CBWN February Newsletter
Columbia Basin Watershed Network
Columbia Connector - February 2016 
Thursday February 25th
Image courtesy of noaa.gov

11 - 12:30 Pacific, 12 - 1:30 Mountain
Introduction to Digital Mapping for Watershed Engagement and Research
with Ian Parfitt, Selkirk Geospatial Research Centre, and
Tara Lynne Clapp, CBWN

This session offers a basic introduction to the concepts of 'digital mapping.' Computer based maps can help us to picture our watersheds and engage community members, and they can also be used to help us learn new things through data exploration and research questions. Using watershed group examples, attendees will learn the basic concepts of computer based mapping, and how we can learn about our watersheds through using and gathering different kinds of data in maps and data tables. This session is designed for watershed group members that are interested in using mapping to help them learn about their watersheds and engage community members with watershed stewardship.

Key concepts defined: geomatics, GIS, GPS, scale, resolution, data registration, data model, vector, point, line and polygon data, raster data, remote sensing, attribute, data table, the Columbia Basin Watershed Network Mapping Program

Image by Christine Koeller of UWisconsin Stevens Point Extension, flowage data gathered by community volunteers.
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Limited Enrollment Series
Google Earth and Mobile Apps for Watershed Stewardship
March 2, 9 and 16th, 2016
1-3 am Pacific, 2-4 Mountain

Presented by Ian Parfitt and Justin Robinson of the Selkirk Geospatial Research Centre

hosted by the Columbia Basin Watershed Network.
Intended for volunteers and members of CBWN-member watershed stewardship groups.  
Attendance limited to 12 seats, click here to apply
If you don't make it in this time, we will keep your name on a waiting list for next offering.

Water News

Sechelt wins 2016 Federation of Canadian Municipalities award for Sustainability in water for its water treatment and reclamation plant.

Council of Canadians offers critical assessment of BC's new Water Sustainability Act, reported in the Province February 10, 2016

CONTEST ends March 20th!
Hosted by POLIS and the Canadian Freshwater Alliance

Blewett Conservation Society concerned about allowable groundwater withdrawal regulations and groundwater flow regulation under new Water Sustainability Act, Nelson Star reports. Article gives company's calculation of groundwater sustainability, does not address issue of regulation.

Columbia Basin Environmental Education Network releases calendar of events for 2017!

Download a free copy of Getting it Right! A Communications Toolkit for Strengthening BC's Water Sustainability Act
Canadian Freshwater Alliance
February - March
Weekly Winter Webinar Series, online
Columbia Basin Environmental Education Network

Kootenay Conservation Program

March 2, 9 and 16th
Google Earth and Mobile Apps for Watershed Stewardship (see above)
Columbia Basin Watershed Network

March 9, 2016, 2-3 pm Pacific, 3-4 pm  Mountain
Kootenay Conservation Program

March 11, 2016
Climate Change in the North Columbia Mountains
Columbia Mountains Institute of Applied Ecology

March 15 - 17 
Crown Managers Partnership Annual Forum
" We Need the Needles: Coordinating Action to Conserve 5-Needle Pine Forests in the Crown of the Continent"
Fernie, BC 
March 19 - 20 
16th Annual Fly Fishing Symposium
Castlegar Complex, Castlegar.
Stop by to visit Central Kootenay Invasive Species Society (CKISS) and the the CLEAN, DRAIN, DRY campaign.

April 05, 2016
Predator-Prey Dynamics: From Theory to Management conference
Columbia Mountains Institute of Applied Ecology

April 11, 206
Environmental Inquiry Institute
Nelson BC
Columbia Basin Environmental Education Network

April 25, 2016
Introduction to 'R' Software
Columbia Mountains Institute of Applied Ecology

April 26, 2016
Stats Refresher for Biologists in 'R'csoftware
Columbia Mountains Institute of Applied Ecology

May 27-28, 2016
Community Based Social Marketing and Teaching About Invasive Species
Columbia Basin Environmental Education Network

May 27, 2016
Setting Water Stewardship Priorities in the North Columbia
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Revelstoke, BC
Columbia Basin Watershed Network

May 28, 2016
Spring Celebration of Environmental Education
Revelstoke, BC
Columbia Basin Environmental Education Network

September 30 - Oct 2, 2016
Voices for Sustainability Symposium
Glacier National Park
Columbia Basin Environmental Education Network

September 30 - Oct 1, 2016 (dates to be confirmed)
Watersheds 2016:  Building Capacity for Collaboration and Watershed Governance in BC
Vancouver, BC
co-hosted by the POLIS Project on Ecological Governance, the Canadian Freshwater Alliance, the Fraser Basin Council, and the First Nations Fisheries Council

October 13 - 14  
Roundtable on the Crown of the Continent 
Save the dates!  Fernie, BC. .

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