CBWN  Columbia Connector
 July - August 2016 
CBWN Member News
Raegan Mallinson, CABIN Trainer / Living Lakes (lower right), with CABIN Field trainees Ella Swan, Jody Cliff and Megan Peloso, 2015

Living Lakes Canada offering CABIN Field Training in Nelson, July 26-27th! Register now to get prerequisites done prior to field training! More information ...

Friends of Kootenay Lake  Hiring a Program Manager!
Also, Kootenay Lake Community Values Survey open to July 18th!

Lake Windermere Ambassadors looking for volunteers to help with Summer Splash!

... see our CBWN Member News page for these stories and more ...

Kim Green, Watershed Geoscientist, in her natural environment.
Sustainable Watershed Balancing Act

Special Guest Blog from Kim Green, Watershed Geoscientist

The term 'sustainable watershed management' is being thrown around quite a bit these days and seems to mean different things to different people with different points of view. As a watershed geoscientist who has studied watersheds of the Columbia and Rocky Mountains for the past 20 years I have gained some insight regarding how watersheds work and for me, the term 'sustainable watershed management' implies the preservation of the key underlying physical processes in a watershed that govern water and sediment transport.

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CBWN/SGRC Mapping Program
GIS maps = data + location

QGIS for Beginners: Richard Johnson of SWAMP and Slocan Lake Research Centre will be leading an introduction to GIS and the use of QGIS, a low-cost, open source mapping package. To learn more about QGIS, see the QGIS website. The course will be offered through Selkirk College CEWT, at the Nakusp Campus. Contact  [email protected] for more information or to register. Email CBWN if you are interested in a different date or location.

Open Data
: The Selkirk Geospatial Research Centre (SGRC) was awarded a major grant from Canada's Social Science and Humanities Research Council in April of this year to work with provincial and local governments to promote Open Data. For CBWN members, this should mean improved access to and use of provincial and local datasets to understand our watersheds. For details, see the Federal Innovation funding announcement here.

This program o
ffered in partnership with Selkirk College, Selkirk Geospatial Research Centre
with the support of the Water and Environment Program of Columbia Basin Trust

News from Funders

Fish and Wildlife Compensation Program
2017 Regular Grant Intake now open, for Seed, Small and Large Grants
For More Information

Fish and Wildlife Compensation Program
Community Engagement Grant increased to $1,000
Funds for equipment and supplies, with no administrative costs

For our complete grants listings, see our web page
We are recruiting!
The Columbia Basin Watershed Network is recruiting a very special set of
volunteers to help us make the most of our Network. We are establishing three Advisory Committees, each with different responsibilities. The Science Advisory will link members to the scientific knowledge they need, the Watershed Education Advisory will help members to promote their watershed education and training and help members that need education and training, and the Network Advisory will work to build the strengths and capacities of the network.
If one of these areas is of special interest to you, please have a look at the description pages, and contact us to ask questions or to nominate yourself!

... contact Tara if you would like to volunteer with the Network 

Aquatic Invasives news and updates 

Fishing Suspended in two Okanagan lakes due to likely introductions of invasive perch

Okanagan Inspection Statistics show a need for stronger defenses

Mussel Protection: Clean Drain Dry
Province of British Columbia Conservation Officers are operating several roving boa
inspection stations on the highways in British Columbia.
This spring, infested watercraft have been found entering BC, and many more potentially infested watercraft have been quarantined.  
Stops are required with any watercraft including SUPs, kayaks and canoes.  
Please consider renting a watercraft if you will be travelling outside of British Columbia, instead of traveling with yours.

Volunteer Opportunities 
In the Revelstoke Area, your regional committee is the Columbia Shuswap Invasive Species Society
In the West Kootenays, watch for Central Kootenay Invasive Species Society
In the East Kootenays, the East Kootenay Invasive Species Council is your regional organization.
Reporting Invasive Species 

For reporting information, contact your regional group, Invasive Species Council of BC, or use the phone numbers and contacts on our website.


For Event updates, please see our Events page on our website.

July 26-27, 2016
CABIN Field Training
Nelson BC
Living Lakes Canada and Canadian Rivers Institute
Visit Canadian Rivers Institute for more information and to register, or contact Raegan Mallinson of Living Lakes about the field course.

September 28-30, 2016
Living Lakes Canada Water Rally
Vancouver BC

September 27-30, 2016
Under Western Skies 2016: Water: Events, Trends, Analysis

September 30 - Oct 1, 2016
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 1, 2016
QGIS for Beginners
Richard Johnson, SWAMP and Slocan Lake Research Center
Selkirk College, Nakusp Campus
Nakusp, BC

September 30 - Oct 2, 2016
Glacier National Park
Columbia Basin Environmental Education Network

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

For more events, please see our Events page on our website. 

Email us about your next event so we can share it here!