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The Coquitlam River Watershed Roundtable (CRWRt) came about as the successful outcome of a multi-phase watershed strategy (2007-2011) aimed at improving collaboration and problem-solving amongst the many stakeholders in the watershed. The Coquitlam River Watershed Roundtable was launched in February 2011 at an inaugural meeting of watershed partners and the community.
The Roundtable coordinates and implements activities which will promote the long-term sustainability of the Coquitlam River watershed based on the agreed-to mission, vision and values of the watershed. Following a set of guiding principles, the types of activities the Roundtable might undertake, given adequate resources, include coordinating monitoring efforts, participating in the preparation of a plan for the watershed, sponsoring educational events, or working towards consensus on issues that affect the watershed.
The Roundtable does not have authority to make decisions that are the jurisdictional or legislative responsibility of governments or the legal responsibility of any other entity that is participating in the Roundtable. Governments and government agencies participate, but the Roundtable is an independent entity, not under government direction. The Roundtable is supported by a Core Committee, representing the many watershed sectors of interest and a part time Watershed Coordinator.
Public Roundtable meetings are held twice each calendar year, spring and fall, as resources permit. Since the inaugural Roundtable meeting in February 2011 (see notes), public meetings have been held in November 2011, November 2012 and June 2013.
November 5, 2011 - Roundtable Meeting - "Watershed Wake-up!"
Over 50 people attended the fall 2011 Roundtable meeting held at Victoria Drive Hall in Coquitlam (see presentation slides and meeting notes). At the meeting, participants learned about the first project of the Roundtable - the creation of a new interactive watershed Web site and virtual tour (see presentation). In small group discussions, participants identified more projects for the Roundtable to pursue in the areas of: Planning; Public Awareness; Education and Art; a CRW Resource Centre; Stewardship; and Monitoring. Rob Butler, President of the Pacific Wildlife Foundation, made an inspiring presentation (view on Youtube). Participants were encouraged to volunteer to assist with Roundtable projects.
November 3, 2012 - Roundtable Meeting – “Beginning Our Watershed Plan: Ecosystems & Well-Being”
More than 85 participants came together at Port Coquitlam's Leigh Square to attend the fall Coquitlam River Watershed Roundtable (see notes). The purpose of the meeting was to kick of the development of a Watershed Plan for the Coquitlam River Watershed. The day's program included presentations on resilience and ecosystem services, watershed planning, and the Open Standards for the Practice of Conservation (the framework being used to develop the watershed plan). In addition, the day provided networking opportunities, updates on Roundtable activities (see slides), and a chance for participants to contribute their ideas to the development of a watershed plan for the Coquitlam River Watershed.
June 6, 2013 - Roundtable Meeting - "Planning Our Future: Watershed Health and Challenges"
More than 60 participants came together at Coquitlam City Hall to hear about progress to develop a Watershed Plan for the Lower Coquitlam River (see agenda and notes). The meeting was kicked off with a presentation and update on the watershed planning process from Open Standards expert Abby Hook and Watershed Coordinator Krista Englund (see video). Following the presentation, Roundtable members were invited to visit stations to learn more about the individual components that will provide the basis for the watershed plan and provide their input (see watershed plan page). The meeting closed with a presentation and feedback on watershed challenges and a prize draw!