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Coverage of watersheds since January 9, 2022.

Residents invited to give input on Regional District of Nanaimo's rainwater management plan

"...The collaborative effort to develop the strategy is focused on the management of rain to protect the health of watersheds in the region and to maintain a natural water balance. Strategies to achieve this include rainwater harvesting, minimizing paved or impermeable surfaces, protecting water quality, mitigating flooding and enhancing climate resilience..."

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Investigation finds Tolko followed forest rules

"...Silver Hills Watershed Watch complained that Tolko’s forest harvesting over the past few years between Lumby and Cherryville increased water flows, contributed to four landslides and introduced sediment into streams that supply drinking water..."

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New study suggests Alaskan commercial fishery threatening BC salmon

"...B. C. fishers, residents, and First Nations are making big sacrifices to rebuild salmon stocks without seeing a corresponding response north of the border, said Aaron Hill, executive director of Watershed Watch Salmon Society in a statement..."

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Targeted dredging in Hamilton's Chedoke Creek to begin mid-summer

"...The plan, presented to city councillors on Wednesday, calls for a machine to suck up to 10,000 cubic metres of polluted sediment from the waterway by the end of 2022. The targeted dredging follows the spill of 24 billion litres of sewage and untreated wastewater into Chedoke Creek from a combined sewage overflow tank between 2014 and 2018..."

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Burns Lake water conservation plan

"...It’s stated in the plan that a reduction in water consumption will reduce environmental impacts related to water withdrawal from the watershed, reduce costs of operation and maintenance for the water system infrastructure, as well as reduce chemical volumes [for chlorination] needed to treat water..."

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Trustee Laura Patrick Reports To Community As 2022 Kicks Off

"...The Protection of the Coastal Douglas Fir and Associated Ecosystem Project, through the contributions of a science working group, has developed a powerful mapping tool that brings together several layers of information about contiguous forests, sensitive ecosystems, protected areas and groundwater recharge potential. There are opportunities to use this tool to explore different management scenarios that can help us make informed choices when it comes to prioritizing areas for protection. The LTC is working with Salt Spring Fire Rescue to see if the use of development permit area tools is an effective approach to help mitigate wildfire risk..."

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LETTER: Walnut Grove woman puts out plea for evironmentally conscious volunteers

"...Yorkson Watershed Enhancement Society is seeking new volunteers to help with a variety of projects aimed at protecting nature and water quality in Yorkson Watershed, which flows from Willoughby, through Walnut Grove, to the Fraser River..."

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Atmospheric river expected to hit parts of B.C. this week: Environment Canada Globalnews.ca

"...The organization has issued a High Streamflow Advisory for all of Vancouver Island. “The combination of low elevation snowpack, warming temperatures and heavy rainfall will result in rapid rises for creeks and rivers, especially at low and mid‐elevation watersheds on the island,” its statement reads. “It could result in minor to significant flooding..."

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Flooding possible in B.C.'s Lower Mainland, Vancouver Island due to heavy rain and high temperatures

"...It says areas that experienced flooding last year may be more vulnerable, due to erosion and other conditions..."

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Partnering with Producers for Land Improvements

"...The organization provides technical and financial assistance to local landowners participating in soil and water conservation programming such as water retention and small dams, grassed waterways, abandoned well sealing, water testing, forage and salinity seed, gully and streambank stabilization, tree planting, public education and wildlife habitat preservation..."

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Heavy rain, rising temperatures could mean floods on Lower Mainland, Vancouver Island

"...VICTORIA — The agency that monitors British Columbia’s waterways is warning of “minor to significant flooding” on B. C. ’s Lower Mainland and Vancouver Island as warming temperatures and persistent rain melt heavy snow..."

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New B.C. flood concerns amid inbound rainstorms and low-elevation snowpack Globalnews.ca

"...Because of that, the precipitation is expected to fall as snow at higher elevations, meaning only lower-elevation snow is expected to melt. Boyd said the primary concern remains the potential rapid rise of creeks and rivers in low- to mid-elevation watersheds, though he noted areas that were affected by November's floods could see problems as well. “Just the base flow could still be fairly high, and of course the erosion that did occur at that period of time may lead those systems to be a bit more vulnerable to high flows again,” he said..."

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Urban Salmon

A Photographic Journey into the Metro Vancouver Watershed.

"...Underwater Photography book featuring Salmon in the Urban Environment in Vancouver, British Columbia Canada..."

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Jobs in watersheds

Recent employment opportunities from across Canada.

Facilities Maintenance Technician

"...It features a collection of 58 small lakes and their watersheds in northwestern Ontario, Canada..."

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Senior Water Resource Engineer - Park Board, Green Infrastructure - City of Vancouver (Vancouver, BC)

"...Develop guidance materials and processes related to capital design, construction, establishment, operations and maintenance, monitoring and performance evaluation plans for green infrastructure in parks;..."

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Hydrology Analyst (Co-op)

"...The incumbent will provide the primary support to quality check, analyse, archive and document water temperature data for select watersheds in British Columbia..."

