EXTENDED – Request for Proposals: Upper Columbia Basin lake surveys using FIMP

The Foreshore Integrated Management Planning (FIMP) Project Team is pleased to release a RFP for its first field season happening in 2020.

Request for Proposal

*Please note, the RFP deadline has been extended to May 28, 2020, 11 pm PST 

The Living Lakes Canada Society (LLC) is requesting proposals from qualified agencies to survey select lakes (two lakes) in the Upper Columbia Basin using the FIMP methodology. This work might be awarded as one project (with two lakes to be surveyed), or as individual lake projects (each with a single lake to be surveyed).

The RFP and supporting documents are listed below: 

Request for Standing Offer

Living Lakes Canada is also pleased to Request Standing Offers (RSO) from qualified agencies for two additional lakes that might be surveyed (using the FIMP methodology) in summer of 2020. This work might be awarded as one project (with two lakes to be surveyed), or as individual lake projects (each with a single additional lake to be surveyed).

Closing Date and Time

Extended to: Thursday, May 28, 2020 at 11:00 PM PST

Questions?

Contact FIMP Program Manager Ryan Cloutier: Ryan@livinglakescanada.ca

Visit the FIMP project page to learn more: https://livinglakescanada.ca/projects/foreshore-inventory-mapping-in-the-columbia-basin/

Please note: Formerly known as “Foreshore Inventory Mapping” (FIM), FIMP is the new name updated to reflect the methodology (FIM is actually a sub-component of the overarching FIMP methodology).

Join our Team! We are hiring a Database Manager

Database Manager Position Description

Living Lakes Canada is seeking an efficient and organized Database Manager to join our team. This is a Full Time Short-Term contract, with the possibility of a contract extension. 

  • Location: Columbia Basin-wide
  • Salary range: Negotiable, dependent on experience
  • Contract Period: June 15, 2020 – September 30, 2020
  • Application Deadline: May 29, 2020

 

About Living Lakes Canada:

Living Lakes Canada facilitates collaboration in education, monitoring, restoration and policy development initiatives for the long-term protection of Canada’s lakes, rivers, wetlands and watersheds. We work collaboratively with scientists, all levels of government including First Nations, industry, academia, and community based organizations. Our mandate is to help Canadians understand the intimate connections between water quantity, water quality, land-use, climate change, biodiversity, and healthy human communities by fostering a water stewardship ethic that all Canadians can be proud of.  

Living Lakes Canada has led water stewardship initiatives in the Columbia Basin for over two decades, and were instrumental in establishing Friends of Kootenay Lake, Lake Windermere Ambassadors, Stewards of the Lac La Biche Watershed, and more recently Brilliant Headpond Stewardship Collaborative. Our water stewardship work has been recognized by the Federal government as a best practices example in community-based monitoring, and we were awarded the “Land Award” by the Real Estate Foundation of BC, “Water Hero” award by WWF Canada, and “Water’s Next” award by Water Canada.

Living Lakes Canada is affiliated with Living Lakes International, a global network of over 120 non-government organizations that share the mission to enhance the protection, restoration and rehabilitation of lakes, rivers, wetlands and watersheds throughout the world. Living Lakes Canada is a registered BC Society and charitable organization.

 

Position Description:

We are seeking a student Data Manager with a minimum of 6 months experience to manage and improve the efficiency of  the Columbia  Basin Water Data Hub  currently managed by LLC  The responsibilities of the Data Manager will include uploading data to the water data hub, assisting local monitoring groups with data uploads, organizing and documenting datasets, undertaking quality control, filling in the required metadata for each datasets and providing technical support to database users. The candidate will also be required to be available to assist on other programs and projects run by Living Lakes Canada where required.  

The successful candidate will feel comfortable working under minimal supervision, beyond initial training, possess analytical and strategic thinking abilities, the ability to multi-task and have strong interpersonal skills. The Data Manager will work independently, but have oversight from the Living Lakes Canada team and a database professional where necessary. 

