A podcast about B.C.’s watersheds, and the people who care about them.
There is a myth here in British Columbia that our rivers and lakes provide limitless, clean water. And certainly that was once the case in much of the province. But, due to resource extraction, poor water management and climate change, many communities are facing serious water shortages in the coming years.
We’ll be talking to people all over the province to find out about the challenges facing their local watersheds and what can be done to solve them.
Wild salmon in a changing climate
Join guest host, Anna Kemp, as she speaks with three biologists from Vancouver Island about the impacts of low flows on salmon and how we can manage our watersheds to give wild salmon the best chance at survival in a changing climate.
Water Bottling in BC
If 85% of British Columbians believe freshwater is a basic human right and shouldn't be for sale, why does the BC government keep selling off water bottling rights to corporations? In this episode of the Freshwater Stream, we speak with water champions who are standing up for their communities and speaking out against water bottling. Plus: expert opinions on what our governments can do to better protect BC waters.
Arzeena Hamir in the Comox Valley
In episode 4, host Danielle Paydli speaks to Comox Valley farmer and Vice Chair of the Comox Valley Regional District, Arzeena Hamir. They discuss the importance of access to freshwater for agriculture and the role farmers could play in protecting our watersheds.
Watershed Security: A Vision for BC’s Future
What would our future look like if the provincial and federal governments invested in a Watershed Security Fund? We envision what that future could look like for communities across BC with Mayor Toni Boot from the District of Summerland, Brodie Guy, CEO of Coast Funds, Russell Myers Ross from Yunesit'in First Nation, and Coree Tull, co-chair of the BC Watershed Security Coalition.
David Slade in the Cowichan Valley
This week Danielle speaks with David Slade, a water well driller in the Cowichan Valley. As the province’s March 1st deadline for groundwater license applications fast approaches with poor buy-in, Danielle and David discuss the potential groundwater crisis looming for BC’s aquifers.
We are grateful to acknowledge use of the following creative commons audio samples used in this episode: https://freesound.org/people/TheFlyFishingFilmmaker/sounds/592784/
Lina Azeez in Coquitlam
In the Freshwater Stream season two premiere, Danielle speaks with Lina Azeez, Coquitlam watershed resident and campaign manager for Watershed Watch Salmon Society, on the devastating flood events that occurred in the lower mainland in November 2021 and how we must rethink how we manage for flooding to better protect communities and wild salmon.