Fort St. James CABIN Field Assistant Certification

Dates: September 14 - 18 2020
Times: 9:30 am - 5:30 pm Pacific Time (PT)
Type: training
Location: Fort St. James, BC - Binche 2 Reserve
Phone: 250-505-4311
Email: raegan@livinglakescanada.ca

THIS EVENT IS INVITE-ONLY.

Living Lakes Canada will be hosting a CABIN field assistant certification in the Nechako watershed near Fort St. James in collaboration with the Binche Whut’en First Nation.

The training is part of Living Lakes Canada’s STREAM project which is a collaboration between the World Wildlife Fund-Canada, Environment and Climate Change Canada and the University of Guelph. The STREAM project aims to generate better understanding of the health of river systems across Canada through building community based water monitoring capacity and and applying cutting edge genomics tecnology.

Participants include Binche Whut’en First Nation members. Participants will collect benthic macroinvertebrate samples using the CABIN methods to develop their local biomonitoring programs. Water values will be surveyed with community members to identify the most critical and important sites for stream health assessments.

Crowsnest Pass CABIN Field Assistant Certification

Dates: September 1 - 2 2020
Times: 9:30 am - 5:30 pm Mountain Time (MT)
Type: training
Location: Coleman, AB
Phone: 250-505-4311
Email: raegan@livinglakescanada.ca

THIS EVENT IS INVITE-ONLY.

Living Lakes Canada will be hosting a CABIN field assistant certification in the Crownest Pass in Coleman, Alberta.

The training is part of Living Lakes Canada’s STREAM project which is a collaboration between the World Wildlife Fund-Canada, Environment and Climate Change Canada and the University of Guelph. The STREAM project aims to generate better understanding of the health of river systems across Canada through building community based water monitoring capacity and and applying cutting edge genomics tecnology.

Participants include representatives from the Oldman Watershed Council, North Saskatchewan Watershed Alliance, Athabasca Watershed Council, Blood Tribe and the Elk River Alliance. Participants will collect benthic macroinvertebrate samples using the CABIN methods for their local biomonitoring programs. Samples for DNA analysis by the University of Guelph and traditional taxonomic analysis will be collected.

This course will also support the Rocky Mountain Eastern Slopes Collaborative project. This project includes various representatives from all levels of government, First Nations, academia, Watershed Advisory Planning Committees, environmental consultants stewardship groups that are collaborating to develop a CABIN/DNA reference model for the Eastern Slopes of the Rocky Mountains for source water protection.

Method Calibration by the FIMP Program Team

Dates: August 19 - 19 2020
Times: 10:00 am - 6:00 pm Mountain Time (MT)
Type: training
Location: Lake Windermere, BC
Phone: 250-509-0879
Email: ryan@livinglakescanada.ca

THIS EVENT IS CLOSED TO THE PUBLIC.

The FIMP Program Team is heading out with several Lake Windermere Ambassadors (LWA) members on Wed Aug 19, 2020 on Lake Windermere to calibrate some of the updated Foreshore Inventory and Mapping (FIM) methods.

Ecoscape Environmental Consultants Ltd. and Lotic Environmental Ltd., led by Jason Schleppe and Sherri McPherson, respectively, will be on site as well as they begin the first ever re-FIMP.

Bruce Mac Donald will be leading the methods calibration exercise as well as introducing LWA members to the FIMP framework. Ryan Cloutier will be operating the research vessel and coordinating logistics, including LLC’s HSSE Plan and additional COVID-19 precautions.

Feel like you’re missing out? 

Don’t stress — the FIMP Program Team is planning a comprehensive training event for September 2020. Details to follow, so check back soon.

Learn more about the FIMP Program

Friends of Kootenay Lake’s CABIN Training Program

Dates: July 29 - 30 2020
Times: 8:00 am - 5:00 pm Pacific Time (PT)
Type: workshop
Location: Nelson, BC
Phone: 250-777-2744
Email: info@friendsofkootenaylake.ca

THIS EVENT IS INVITE-ONLY. 

