CMI Annual Researchers’ Meeting and AGM 2015

  • Start Date: May 08, 2015
  • End Date: May 08, 2015
  • Time: 8:30 am- 4:30 pm
  • City: Castlegar, BC
  • Venue: Selkirk College

Annual Researchers’ Meeting and AGM

Every year a multi-disciplinary group of CMI members gather in a different place in our region to catch up on what members are doing, and have our short Annual General Meeting. This is a casual meeting, not a conference, and non-members are always welcome.

This year’s meeting is PowerPoint-free, and instead of indoor presentations we have lined up some field trips.


Field Trips

Morning Trip:

Tour of Arrow Lakes Generating Station
Leave Selkirk at 9:30 am return by 12:30 pm
Led by Columbia Power Corporation
Arrow Lakes Generating Station (ALH) is a 185 MW facility co-owned by Columbia Power Corporation and Columbia Basin Trust. The facility was completed in 2002, contains two Kaplan turbines, and cost $270 million to construct. This tour will take people through the generating station for a close up look into how a typical hydro facility operates today. After a tour of the facility, the group will wander over to the ALH reclamation area for a look at some of the ongoing restoration efforts and lessons learned to date. This tour will take approximately 2 hours.


Afternoon Trip:

 Finding Never-never land: a trip to the Arrow Lakes drawdown zone
Depart from Selkirk College at 1:00 pm and return by 4:30 pm.
Led by CMI director Mike Miller
Pay a visit to the extensive floodplain of Lower Arrow Lake Reservoir, near Deer Park, and explore the unusual shoreline environment created by a 20 m (60 ft) annual operational drawdown (fluctuation in water level). The extreme water level fluctuations, combined with inundation periods up to 8 months long, produce harsh growing conditions that relatively few plant species can tolerate. Some species, however, do manage to establish there and, even, to thrive. Join Mike as he discusses the ongoing efforts to monitor vegetation changes in the drawdown zones of Arrow and Kinbasket Lakes, as well as some of the challenges associated with trying to revegetate these zones through active planting.

Deer Park is located on the east side of Lower Arrow Lake approximately 1 hour’s drive from Castlegar (some gravel road involved).



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