On November 29 and 30, 2017, come to Invermere to join the dialogue that will envision creating a water monitoring framework and a shared, open-source water data hub in the Basin. The event is hosted by Living Lakes Canada, the Columbia Basin Watershed Network, Selkirk College and the Trust.
The goal of the dialogue is to develop a collective understanding for modernizing water knowledge with useful, reliable, open-source data that is freely accessed, evaluated and applied by users. The time for a coordinated, collaborative, innovative, user-friendly, cost-effective and open water data platform has arrived.
We will learn about best practices examples from regions in Canada and the U.S. We will have a shared understanding regarding water monitoring and water data storage needs from the perspectives of government (all levels), indigenous and non-indigenous water stewardship groups, industry sectors and academia.
In February 2017, the Trust released a report that outlines the current status of water quality and quantity knowledge in the Columbia Basin. Filling important water data gaps can help support informed decision making for communities, government agencies and water managers. Decisions regarding water allocation, watershed governance, ecosystem health, source water and aquifer protection will become increasingly complex in this era of climate change.
Responding to demand for current information about water resources in the Basin, in early 2017 the Trust released a report about water quality and quantity in the region. Called “Water Monitoring and Climate Change in the Upper Columbia Basin,” the report outlines ways to increase our understanding of Basin water resources in a changing climate. To learn more about the findings, and for links to the highlights report and complete report, click here.