This summer the Friends of Kootenay Lake Stewardship Society (FOKLSS) will be launching their latest citizen science water monitoring program on the West Arm of Kootenay Lake. This is year one of a three-year monitoring program that will involve a 2-day workshop and subsequent fieldwork in watersheds surrounding the West Arm. Citizen Scientists will attend a 2-day workshop on the CABIN (Canadian Aquatic Biomonitoring Inventory Network) protocol, co-hosted by Living Lakes Canada. This program will offer an opportunity for passionate water stewardship advocates to develop the skills to monitor their watershed. This program will also assist FOKLSS in obtaining valuable data on stream health on the West Arm. Friends of Kootenay Lake is one of many grassroots organizations joining a network of environmental professionals training everyday people to be active stewards in their watersheds. This free CABIN training is a great opportunity to grow your skillset, especially for environmental students or professionals who want to keep their skills relevant.

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.

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Sudbury STREAM Training Practicum

Dates: September 17 - 18 2019
Times: 8:00 am - 5:00 pm Eastern Time (ET)
Type: training
Cost: $375
Location: Sudbury, ON, Canada
Phone: 250-505-4311
Email: raegan@livinglakescanada.ca

This 2-day field practicum will be held in Sudbury, ON on September 17 & 18, 2019.

STREAM (Sequencing the Rivers for Environmental Assessment and Monitoring) DNA, is a new community-based project which involves the collection of samples for eDNA metabarcoding analysis from rivers across Canada. STREAM is a collaboration between Living Lakes Canada (LLC) World Wildlife Fund (WWF) Canada, Environment and Climate Change Canada (ECCC) and the University of Guelph. The project is collaborating with interested partners including community and water stewardship groups, academia, Indigenous communities, all levels of government, and industry to collect data for stream health.

Living Lakes Canada Environmental Stewardship Initiative in Smithers, BC

This project uses an updated version of the Canadian Aquatic Biomonitoring Network (CABIN) protocol, developed by ECCC to collect samples using biomonitoring of benthic invertebrates, or the small animals on the bottom of the stream. Benthic invertebrates are strong indicators of water quality since the small organisms included in that group are highly sensitive to pollutants and other changes that impact aquatic ecosystem health.

For more information on levels of training, costs (price varies depending on level of certification), modules and other training locations visit the Canadian Rivers Institute.

Participants will be certified in the traditional CABIN protocol and learn new eDNA collection techniques. Trainees of CABiN gain access to a suite of web-accessible tools and resources, such as a national database of biological reference condition information, data management system, analytical software, and reporting tools.

Participants will also be supported to collect bulk DNA samples in their watersheds for the STREAM project post training.

To register: email Raegan Mallinson (raegan@livinglakescanada.ca)

Fort St. John/Dawson Creek STREAM Training Practicum

Dates: August 27 - 28 2019
Type: training
Location: Fort St. John/Dawson Creek area, BC, Canada
Phone: 250-505-4311
Email: raegan@livinglakescanada.ca

This 2-day field practicum will be held in the Fort St. John/Dawson Creek area on August 27 & 28, 2019. This training is currently CLOSED to the public. Please contact us at the end of July to find out if any spaces become available. 

STREAM (Sequencing the Rivers for Environmental Assessment and Monitoring) DNA, is a new community-based project which involves the collection of samples for eDNA metabarcoding analysis from rivers across Canada. STREAM is a collaboration between Living Lakes Canada (LLC) World Wildlife Fund (WWF) Canada, Environment and Climate Change Canada (ECCC) and the University of Guelph. The project is collaborating with interested partners including community and water stewardship groups, academia, Indigenous communities, all levels of government, and industry to collect data for stream health.

Living Lakes Canada CABIN field course with Dene Kayeh Institute & Guardians.

This project uses an updated version of the Canadian Aquatic Biomonitoring Network (CABIN) protocol, developed by ECCC to collect samples using biomonitoring of benthic invertebrates, or the small animals on the bottom of the stream. Benthic invertebrates are strong indicators of water quality since the small organisms included in that group are highly sensitive to pollutants and other changes that impact aquatic ecosystem health.

For more information on levels of training, costs (price varies depending on level of certification), modules and other training locations visit the Canadian Rivers Institute.

Participants will be certified in the traditional CABIN protocol and learn new eDNA collection techniques.

Participants will be supported to collect bulk DNA samples in their watersheds for the STREAM project post training.

To register: email Raegan Mallinson (raegan@livinglakescanada.ca)

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