Flow Regatta October 19


Calling all worker rogues and vagabonds! Here is your chance to unfetter yourself from your desk chains and learn some new field techniques such as RISC compliant Salt Dilution, non-contact Image Velocimetry with your phone, as well as tried and true ADV. Bring your own devices to compete! Prizes and Clan honour to be won. Lunch and free spirits abound!

Friday, October 19, 2018 9:00am – 3:30pm
Fee $40 – includes lunch & refreshments.
Mission Creek, Kelowna, B.C. Meet at KLO Road.


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Our Facilitators

We are thrilled to announce our facilitators:

Kelly Terbasket

Program Director of IndigenEYEZ, a holistic approach to strengthening four essential relationships: with self, with others, with nature, and with culture. IndigenEYEZ encourages communites to explore their own cultures and to think deeply about what traditional values mean in the contemporary world.

Aaron Noel Derickson

Educator, Facilitator, Consultant, Youth Mentor. Aaron is currently pursuing his Ph.D at UBC Okanagan in Interdisciplinary Graduate Studies. His research entails Leadership and Governance from a Syilx perspective, based on Ceptiklw (oral legends).

Kathy Porter

Chair of the Collaborative Global Initiative, Climate Change Mediator and regenerative designer in B.C.


…MUCH more than their titles suggest, we encourage you to check out their bios here.


Determining Environmental Flow Needs (EFNs) have long been a source of conflict, trying to parcel out what is needed for human vs. environmental needs for water. For two days, we will be focusing on this conflict and using a truly collaborative process to meet the challenge. Together, our facilitators offer a unique approach – both in content as well as in format – integrating Syilx traditions and traditional knowledge, and the dialogue process (i.e. less presentation, more conversation!).

For more on the conference – including the full program, registration details and more, please browse this site: www.EFN2018.ca.

Special thanks to our conference organizing partners: Okanagan Nation Alliance, B.C. Ministry of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development, UBC Okanagan, BC First Nations Fisheries Council, WWF-Canada, and POLIS Water Sustainability Project.

We look forward to seeing you!


Environmental Flow Needs (EFNs), or the volume and timing of water required to ensure effective functioning of an aquatic ecosystem – for fish and other needs – is an important but still evolving science. In locations where significant demand or competition for water exists, such as the Okanagan, scientists, policy-makers, planners, and regulators are now focussed on developing methods to determine appropriate EFNs. In B.C., the introduction of the Water Sustainability Act in February 2016 requires that EFNs (or in-stream flow needs) be determined for water bodies potentially affected by any new proposed licences for surface or groundwater extractions. This requirement creates opportunities and challenges for water management and the need for better EFN science and collaborative dialogue among all water users to reconcile their needs and interests.

With this conference, we are thrilled to bring together representatives from national and international organizations engaged in water management or research, including fisheries and water managers, First Nations, regulators, policy-makers, academia, and NGOs. The event will cover several main themes and focus on the current state of EFN-setting in B.C. and recent EFN-related work in the Okanagan and elsewhere in Canada and the U.S.

Kelly Terbasket

As a Syilx woman living in in the beautiful Similkameen Valley, home of her family for generations, Kelly Terbasket’s close connection to this ancestral place has been a source of strength for her life and her work. It has been a special environment to raise her two daughters. Kelly’s long history of grassroots work over the past 20 years includes successfully managing community development projects at the local, provincial and national level—working in curriculum development, research, early childhood development, consulting, mentorship, filmmaking and event coordination. Her passion for empowering others through coaching has taken Kelly to aboriginal communities all over B.C. She loves to share transformational tools through workshops, on-line, and in one-on-one sessions. Her facilitation style reflects how she values fun, interactivity and meaningful personal connections.

“I am Okanagan First Nations and have been working for over 25 years in grassroots positions, so I have experienced first-hand the critical needs, gaps and challenges to addressing the complicated and overwhelming issues we face. There are too many youth programs where the youth are bored and disengaged and not taking in the important information that is being shared with them. This is especially disheartening when it comes to the transference of culture/language, because we have limited time with the elders and traditional knowledge keepers, and our languages are on the brink of extinction. Staff who are delivering these programs need skills and tools to bring an engaging and empowering process to the youth.

