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Floodplain Restoration -A Case Study - Wetlands Institute Speaker Series

2020 Wetlands Institute Speaker Series: 

Floodplain Restoration- A Case Study of the Hunting Grounds site on Yaqan Nukiy Territory.

: October 1st, 2020,  10:00 am PST
Where:  Hosted virtually over Zoom. 
Cost NO CHARGE (valued at $100) 

Due to COVID-19, The BC Wildlife Federation's Wetlands Insitute has been formatted into a virtual Speaker Series- a series of stand-alone webinars and workshops hosted throughout the Fall, covering topics that are of interest to those working in the environmental sector with wetlands (including environmental education).

Please join us to learn more about the techniques used to restore constructed impoundments. These impoundments present excellent opportunities for wetland and stream restoration. Thousands of large impoundments have been built across North America since the 1930s by constructing high and long dams, moving streams, and by draining natural wetlands. The majority of these impoundments failed because the dams did not hold water, water control structures leaked, and pumps failed. Dams associated with each impoundment cutoff riparian areas from their natural floodplain.

This presentation will cover how the  restoration was completed at the Hunting Grounds site in partnership with the Lower Kootenay Band.  This landscape-scale project is a first of its kind in British Columbia involving the restoration of floodplains, wetlands, streams, and rivers damaged by the construction of impoundments, dams, ditches, and the installation of pipes and pumps. The project was designed to increase wildlife and fish populations on the traditional Yaqan Nukiy Hunting Grounds, including the following at-risk species: Northern leopard frog, Western painted turtle, white sturgeon, and burbot. 

Guest Speakers:  

  • Tom  Biebighauser  is a Wildlife Biologist and Wetland Ecologist. Since 1979, he has restored over 2,250 wetlands and streams across Canada, The United States, New Zealand, Puerto Rico, and Taiwan.


  • Norman Allard Jr. is the Community Planner for Lower Kootenay Band (LKB). He is the manager for the Yaqan Nukiy Wetlands Restoration Project and the Yaqan Nukiy Hunting Grounds Ecosystem Restoration Projects.



This workshop is suitable for consultants, planners, environmental/conservation groups, government representatives, First Nations, environmental educators, and engaged community members. Participants are invited to join the workshop with a wetland project or program that they wish to implement in their community and/or have a high propensity to initiate a project/program in the future.  

This experience will also provide you access to a network of individuals who will help you successfully complete your local conservation project(s). You will leave with the skills, support, and confidence you need to make a difference in the world of wetland conservation. The BC Wildlife Federation offers follow-up support and resources to participants who complete the workshop, for up to 3 years post-workshop. Full-time participants are eligible to receive a certificate after successfully completing the workshop. 

It is with great pleasure and excitement that we bring these valuable knowledge transfer events free of charge to wetland practitioners all over BC (and into other provinces!). This special offer is available thanks to the generous contributions of our funders.

Registration is limited and set on a first-come, first-serve basis. Registration is separate for each individual event so please make sure to sign up for each event of interest. 

 This workshop is best experienced on a desktop or laptop computer, and a strong, stable internet connection is highly recommended.

For more information, you may contact:
Alyssa Purse, Wetlands Education Program Coordinator
604-882-9988 ext 239


Neil Fletcher, Manager of Conservation Stewardship
604-882-9988 ext 232


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Date & Time: Oct 01, 2020 10:00 AM to
Oct 01, 2020 11:30 AM
[America/Vancouver UTC -8]


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