CBWN Webinar Recordings


Columbia River Treaty Update

Understanding Your Water Chemistry

Understanding Basin Water Resources



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

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