I passionately believe that the IndigenEYEZ model has a huge potential to engage, inspire and mobilize positive social action in our youth and in our communities.”

Group Accommodation Details

The Coast Capri Hotel is holding 100 rooms for October 16 and 17, and 75 rooms for October 18.

Group Block Details:

Group Number: CCH-GFC22862
Group Name: Okanagan Water Basin Board Environmental Flow Conference
Arrival Date: October 16 2018
Departure Date: October 19 2018
Method of Reservation: Call In On Own
Reservation Deadline: September 16 2018
Method of Payment: Pay On Own
Individual Cancellation: 48 Hours from the Date of Arrival

Guest Room Accommodations/Group Rates:

$130.00 Single occupancy

Additional Person(s) $ 20.00 Per person(s), per night, plus taxes. Children 18 years and under stay free when sharing a room with a paid adult.

Rate Details:
Rates are net, non-commissionable and are exclusive of taxes (currently 16%)

Individual Reservations:
Delegates, please contact either Central Reservations Office at 1.800.663.1144 or the Hotel Direct at 1.250.860.6060 and quote the Group Name or Group Number as noted above.


The Coast Capri Hotel
1171 Harvey Avenue, Kelowna BC V1Y 6E8

Rita Winkler

Rita Winkler is a Forest Hydrologist with the B.C. Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development in Kamloops. She is a Registered Forest Professional with a PhD in Forest Hydrology and many years of experience in the southern interior. Her responsibilities include coordination of the long-term Upper Penticton Creek Watershed Experiment, research focused on hydrologic response to forest disturbance, extension, and operational consulting.

Presentation Title:
Forests and Water

Ted White

Ted White, Director Water Management and Comptroller of Water Rights, Ministry of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development.

The Director Water Management leads the implementation of provincial legislation, policy, regulations and the delivery of services related to the effective management of the provincial water resource, including the following programs: Water Allocation, Dam Safety, Flood Safety, Water Utility Regulation, Water Use Planning, River Forecast Centre, Inter-jurisdictional Water Management and the Comptroller of Water Rights office.

Prior to moving to the Water Management Branch Ted was a key leader in the development and implementation of the Water Sustainability Act.  As part of this work, Ted engaged with British Columbians and delivered the new Water Sustainability Act and regulations.  In addition to his work on the Water Sustainability Act, he has worked with water management planning, instream flow, regulation of water power projects, and water quality.

Presentation Title:
Regulatory opportunities under WSA

Suzan Lapp

Dr. Suzan Lapp (P.Geo., P.Ag.) has over 15 years of technical and outreach experience as a professional in the fields of watershed management, hydrology and climate change.  In the fall of 2017 she joined the BC Oil and Gas Commission as their hydrologist.  Prior to the OGC, Suzan worked as a consultant and taught University/College courses on water related topics.  She has conducted numerous channel and watershed assessments for forest licences, and source water assessments and protection plans and water supply and demand analysis for water suppliers across the province.  In 2016 she was part the Dawson Creek flood assessment team, and in 2017 was involved with the Kelowna floods.

Presentation Title:
Incorporating EFNs into Water Management

Dawn Machin

Dawn Machin
Biologist – Fish Water Management Tool, Okanagan Nation Alliance

Dawn Machin is a member of the Okanagan Indian Band, part of the Okanagan (Syilx) Nation. She holds a BSc from the University of British Columbia. After receiving her degree, she started as the Okanagan regional biologist for the then Canadian Columbia River Inter-Tribal Fisheries Commission, and then moved the Okanagan Nation Alliance where she was responsible for program management of the Fisheries Department. Key tasks were related to the Nation’s vision to restore Okanagan Sockeye to the Basin, and establishing strong technical partnerships with the Department of Fisheries and Oceans and the then Ministry of Environment, and with our Okanagan relations in Washington State. At this time, Dawn was a board member of the provincial crown corporation Fisheries Renewal BC (1997-2001) and participated in local stewardship groups, such as the Thompson Basin Fisheries Council. She was then blessed with three boys and the opportunity to devote her time to raising them and learning nsyilxcn (the Okanagan language). She has since returned to the Okanagan Nation Alliance to reconnect with the people and community involved in the management of Syilx resources.

