Water is Life summary:
We had a very successful event on May 19th, 2012 at the Roundhouse Community Centre. We discussed what "healthy waters mean for us all".
The speakers brought up some very important and fascinating discussions. There were many environmental group table and a very engaged audience.
Here are the list of speakers and the Powerpoints that some shared.
Celia Brauer- False Creek Watershed - sewers, runoff, beach health, special events, engaging the public Download PDF
Bryn Davidson - St. George's Creek Blueway - daylighting a city street Download PDF
Dr. Jonn Madsen - Squamish Streamkeepers - herring in Howe Sound Download PDF
Christianne Wilhelmson Christianne Wilhelmson- Georgia Strait Alliance - sewage treatment in Vancouver Download PDF
Dr. John Richardson - Professor Forest Science UBC - The Fraser River - North Arm and Estuary health Download PDF
Ben West - Wilderness Committee - tankers in Burrard inlet Download PDF
Andrea Reimer - City of Vancouver Councillor - Greenest City Initiative - Water Advisory Board and Blueways Program discussion
Blog Posting on the event by Eryne Donahue (with photos):
Film: "Rise of the Salmon People" by Jeremy Williams
(Movie starts at 1 minute 10 seconds)
Environmental Group Tables and Partners:
BC Water and Waste Association - http://www.bcwwa.org
BC Wildlife Federation - http://www.bcwf.net
Camosun Bog - http://www.camosunbog.org
City Studio - http://www.citystudiovancouver.blogspot.com
False Creek Watershed Society - http://www.falsecreekwatershed.org
Gibby's Field - http://www.vcn.bc.ca/gibbys
Georgia Strait Alliance - http://www.georgiastrait.org
Hastings Park Conservancy - http://www.hastingspark.ca
North Shore Wetland Partners - http://www.nswetlandpartners.com
Renfrew Ravine - http://www.stillmoon.org
Roundhouse Community Centre - http://www.roundhouse.ca
Salmon are Sacred - http://www.salmonaresacred.org
Squamish Streamkeepeers - http://web.me.com/jackcooley2/streamkeepers/Welcome.html
St. George's Blueway - http:// mtpleasantwatershed.wordpress.com/
Stop the Pave/ Burns Bog - http://www.stopthepave.org
Vancouver City Sewers and Water - http://www.vancouver.ca/engsvcs/watersewers/sewers/index.htm
Vancouver Greenest City Action - http://www.greenestcity.ca
Village Vancouver - http://www.villagevancouver.ca
White Water / Black Gold - http://www.whitewaterblackgold.com
Wilderness Commitee/ No Tankers - http://www.wildernesscommittee.org
Wreck Beach Conservation - http://www.wreckbeach.org
Partners: (see links above) City of Vancouver Greenest City, City of Vancouver - Sewers and Water, St. George's Blueway, Wilderness Committee, Georgia Strait Alliance, Roundhouse Community Centre, Village Vancouver, North Shore Wetland Partners, City Studio, Gibby's Field.
Many thanks to our generous donors:
Famous Foods (Kingsway near King Edward) for food donation
Canada Safeway (King Edward and Oak) for food donation
Terra Breads (SE False Creek) for food donation
Starbucks (Mainland and Davie) for food donation
The Long Table from City Studio for bringing "The Long Table"!
Staff and Board of the False Creek Watershed Society
All the speakers, Eryne Donahue and Jill Weiss for help with conception and publicity
OTHER PROJECTS BY THE FCWS:
Mapping the Spirit of the False Creek Watershed:
From March 2010 - March 2011 we brought together a Community Mapping Project in the False Creek Watershed. http://www.mappingfalsecreek.com
Lost Streams Walks:
From 2009 - 2011 we offered Lost Sreams walks every September to celebrate Wild Salmon Month in Vancouver.
"The Salmon Celebration -Remembering Our History, Celebrating the Living" was a BC Rivers Day event that we created and produced from 2004 - 2009. It grew from a startout audience of 400 to well over a thousand participants annually and it also supported other events such as craft workshops, community tables and Lost Streams walks. The event showcased local artists and performers, featured First Nations groups and individuals and provided a venue for Environmental groups who were working on salmon issues to discuss their work with the public. All-in-all, it was a fun and informative event in the context of BC Rivers Day and over the years thousands of people locally were exposed to the very important discussions of Lost Streams history and the state of salmon today.
September is Salmon Month in Vancouver. Download the official Proclamation from City Hall. (pdf, 780 kb)
View Salmon Celebration photos in the "Gallery"