Monthly Archives: September 2012

Survey: Understanding water needs and issues in the Kettle River Watershed

SURVEY NOW CLOSED – Thank you for all your submissions – they will truly help us as we develop recommendations in the Watershed Management Plan. Stay tuned for survey results in early February.

The Kettle River and its tributaries are known to be essential to the quality of life in our communities and rural areas. Our communities use and value water in the watershed for many reasons. Developing a Watershed Management Plan for the Kettle River will involve balancing the many expectations for water with the needs of the natural environment. By taking this short survey, you will make sure that we know which watershed uses and values are important to you.

In the first week of October the survey will be mailed to all residents and non-resident landowners in the Regional District in Areas ‘C’, ‘D’, and ‘E’ as well as Grand Forks, Greenwood and Midway.  If you fill out the printed survey, return it using the stamped and self-addressed envelope. Alternatively, you may fill the survey linked below and press “submit” when you finish. Please complete the survey by November 16, 2012. Due to continued interest we will extend the deadline for electronic responses to December 31.

All responses are confidential and will only be seen by the Project Coordinator. We will not release your contact information (if given) or your detailed responses; only summarized responses will be published. If you have any questions, please contact Graham Watt (Project Coordinator):

2140 Central Ave, P.O. Box 1965, Grand Forks, B.C.  V0H 1H0
tel:  250.442.2708 ext 225 · cell: 250.444.0550 · fax:  250.442.2688 |

Alternatively, you can print the survey and mail your results to the above address.

Special Meeting: Rethinking our water ways – October 12, 2012, Rock Creek Fall Fair Grounds

To the residents, stakeholders, and friends of the Kettle River Watershed:

“Rethinking our Water Ways” is a one-day special meeting for us to learn together about watershed management planning and issues, challenges and opportunities in the Kettle River Watershed. This meeting will enable a broad cross-section of people to explore the issues and build relationships to find solutions to the challenges around water quality, flow, and aquatic ecosystems. Participants will learn about the state of the Kettle River Watershed, find out about watershed management planning and governance across the region, and start developing a vision for the future.

This meeting is part of the two year planning process to develop a watershed management plan for the Kettle River Watershed in British Columbia, led by the Regional District of Kootenay Boundary. Further information on the planning process can be found across on the main page of this website (

The meeting will be held in the meeting room at the Rock Creek Fall Fair Grounds in Rock Creek, BC, on October 12, 2012, from 9:30 to 3:00 (draft agenda below). We encourage you to forward this invitation to anyone you think would enjoy participating in these discussions or have knowledge, experience or perspectives to contribute. Please let us know by Thursday, October 4 if you are able to attend (contact Graham Watt at or 250.442.2708 ext 225).

Invitation to Special Meeting & Draft Agenda (pdf)

Floodplain maps online

BC Ministry of Environment, Water Stewardship published a series of floodplain maps for many areas in BC, including the Kettle and Granby Rivers around Grand Forks. The following links allow you to select your area and view a pdf of the 200 year floodplain.

Kettle and Granby Rivers

Christina Lake

Advisory Group Meeting No. 4 – Sept 6 in Greenwood 6:30-8:30

Meeting #4 of the Kettle River Watershed Management Plan Stakeholder Advisory Group will be held from 6:30-8:30 at the Greenwood Community Centre (above Library at corner of Highway 3 and Veterans Lane on the south side of downtown Greenwood).