CBWN Webinar Recordings

2017 Webinar Program

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.



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.

Understanding Your Water Chemistry

Understanding Basin Water Resources


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, Feb 21, 1:30 – 2:30 Pacific





Emerging Issues in Mountain Watershed Management

Winter Webinar #5: Thursday March 5th @ 10-11 AM Pacific

HS0827_formattedPresented by Hans Schreier, Faculty of Land & Food Systems, UBC, Vancouver

Mountain watersheds are very sensitive to changes in land use and increased climatic variability and recent extreme events show that we are experiencing significant changes in streamflow regimes, sediment transport and water quality. The session will show how land use activities and climate are affecting the availability of water, flooding problems, summer droughts and its effect on environmental services. Examples will be provided to show how Increased climatic variability combined with changes in forest cover, recreational activities, and agriculture are impacting watersheds and how innovative land use management practices can minimizing some of these impacts. It will also show what role community groups can play to protect streams and reduce the different risks.

Hans Schreier is a professor in the Faculty of Land & Food Systems at the University of British Columbia. His research focuses on watershed management, land-water interactions, soil and water pollution, stormwater management and virtual water issues. He has worked extensively in watershed studies in the Himalayas and the Andean regions, and in Brazil, Honduras, Vietnam, Mongolia, as well as in British Columbia. In 1996 he was recognized by the International Development Research Centre (IDRC) for his contribution to improve water resources management in the developing world. In 1999 he received the Manaaki Whenua Fellowship Award by Landcare Research in New Zealand. He completed the Himalayan-Andean Watershed Project, which resulted in the production of 9 multi-media CD-ROMs that highlighted and compared watershed projects in Bolivia, Peru, Ecuador, Bhutan, Nepal, and China. In 2000 he developed a WEB-based Certificate Program in Watershed Management that consists of 5 courses for graduates and professionals from around the world. Since 2000, more than 1300 individuals from 24 different countries have participated in the program. From 2003-2007 he was Co-Leader of the Watershed Program of the Canadian Water Network National Centre of Excellence and was a member of the Water Advisory Panel for the Columbia Basin Trust. In 2004 he received the “Science in Action” Award from The United Nations International Year of Fresh Water, Science & Education Program, for outstanding work in making watershed management knowledge available in Canada and in Developing Countries. In 2008 he received the King Albert International Mountain Award for scientific accomplishment of lasing values to the world’s mountains. King Albert I Memorial Foundation, Zurich, Switzerland. For more details see: http://ubclfs-wmc.landfood.ubc.ca/


Webinar #3: Freshwater Storytelling

Presented by David Minkow, Canadian Freshwater Alliance

The language of science and policy can be difficult to connect with, yet to be successful in our work we need to be able to engage new and existing audiences on our projects and campaigns. Our stories and how we tell them are key. This session explores storytelling as a way to build meaningful connections with your audience(s).

David Minkow is communications specialist with the Canadian Freshwater Alliance. He is a veteran print and broadcast journalist, including more than a decade as a producer with KQED Public Radio in San Francisco. Most recently, David was editor for Climate Access, a network for climate communicators trying to engage the public and influence policy. He has a masters of science in journalism from Northwestern’s Medill School of Journalism and a Bachelor of Arts degree from Duke University.


Webinar: History of salmon in the Basin and challenges for restoring salmon to the headwaters

Took place Thursday November 20<sup>th</sup> @ 10-11 AM Pacific, 2014

Presented by Will Warnock, Canadian Columbia River Inter-tribal Fisheries Commission

This session gives a description of the historic distribution of Sockeye and Chinook salmon and Steelhead in the Columbia Basin in Canada and their role in the ecosystem. Following precipitous development of hydroelectricity after salmon were extirpated, the ecosystem of the Columbia basin changed markedly. Learn more about these changes, as well as challenges and potential for restoring salmon all the way through their historic range.

Will Warnock is a young scientist that works for the Ktunaxa and Secwepemc First Nations through the Canadian Columbia River Inter-Tribal Fisheries Commission. He provides expertise in aquatic resource management and delivers fisheries research programs to evaluate and minimize impacts of hydroelectric facilities on aquatic ecosystems and restore anadromous fish to the Canadian Columbia River basin. Will holds a Ph.D. in Biosystems and Biodiversity from the University of Lethbridge. He resides in Kimberley, British Columbia.


Columbia Basin Watershed Governance Webinar: April 14, 2014


We returned from 3 amazing days at the Watersheds Forum in Duncan/Cowichan Tribes territories and wanted to share our experience. The CBWN, Living Lakes and Lake Windermere Ambassadors hosted a webinar to discuss Watershed Governance in the Columbia Basin. This webinar built on the momentum of the 2013 “Think Like a Watershed” Columbia Basin Symposium and discussed our key learning outcomes from the 2014 Watersheds Forum.

Special thank you to Natasha Overduin and Oliver Brandes of the POLIS Water Sustainability Project for participating in the webinar.

Additional Resources and background reading, click here.

Watch on YouTube: Columbia Basin Watershed Governance Webinar

Note: There’s a short 30 sec delay at the beginning. Please be patient.