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Winter Solstice Edition

Summer mapping program:3D Box Lake wetland for ALESS
The Arrow Lakes Environment Stewardship Society (ALESS) took part in the 2018 CBWN-Selkirk College Summer Mapping Program. ALESS requested a physical 3D model of the Box Lake Wetland, a complex of approximately 52 hectares at the end of Box Lake and home to an amazing number of species. This work will support Western Painted Turtle research, data to enable further GIS work and shared as a teaching tool.
Read the report here


Columbia Wetlands Waterbird Survey see highest counts

Wildsight Golen's CWWS is a coordinated bird count that uses citizen-scientists to gather baseline data. This community-based project aims to enhance and maintain the biodiversity and habitat of the Wetlands through increased awareness (e.g. school-aged education programs) of its ecological significance. They hope that the data will also result in the Columbia Wetlands designated as an ‘Important Bird and Biodiversity Area’ - part of a global system of over 10,000 sites worldwide that promotes international collaboration for protecting birds. Read more here.

A gift from CKISS - our lakes are invasive mussel free

Samples for the presence of zebra quagga mussels from the Central Kootenay Invasive Species Society came back negative! This is great news, as mussels cannot be eradicated once established. Read more here!

Columbia Basin Water Monitoring Framework & Data Hub

On November 20 in Cranbrook, Living Lakes Canada hosted an inaugural in-person Steering Committee meeting. Over 20 people attended this full-day meeting to brainstorm and share content from their expert backgrounds to help develop the Columbia Basin Water Monitoring Framework and Data Hub Initiative. Read more here!


Laird Creek logging: Ministry to peer review slope study
A regional geomorphologist with the Ministry of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operationst will peer review Cooper Creek Cedar’s terrain stability report during the cutting permit review process.

RDCK negotiating to buy Cottonwood Lake lands

The Regional District of Central Kootenay is negotiating to purchase private forest lands to be logged nearby Cottonwood Lake Park. Locals meeting to discuss.

Help for Painted Turtles, Grizzlies, Big Horn Sheep

29 projects funded by the CBT Environment Grant. North Columbia Environment Society to enhance ecosystems and mitigate impacts of invasive species; habitat for rubber boas in Trail and Painted Turtles at Box Lake.

Yes, Columbia Basin glaciers are melting

The "Glacier Response to Changing Climate in the Columbia Basin" project is physically researching four glaciers and using LIDAR to create 3D maps of others.

Agreement brings Ktunaxa closer to treaty with province, feds

Facebook for Fish! Freshwater Information Network database
Community-Based Water Monitoring and Decision Making Summary
Treaty Principals sign Accord to transform treaty negotiations in BC
Natural climate solutions to increase carbon storage and reduce GHGs
Forget “Needle in a Haystack.” Try Finding an Invasive Species in a Lake
Mapping Aquifer Stress, Groundwater Recharge for Unconfined Aquifers across BC
Flathead Lake Biological Station Team tests eDNA tracker for mussels
Fire's effect on soil moisture
POLIS shares Watersheds 2018: Edited Proceedings


January 1, 2019, Nelson Lakeside Park, noon
Polar Bear Swim and fundraiser for Friends of Kootenay Lake 

Friday, January 4 - Saturday, January 5, 2019, Cranbrook
Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour
Wildsight Kimberley & Cranbrook 

January 9, Revelstoke
CRED Talks - Keeping Toads off Roads: Western toad ecology and Hwy 31A mortality
Columbia Mountain Institute 

January 16, 2019 Basin-wide
Call for Papers - Regulated Rivers II: Science, Restoration, and Management of Altered Riverine Environments (Nelson BC May 8-9, 2019) 

January 17, Online 10 am PST/ 11 am MST
"Whitebark Pine Restoration: How it's Done and How You Can Help"
Kootenay Conservation Program webinar series 

February 1, 2019 (submission deadline)
Call for emerging rural researchers/ new rural initiatives led by community organizations
Canadian Rural Revitalization Foundation 

Saturday, February 2, 2019, Creston
Wild and Scenic Film Festival 2019
Wildsight Creston Valley 

Feb 6-8, 2019, Revelstoke
Intermediate "R" stats: data wrangling, graphics, and spatial data analysis
Columbia Mountain Institute 

February 26–28, 2019, Niagara Falls, Ontario
2nd Annual AFN National Water Symposium and Tradeshow 

March 15, Basin-wide (application deadline)
Teacher summer workshops: atmospheric science and physical oceanography
Canadian Meteorological and Oceanographic Society

March 25 – 29, 2019, Denver, Colorado
11th National Monitoring Conference - Registration now open
North American Lake Management Society


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

EcoAction Community Funding: new projects that engage Canadians and demonstrate measurable freshwater results. EXTENDED to Jan 9. Read more...

Columbia Basin Trust (CBT) Environment Small Grant: up to $5,000 for projects in the Basin that will strengthen environmental well-being and address: ecosystems, climate, water or environmental education. Deadline: January 31. Read more...
Columbia Basin Trust 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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