Presentation Title:
Fish/Water Management Tool for decision support

Richard Bussanich

Richard Bussanich has served the Sylix People, and Okanagan community as a biologist of ONA’s salmon reintroduction program. The “Cause to come back” of Salmon will forever be etched in his professional and life story.

The sharing and learning of indigenous knowledge and the capacity building during his tenure with the ONA are hallmarks of inspiration for him and his family. Richard is honored to serve the numerous leaders and technicians he has had the privilege of working with since 2010 in rebuilding the natural systems that the Okanagan have been blessed with.

Presentation Title:
History and status of Okanagan fisheries and salmon reintroduction & ecosystem valuation

Drew Lejbak

Drew Lejbak (M.Sc., GIT) has over 12 years of professional experience in water resource management, in both the private and public sectors. Drew has been the Project Manager and Lead Hydrologist for various drought and flood planning studies in the Okanagan Region. He has also lead and contributed to the development of various watershed management plans that have focused on balancing water supplies for communities and the environment.

Presentation Title:
Naturalized flows from EFN

Deana Machin

Deana Machin (MBA, B.Sc.) is the Strategic Development Manager at the First Nations Fisheries Council and has been active in the field of First Nations fisheries management and policy for over 15 years. She is a member of the Okanagan Nation and grew up spending summers on Okanagan Lake in Vernon, BC which has formed strong values about the role of First Nations in resource management, watershed protection and promoting collaborative management approaches to fisheries management. The main focus of her work with the FNFC is to build positive and effective relationships between First Nations, governments and NGOs. She specializes in strategic planning, community engagement, and collaborative design of engagement initiatives to facilitate community-based dialogue which guides and supports organizational strategies and initiatives. Prior to working with the FNFC, Deana was the Fisheries Program Manager for the Okanagan Nation Alliance (ONA) for seven years. While with the ONA, Deana led the Reintroduction of Sockeye Salmon into the Okanagan Basin Initiative, which in 2006 saw the first release of sockeye fry into Skaha Lake, and collaborated with federal and provincial governments and other partners on the development of the Okanagan Basin Fish-Water Management Tools model and the Okanagan River Restoration Initiative.

Presentation Title:
Implications of Okanagan EFN‐setting work for policy in BC

Andrew Petersen

Andrew Petersen grew up in Northwestern B.C. with a family farm and a logging company. He chose to follow the farming path for a career. Andrew graduated from UBC with a degree in Agricultural Science in 1986. He then moved to Kamloops with his wife to start working for a private irrigation company. For the next 20 years Andrew worked in the irrigation industry focusing on agricultural design and sales. His work took him over most of British Columbia where irrigation was required for agriculture including Vancouver Island. In 1989 he became a professional Agrologist and also received his first irrigation designer certification. In 2006 Andrew joined the Ministry of Agriculture as a Water Management Specialist. His main area of work is water, focusing on irrigation efficiency, water policy and stockwatering.

Presentation Title:
BC Agriculture and EFNs

David Thomson

Mr. David Thomson is a Regional Hydrogeologist with the Province of British Columbia, based in Vernon, BC. He is part of a team supporting groundwater legislation and stewardship, and advising on technical groundwater matters in the Thompson-Okanagan, Cariboo and Kootenay regions. He worked in the consulting and industry sectors prior to moving to Vernon in 2015.

Presentation Title:
Effects of the timing of groundwater use

David Tickner

David Tickner is Chief Freshwater Adviser at WWF, based in the UK. He advises river conservation programmes internationally, leads research and innovation projects, and engages governments, the private sector and the public on water issues. Dave also sits on the UK government’s Darwin Expert Committee, and he is a Visiting Professor at Hohai University (China), a Visiting Fellow at the University of East Anglia (UK) and an associate editor of the academic journal Frontiers in Environmental Science. Dave began his career in the UK’s environment ministry before completing a PhD in freshwater sciences. He joined WWF as a policy advocate and then led its influential Danube River programme. He has served in non-executive and advisory roles with Water and Sanitation for the Urban Poor (a not-for-profit company) and Standard Chartered (a multinational bank). Dave has published widely on water and environment issues and you can follow him on Twitter (@david_tickner).

