Freshwater Stream

Freshwater Stream

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.

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June 8, 2022 20 min
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.
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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.
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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.
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February 10, 2022 17 min
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/TheFlyFishingFilmm...
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January 26, 2022 21 min
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.
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This week, Danielle meets with Jennifer Houghton, who works on forestry reform issues and Registered Professional Faller and self-identified old-time logger, Stan Swinarchuk.

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This week, Danielle meets with Tara Marsden and Trixie Bennett. While these two women live on separate sides of the Canada-USA border, they are linked by their interwoven watersheds--the Nass and the Unuk, home to the world-class salmon rivers that originate in northwest BC and flow into Southeast Alaska. These iconic rivers and their watersheds have been centers of culture, commerce, and biodiversity for thousands of years and are...
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This week, Danielle meets with Lauren Terbasket from the Okanagan Nation and member of the Lower Similkameen community to learn about the work she is doing to secure and preserve the Similkameen watershed.

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April 25, 2021 22 min
Join Danielle as she sits down with Mark Angelo from Burnaby, B.C. Mark is an internationally celebrated river conservationist, writer, speaker, teacher and paddler. He's the founder and chair of both B.C. Rivers Day and World Rivers Day and now...an awesome podcast guest!

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April 6, 2021 24 min
Join Danielle as she sits down with Shannon McPhail, executive director of Skeena Watershed Conservation Coalition, to discuss the economy, community, culture and environment of northern B.C.

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March 21, 2021 22 min
"There are so many ways that we're connected [to the river], which I don't think we really label and value."

Join Danielle as she sits down with Dr. Shannon Waters, medical health officer for the Cowichan Valley region, a member of Stz’uminus First Nation and Cowichan Watershed Board member.

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March 17, 2021 3 min
A sneak peak at conversations with folks across British Columbia who care about their watersheds.
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