 

Data Manager Responsibilities: 

  • Oversee uploads of data to the Water Data Hub
  • Assist monitoring groups in uploading their data remotely 
  • Curate and manage datasets 
  • Provide technical support to database users 
  • Schedule and perform regular service maintenance 
  • Assist with creating and maintaining user accounts 
  • Add metadata to datasets 

 

Data Manager Requirements:

  • Experience managing and curating data and/or databases
  • Experience working with data in the following formats with csv., pdf, xlxs, PNG
  • Strong interpersonal skills and the ability to problem solve whilst working independently
  • Comfortable with computer technology, including using web applications

 

Preferred but not essential skills: 

  • Experience with data management using CKAN
  • Experience designing and managing tabular data structures in a SQL database
  • Data processing and scripting using R language

 

To Apply:

Applicants are asked to send a cover letter and CV in PDF form to info@livinglakescanada.ca on or before May 29, 2020. We thank all applicants for their interest, but only short-listed candidates will be contacted. 

Our water stewardship work continues amid COVID-19

It’s been almost six weeks since the national response to the COVID-19 pandemic changed Canadians’ way of life.

At Living Lakes Canada, we’ve been cautiously optimistic with our plans while adapting physical distancing measures to help prevent community spread. We have switched to online formats where necessary, and postponed some field events in hopes that the water monitoring work and training planned for this summer can still happen given the positive steps B.C. is making in flattening the curve of the virus.

Please find our program modifications below. Thank you to our innovative program managers, support staff and partners for their dedication to water stewardship work amid this global crisis. Protecting Canada’s lakes, rivers, streams, groundwater and wetlands remains as important as ever.

General Operations

The Living Lakes Canada team is still working diligently to deliver all of our projects during the COVID-19 pandemic. Our team members are all working from home and we stay connected online. All Program Managers have adapted their projects to ensure current physical distancing protocols are adhered to. We are building innovative partnerships and creating online synergies to help diversify and stretch all resources. We are working to stay positive and strong during these vulnerable and unprecedented times. Our priority always has been, and will continue to be, the protection and stewardship of freshwater in Canada. We thank you all for your kind messages and support in our efforts to protect the ecosystems that sustain us. 

~Operations Director Avery Deboer-Smith

STREAM eDNA & CABIN

The STREAM program continues to plan for a delayed field season due to COVID-19 and we continue to closely monitor Public Health recommendations. May and June CABIN field certifications have been postponed indefinitely and we have developed distancing field protocols to ensure the health of our staff and partners once we are able to reconvene. Currently, STREAM is still accepting sample submissions. The University of Guelph is closed and therefore samples must be stored in the freezers of participants for the time being. We are working on appropriate outreach and education tools for online platforms and have exciting virtual opportunities in the works — stay tuned!                                                                                                                                             

~STREAM/CABIN Program Manager Raegan Mallinson

Kootenay Lake Partnership

The Kootenay Lake Partnership has been proceeding with training on the Shoreline Guidance Document, from a distance! Over the past decade, the Partnership has compiled archaeological, ecological, shoreline and Ktunaxa cultural values for Kootenay Lake and is working to share this knowledge with stakeholders and communities. In response to physical distancing requirements, we’ve transitioned what would have otherwise been in-person meetings to online webinars. The transition has been relatively smooth, given the available technologies. Online training has been especially effective for learning about the Shoreline Guidance Document interactive webmap, although we’re looking forward to being together again in real life!

~KLP Acting Program Coordinator Kristin Aasen

Foreshore Integrated Management Planning

The Foreshore Integrated Management Planning (FIMP) Team has implemented a number of precautions to help slow the spread of COVID-19. Namely, we’ve implemented a strict physical distancing policy whereby all meetings have been and continue to be held online, project management staff no longer use the Living Lakes office (and instead work from home), and field plans have been cancelled, reduced, or modified. The team is hopeful that our efforts, in combination with the rest of the country’s, will “flatten the curve” so we can all get back to business as usual.

