Project has been exploring and mapping wetlands. This  project  demonstrated that  there  is  still  much  to  be  discovered regarding the species-at-risk that inhabit the Slocan Watershed. "With every field check  more  species  are found." SWAMP’s research highlighted the Bonanza Creek valley as critical for  biodiversity,  ecological  processes  and  connectivity. Many CBWN members  including the Slocan Lakes Stewardship Society continue to advance the stewardship of this exceptional landscape "Bonanza Biodiversity Corridor". Read the report here

We gratefully acknowledge the support of WWF-Canada and Loblaws Companies Limited.


Darkwoods expansion: Next Creek Watershed

Located between Nelson and Creston, the Darkwoods Conservation Area is within the world’s only inland temperate rainforest. Federal and Provincial funding will help bring essential habitat for dozens of species at risk.

Canada critical to preserve remaining wilderness

The Wildlife Conservation Society reported that 70% of the world's wilderness is located in just 5 countries. Of those, Canada holds the 2nd largest area after Russia.

Declining Northern Pike numbers in the Columbia

Suppression efforts on the Columbia River has been successful. This invasive species is a voracious 'apex' predator, and can severely impact an aquatic ecosystem.

Lets talk Navigation

Transport Canada is seeking public input on impacts to navigation, public engagement and protecting the public right to travel on all navigable waters. The forum is open until January 15, 2019.

Central Kootenay Invasive Species Society is hiring!

Over 7500 students participate in outdoor learning challenge
Things to know when selecting your Truth & Reconciliation Trainer

Nerding out on water quality monitoring in watersheds

Major US City to convert sewage to drinking water
More smaller wildfires may increase water resources in the west, study says
Updates to BC Environmental Assessment process


TODAY! November 24, Invermere 5PM MST
Wildsight Invermere - Wild & Scenic Film Festival

November 24, Nelson,11-3 PST
Public gathering: Water is Life

A gathering for watershed groups at Nelson City Hall
Tuesday, November 27
#GivingTuesday, a global day dedicated to giving
Following American Thanksgiving and the widely recognized shopping event Black Friday, #GivingTuesday kicks off the charitable season.

November 28, Revelstoke 12pm MST
CREDtalks: Alternative Forest Harvesting Practices in Revelstoke
Columbia Mountain Institute

November 28 Nelson 6:30 pm PST
Screening Matchstick Production’s latest ski movie, ALL IN
West Kootenay Eco-Society
Open until November 30
BC Referendum on Proportional Representation
Cast your ballot at a Service BC Centre near you!

Open until December 5
Survey: Strategic Planning - Looking to 2025
Central Kootenay Invasive Species Society

December 5 Invermere, 5pm MST
Columbia River Treaty public meeting

Open until January 16, 2019
Call for Papers: Regulated Rivers II: Science, Restoration, and Management of Altered Riverine Environments
Columbia Mountain Institute

Open until January 31, 2019
Public engagement: Professional Reliance Review
BC Government


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

WWF/ Loblaws Water Fund: to conserve, protect, and restore freshwater and riparian habitats and  species. Deadline: December 17. Read more...

CBT Trail Enhancement Grants: to rehabilitate, enhance or develop new recreational trails. Deadline: December 18. Read more...

EcoAction Community Funding: new projects that engage Canadians and demonstrate measurable, positive freshwater results. Dec 20. Read more...

Columbia Basin Trust (CBT) Co-op Wage subsidy: to help employers create co-op opportunities for post-secondary students. Read more...

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

B3: Board matching program. Assistance for nonprofits to recruit new board members. Read more...
We are tremendously grateful to the Trust for supporting watershed stewardship activities, including enabling this newsletter!


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