Day One – Afternoon Session

Parksville 2019 on YouTube > Understand How Rain Reaches a Stream – “Prominent scientists say 2018 marks a turning point in human history. We may have crossed an invisible threshold into a new climate regime,” stated Kim Stephens, Partnership for Water Sustainability in BC, when he provided a whole-system context for the mini-workshop on surface and groundwater interaction (April 2019)

“The new normal in BC is floods and droughts – along with longer, drier summers and warmer, wetter winters. What happens on the land matters to streams. To make better decisions, we must first understand how rainwater reaches a stream. Not many people have that understanding. And that includes engineers,” stated Kim Stephens. “Only when everyone involved has that basic understanding of what happens when that rain drop reaches the ground, will we be able to do the things that we need to do to reconnect hydrology and ecology, and in so doing, go ‘back to the future’!”

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Parksville 2019 on YouTube > Understand How Rain Reaches a Stream – “Stewardship groups have local knowledge about local water resources; and are the most invested and most connected to the land base,” stated Neil Goeller, when he and Sylvia Barroso conducted a mini-workshop on surface and groundwater interaction (April 2019)

“Participation in streamflow data collection is a way to educate streamkeepers about creekshed hydrology, in particular correct data collection techniques and their importance for refining the water balance and understanding what the numbers mean. This would create understanding that would enhance their effectiveness as champions for reconnecting hydrology and ecology,” stated Neil Goeller. “My vision is to develop relationships and partnerships with stewardship groups, local governments, federal government and First Nations to expand our collection and understanding of data.”

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Parksville 2019 on YouTube > Back to the Future – “Decades of in-stream restoration work have not been sustainable because communities have not addressed the root causes of ‘changes of hydrology’. Going forward we will need to think and act more strategically,” observed Nick Leone, Fisheries and Oceans Canada, in the concluding module on Symposium Day One

“Look for synergies between programs, systems, policies, disciplines and management objectives. Account for uncertainty through acknowledging what we don’t know, and variability in what we do know. Develop effective partnerships that get the vision right and produce sound strategies,” stated Nick Leone. “The issues around effective water management, and certainly as it pertains watershed planning and restoration efforts, aligns well with fisheries conservation and management considerations.”

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