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British Columbia Conference & Workshop Proceedings

Conference Proceedings from the Branch annual conferences and workshops are provided below.


Workshop: The Columbia River Treaty Past Present and Future

October 07, 2015 Sonora Centre, Osoyoos, British Columbia

Workshop Agenda

This ambitious one-day workshop reviewed the history, purpose and scope of the 51-year old Columbia River Treaty (CRT). It evaluated where the Treaty stands today in the context of hydro-electric power generation and downstream flood control, and where it may go in the future, given the unanticipated impacts and changes in values that have occurred over the past 51 years and the many new realities and uncertainties such as climate change, public involvement expectations, and First Nations rights and expectations on both sides of the U.S./Canada boundary.

Set in the south Okanagan valley community of Osoyoos, British Columbia, the presentations and discussions addressed the unique socio-economic situation of the Okanagan Valley as a sub-basin of the Columbia, as well as the social, economic, legal and environmental concerns, anomalies and impacts of this aging international treaty on the wider Columbia River Basin. Although the presentations illustrated the many scientific, legal and political complexities surrounding the Treaty, every effort was made during the discussion periods to ground these issues in everyday language, and in the Okanagan context.

The workshop was organized and hosted by the B.C. Branch of the Canadian Water Resources Association (CWRA) and the Adaptation to Climate Change Team (ACT) at Simon Fraser University. Other key supporters and sponsors included the Okanagan Basin Water Board (OBWB), the Real Estate Foundation of BC, the University of British Columbia (UBC), the Town of Osoyoos, Associated Engineering B.C. Ltd., and Summit Environmental Consultants Inc.


2011 British Columbia Branch Workshop: Fascinating Flood Management Initiatives You Might Not Know About!

Tuesday May 3rd, 2011, Holiday Inn, Burnaby

CWRA BC Branch is pleased to provide presentations from the recent flood management seminar that highlighted new flood initiatives in the province. The afternoon seminar featured three speakers, one from each level of government, as well as a round-table forum.

  • Introductions - Tamsin Lyle, Northwest Hydraulic Consultants
  • New Flood Initiatives in Canada: A Framework for Integrated Risk Assessment - Nicky Hastings, Natural Resources Canada
  • The Future Isn’t What it Used to Be: Assessing Climate Change Impacts on Flood Risk in British Columbia - Tina Neale, Climate Action Secretariat, BC Ministry of Environment
  • Debris Flow Risk Management in the District of North Vancouver - Fiona Dercole, District of North Vancouver

2013 British Columbia Branch Conference: Watershed Divides and Political Boundaries: Working Together or Flowing Apart?

March 5-7, 2013 Vancouver, BC, Canada

British Columbia is a mountainous province with abundant water resources that sustain a diverse range of economic, environmental, and social values.  British Columbia is the headwaters of major river systems that flow across regional, provincial and/or international boundaries, creating opportunities and challenges for working with neighbouring jurisdictions on water management issues.  Multiple jurisdictions, First Nations, and stakeholders often overlap on water-related issues even in watersheds wholly contained within the province’s boundaries – particularly in the largest of these, the Fraser River watershed.

The theme of “Watershed Divides and Political Boundaries: Working Together or Flowing Apart?” was chosen for the 2013 BC Branch Conference. The conference provided a forum for the discussion of technical and policy issues related to water management within British Columbia and in neighbouring jurisdictions. The following sessions examined the progress and innovation being made towards these objectives:

Water Management in Major Basins:

  • Fraser Basin
  • Columbia Basin
  • Okanagan Basin
  • Mackenzie Basin (Peace and Athabasca Sub-basins)
  • Canada / USA International Basins  

Hydrotechnical Topics:

  • Hydrometric Data Collection
  • IClimatic and Hydrologic Analysis and Modelling
  • Flood Management and Hydrodynamic Modelling
  • Urban Water Supply and Environmental Management  
 Workshops and Panel Sessions:
  • Public Engagement Workshop
  • Drought Tournament
  • Floodplain Mapping Panel Session
  • Canada / USA Water Without Borders Panel Session
  • Dilution Gauging Field Workshop
  • CWRA BC Branch Committee Meetings
 

 

 

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