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CBWN / SGRC Mapping Program: How could it help your watershed?




CBWN / SGRC Mapping Program:

Celebrating 10 Years

The Selkirk Geospatial Research Centre at Selkirk College and the Columbia Basin Watershed Network have been working together to assist CBWN members with their mapping needs since 2008. Many of our members go beyond the basic Summer Mapping Program to continue to explore how they can use geographic information systems in their work.

How do maps help?

Communication: Many of our member groups use the maps as a way to visually show members and the public the shape and extent of their watersheds. Maps help groups to communicate the effect that landscapes and land use have on water quality, flow, and the life in the water. Friends of Kootenay Lake found their maps so interesting that they had a quantity printed for sale.
Analysis: As in the Mather Creek map set done with Mainstreams Environmental Society in Summer 2017, many member groups are able to use the mapping program to assemble layers of available data.
Planning: The 2017 Wasa Lake Improvement District flood level maps can inform where people live and how development should occur. The analytical maps and layers can help our groups and communities to knowledgeably participate in Crown land planning processes and interact with resource users.

To have a look at what user groups and the program have done over the last 10 years, have a look on the SGRC website here.

What's new this year?

We have the opportunity to assist one watershed stewardship group with accessing and using drone footage. This could be something like obtaining the footage for an online video to help the community visualize the watershed. Have an idea about how your group could take advantage of this? Have a creative project for watershed stewardship where drone footage is key? Tell us about how you could put visual information to rowk for you!

What if I have a bigger project?

Check out our website for how to work with SGRC students on a larger project, or for how to build your own geographic information skills.
The application form for the Summer 2018 Mapping Program is here.

With many thanks to our partners at the Selkirk Geospatial Research Center

With support from

New Look for the CBWN Newsletter

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Photo by Louis Bockner, CBWN Member Meeting

Columbia Basin Trust Announces Environment Grants

Thirty-two projects approved for $870,175 in funding in the Fall 2017 intake. For the full story, see the CBT website.

Congratulations to our member groups Elk River Watershed Alliance, Friends of Kootenay Lake, Living Lakes Canada, North Columbia Environmental Stewardship Society, Wildsight Golden and Kimberley, Columbia Wetlands Stewardship Partners, Slocan River Streamkeepers, Lake Windermere Ambassadors, and our partners the Wetlands Program of the BC Wildlife Federation on their successful applications.

Congratulations to ʔaq̓am for the Youth Water Stewards Leadership Development program, and to the Okanagan Nation Alliance for the work at Bonanza Creek in the Slocan.

Always wonderful to see great watershed education projects involving kids in watersheds, congratulations too to Valhalla Wilderness Society, the Blue Lake Forest Education Society, the Freshwater Fisheries Society of BC: Kootenay Trout Hatchery, the West Kootenay EcoSociety and the Kootenay-Columbia Discovery Centre Society. We are happy to see the combination of research, education and involvement at Fish and Bear Lakes, at Joseph Creek, on Kootenay Lake, and in the Creston wetlands.
Dr Suzanne Bayley, Professor Emeritus, University of Alberta and the Columbia Wetlands Stewardship Partners, and Jennifer Yeow, of the Slocan River Streamkeepers. Photo credit: Pat Morrow

Elk River Alliance

(from the Elk River Current)
Since 2012, ERA has been a part of the Elk Valley Cumulative Effects Management Framework (CEMF) Working Group. This project is now coming to fruition and an open house is being held in Fernie to help the community better understand this valuable decision making tool. 

Read the newsletter or attend the Cumulative Effects Management Framework on Jan 30th for more information.

Ymir Watershed Action Team

After a very busy summer, the Ymir Watershed Action Team worked with groups across the province to increase involvement in the Professional Reliance public engagement. The Ministry of Environment was seeking public input on the public experience with the doctrine of "professional reliance." Thanks to Jason and all in Ymir for their work to ensure that our communities' and citizens values are taken into account as well as the values of professionals.

Looking forward to a fun fundraiser for the Team in Ymir on February 18th.
Kevin Schiller of ALESS speaking to a group in Burton at a CBWN/ALESS/SWAMP event in October in Burton.

Arrow Lakes Environment Stewardship Society

The Arrow Lakes Environment Stewardship Society is working with the Salmo Watershed Streamkeepers Society on a collaborative ecosystem restoration plan for the Arrow Lakes region.
(From the Arrow Lakes News)  In late January, Kevin Schiller of ALESS and Gerry Nellestijn of SWSS will make their pitch for setting up a planning team for the Arrow Lakes. They’ll meet with stakeholders in the morning, and a public information meeting will gauge general interest in the afternoon. Schiller says if the support is there to set up a steering committee, they’ll first focus on restoring a single watershed somewhere in the southern half of the lakes, from Galena Bay to Castlegar. Which watershed will be decided by the steering committee.  Nellestijn says he’s confident the model will work for Nakusp.
Click here for the article in the Arrow Lakes News.


Watershed Planning Team Meeting, Arrow Lakes Environment Stewardship Society
January 25th, 4 p.m., Senior’s Hall (Log Building), Nakusp.

Webinar: HIDDEN PARTICIPANTS AND UNHEARD VOICES: Gender, Age, and other influences on Traditional Ecological Knowledge Research
JANUARY 29, 2018, 11:00 am Pacific / 12 noon Mountain
Rural Policy Learning Commons Webinar
, Click here TO REGISTER
Cumulative Effects Management Framework Open House, Elk Valley CEMF Working Group
January 30, 4:30-8:30 at the Fernie Senior Citizens Drop-In Centre, Fernie BC

Wild and Scenic Film Festival, Wildsight
Feb 3, 7pm, in Creston

Invasive Species Council of BC Annual Forum and AGM
February 6-8, Pacific Gateway Hotel, Richmond BC

Shed a Little Light / Fundraiser for Ymir Community Watershed Action Team
February 18, Ymir Community Hall, Ymir BC

Climate Change Education Workshop
Columbia Basin Environmental Education Network
March 3, Nelson BC
CBWN Spring AGM and Member Meeting
April 20, Location TBA, East Kootenays

Canadian Water Summit
June 20-22, Vancouver BC

Classrooms to Communities
EECOM 2018 Conference, Hosted by CBEEN
October 19-21, 2018, St Eugene Mission Resort, ?aqam, Ktunaxa Nation
See our Events page for more information and events.
Have an event coming up? Let us post your next event on our website and newsletter, please
We are tremendously grateful to the Columbia Basin Trust for all their support of watershed stewardship including this newsletter


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