15 Years of Restoring Salmon Habitat in the q̓awsitkʷ Okanagan River


Due to the success of the 2016 and 2017 workshops, the Okanagan Nation Alliance and Newbury Hydraulics will be offering again this 2 days’ workshop in 2018.

The Okanagan Nation Alliance in collaboration many project partners have been successfully restoring spawning and rearing habitat for Columbia River sockeye in their Canadian headwaters. Traditional Ecological Knowledge, best management practices, measured stream geometry and natural habitat features have guided the restoration works. The workshop will discuss the stream analysis and hydraulics that directed the restoration designs and describe the planning, construction, monitoring methods and results.

 Workshop outline:

  • History and biology of the Okanagan Sockeye and Traditional Ecological Knowledge (TEK)
  • Overview and site visit of habitat restoration projects in the q̓awsitkw (Okanagan River)
  • Project approach, process, modelling & designs, construction works and adaptive management
  • Stream analysis, hydraulics and riffle design
  • Project monitoring methods and results
  • Posters and discussion sessions: hydraulic modelling, habitat diversity, nature-like features, spawning beds, riffles, fish passage at barriers, wetland restoration, Stream Restoration Hydraulics manual examples.


  • Kari Alex, Camille Rivard-Sirois. Okanagan Nation Alliance Fisheries Department
  • Robert Newbury. Newbury Hydraulic
  • Lauren Terbasket. En’owkin Centre

Course details:

  • Location: En’owkin Centre, Penticton, BC, Canada
  • Registration fees: 750$/person. Registration now open.

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Registration Form

Event Date:
October 2-3, 2018

Event Time:
8:00 am - 4:30 pm

Event Location:
En'owkin Centre, Penticton

Event Map:

Zoe Eyjolfson, Okanagan Nation Alliance
1-250-707-0095 ext. 119