“Our government is the biggest threat to our watershed right now.”
Check out episode 2 of The Freshwater Stream, a podcast about BC.’s watersheds and the people who care about them.
In episode 2, our host, Danielle Paydli, sits down with Shannon McPhail, executive director of Skeena Watershed Conservation Coalition, an organization she co-founded to create a sustainable environment rooted in culture and a thriving wild salmon ecosystems. She is a mother of two teens and grew up in the Kispiox Valley hunting, fishing, horse-packing into the mountains and rafting the rivers with her family. Her spare time is dedicated to food as an avid gardener, butcher, sausage maker, food preserver and loves free diving for scallops and other ocean goodies.
The Freshwater Stream is a collaboration between Watershed Watch Salmon Society and Canadian Freshwater Alliance.
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In episode 1, Danielle 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.
In episode 2, Danielle interviews Shannon McPhail, executive director of Skeena Watershed Conservation Coalition, an organization she co-founded to create a sustainable environment rooted in culture and a thriving wild salmon ecosystem.
In episode 3, Danielle meets with Mark Angelo, river conservationist, writer, speaker, teacher, paddler and Order of British Columbia recipient. He is the founder and chair of B.C. Rivers Day and World Rivers Day, and star of the upcoming film Last Paddle? 1000 Rivers, 1 Life.
In episode 4, Danielle interviews Lauren Terbasket from the Okanagan Nation and a member of the Lower Similkameen community, to learn about her work for and her connection to the Similkameen watershed.
In episode 5, Danielle talks with Tara Marsden and Trixie Bennett, two indigenous women who live on separate sides of the Canada-USA border, linked by their fight to protect their local watersheds from mining. These iconic rivers and their watersheds have been centers of culture, commerce, and biodiversity for thousands of years supporting numerous communities and nineteen federally recognized tribes of the region.
In our final episode of season one of The Freshwater Stream podcast, host Danielle Paydli talks with Jennifer Houghton and Stan Swinarchuk about the recent devastating flooding in Grand Forks and its connection to large-scale clear-cut logging in the watershed. Learn how these residents are standing up to industry and helping to re-shape forest policy to foster healthy watersheds.