~FIMP Acting Program Manager Ryan Cloutier

Columbia Basin Groundwater Monitoring Program

This spring, some of the Groundwater Monitoring Program’s volunteer observation well owners had a fun activity to do while at home! They have been able to download groundwater level data from the wells on their properties using a Bluetooth App on their iOS or Apple device and send us the data. This is citizen science at work! The data show what has happened to water levels over the winter and that the data loggers are working properly. We’re excited to see what will happen to water levels as snow melts and we move into summer. We have had to modify field work plans and are delaying installation of data loggers in some of the newly established Volunteer Observation Wells in order to observe travel and social distancing protocols.

~Groundwater Program Manager Carol Luttmer

Columbia Basin Water Monitoring Collaborative

The COVID-19 pandemic has not altered the upcoming launch of the Columbia Basin Water Monitoring Collaborative’s Water Hub, scheduled for May 2020. Education and support surrounding data uploading and use of the Columbia Basin Water Hub will be delivered online  in order to adhere to the current physical distancing requirements.. Further information surrounding the program will be released in the coming weeks on our website and social media channels. We are still very much looking forward to supporting monitoring groups within the Columbia Basin and will provide you with updates via our online resources. 

~Program Coordinator Claire Pollock-Hall

 

Property Information Toolkits for Homeowners

Dates: April 30 - 30 2020
Times: 10:00 am - 11:00 am Pacific Time (PT)
Type: other
Location: Online

THIS WEBINAR IS INVITE-ONLY. Please contact KLP Program Coordinator Kristin Assen at klp.coordinator@gmail.com with any questions.

The Kootenay Lake Partnership will be introducing the Kootenay Association of Realtors to a series of tools for homeowners to find relevant information on their properties and shorelines:

  • An introduction to the Shoreline Guidance Document (Kootenay Lake Partnership and Ministry of Forests Lands and Natural Resource Operations Habitat Biologist)
  • Preview of the new Regional District of Central Kootenay Web Map
  • Intro to Stewardship Solutions Toolkit (Kootenay Conservation Program)
  • Aquatic and riparian invasive species (Central Kootenay Invasives Species Society)

 

Orientation to the Shoreline Guidance Document for Provincial Government Staff

Dates: May 7 - 7 2020
Times: 10:00 am - 11:30 am Pacific Time (PT)
Type: other
Location: Online

THIS WEBINAR IS INVITE-ONLY. Please contact KLP Program Coordinator Kristin Assen at klp.coordinator@gmail.com with any questions.

For Provincial Government Staff who review applications related to lakeshore development in the Kootenay Region, the Shoreline Guidance Document is a resource to consider cumulative impacts on fish and wildlife habitats in decision-making. The Kootenay Lake Partnership will provide an interactive introduction to using Shoreline Guidance Documents, with Kootenay Lake as an example to help support the preservation of important ecological, archaeological and Ktunaxa Nation cultural values. The Kootenay Lake Partnership developed the Shoreline Guidance Document to help government staff, residents and developers navigate existing complex local, provincial and federal regulations.

The webinar will be presented by:

  • Andrea Evans, Authorizations Specialist with the Ministry of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations & Rural Development
  • Nicole Kapell, Environment and Archaeological Stewardship Manager with Ktuanxa Lands and Resources Sector
  • Ryan Cloutier, Foreshore Inventory and Mapping Program Manager with Living Lakes Canada
  • Kristin Aasen, Program Coordinator, Kootenay Lake Partnership/ Living Lakes Canada

Towards implementing the Kootenay Lake Shoreline Guidance Document

Dates: April 2 - 2 2020
Times: 10:00 am - 11:30 pm Pacific Time (PT)
Type: other
Location: Online

THIS WEBINAR IS INVITE-ONLY. Please contact KLP Program Coordinator Kristin Assen at klp.coordinator@gmail.com with any questions.