Presentation Title:
Potential applications of EFN approaches

Rich McCleary

Since 2013, Rich McCleary has worked as the Thompson-Okanagan Regional Aquatic Ecologist with BC Ministry of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development. His work around aquatic habitat protection includes serving on the Regional Drought Response Team and implementing provisions of the Water Sustainability Act involving environmental flow needs. Rich has an MSc in Forestry from the University of Montana and a PhD in Physical Geography from UBC. He has a long work history of working collaboratively with governments, stakeholders and other scientists to advance knowledge and develop tools to address aquatic ecosystem issues.

Presentation Title:
Merritt EFN work and Nicola pilot project

Rosie Simms

Rosie Simms is a researcher and project manager at the POLIS Water Sustainability Project, where her work focuses on legal, policy, and governance options to advance freshwater sustainability. In 2014, she completed her MA at the University of British Columbia’s Program on Water Governance. Rosie’s previous work experience and undergraduate studies at McGill University have taken her from Panama to Baffin Island, where she has led youth outdoor leadership programs, conducted research on Canadian mining in Latin America, and organized a variety of forums related to freshwater issues.

Presentation Title:
EFNs in BC

Patrick Farmer

Patrick Farmer

Patrick Farmer is a Senior Water Authorizations Specialist with the Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development in Merritt BC. He is both a Registered Professional Forester and a Professional Agrologist. He has 13 years of experience in a variety of resource fields including forest, range and water management. He currently leads the water stewardship program in the Cascades District office which has been at the fore front of flood and drought response in recent years. His team is responsible for water management within the Cascades Resource District.

Presentation Title:
Managing for EFNs in the Nicola watershed and the Nicola Pilot Project

Karilyn Alex

Karilyn Alex is a Fisheries biologist with the Okanagan Nation Alliance Fisheries Department.

She completed a technical diploma in fisheries from BCIT, and was employed as a fisheries technician and river rafting guide while working toward a Bachelor of Science Degree in Physical Geography (fluvial geomorphology) at the University of Victoria. Karilyn then went on the complete a Masters Degree through the Canadian Rivers Institute at the University of New Brunswick. Her Masters Degree was multi-disciplinary between fisheries biology and hydraulic engineering looking at types for flow parameters that impact spawning Sockeye Salmon.

Karilyn’s major area of study is river restoration in regards to salmon spawning and egg incubation habitat through the guidance from Traditional Ecological Knowledge. She has been working with the Okanagan Nation Alliance Fisheries Department since 2002 supervising projects such as,

  • The Skaha Lake Sockeye re-introduction Program,
  • The McIntyre Dam and Skaha Dam fish passage and,
  • The Okanagan River Restoration Initiative’s.
  • Shingle Dam removal
  • Shuttleworth sediment basin fish passage
  • Similkameen river bank stabilization and log jam creation

Presentation Title:
Okanagan approach: Tennant & Weighted Usable Width

Shaun Reimer

Shaun Reimer, Section Head – Public Safety & Protection
Okanagan Shuswap District
Ministry of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations, & Rural Development

Shaun Reimer is a professional engineer with the Ministry of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations, and Rural Development and has worked in water licensing, Okanagan River management, and flood response, for the Province since 1995. He is currently the Head of the Public Safety and Protection Section in Penticton, responsible for management of the Okanagan Lake Regulation System (OLRS) which includes managing the Okanagan River flows.

Presentation Title:
Fish/Water Management Tool for decision support

Keiko Parker

Keiko Parker has worked with the Regional District of North Okanagan (RDNO) for six years in water quality and watershed protection for the third largest water utility by volume in the province. She’s had the opportunity to work with many different stakeholders including range tenure holders, forest licensees, various provincial agencies, local governments, and the customers served by the RDNO.

