Building Climate Resiliency into your Aquatic Restoration Project

February 16, 2022 - 10:00am(PDT/PST)
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The Kootenay Conservation Program offers a webinar series each year to facilitate the sharing of technical resources among partners and others so that local conservation activities consider the best available information and practices. The webinar series this year is hosted by the Kootenay Conservation Program and Columbia Basin Trust with support from the Fish & Wildlife Compensation Program.

Webinar #3: Building Climate Resiliency into your Aquatic Restoration Project

This workshop focuses on case studies that consider climate change in implementing their aquatic restoration projects.

DATE: Wednesday, February 16
TIME: 10 am-11 am PT / 11 am-12 pm MT

PRESENTATION 1: Wetland Rehabilitation and Management at the CVWMA: Lessons from the past and present
PRESENTER: Julia Shewan, B.S., RPBio, Wildlife Biologist, Creston Valley Wildlife Management Area

DESCRIPTION: Back in the 1970s, wetlands on the Creston Valley Wildlife Management Area (CVWMA) were “created” by isolating a part of the valley bottom from the Kootenay River floodplain using dikes and natural levees to “build” the wetlands we see today. Along with installed water control and pumping infrastructure, managers can respond to many changing climate conditions to maintain the existing wetland habitats, though climate extremes pose a challenge to this unique ecosystem. Julia Shewan will discuss some recent wetland restoration activities on the CVWMA and illustrate how these activities might help alleviate potential management issues with our changing climate, based on lessons learned over time.

PRESENTATION 2: Building Climate Resiliency into Aquatic Restoration Projects using wetland and stream examples from the Columbia Valley
PRESENTER: Dr. Suzanne Bayley, President, Columbia Wetlands Stewardship Partners

DESCRIPTION: Dr. Bayley will provide examples that the Columbia Wetlands Stewardship Partners and the Shuswap Indian Band’s Columbia Headwaters Aquatic Restoration Strategy (CHARS) is using to build climate adaptation and resilience into their projects. A key to their success is to focus on the hydrologic and sedimentary processes that control the system. Dr. Bayley will show examples of the on-the-ground approaches they are using to understand the system, restore ecosystems, mitigate climate impacts and build resilience in streams and wetlands in the Columbia Valley.


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