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Coverage of watersheds since April 9, 2021.

Campbell River watershed third lowest of BC Hydro's hydroelectric watersheds in the province

"...The water supply forecast for the Campbell River watershed is the third lowest – the Puntledge River and Ash River watersheds on Vancouver Island are tied for the lowest at 82 per cent of normal – of BC Hydro’s hydroelectric watersheds across the province. A unique weather situation to the mid-Vancouver Island area..."

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COLUMN: Old growth forest, and how much we (don't) have left

"...Forests provide habitat for numerous life forms, help regulate hydrologic and climate cycles, filter water, prevent flooding, absorb climate-altering carbon and even provide hedges against pandemics. We should be doing everything possible to protect the world’s remaining healthy forests.  ..."

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Demonstrators rally outside Castlegar MLA's office in support of Fairy Creek Watershed blockaders

"...Organizers say the COVID-19-conscious, physically-distanced demonstration was held in solidarity with a growing movement of settler and Indigenous blockaders on Southern Vancouver Island who are fighting hard to save and preserve the Fairy Creek Watershed from being clear-cut..."

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Demonstrators in solidarity with Fairy Creek Blockades rally outside office of Kootenay West MLA Katrine Conroy

"...Fridays For Future West-Kootenay and Extinction Rebellion Nelson supporters rallied Saturday outside the office in Castlegar of Minister of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development Katrine Conroy. —Submitted photoSupporters trying to save the last intact old growth forested valley on Vancouver island, the Fairy Creek Watershed, rallied in front of office in Castlegar of the Minister of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development Katrine Conroy Saturday..."

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Pacheedaht Nation says activist interference not welcome at Fairy Creek

"...“Pacheedaht has always harvested and managed our forestry resources, including old-growth cedar, for cultural, ceremonial, domestic and economic purposes,” Chief Councillor Jeff Jones and one hereditary Chief Frank Queesto Jones said in the release..."

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The battle to save B.C.’s old-growth trees—before it’s too late

"...The camp on the Edinburgh Main is one of a half-dozen protest sites that have been springing up and moving around since last August on roads that the Teal-Jones logging company has been trying to punch into the Fairy Creek watershed, one of the last unprotected old-growth valleys on Vancouver Island..."

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Pacheedaht First Nation says forestry activists

"...In a statement signed by Pacheedaht Hereditary Chief Frank Queesto Jones and Chief Councillor Jeff Jones, the nation said it has always harvested and managed forestry resources, including old-growth cedar, for “cultural, ceremonial, domestic and economic purposes. ”..."

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A changing land

"...These maps tell a story of a changing world, with major events altering the landscape. The large areas around Yellowknife depict land cover transition from forest to mainly grassland and barren lands, thanks to the 2014 forest fires in the surrounding area. Unusually warm conditions and lack of rain triggered more than 130 forest fires in the Great Slave Lake region in the Northwest Territories..."

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Hudson, Que., residents protest redevelopment plan for Sandy Beach

"...“Council understands the love for the woods behind Sandy Beach,” he said. “We wish the group well in its discussions with Nicanco Holdings and remain at their disposal to hear of a detailed, feasible proposal for the future of this landscape. Council, in accord with the Eco2Urb report, are looking for ways to protect the biodiversity of the entire Viviry Valley watershed from top to bottom..."

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Monique Keiran: Learn more about our world by joining a citizen science project

"...But last year, as we reeled from public health-ordered shutdowns, many events were postponed or cancelled. The Mount Arrowsmith Biosphere Region bioblitz, the Metchosin bioblitz, the Parksville wetlands mini-bioblitz, and others, hit the brakes..."

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Where urban and natural meet

"...Schaefer is one of the leading proponents of urban ecology — the study of these ecosystems — and has written extensively on the topic..."

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Fairy Creek demonstrators blocking access wait for police, Teal-Jones ready to log

"...The company said the Fairy Creek watershed covers 1,178 hectares, but most of its 216-hectare approved cut-block is outside the watershed, and only a small amount of the watershed is available for harvesting. The rest is protected for wildlife habitat or on unstable terrain not suitable for logging, and won’t be touched, Gardner said. “It is time for that work to get peacefully underway — important work, done responsibly..."

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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.