For Regional District of Central Kootenay staff who review applications related to lakeshore development in the Kootenay Region, the Shoreline Guidance Document is a resource to consider cumulative impacts on fish and wildlife habitats in decision-making. The Kootenay Lake Partnership will provide an interactive introduction to using Shoreline Guidance Documents, with Kootenay Lake as an example to help support the preservation of important ecological, archaeological and Ktunaxa Nation cultural values. The Kootenay Lake Partnership developed the Shoreline Guidance Document to help government staff, residents and developers navigate existing complex local, provincial and federal regulations.

The webinar will be presented by:

  • Andrea Evans, Authorizations Specialist with the Ministry of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations & Rural Development
  • Nicole Kapell, Environment and Archaeological Stewardship Manager with Ktuanxa Lands and Resources Sector
  • Ryan Cloutier, Foreshore Inventory and Mapping Program Manager with Living Lakes Canada
  • Kristin Aasen, Program Coordinator, Kootenay Lake Partnership/ Living Lakes Canada

Creating a Blue Dialogue Webinar

Dates: April 14 - 14 2020
Times: 9:30 am - 11:00 am Pacific Time (PT)
Type: other
Location: Online
Phone: 250-721-8800
Email:

This webinar will showcase a panel of emerging student researchers working on priority topics related to water law, policy, and governance. It is the first webinar in our new “Water Research Roundup” series, being offered as part of POLIS’ Creating a Blue Dialogue webinar series.

Avery Deboer-Smith will discuss her research as both a Masters student and Operations Director at Living Lakes Canada. Her work focuses on the Columbia Basin Water Monitoring Collaborative, which will act as the coordinating body for developing a systemic guiding framework to address water monitoring data collection and data storage needs in the Canadian Columbia Basin.

Richard Farthing-Nichol will describe his recently completed Masters research, which focused on the challenge of securing sustainable funding for watershed co-governance between Indigenous and Crown governments.

Rebecca Macias Gimenez will describe her work on land and water governance, and environmental decision-making about large energy infrastructure, intersected with aspects of social and environmental justice.

REGISTER HERE

March 2020 News Stream

In light of the quickly changing circumstances around the worldwide outbreak of COVID-19 and its health impacts, clean water for sanitation and hygiene has become immeasurably more important. 

We are  fortunate to have source water from lakes, rivers, streams and groundwater. Whether it’s in the face of a pandemic or climate crisis impacts, progressive action plans for holistic water management, integrated across different sectors and coordinated beyond borders, will continue to support our well-being now and into the future.

World Water Day reminds us that we can honour the preciousness of water with gratitude and good stewardship. We send best wishes to our partner organizations in Canada and to our Living Lakes International friends around the world. Let’s take good care of each other during these challenging times. 

Web Link: https://mailchi.mp/c22f3cbed388/living-lakes-canada-news-stream-march-22-2020

World Water Day Film Launch: People Power for Healthy Rivers

Living Lakes Canada worked with Imagine Creative to produce this 4-minute video — “People Power for Healthy Rivers: DNA Technology Meets Citizen Science in STREAM” — which features how the CABIN (Canadian Aquatic Biomonitoring Network) protocol is being used in our STREAM project.

We are pleased to launch this compelling short film on World Water Day 2020 (March 22). 

STREAM, short for Sequencing the Rivers for Environmental Assessment and Monitoring, is the national water monitoring pilot working to collect a total of 1,500 environmental DNA samples from 15 watersheds across Canada over three years through community-based water monitoring. 

STREAM is a partnership between Living Lakes Canada, World Wildlife FundCanada, the University of Guelph and Environment and Climate Change Canada.

