Category Archives: planning

Presentation: Natural Processes for the Restoration of Drastically Disturbed Sites

Natural processes have been “restoring” natural disturbances (landslides, volcanic eruptions, glaciation, etc.) forever. Mr. Polster will talk about how we can use these same processes to help the land heal and restore sites such as mines and industrial developments that we disturb. Join us for an informative presentation and informal social gathering 7:00-8:30, Wednesday Sept. 16, Upstairs @ Station Pub (7654 Donaldson Dr, Grand Forks) – RSVP to plan@kettleriver.ca / 250-442-4111.

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Watershed Management Plan for the Kettle River

The Regional District of Kootenay Boundary (RDKB) has now endorsed and released Kettle River Watershed Management Plan. The Plan is a collaborative initiative supported by a Stakeholder Advisory Group with participation from local and provincial governments and representatives from multiple sectors and organizations from across the Boundary region. Over the last three years, the RDKB and the Advisory Group have: developed a shared understanding of watershed issues; created a vision, goals and strategies to take care of the Kettle River watershed into the future; shared information widely; and learned from a broad network of interested stakeholders.Cover

This Plan presents a vision for the Kettle River watershed that is drawn from this understanding: “We envision a healthy, resilient and sustainable Kettle River Watershed, which functions to meet the needs and values of its communities, who in turn act as stewards of the watershed.” The vision forms the foundation for nine goals affirming healthy aquatic ecosystems, safe and secure water supplies, and a reliable water system supporting a sustainable economy and local food system. Continue reading Watershed Management Plan for the Kettle River

Thank you for your comments and ideas – and keep them coming

Thank you to everyone who has submitted comments and feedback on the draft Kettle River Watershed Management Plan – your ideas and comments are invaluable and will help us complete revisions to the plan that reflect the interests and priorities of the community. While our deadline for comments was set for today (October 14), we would still like to encourage organizations or individuals to provide their feedback going forward, and we ask that you get in touch if you would like to schedule a meeting or discussion. All feedback will be held for future consideration as the Watershed Management Plan is intended to be a ‘living document’ (more like computer software than a house foundation), with improvements and new components added during scheduled reviews during implementation.

Revisions to the Plan will be discussed at a Stakeholder Advisory Group meeting at the beginning of November, and the Plan will be presented for endorsement by the RDKB Board of Directors at their November meeting. After that, organizations and stakeholders will be asked to receive the Plan and participate in implementing the various strategies and priority actions.

Forester, rancher and land steward Fred Marshall instructs Graham Watt on the ins and outs of riparian protection (Cavan Gates photo).
Forester, rancher and land steward Fred Marshall instructs Graham Watt on the ins and outs of riparian protection (Cavan Gates photo).

Draft Kettle River Watershed Management Plan available for review

The Stakeholder Advisory Group for the Kettle River Watershed Management Plan has completed a Draft Plan for public and stakeholder review (link to pdf, 700 kb). This draft plan articulates a vision for the Kettle River Watershed and develops strategies, directions, and concrete actions to achieve it.

“We envision a healthy, resilient and sustainable Kettle River Watershed, which functions to meet the needs and values of its communities, who in turn act as stewards of the watershed.”

KRWMP-DRAFT-September2014_001This draft Plan is presented for consideration by all interested parties before it is finalized and presented to the RDKB Board of Directors. Feedback on the draft plan is requested by Tuesday, October 14 and can be sent to the Project Coordinator at plan@kettleriver.ca / Box 1965, 2140 Central Avenue, Grand Forks BC V0H 1H0. Please use this response form if you are interested in providing detailed responses or if you or your organization will be involved in some aspect of implementing the plan. Continue reading Draft Kettle River Watershed Management Plan available for review

Final discussion paper on riparian, wetland and floodplain management

The Stakeholder Advisory Group for the Kettle River Watershed Management Plan is releasing the last of several discussion papers leading up to the draft Watershed Management Plan this summer.

Stepping Back From the Water: Managing Wetlands, Riparian Areas and Floodplains in the Kettle River Watershed (pdf) outlines issues, strategies and actions related to wetlands, floodplains and riparian ecosystems, which are critical for maintaining watershed health and all of the benefits humans derive from it. The paper complements and builds on the ideas presented in all of the previous discussion papers, focusing particularly on issues along the water’s edge.

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