Since 2005, the SGRC has been working closely with the Columbia Basin Trust's Water Initiatives Program
to develop a number of geospatial applications, cartographic products and training opportunities for local watershed groups and Columbia Basin citizens.
SGRC Lead Researcher: Ian Parfitt
SGRC Researchers: Ian Parfitt, Chris Gray, Paulo Travassos, Tracey Harvey, Justin Robinson
SGRC Interns: Owen Fritch, Cris Gray, Melissa Macleod, Jared Ozuk. Kylie Morin
Collaborating Agency: Columbia Basin Trust Water Initiatives Program
Columbia Basin Watershed Network Web Mapping Service
The first phase of this long-standing partnership was to build a web-based interactive mapping system for community-based to watershed management within the Columbia Basin. This watershed information system was designed to benefit watershed networks, community groups, and citizens of the Columbia Basin, who can view, query, overlay relevant spatial layers and print maps at any scale all through a web browser and an Internet connection. Today, this application
has over 50 provincial and regional data layers complete with metadata, options to view the layers in Google Earth, importing GPS data and also includes thematic layer links for further information. It has been used extensively in watershed management operations and planning as well as education and field navigation throughout the Canadian Columbia Basin. Access the Columbia Basin Watershed Network web mapping service
Watershed Management Mapping and Analysis
Over the past three years, the SGRC has been working directly with a number of watershed groups associated with the Columbia Basin Watershed Network
to produce GIS maps and analysis. This work has allowed smaller conservation and community outreach groups with limited resources to gain geographic knowledge and understand the context of the watersheds they are working to sustain and enhance. This work has empowered these groups to make effective management decisions, raise public awareness and aid in participatory processes involving water resources. Some of the many cartographic productions
for various watershed groups are downloadable via PDF files.
Know Your Watershed - Geospatial Applications for Grade 8 Curriculum
Beginning In the summer of 2010, the SGRC has created a number of geospatial applications for the Know Your Watershed grade 8 curriculum program developed and delivered in cooperation with the Wildsight
education team and funded solely by the Columbia Basin Trust
. KYW is a regionally-based water stewardship education initiative designed to teach participating students where their water comes from, how it is used in their community and where it goes after it is used. The products created included:
The ability to provide rich geospatial tools in an interactive, technical delivery format along with traditional maps was very well received by both educators and the students and aided in an overwhelmingly successful delivery of the Know Your Watershed curriculum program in the fall of 2010. There are plans to expand this to several more communities in the future and possibly expand the geospatial tools and capabilities to enhance the interaction and learning even further.
3D Visualizations of Dam Impacts
The SGRC is developing 3D visualizations for a number of areas impacted by the construction of dams and reservoirs resulting from the Columbia River Treaty
. This project has involved georectifying historical orthophotos, creating digital elevation models of pre-dam landscapes and developing 3D visualizations illustrating the rising water levels in the reservoirs at the landscape level. The final products will include narrative videos which will be used for educating the public about the historic changes and engage basin citizens in the dialogue for future treaty negotiations. Watch the Duncan Lake Dam 3D Flooding Visualization