Landscape Architect - Green Infrastructure - City of Vancouver (Vancouver, BC)

"...To be considered for this exciting and impactful career opportunity with a generous benefits package, please apply on our..."

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Watershed Protection Patroller - Metro Vancouver (Burnaby, BC)

"...Demonstrated ability to effectively communicate verbally, and in writing; ability to respond calmly, tactfully, and efficiently in an emergency, difficult, or potentially volatile situation..."

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Water Supply Technician I, II or III - District of Summerland (Summerland, BC)

"...Our beautiful beaches, mountains and vineyards and our warm community spirit, help make Summerland a very desirable place to live and work..."

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Planner I - Green Infrastructure Design and Delivery - City of Vancouver (Vancouver, BC)

"...Excellent Auto CAD skills to independently assemble construction documentation packages, including material plans, grading plans, planting plans, construction details, specifications and cost estimating with various level of details within a multi-disciplinary environment;..."

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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.

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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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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CANN Forecast – Founder Series

"...The competition aimed to develop solutions for sustainable water management..."

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How Does Permeable Pavement Work?

"...One of the most significant changes to the landscape that comes with urbanization is impervious cover..."

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Academic Research

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

Landscape scaling of different land-use types, geomorphological styles, vegetation regionalizations, and geographical zonings d

"...Water erosion is one of the main types of soil degradation, but few quantitative estimates have been done in the soil erosion intensity grades of different landscape scaling characteristics in a large-scale ecological restoration watershed..."

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Urban land cover and morphometric analysis for flash flood vulnerability mapping and riparian landscape conservation in Kebena

"...It is concluded that Kebena watershed is vulnerable to flash floods as the riparian landscape is dominated by impervious and depleted vegetation cover..."

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Impact of land-use change on soil erosion in the Coonoor Watershed, Nilgiris Mountain Range, Tamil Nadu, India

"...The current study investigates the severity of land cover changes including deforestation activities in the Coonoor watershed region as a result of urbanization, along with the establishment of recreational parks, resorts and tea plantations..."

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Geospatial technology for prioritization of Koyna River basin of India based on soil erosion rates using different approaches

"...This study aimed to investigate morphometric characteristics, to assess the soil erosion risk, and to prioritize different sub-watersheds of the Koyna River basin, India, with two different approaches using geospatial technology..."

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Constructed wetland management in urban catchments for mitigating floods

"...The outcomes of this study will assist the hydrologists and administrators in urban stormwater management and planning to mitigate the impact of floods in urban watersheds..."

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The impact of land use and socio-economic factors on ammonia nitrogen pollution in Weihe River watershed, China

"...The soil and water assessment tool (SWAT) and statistical regression method were used to model the ammonia nitrogen (NH4+-N) pollution and explore the impacts of land use and socio-economic factors on NH4+-N pollution within the Weihe River watershed in China from 2015 to 2018..."

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Recent advances in assessment of soil erosion vulnerability in a watershed

"...Considering availability of accurate input, researchers need to attempt more methods and perform comparative studies to attain accurate results for assessing soil erosion vulnerability leading to strategizing soil conservation in fragile regions..."

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Watershed-scale landuse is associated with temporal and spatial compositional variation in Lake Michigan tributary bacterial com

"...River water was filtered, and genomic DNA was extracted from filtrate using antiseptic techniques..."

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GIS-based landslide susceptibility mapping using hybrid MCDM models

"...Landslide susceptibility mapping plays an important role in integrated watershed management planning, especially in the field of land-use planning in landslide-prone areas..."

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Urbanization impacts on flood risks based on urban growth data and coupled flood models

"...In order to investigate the effects of urbanization on changes in urban flood risk, land use maps from six different years (1966, 1971, 1976, 1981, 1986, and 2000) and of six simulated land use scenarios (0%, 20%, 40%, 60, 80%, and 100% impervious surface area percentages) were input into coupled hydrologic and hydraulic models..."

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Evaluation of spatial and temporal water and soil quality in the Buffalo and Brays Bayou watersheds of Houston, Texas

"...The specific objectives of the study are 1) to monitor and assess the nutrient and metal concentrations in the water and soil samples along the Buffalo and Brays Bayou, 2) to map the long-term land cover changes within these urban watersheds, and 3) to assess the effect of land cover changes on the bayou discharge, water and soil quality of the watersheds..."

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