The overarching goal of Theme 3 in the second phase of this work is to answer the guiding question: How can integrative tools and processes be optimized to increase understanding of the cumulative impacts of environment, community and health changes within the NRB, and inform and support intersectoral action and watershed governance? This question is informed by the collaborative and technical successes of the web-portal development in Phase 1, and specific interests from established and proposed portal user groups. Phase 2 will leverage established collaborations with NEWSS, the Cheslatta Carrier Nation, and SD 91, as well as relationships our team has established with other organizations such as the Nechako Watershed Roundtable, the Ministry of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development, and related provincial and national partners.
- To further develop and enhance the Nechako watershed portal through an expanded “Portal User Research Group” of current collaborators and new research partners;
- To couple community-based monitoring with youth engagement and research in the NRB, leveraging overlaps between the areas of School District 91 and the NRB;
- To examine and apply frameworks for integrative watershed reporting, that reflect combined environmental, community and health issues within the NRB, with a particular orientation to understanding the cumulative impacts of resource development;
- To evaluate the contributions of the web-portal development, youth engagement on community-based monitoring and integrative watershed reporting as tools and processes that inform and support intersectoral action and watershed governance.
Stream sampling in Nahounli Creek, Fort St. James