Presentation Title:
Development and Application of EFNs by a large water system

Brian Guy

Brian Guy recently retired from a nearly 40-year long professional career as a Geoscientist.  He has spent the past 24 years living and working in the Okanagan, where he has led and contributed to many water-related studies, including the ongoing Okanagan EFN project.  Brian has also volunteered many hours to improving understanding and stewardship of the region’s water resources through his work on the Okanagan Water Stewardship Council and the Okanagan Basin Water Board.

Associated Environmental Consultants Inc. (retired)

Presentation Title:
EFN in the Okanagan context

Lee Hesketh

Lee Hesketh, Farmland Riparian Interface Stewardship Program (FRISP)

Jack of all trades, master of none.”  Lee’s perspective on environmental sustainability has been influenced by his varied background working around resource management. Raised on a cattle ranch, working early as a logging contractor and forestry technician, then moving into the field of habitat restoration, have all provided Lee with a unique practical perspective.

Presentation Title:
Ranching and EFNs

Natasha Neumann

Natasha Neumann, Research Hydrologist, BC Ministry of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operation and Rural Development

Natasha inadvertently stumbled into hydrometric data management, and took on this role for the Okanagan EFN project. She was a consultant for many years and taught geography and earth science at UBC Okanagan. Natasha recently moved to the Kootenays to do work for the provincial government, where she will continue to advocate for the mindful collection and management of water data.

Presentation Title:
Managing EFN data

Craig Nichol

Dr. Craig Nichol is a geologist and hydrogeologist who has worked on water in the Okanagan since 2006.  He studies groundwater resources, aquifer mapping, the connections of surface water and groundwater, and the effects of groundwater on surface water temperature.

UBC Okanagan – Earth, Environmental and Geographic Sciences

Presentation Title:
Groundwater‐EFN interface


Mark Lorang

Dr. Lorang did his graduate work at Oregon State University and was a research professor for 17 years at the University of Montana’s Flathead Lake Biological Station before retiring and forming the company Freshwater Map. His role as a research professor was to quantify the physical template for ecological work on rivers and lakes.  During this time, Dr. Lorang pioneered the use of acoustic doppler profilers and remote sensing as applied to mapping aquatic habitat in rivers and he continues that endeavor as Chief Science Officer for Freshwater Map.

Presentation Title:
Understanding Rivers through the lens of Ecohydrology


Matt Kennedy

Matt Kennedy, M.Sc., R.P.Bio. VP Environment, Innergex Renewable Energy Inc.

Matt is responsible for all environmental matters relating to Innergex’s portfolio of operating renewable energy projects in Canada and internationally (wind, solar, hydro), including 21 run-of-river hydroelectric projects in British Columbia.  He is responsible for compliance with provincial and federal approvals for each hydro project, including terms for water usage, provision of minimum instream flows and flow ramping during plant operations.  Prior to entering the renewable energy sector in 2006, Matt worked as a consulting aquatic biologist for a ten year period primarily in western Canada.

Presentation Title:
Managing run-of-river hydroelectric projects

Deborah Curran

Deborah Curran is an Associate Professor in the Faculty of Law and School of Environmental Studies at the University of Victoria, and the Executive Director of the Environmental Law Centre. Her work with communities across BC focuses on land and water protection, with an emphasis on evolving Indigenous, provincial and federal jurisdiction.

Organization: University of Victoria & Environmental Law Centre

Presentation Title:
Water law and policy in BC

Kim D. Hyatt

Dr. Hyatt is a research scientist at Fisheries and Oceans Canada’s (DFO) Pacific Biological Station (PBS) in Nanaimo, B.C. He heads the Salmon in Regional Ecosystems Program and his current research interests are focused on: (1) the status of salmon populations in Canada’s Pacific Region, (2) development of decision support systems to improve fisheries management, and (3) climate effects on salmon in freshwater and marine ecosystems. During 2002-2016 he served as a fisheries science advisor to NRCan’s Canadian Climate Impacts and Adaptation Research Network (C-CIARN Fisheries) and to DFO’s current Aquatic Climate Change Program (ACCASP).

Presentation Title:
Fisheries climate adaptation