Category Archives: planning

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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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