Living Lakes Canada has announced its four-part webinar series that introduces participants to STREAM, or Sequencing The Rivers for Environmental Assessment and Monitoring. The STREAM project is open to any participants interested in community-based water monitoring.

Guest presenters include representatives from the University of Guelph, WWF-Canada, Environment and Climate Change Canada, and participating water monitoring groups and First Nations.

Click on any of the webinar titles to register and find out more:

March 25: Introduction to STREAM

  • The goal of this first webinar is to provide participants with information about the STREAM (Sequencing The Rivers for Environmental Assessment and Monitoring) project including how community-based water monitoring (CBWM) is supporting the validation of cutting-edge genomics technology, an intro to DNA metabarcoding 101, and the University of Guelph’s role in the project (Chloe Robinson, University of Guelph).
  • The webinar will explain how the established Canadian Aquatic Biomonitoring Network (CABIN) has provided the foundation for the STREAM project and Environment and Climate Change Canada’s role in the project (Adam Martens, Environment and Climate Change Canada).
  • The webinar will also explore how data deficiencies across Canada are being filled by STREAM, WWF-Canada’s role and the Watershed Reports (Catherine Paquette, WWF-Canada).
  • Finally, an overview of engagement that has occurred in the first two years of the project will be provided, what the future plans are, and LLC’s role and how the project is working towards the efforts of the Community-based Water Monitoring National Roundtable goals to elevate CBWM at the national level (Raegan Mallinson, Living Lakes Canada).

April 8: Introduction to CABIN (Canadian Aquatic Biomonitoring Network)

  • The goal of this webinar is to contextualize the CABIN (Canadian Aquatic Biomonitoring Network) methods and network developed by Environment and Climate Change Canada (ECCC) as the foundation for STREAM. THIS WEBINAR WILL NOT BE A REPLACEMENT FOR TRAINING but will provide participants with a general overview of biomonitoring, the Reference Condition Approach and the CABIN online tools (Emily McIvor).
  • This webinar will feature how CABIN is being related to sites in B.C., RCA models and how traditional CABIN analysis is used in B.C. (Jolene Raggett).

April 29: STREAM Users – Featured Case Studies

  • This webinar will provide case study examples of participants in the STREAM project that are utilizing the CABIN methods in a local context on the west and east slopes of the Rocky Mountains.
  • The Elk River Alliance has been using CABIN since 2012 to inform restoration efforts and identify Elk River tributaries impacted by land-use activities, including mining, logging and residential development. In 2020 ERA trialled STREAM protocols to better understand habitat health. ERA is working to collaborate with industry groups to develop data-sharing agreements and centralize monitoring efforts to better understand and sustainably manage the Elk River watershed (Kaileigh McCallum).
  • The Oldman Watershed Council has been a STREAM participant since Year 1 of the project and will share their restoration monitoring efforts in their headwaters on the Eastern slopes of the Canadian Rockies, where they have been restoring stream banks together with partners and volunteers (Sofie Forsstrom).
  • The Ghost Watershed Alliance Society (GWAS) will share about how they’re using the STREAM project to fulfill the Ghost Watershed State of the Watershed Report recommendations while addressing concerns due to increased land use practices, specifically sedimentation and how the project is assisting GWAS with identifying priority sites for future restoration efforts (Cal Hill).
  • This webinar will also feature how the STREAM project is being applied in a wetland context (Darcie Quamme).

May 27: Indigenous-led STREAM projects

  • This webinar will feature Indigenous-led, community-based water monitoring programs.
  • The Dane nan y? d?h (Kaska Land Guardian) program participated in the STREAM pilot project in 2018 and now work in collaboration with the Province to monitor CABIN sites. The project builds upon the existing Dene Nan Yedah environmental monitoring program to include water quality and benthic invertebrate monitoring, ensuring that there is sufficient baseline data to inform future development decisions. At the same time, this collaboration will further the efforts to create a network of Guardians programs (Tanya Ball).
  • The Blueberry River First Nations took CABIN/STREAM training in 2019 and are continuing to build out their monitoring programs to achieve their goal of reciprocal restoration, to rehabilitate degraded ecosystems while promoting cultural revitalization (Mae Whyte).
  • The Environmental Stewardship Initiative (ESI) is a collaboration between the Province and First Nations in northern BC. The goals of ESI are to develop a new collaborative approach to generating high quality, accessible and trusted environmental information. The scope of ESI includes four key areas: 1) ecosystem assessment and monitoring; 2) ecosystem restoration and enhancement; 3) ecosystem research and knowledge exchange; 4) stewardship education and training. Five Nations of ESI, including Witset First Nation, Office of the Wet’suwet’en,, Gitxsan, Gitanyow and Lake Babine Nation have participated in the STREAM project to better understand trends in aquatic biodiversity related to climate change, and impacts of land and water use on aquatic ecosystems over time. This is especially important to these First Nations given their reliance on salmon as a key food source (Dallas Nikal).