Prepared by: Dr. Martin Carver, PEng/PGeo, PAg, Samuel Lyster, PEng and Paul Saso, BSc
The report provides an integration and initial review of data associated with the north Kootenay Lake Water Monitoring Project (NKLWMP), a community-driven program of action to prepare for climate change. Building on a previous program (started in 2013), NKLWMP monitors a network of hydrometric, snow course and climate stations designed to maximize insights gained from a local monitoring network and taking best advantage of regional information and data sets. Extreme climate and hydrologic events in recent years in the north Kootenay Lake area have had significant impact within large portions of the Regional District of Central Kootenay.
These events have catalyzed citizens to take responsibility in preparing for the deepening climate crisis and its associated disruption by generating important and potentially life-saving data for use by planners and decision makers in sectors related to land use, development, forestry, conservation, water supply, emergency preparedness, transportation, agriculture, back-country recreation and more.
Given the breadth of growing challenges that small and rural communities face in British Columbia, this project will serve as a template to guide other rural areas in addressing the information needs communities encounter in facing the climate crisis.