Category Archives: engagement

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 / 250-442-4111.


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).

Survey data entry complete!

After typing thousands of words and clicking countless times, the data entry for the survey is now complete. Final numbers are 657 surveys returned from approximately 5000 households. Almost all (620) were from paper submissions and the remainder were either emailed in using the original pdf form or submitted using the online form.

I will be providing highlights from my analysis over the coming few weeks, but here is a first ‘snapshot’ of responses about what values or uses of water people related to:question-8-summary

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.

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!