Practitioner Group

The members of this informal advisory group will advise the research team as the project moves forth and also serve as liaisons with key decision making organizations and stakeholders in the watershed. The practitioner group’s mandate is help the research team identify desired objectives and possible management strategies, relevant policies and management guidelines, review model outputs, and identify information or data that might assist in the modelling.

Although the time requirements will not be significant over the period of the project, there will be periodic meetings and workshops with researchers to coordinate the research. Advisory group members will be kept informed on project development via periodic e-mails.

WORKSHOP 1 – April 27-28, 2010 Williams Lake, BC

The first workshop was held on Tuesday, April 27 and Wednesday, April 28 at the Pioneer Complex in Williams Lake.

San Jose Watershed RAC Workshop
April 27, 2010                    1:00pm-3:00pm
April 28, 2010                    8:30am-4:00pm

Pioneer Complex
351 Hodgson Road, Williams Lake, BC

The session on April 27th provided a brief overview of the Regional Adaptation
Collaborative program as well as an overview of climate change in the context of British Columbia.

Wednesday’s session was a more interactive, in-depth look at the models used in the project. Participants identified values and concerns associated with the watershed and drafted a list of questions that they would like to see answered by the models.

This allowed the modellers to start defining scenarios and identify which of the questions we might be able to answer in our investigation and understand what kind of model outputs will be most useful to local practitioners.

One of the goals of the workshop was generate discussion around the issues identified to further enrich the dialogue as project got underway.

WORKSHOP 2– June 11, 2010 Williams Lake, BC

The second workshop was held on Friday, June 11 at the Pioneer Complex in Williams Lake.

San Jose Watershed RAC Workshop 2
June 11, 2010                    9:30pm-2:00pm

Pioneer Complex
351 Hodgson Road, Williams Lake, BC

The comprehensive list of values and concerns generated at the April 27-28 workshop  allowed the modellers to start defining scenarios and identify which of the questions they might be able to answer in the investigation and understand what kind of model outputs will be most useful to local practitioners. After carefully looking at each proposed question, the modeling team produced a list of revised questions that the models will be capable of answering. The revised list of questions was presented to the practitioner group at the second workshop in June and was also made available on website (see “Revised Forest Cover Questions” and “Revised Hydrological Questions”).

Using the feedback generated at the second workshop as well as the feedback generated through the website, the modeling team is currently finalizing the scenarios to be used in the model runs.

WORKSHOP 3 – May 25-26, 2011 Williams Lake, BC

The third workshop was held on Thursday, May 26 and Friday, May 27 at the Pioneer Complex in Williams Lake.

San Jose Watershed RAC Workshop 3
May 25, 2011                    9:00am-2:00pm
May 26, 2011                    9:00am-12:00pm

Pioneer Complex
351 Hodgson Road, Williams Lake, BC

The workshop kicked off with a day-long tour of the watershed, designed to encourage discussion about issues in the watershed among participants. The tour began at the headwaters of the San Jose River, in Lac la Hache, with historical accounts of water levels in lakes and streams and groundwater resources provided by long-time residents. Other stops on the tour included a local ranch, where participants discussed interactions between the agricultural sector and the San Jose River, and a forestry plot, where the conversation turned to the effects of forestry activities on hydrology and runoff from melting snow.

On the second day of the workshop, participants were asked to provide additional feedback on the proposed hydrological and forest modelling methodology, to be used by the project team.

WORKSHOP 4 – March 23, 2012 Williams Lake, BC

San Jose Watershed RAC Workshop 4
March 23, 2012                    1:00pm-4:00pm

Pioneer Complex
351 Hodgson Road, Williams Lake, BC

The fourth workshop offered participants a summary of results from the climate, forest, and hydrological modelling conducted by the research team, followed by a facilitated group discussion to determine how this information could be used for planning in the future, and what additional research is needed. Participants focused on two priority areas: watershed management and forests. (See the highlights from the facilitated discussions.)

WORKSHOP 5 – October 9, 2012 Williams Lake, BC

San Jose Watershed RAC Workshop 5
October 9, 2012                    12:00pm-4:00pm

Cariboo Regional District Office
180 3rd Avenue North, Williams Lake, BC

The fifth and final workshop brought together practitioners to discuss options to integrate climate change projections into water and watershed management. The following presenters shared their experiences in watershed planning and management from other jurisdictions in British Columbia:

Steve Litke
Author, Rethinking Our Waterways and
Senior Program Manager, Fraser Basin Council;

Stewart Cohen
Senior Researcher, Environment Canada;

Tom Anderson
Manager of Planning and Development, Cowichan Valley Regional District; and

Rob Hutchins Mayor of Ladysmith and
Co-Chair, Cowichan Basin Watershed Board

Presentations were followed by a facilitated discussion to identify key barriers and enabling factors for developing watershed planning and management and develop a list of next steps. (See the highlights from the facilitated discussions.)

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