Upcoming Webinars

Wednesday November 15, 2017, 9:30 am Pacific / 10:30 am Mountain

Creating Sustainable Funding for Ecosystems and Watersheds


To Register click: http://ow.ly/PCNR30fHcjk
Questions: Monique Frith, 204-922-1878, frithm@brandonu.ca


Rural communities are challenged to attract sustainable funding for conservation efforts, including supporting watershed protection and restoration. The first part of this webinar will focus on watersheds and opportunities for new partnerships that can bring new dollars to watershed protection through the recognition of common interests in quality of life, infrastructure, and basic needs. The second part of this webinar will focus on the Columbia Valley Local Conservation Fund, a tax-based fund for conservation that was the first of its kind in Canada, including why and how it was established and what accomplishments have been to date.




Juliet Craig, KCP

Juliet Craig, Kootenay Conservation Partnership

Juliet Craig is the Program Manager, Kootenay Conservation Program. She has an M.Sc. in ethnobotany and is a Registered Professional Biologist and Professional Agrologist. She works out of Nelson and has a broad range of conservation experience including invasive plant management, bat conservation, species at risk planning, and environmental education.





Tara Lynne Clapp, CBWN

Tara Lynne Clapp, Sr Manager, CBWN

Dr. Tara Lynne Clapp is the Senior Manager, Columbia Basin Watershed Network (CBWN) and Adjunct Professor, Great Plains IDEA Program, Iowa State University. She has PhD in Planning and Environment from the University of Southern California, and a Masters in Environmental Design from the University of Calgary. Through research, teaching and practice, she works with others towards collaborative and regional approaches to improving watershed decision-making.

Past Winter 2017 CBWN Webinars

Saturday May 27th, 12:30 – 1:45 Pacific, 1:30 – 2:45 Mountain time

Understanding Basin Water Resources

Dr. Martin Carver, Aqua Environmental Associates, and
Vice- Chair, Columbia Basin Watershed Network Society

Responding to a growing interest in current information about water resources and water monitoring efforts, Columbia Basin Trust has released a report about the current state of water knowledge in the Columbia Basin Trust region. The report is called Water Monitoring and Climate Change in the Upper Columbia Basin.

Since climate change can influence the quality, quantity and timing OF FLOW of Basin water resources, understanding relevant changes and trends is increasingly important for Basin communities and resource managers. The report includes:

* an overview of Columbia Basin water resources, from glaciers to groundwater, and pressures on them
* anticipated effects of climate change on various types of water resources in the Basin
* status and scope of water monitoring efforts in the region
* an outline of opportunities to fill knowledge gaps about water resources to support a range of activities such as ecosystem stewardship and community water supply planning.

This webinar will be given by Dr. Martin Carver, who prepared the report on behalf of the Columbia Basin Trust. The webinar will come to you live from the Spring Member Meeting of the Columbia Basin Watershed Network.

To register for Understanding Basin Water Resources, click here.

The report can be viewed prior to the webinar. A press release
with links to report highlights and to the full report is available


Tuesday April 18th, 10:30 – 11:30 Pacific/ 11:30 – 12:30 Mtn

Engaging the Private Sector in Watershed Restoration

Todd Reeve, CEO, Bonneville Environmental Foundation

Todd Reeve, Chief Executive Officer, BEF

How can we engage the private sector in watershed restoration?

In this webinar, we will hear from an innovator in the field of sustainable private sector funding for community based watershed restoration. In developing the first 10-year Model Watershed Restoration program, he also developed BEF’s Water Restoration Certificate® (WRCs) Program, and is currently working nationally on corporate water sustainability. Todd will relate his experiences and discuss the opportunities and challenges particularly for the context of rural watersheds.

Todd Reeve, Chief Executive Officer, BEF
Todd Reeve is CEO of the Bonneville Environmental Foundation where he pursues innovations at the intersection of corporate sustainability, renewable energy, and environmental water restoration. Todd created BEF’s Water Restoration Certificate® (WRCs) Program—the only national program that enables corporations and businesses to balance their water footprint by supporting projects that restore environmental flows to benefit depleted rivers, wetlands, and aquifers. He developed the nation’s first 10-year Model Watershed restoration program, directly supporting NGO-led efforts to achieve comprehensive ecological restoration outcomes across Pacific Northwest watersheds. Todd has overseen the development and funding of over 40 water restoration and Model Watershed projects across 11 states and Mexico. He leads work with companies, tribes, and NGOs to develop water program strategies, and he has published numerous articles profiling solutions to achieve improved flow and habitat conditions in western rivers and streams. Todd is the co-creator of Change the Course, a national water restoration campaign founded in partnership with National Geographic and Participant Media. He is the Director of the Business for Water Stewardship, a network of businesses focused on securing water for business, nature and communities.

