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Environmental Networks Launch Shared Events Calendar

It's here!
Your one stop shop for environmental events in the Columbia Basin.
Working together with the Columbia Basin Environmental Education Network (lead), Kootenay Conservation Partnership, and the Columbia Mountains Institute, we have developed a shared calendar for all environmental events.
To have your event listed on the calendar, contact any one of the four networks, including us at cbwn.coordinator (at)
Check out the calendar!

CBWN Spring Meeting and AGM Notes and Recordings

Spring Meeting: Notes, Draft minutes, recordings


CABIN training with Living Lakes

Photo courtesy of Living Lakes: Living Lakes Canada CABIN training in Nelson in 2017.

Do you care about stream health in your community? Join Living Lakes in Nelson July 17-18 for a CABIN training to learn how to monitor and assess your local streams. CABIN is the most widely-used national protocol to assess the health of streams.
Read more here

Green Shores training with Lake Windermere Ambassadors

Green Shores Level I

August 11, 2018 | Invermere, BC | Free
Lake Windermere Ambassadors and the Stewardship Centre of BC are offering a one-day Level 1 workshop in Invermere to introduce participants to the Green Shores program, including its rationale, benefits, and application. The content is of interest to elected officials, landowners, municipal staff, conservation organizations, real estate agents, and others who have a general interest in shoreline ecosystem protection.

Topics covered include an overview of shoreline ecology and governance, followed by an introduction to the Green Shores credit and rating system. A visit to local shorelines allows participants to consider the concepts in a practical setting. The workshop concludes with a guided group discussion around how to implement key concepts and put new learning into practice.

These workshops are offered free of charge thanks to sponsorship by our government partners, the Sitka Foundation, and the Real Estate Foundation BC.

REGISTRATION: Registration is now open for the Invermere / Lake Windermere workshop. Register by phone at 250-472-4747 (Mon. to Fri., 8:30-4:30) or online.


CBT releases new report on Watershed Governance


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The Lake Windermere Ambassadors are one of the groups highlighted in a new report: Community Engagement in Watershed Governance: Case Studies and Insights From the Upper Columbia River Basin. The report was produced by Living Lakes Canada, the Trust and the University of Victoria’s POLIS Water Sustainability Project.

The report explores current watershed governance issues, opportunities and successes in the Basin, in particular:

  • the meaning of watershed governance
  • local watershed protection and BC’s new Water Sustainability Act
  • how four local watershed groups have contributed to water governance
  • insights from the experiences of others in the Basin.

In addition to the Lake Windermere Ambassadors, the report examines these watershed groups:

  • Kootenay Lake Partnership
  • East Kootenay Integrated Lake Management Partnership
  • Elk River Alliance.

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Congratulations to the CBT on this report, and all our member groups that participated in the work that went in to this report!

Read 'Community Engagement in Watershed Governance'

All Kootenay Watersheds Alliance

The All Kootenay Watersheds Alliance (AKWA) held its second meeting on June 18th near Nelson. The Alliance is made up of several watershed stewardship and drinking water provider groups, mostly in the West Kootenays. The vision of the Alliance is community watersheds across the Province where local communities are partners in stewardship, and where the values of clean, clear drinking water, healthy watershed environments, and safe local communities are held in highest regard.

Several watersheds in the Kootenays have been in the news this past year - notably including Ymir Watershed, Argenta/Mt Willett, and Glade Watershed as logging, mining, recreation and other resource use proposals are made for watersheds that are drinking water sources or otherwise important to nearby residents. 

For more on this story, click here.

During this meeting, AKWA established three task groups to help the small watershed groups work better together. For more information on AKWA, contact AKWA at westkootenaywatersheds (at)


Real Estate Foundation of BC Deadline September 6

CBT Environment Grants Deadline September 13

For more Granting Opportunities, see our website


June 26 - 28
Wildfire and Climate Change Conference
SifCo, Ministry of Forests, Lands, Natural Resources Operations and Rural Development

July 9-10, 2018
Graphic Facilitation Workshop (for working with groups!!)
Rossland BC

July 17-18, 2018
Canadian Aquatic Biomonitoring Network (CABIN) Training
Living Lakes Canada
Nelson BC

See our new shared Events Calendar here.
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We are tremendously grateful to the Columbia Basin Trust for all their support of watershed stewardship including this newsletter


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