Monthly Archives: June 2012

Top 10 lessons learned from watershed management planning: US EPA

Rick Simpson brought this document to my attention today. It’s a great set of lessons learned that should help us plan for and evaluate our progress. In the next couple of weeks I will use the comments to reflect on how we are planning to address each of these. Can you help us think of how to make our planning process as successful as possible?


1. The Best Plans Have Clear Visions, Goals, and Action Items

2. Good Leaders are Committed and Empower Others

3. Having a Coordinator at the Watershed Level is Desirable

4. Environmental, Economic, and Social Values are Compatible

5. Plans Only Succeed if Implemented

6. Partnerships Equal Power

7. Good Tools Are Available

8. Measure, Communicate, and Account for Progress

9. Education and Involvement Drive Action

10. Build on Small Successes

Advisory Group Meeting #2, June 18 2012

Members of the Stakeholder Advisory Group and the Technical Advisory Committee met on June 18 to discuss the draft Terms of Reference for the Advisory Group and the draft Work Plan. Then a number of guests from the public joined us for an excellent presentation and discussion on the State of the Kettle River Watershed by Summit Environmental (link to post).


Website comments now enabled

We have updated the website software to WordPress 3.4. One of the new benefits of the Jetpack plugin is connecting via your active facebook, twitter, or login (the connection is secure and encrypted and does not go through our site). Now you can leave comments after any post with a comment box appearing below it. If you don’t want to log in with these social media tools, you need to fill out your name and email. In any event we will never share or sell your email or contact information.

We still plan to moderate all comments for the time being, so it may be a short while before your comments appear. Down the road we may implement a more formal online forum if there is enough demand. Enjoy the debate!

Slow it. Spread it. Sink it!

The Okanagan Basin Water Board has an excellent guide to rainfall capture and runoff control for local residents that is a perfect fit for the Kettle River watershed. Learn about how to understand rainfall and runoff on your property, and design projects to take advantage of rainfall and decrease problems associated with stormwater in built-up areas!

Continue reading Slow it. Spread it. Sink it!

Survey: What are your hopes for the Kettle River Watershed Management Plan?

We’ve created this survey to help understand your hopes and needs for the Kettle River Watershed Management Plan, and to identify opportunities to involve the public over the next two years. There are four broad phases to our work, each of which will include extensive opportunities for public involvement:

  1. Scoping – developing our work plan, gathering feedback and determining what further information is required for planning (May-July 2012)
  2. Issues analysis – learning from the public and best available scientific information about the issues of concern (i.e. causes, impacts, extent). Prioritizing issues for recommendations or “parking” for further study, discussion, or local decisions (Summer 2012 – Spring 2013)
  3. Recommendations – Developing goals and recommendations to resolve issues and achieve the goals (Spring 2013 – Winter 2013)
  4. Implementation planning and consultation (Spring 2014)
The work plan and public involvement plan will be finalized based on your input and discussions by the Advisory Group over the next few weeks. All of your information will be held confidentially and if you submit your contact information it will not be shared or used except to contact you for follow up. Thanks!

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