Watersheds and Invasive Species Workshop
In partnership with the RBC Blue Water Project, the Invasive Species Council of British Columbia (ISCBC) has launched an Adopt-A-Watershed program, to support local governments, stewardship groups, First Nations and volunteers in keeping their watersheds diverse and free from invasive species. The program goals are to foster urban leadership, provide opportunities to learn about aquatic invasive species (AIS) issues, share current work, access resources, and identify priorities, challenges, and gaps. The program includes a suite of resources including education and outreach materials, webinars and online resources designed to support action in BC’s waterways. If you are involved with watershed management at the local or regional government level, through stewardship groups, public education, and outreach, or volunteer work, we invite you to participate.
Aquatic invasive species (AIS) have devastating impacts on freshwater environments: often changing species distribution, decreasing oxygen content, lowering water quality and damaging urban water infrastructure. Parrotfeather, Eurasian milfoil, Elodea as well as zebra and quagga mussels are just some of the top AIS that have been seen to substantially impact watersheds.
The Watersheds and Invasives Species workshop was held in Williams Lake, Prince George and Chilliwack in November 2017 and featured expert guest speakers on aquatic invasive species and watershed management and extensive working group sessions. Community partners shared information and projects and developed targeted action plans to identify specific AIS of concern in the region, and provide suggested outreach, restoration and prevention projects.
For RBC Blue Water Project inquiries, please contact Sue Staniforth, Education Manager, ISCBC at firstname.lastname@example.org or call (250) 655-6300.