DFO funds Aquatic Species at Risk Project in the Columbia Basin

 

 

Columbia Basin, March 22, 2020 – Aquatic species and their habitats are at risk in the Columbia Basin and a new Living Lakes Canada project is helping to protect them. 

Living Lakes Canada recently received a $1.09 million grant from the Fisheries and Oceans Canada Canada Nature Fund for Aquatic Species at Risk program to complete a “Foreshore Inventory and Mapping (FIM) for Aquatic Species at Risk Project” in the Columbia Basin. 

The four-year project was launched in late 2019. The first phase of the project included a series of workshops with participation from First Nations; municipal, regional, provincial and federal governments; environmental consultants; and NGO representatives (see photo below). The workshops were aimed at reviewing and revising the existing FIM methodology in order to improve its application for Columbia Basin lakes.

Since 2006, FIM has been completed on 13 lakes across the Columbia Basin, including:

      • Lake Windermere
      • Columbia Lake
      • Wasa Lake
      • Moyie Lake
      • Monroe Lake
      • Jimsmith Lake
      • Tie Lake
      • Rosen Lake
      • St Mary Lake
      • Koocanusa Reservoir
      • Kootenay Lake
      • Slocan Lake
      • Brilliant Headpond

The Living Lakes Canada project will map or re-map six to eight priority lakes in the Columbia Basin over four years. The first two lakes will be selected and announced this spring. 

“The project is very timely given that some lake reports are now more than 10 years old. We are excited to be working with DFO and our other partners to strengthen shoreline habitat conservation across the Columbia Basin,” said Living Lakes Canada Project Manager Heather Leschied.

FIM takes an inventory and maps shoreline habitats for fish and wildlife, assesses habitat value, and establishes Foreshore Management Guidelines. The aim of these guidelines is to conserve sensitive habitats, improve ecosystem resiliency in the face of climate change, and protect species of conservation concern. They also provide a benchmark by which to compare habitat changes over time. 

The project will benefit a number of Species at Risk in the Columbia Basin, including the Westslope Cutthroat Trout (Oncorhynchus clarkii lewisi), White Sturgeon (Acipenser transmontanus), Shorthead Sculpin (Cottus confusus) and Columbia Sculpin (Cottus hubbsi), and the Umatilla Dace (Rhinichthys umatilla) among others.

The Canada Nature Fund for Aquatic Species at Risk (CNFASAR) is delivered by Fisheries and Oceans Canada and is part of Canada’s Nature Initiative, which was launched in May 2018. The CNFASAR will provide $55 million over 5 years to support projects that help to recover aquatic species at risk. The objective of the CNFASAR is to slow (and hopefully reverse) the decline of aquatic species at risk. It aims to fast-track species recovery by injecting targeted funding for activities and projects that address key threats in priority locations.

To learn more about Living Lakes Canada’s FIM work, visit: https://livinglakescanada.ca/projects/foreshore-inventory-mapping-in-the-columbia-basin

To learn more about CNFASAR, visit: https://www.dfo-mpo.gc.ca/species-especes/sara-lep/cnfasar-fnceap/overview/index-eng.html

“The collaborative approach to the workshop was well-planned, the invitees well-chosen, and the agenda well-thought out and efficiently managed for time. The chosen space provided a comfortable and casual atmosphere, which made attendees like myself, who didn’t already know most of the other participants, feel comfortable speaking up when we had something of value to add to the discussion. The event was informative for me as a practitioner and helped me understand the variety of factors involved in shoreline management. I’d say it was the most productive workshop I’ve attended, which is especially impressive considering the complexity of the material and the short timeframe.  All the attendees had extensive experience with either writing and/or using the material prior to the workshop and, because we all came from varied backgrounds and our approaches for using the material varied based on our sector’s unique needs, knowledge base, jurisdiction and/or regulatory framework, the discussion was well-rounded and the results highly useful (I hope)!”

~Tracy Van de Wiel, Planning Technician, Regional District of East Kootenay

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