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Regional Planning Biologist (2)

"...forest, wildlife, wetlands, water and watersheds across the region • provide insight and advice to management on the development and management of review and planning processes • support public..."

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Podcasts

Recent episodes that mention watersheds.

Remembering “Watershed” Filmmaker James Redford

Duration: 29:00

"...Source: Sea Change Radio..."

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Remembering ?Watershed? Filmmaker James Redford

Duration: 29:00

"...Source: Sea Change Radio..."

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6/26/20 - Tick App; Saginaw River Water Quality; Spotted Lanternfly

Duration: 03:00

"...The Tick App gives users tips on avoiding ticks and lets them share their tick exposure..."

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Episode 42: Greta Anderson Western Watersheds Project

Duration: 39:35

"...About Greta..."

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Informative Video

Discussions, Documentaries, and Investigative Reports about watersheds.

What Salt Concentrations in Surface Water Suggest about Fracking’s Environmental Impact

"...The discovery of hydraulic fracturing, better known as fracking, is considered by many to be the most important change in the energy sector since the introduction of nuclear-generated electricity more than 50 years ago..."

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Partner Perspective: Goldfish in Alberta

"...Alberta Environment and Parks staff are joined by the City of Lethbridge, Oldman Watershed Council and Alberta Invasive Species Council to discuss the impacts from goldfish on storm water management ponds and the environment..."

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2020 Adult Nature Inspiration Award

"...He is one of one of the province's most respected and committed environmentalists, advocating for trees, wildlife habitat and watersheds..."

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Vital Sites – Fred M. Packard Award 2021 - Online Ceremony

"...RAMBALDI (Brazil), for her work to establish the São João River Watershed Environmental Protection Area in Rio de Janeiro State, now designated as a federal protected area of 150,000 hectares, among a rich list of other achievements..."

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Academic Research

Recent peer-reviewed papers about watersheds relevant to the latest news.

Impact Assessment of Check Dam in the Pappiredipatti Watershed (South India) Using LULC and NDVI Signatures

"...The scarcity of rainfall causes physiognomic changes that can be identified by satellite images with reference to vegetation signature and land use and land cover changes..."

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Resilience of wetland vegetation to recurrent drought in the Inland Niger Delta of Mali from 1982 to 2014

"...These findings point to remarkable resiliency of IND vegetation to widely fluctuating levels of flooding that are driven not only by rainfall and run-off across the watershed but also by land use, water withdrawals and damming upstream..."

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Critical source areas? identification for non-point source pollution related to nitrogen and phosphorus in an agricultural wate

"...Regarding the CSAs identified only by nutrient load, agronomic measures such as reducing fertilizer amount, biochar application, straw incorporation, and plastic mulch coverage can be employed to improve soil water retention and curb soil erosion..."

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Vegetation restoration and agricultural management to mitigate nitrogen pollution in the surface waters of the Dan River, China

"...Thus, reasonable land planning and agricultural management measures can effectively reduce nitrogen loss, which is an effective way to control non-point source pollution in watersheds and ensure river water quality..."

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Multi-scale analysis of ecosystem services trade-offs in an ecotone in the Eastern Margin of the Qinghai-Tibetan Plateau

"...Four key ESs including food supply (FS), soil conservation (SC), water conservation (WC), and habitat quality (HQ) in BLJW in 1990, 2002, and 2016 were mapped to analyze the scale effects at the watershed, county, and township scales..."

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A Tale of Three Himalayan Towns: Would Payment for Ecosystem Services Make Drinking Water Supply Sustainable?

"...Rapid urbanization coupled with climate change is causing the rapid disappearance of natural springs resulting in water shortage in the urban areas..."

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Groundwater Quality Indexing Using Weight Overlay Analysis and GIS?A Case of Rel River Catchment

"...Ground water quality assessment is an important parameter for identification of water quality in watershed..."

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A modified approach to quantify aquifer vulnerability to pollution towards sustainable groundwater management in Irrigated Indu

"...The quality of groundwater in the study watershed has worsened because of industrial effluents and residential wastes from the urbanized cities; therefore, there is an important need to explore the aquifer vulnerability to pollution for sustainable groundwater management in the Irrigated Indus Basin (IIB)..."

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Do Forest Landscape Pattern Planning and Optimization Play a Role in Enhancing Soil Conservation Services in Mountain Areas of

"...The relationship between landscape patterns and soil conservation, as well as the need for nature-based soil erosion control and landscape pattern optimization, have increasingly gained attention in the scientific and political community in the past decade..."

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Profiling of Microbial Communities in the Sediments of Jinsha River Watershed Exposed to Different Levels of Impacts by the Van

"...Although the microbial ecology in V-contaminated soils has been intensively studied, the impacted watershed ecosystems have not been systematically investigated..."

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Understanding morphometric response to erosion and flash floods in Jhelum River Basin: index-based geospatial management approa

"...Understanding drainage characteristics of watersheds for stability and gradual release of waters downstream is imperative to recognize their linkage to erosion and flash flood processes..."

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