INTERNATIONAL YEAR OF THE SALMON: Reconnect People, Fish, Land and Water – module #3 in the Watershed Moments Virtual Symposium (livestream on YouTube; December 3, 2020)

Note to Reader:

This edition brings to a close another year of weekly e-newsletters, published online by the Partnership for Water Sustainability in British Columbia on Tuesdays from January through June, and from September through November. We resume in mid-January.

For the first time in decades, the stars are in alignment. Will a new generation of researchers, managers and conservationists be inspired to take the baton and collaborate?

A ‘once in a lifetime’ moment has coincided with a ‘once in a generation’ moment. Did you know that the ‘salmon crisis’ of the 1990s galvanized federal-provincial action, cross-border collaboration, and pioneer research? Will lightning strike twice? Will the call to action to reconnect people, fish, land and water resonate and reverberate far and wide in the age of COVID?

For the first time in decades, our federal and provincial governments have committed both money and time to the International Year of the Salmon. The program has grown into an effort to ensure the resilience of both salmon and people. The program is multi-year.

To Learn More:

Visit the homepage for the 2020 Watershed Moments Virtual Symposium

On December 3, learn from a 4-person federal / provincial team that this multi-year program is not just about fish; it is about humankind creating sustainable landscapes for people and salmon

What Do You Wonder?

Who are Kim Hyatt, Peter Tschaplinski, Neil Goeller and Nick Leone? What roles do they play within senior government agencies? What is the source of passion for each? How have their life experiences shaped their thinking about restoration of altered landscapes? Why do they believe that the International Year of the Salmon is a “once in a generation” moment to inspire and mobilize communities, apply science-based understanding, and reconnect hydrology and ecology?

So, what is this federal-provincial team’s key message? “We have the thinking figured out. We can take lessons learned and bring them back to our regional and local context, and inspire people to do better.”