For background on how this approach has worked on the Kutenai River and the Willamette River, see some of the publications listed here:


Click here for the recording of Engaging the Private Sector in Watershed Restoration

 Tuesday, Mar 21, 1:30 – 3:00 Pacific

Gerry Nellestijn

Sustainable Funding for Watershed Health: Theory and Practice

Gerry Nellestijn, Salmo Watershed Streamkeepers Society, and Tara Lynne Clapp, Columbia Basin Watershed Network

Key Question: What are the ways to establish clear community and user support for our stewardship efforts?

Sustainable funding is a concern for watershed stewardship groups across the Basin. Most watershed stewardship groups rely on volunteer effort to accomplish the basics, with grant funding the go-to source for needed equipment, supplies, and larger project efforts.
In this webinar, we will re-examine some of the fundamentals of ‘value’ in watershed stewardship, and look at different approaches to matching the values we protect and provide to sources of funds.
Tara Clapp will introduce some of the ‘value frameworks’ that are used to create funding opportunities, and Gerry Nellestijn will relate his experience from the Salmo watershed with a encouraging a user-pay framework.

Tara Lynne Clapp

The Spring Member meeting will focus on the issue of sustainable funding, and this webinar serves as an introduction to some of the concepts.

Click here for the recording of Sustainable Funding for Watershed Health



Tuesday, March 7, 1:30 – 2:30 Pacific

Columbia River Treaty Update


Kathy Eichenberger

Kathy Eichenberger, Lead, Columbia River Treaty Team, BC Ministry of Mines

Key Question: What is happening now with the Treaty Review

The Columbia River Treaty is one of the most influential pieces of diplomacy and policy for the watersheds and ecology of the Columbia Basin.
In this webinar, we welcome Kathy Eichenberger to lead us through a review of the Treaty, the preparations for renegotiation, and the current status of the treaty and the timeframe for possible change. Kathy is the Executive Director of the Columbia River Treaty Review Team.
Click here for Columbia River Treaty Update recording.



Tuesday, Feb 21, 1:30 – 2:30 Pacific

Reading a Water Chemistry Report: Relating Water Chemistry to Basin Geology and Land Use Activity

Richard Johnson, Slocan Lake Solutions, and OPUS Engineering

Richard Johnson

Key Question: When should we be concerned?

Watershed stewards and drinking water users test water, and monitor water quality parameters. Most of us are not water chemists, and we really want to know: When should I be concerned? When do we need to investigate further?
In this session, Richard Johnson will lead us through a basic water chemistry report and explain how the qualities of watershed geology, soils, and land use are related to the attributes of our water.
Using reports from different watersheds across the Basin, we will use comparisons of different watersheds to help us understand how to use our own data.
At the end of this session, participants should expect to understand their own water chemistry report better, and to be able to identify the parameters that are most important for them to monitor, and to be able to identify when they should be concerned.

Click here for Reading Water Chemistry Report recordings

Click here to view past CBWN Webinars and view the recordings.






POLIS Project on Ecological Governance: Water Sustainability Project


WHAT: Mapping Archaeological, Cultural, Ecological Values for Decision-Making

DATE: April, 2017

In this webinar, the speakers tell the story of how First Nations and local and provincial government partners collaborated through the Kootenay Lake Partnership to gather critical information to guide lake shoreline decision-making. It offers useful insights for those seeking ways to integrate different types of knowledge in a decision-making process and organize a collaborative water management initiative.
Find recording here.

WHAT: Making Urban Water Sustainability a Reality

DATE: Friday, February 17th, 2017
TIME: 12 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. PT ( 3 p.m. to  4:30 p.m. ET)

Canada’s water and wastewater infrastructure requires urgent attention. The 2016 Canadian Infrastructure Report Card revealed that 29 per cent of Canada’s drinking water infrastructure and 35 per cent of its wastewater infrastructure is in fair to very poor condition. Canada is facing an “infrastructure moment,” which includes an unparalleled opportunity to set the course for the next generation of sustainable urban water infrastructure in this country. The Government of Canada is committed to investing over $180 billion in infrastructure over the coming decade.

In this webinar, Tony Maas will discuss the importance of urban water sustainability. He will present a suite of recommendations to align water infrastructure investments and regulatory regimes around a vision of sustainability, resilience, and innovation. Emanuel Machado will then share lessons learned from the Town of Gibsons’ pioneering “eco-asset” management strategy, which was developed to promote ecological sustainability and smart infrastructure management and maintenance.

Find previous Creating a Blue Dialogue: Webinar Recordings here:

Creating a Blue Dialogue: Webinar Series Recording