Category Archives: planning

New discussion paper: Sustaining the Flow

Today the Stakeholder Advisory Group for the Kettle River Watershed Management Plan is pleased to share the third of several discussion papers leading up to the draft Watershed Management Plan this summer.

Titled “Sustaining the flow: managing water supply and demand to support ecosystem health and community needs,” this paper examines water supply issues, takes a fresh look at trends in low flows and future water supply and demand scenarios, and proposes strategies and actions to “sustain the flow” of water in the Kettle River and tributaries.

Reflections on Saddle Lake (Lorne Smithson)
Reflections on Saddle Lake (Lorne Smithson)

New discussion paper on watershed governance

Today the Stakeholder Advisory Group for the Kettle River Watershed Management Plan is pleased to share the second of several discussion papers leading up to the draft Watershed Management Plan in May.

Titled “Working Together: Growing our Capacity for Watershed Stewardship in the Kettle River Watershed,” this paper examines the need for better decision-making, stewardship, and management of water and related resources, and proposes steps towards implementation of the Watershed Management Plan.

Summer on the Kettle River (Photo: Graham Watt)

Tour of Boundary Creek Riparian Conditions

Getting out of the office and boardroom to see real-world conditions is a highlight for watershed planners and stakeholders. Members of the Stakeholder Advisory Group, Riparian Working Group, and the Boundary Central Secondary Sustainable Resources 12 students and teacher Lisa Baia looked over riparian conditions at four sites on Boundary Creek Road, Greenwood, and Boundary Creek Provincial Park. Thanks to Fred Marshall for leading us through the tour and to Lisa for arranging the bus and bringing the keen students. Here’s some of the highlights.

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.