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SEPTEMBER ISSUE - welcome to fall!


Please join us on Saturday, November 17, 2018 in Nelson to explore collaboration in watershed stewardship. Details coming soon!

Network Advisory Committee
Are you passionate about connecting with watershed actors in the Basin? The Columbia Basin Watershed Network is made up of the connections between the groups and individuals that are network members. We invite you to join us to strengthen these connections and help develop a voice for watersheds.
Learn more!


Back to School! Kindergarteners prove that you are never too young to become an environmental steward

Central Kootenay Invasive Species Society partnered with two teachers, Jessica Foster and Jennifer Wyatt from Rossland Summit School who recognized that invasive species, unlike many large-scale environmental issues, are something that students can actually do something about, in a hands-on, experiential way.
The children participated in an invasive plant pull of Policeman’s Helmet and engaged community members in CKISS’s Play, Clean, Go Program by setting up at a local trail head where students offered to brush people’s shoes and bicycle tires as they came and left the trails. Jennifer Wyatt explains: "It was great to see the students take an active role in talking to community members about what they were doing and why." Read more here...


New Wasa and Area riparian protections

The Regional District of East Kootenay Board established a new development permit area in the Wasa & Area Official Community Plan. The purpose of the development permit is to protect environmentally sensitive areas, including wetland and riparian ecosystems.

"Our Water BC "Survey Results

Our Water BC conducted a partner-wide survey to find out more about shared water priorities - see Water Canada's website here for the results

Seventh Salmon Festival Flowed Deep

Recommended precautions for water and food affected by fire retardants (Interior Health Authority)

Research Aims to understand impacts of forest fires on water quality


Stay tuned for updates from the 2018 Summer Mapping Program!!

Arrow Lakes Environment Stewardship Society: Box Lake Wetland Modelling for Communication

Columbia Shuswap Invasives: Mapping the Bullfrog: Potential Routes of Entry

Columbia Lake Stewardship Society: Lakeshore Levels, Lake Hydrology and Aquatic Health

Living Lakes Canada: Update of the Flathead River Biomonitoring Program

Many thanks to our project partner, the Selkirk Geospatial Research Centre, and to Columbia Basin Trust for their support of this program. 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.
Below is an example of the Glade Creek watershed mapping project.


September 29, October 5, and October 15 (10 am - 1 pm MDT)
Fall waterbird surveys
Wildsight Golden

Free training sessions for volunteers and equipment (scope/tripod) available.

October 1-3, 2018, Moncton, NB
Living Waters Rally
Canadian Freshwater Alliance

October 4, 2018, Online (9:30 a.m. - 11 a.m. PDT)
Creating a Blue Dialogue Webinar: From Panama to Canada: Urban Water Sustainability & Natural Asset Planning
POLIS Water Sustainability Project

October 12-13, Nelson, BC
Fall Gathering: Conservation in the context of climate change
Kootenay Conservation Program

October 17-18, 2018, Kelowna, BC
siwłkʷ (WATER) FOR ALL – OUR RESPONSIBILITY Environmental Flow Needs Conference 2018: Science, Policy & Practice
Okanagan Basin Water Board and the Canadian Water Resources Association

October 20, 2018, BC wide
Local government elections

October 23, 2018, Revelstoke, BC
Occupancy Modelling Course
Columbia Mountain Institute

November 3, 2018, Kaslo (4:30pm - 9pm)
Kootenay Lake Summit - Save the date!
Friends of Kootenay Lake
This year's Kootenay Lake Summit will provide residents with sound knowledge on the history of Kootenay Lake including related cultural and archaeological history.


Fish and Wildlife Compensation Program, Fish and Wildlife Funding: Support to conserve and enhance fish, wildlife, and their supporting habitats. Deadline: October 26. Read more…

Columbia Basin Trust: Environment Small Grant for project requiring $5,000 or less. Project categories include water, ecosystems and climate projects. Deadline October 31. Read more...

Columbia Valley Community Foundation: Provides small grants to organizations to address needs that are not met by other funding sources in the Columbia Valley. Deadline October 31. Read more…

Kootenay Conservation Program, Columbia Valley Local Conservation Fund: Local financial support for important 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: Local financial support for important projects in the Kootenay Lake area that will contribute to the conservation of our valuable natural areas. Deadline: November 1. Read more…
We are tremendously grateful to the Columbia Basin Trust for all their support of watershed stewardship including this newsletter


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