477619516_e7d812b508 A lot of opportunities to participate in surveys and learning pass across my various “desks”, and I recently received a request from a group that I hold in high regard, led by Hans Schrier and Sandra Brown at the University of British Columbia.

The Soil Water and Communities Group from the Faculty of Land and Food Systems at the University of British Columbia is in the process of developing an online course around the issues that communities face about water.

We are developing an online course on water issues faced by communities that are “linked” to natural resources (such as forestry, mining, skiing, environment based tourism etc.). The target audience for the course is professionals, NGOs and community groups looking to upgrade their skills, and upper level university students. The concept is to get input from a range of stakeholders living in the Columbia Basin on their priority issues; so that we can develop a course which is more relevant. Participants are being asked to fill out a 3 page survey which takes about 1/2 hour to complete.

This group has a recent history of interest in the Kootenays and with the Columbia Basin Trust who they are partnering with in this enterprise. I provided input and review on a thesis for one member of the group, and have had some excellent discussions with a number of members on the areas of interest around water systems and communities.

If you have an interest in water conservation, watershed protection, water quality; live in the Kootenays or Canadian part of the Columbia River System and would be interested in participating in this survey to aid this group in developing their course, leave me a comment below or use the contact form here. The survey includes a consent form which needs to be signed by each person completing the survey. I’ll be filling it out, and I’d encourage anyone interested in governance, administration and policy of water systems and stream health to help this initiative out – let me know if you are interested and I’ll send you the forms.

Published by Mike Thomas

Mike Thomas P.Eng. ENV SP, is the author of UrbanWorkbench.com and Director of Engineering at the City of Revelstoke in the Interior of British Columbia, Canada.