News and Events
CN Railway-Stoney Creek Project gets article in N2K magazine
NEWSS was in the news recently! The CN railway culvert replacement project that we completed on Stoney Creek in the fall of 2015 was featured in N2K magazine (Jan 2016, Vol 2, Issue 9, Page 20-21). "On the Right Track" gives a quick summary of this project and the partners involved. Click here to read the article.
Coastal GasLink continues to support Stoney Creek restoration work
Restoration work on Stoney Creek continues to be a focus for NEWSS in the coming year. Coastal GasLink has been a major funder in supporting work on Stoney Creek to date. Watch this excellent video that summarizes the rehabilitation work that was completed on Stoney Creek in 2015. Learn more about the history of Stoney Creek, as well as the efforts being made today to improve the habitat and access to this fish bearing system.
Cattlemen Association Environment Award
Richard Martens, a long-time rancher in the Nechako Valley and one partner in DMS Ranch, has been a huge advocate for restoration work on Murray Creek. Murray Creek flows through much of Martens' property and his dedication to stewardship and rehabilitating large sections of the creek lead to him being awarded the Cattlemen Association's Environmental Award 2015. Learn more...
Nechako Watershed Roundtable 2015
The Nechako Watershed Roundtable meeting was held October 22, 2015 at UNBC. See the following links for more information.
NEWS250 online article Oct 21, 2015 "Health of Nechako Watershed Focus of Meeting" » View Article
Photos of Roundtable at UNBC with The Lieutenant Governor (Facebook) » View Photos
Prince George, BC, Canada / CKPG-TV, October 22, 2015 07:34 pm
"A new advisory panel has staged its inaugural meeting. Members of the Nechako Watershed Roundtable gathered for the first time today, using the time to get to know each other’s issue. The watershed has seen dramatic changes over the decades adding more pressure on its sustainability." » View Video
Blue Dot Tour with David Suzuki
NEWSS supported a lunch meet and greet between renowed Canadian environmental activist and scientist David Suzuki and students from the Environment class at Nechako Valley Secondary School, during Suzuki's Blue Dot tour on November 1, 2015 in Prince George. It was truly a once in a lifetime opportunity for these students.
UNBC Intergrated Watershed Research Group - April 2014
Click here to read the entire letter describing a new research initiative in the Nechako River basin that the Integrated Watershed Research Group at UNBC is beginning in 2014 and extending into 2017.
Demonstration Site on Murray Creek a Great Example of Success - 2014
A great video showing high flow in Murray Creek at the Demonstration Site. The large woody debris and boulders are keeping the banks in place and the water moving. A great example of a rehabilitation project that is working perfectly!
Coastal GasLink contribution - October 2013
Coastal GasLink Provides Funds for Stoney Creek Restoration PRESS RELEASE: CALGARY, Alberta – October, 2013 – TransCanada Corporation (TSX,NYSE: TRP) (TransCanada) and its wholly owned subsidiary Coastal GasLink announced they have formed a community partnership with the Nechako Environment and Water Stewardship Society (NEWSS), based in Vanderhoof, B.C. As part of the agreement, Coastal GasLink will contribute $10,000 towards the restoration of Stoney Creek, with potential for further future support. Read the whole article »
Fraser Basin Council Workshop - May 2013
Vanderhoof was the host community for the Ninth Annual BC Interior Stewardship Workshop of the Fraser Basin Council, held in May 2013. NEWSS lead a field trip for attendees to the Murray Creek Demonstration Site. The field trip started at Riverside Park, the location of the Migratory Bird Sanctuary, Nechako white sturgeon spawning habitat, and the confluence of Murray Creek. It is an important location to start the story of Murray Creek and its importance for the health of the entire watershed. Here are a few highlight images from the field trip. The field trip was lead by NEWSS Director Wayne Salewski. Photos courtesy Frasin Basin Council.
BC Interior Stewardship Award for Ecosystem Excellence
NEWSS President, Wayne Salewski received the 2013 BC Interior Stewardship Award for Ecosystem Excellence, in recognition of his pivotal leadership role on watershed sustainability initiatives in Vanderhoof and surrounding area. He is pictured here with his wife, Lori Borth.
This award is presented each year to recognize the successful efforts of an individual and/or organization in stewardship of Interior ecosystems over an extended period.