Guest: Swami Sukhananda, Resident Yoga Teacher at the Yasodhara Ashram

Hosts: Kayla Tillapaugh and Camille LeBlanc

Keywords: Yasodhara Ashram, Yoga, Saraswati Lineage, Kootenay Lake, Meditation, Mindfulness, Union, Conservation, Stewardship, Yogic Philosophy, Stretching, Connection, Food Security, Climate Change, Yoga Retreats, Satsang

Topics: The Ashram including its programs, offerings and teachings; The Ashram’s connection to the Kootenay Lake Community; History of the Ashram including how it was founded and how the temple was built; Yoga as a practice for self improvement; How Kootenay Lake influences the meditative and yogic practices taking place at the ashram; How yogic philosophy closely relates to conservation and stewardship

Music: "Ride the Wave" by The Hillties. Website: Instagram: Facebook: Spotify:

Additional Resources: Yasodrara Ashram Website: 

Guest: Corey Scott, Planner with the Regional District of Central Kootenay

Hosts: Camille LeBlanc and Kayla Tillapaugh

Keywords: Development, Development Permits, Development Permit Areas, Environmental Development Permit Areas, Riparian Areas, Shoreline Regulations, Local Government, Community Planning, Community Values, Shoreline Remediation, Shoreline Naturalization, Shoreline Conservation, Lakefront Properties

Topics: What and why of environmental development permit areas around Kootenay Lake; How to know when a development permit is required and what resources are available to residents and contractors; When, why and what of the Kootenay Lake Development Permit Area Review; How Kootenay Lake compares to other BC lakes in terms of shoreline regulations; Naturalizing shorelines; Community guided planning.

Music: "Western Wind" by Born on a Wednesday, available on Bandcamp and Spotify


Instagram: @bornonawednesdaymusic 

Additional Resources: RDCK Kootenay Lake Development Permit Area Review 

Kootenay Lake Riparian Areas Workshops April 27th or 28th, 2021. Contact Corey Scott if you are interested in attending the workshops: Check the link above for registration closer to the date!


Guest: Dr. Martin Carver, Hydrologist, researcher and Principal of Aqua Environmental Associates.

Hosts: Camille LeBlanc and Kayla Tillapaugh

Keywords: Hydrology, Water, Dams, Climate Change, Treaties, International Governance, Ecological Impacts, Streams, Glaciers, Wetlands, Water Governance, Water Data, Disappearances, Shorelines, Lakefront, Development, Kokanee Glacier, Kokanee, Water Quality, Water Quantity, Flooding

Topics: Hydrology of Kootenay Lake; Historical and projected climate change impacts to Kootenay Lake and surrounding ecosystems including glaciers and wetlands; Shoreline development around the lake; The importance of water data and where to access historical records; Threats to our local water quality; How we can work as individuals and as communities to protect our surface water.

Music: "Waves at the Shore” by Wayne Saluti

Additional Resources: 

Water Monitoring and Climate Change in the Upper Columbia Basin Report:

Purchase “The Purcell Suite: Upholding the Wild” on Amazon

Kootenay Watershed Science project information:

Guest: Khaylish Fraser, Aquatics Program Coordinator with the Central Kootenay Invasive Species Society (CKISS)

Hosts: Camille LeBlanc and Kayla Tillapaugh

Keywords: Invasive Species, Aquatic Invasive Species, Aquatic Ecosystems, Zebra Mussels, Quagga Mussels, Eurasian Milfoil, Asian Clams, Boat Inspections, Stop The Spread, Clean Drain Dry, Prevention, Invasive Prevention, Don't Let it Loose, Central Kootenay Invasive Species Society, Gardens, Water Gardens, Pet Stores, Aquariums, 

Topics: How bad the aquatic invasive problem is in Kootenay Lake; Which Aquatic Invasive Species are on CKISS's radar; Social, economic and ecological threats/impacts of aquatic invasives; What, where and why of boat inspections; Asian clams in Shuswap Lake and risk of spread; Points of introduction; invasive mussel sampling and testing; What people can do to mitigate the spread of aquatic invasives in our waterways

Music: "In My Room, Instrumental" by the Alan Kirk Band 



Additional Resources: 

CKISS Website: 

CKISS Facebook:

CKISS Youtube:

Grow me instead:  

Report an invasive species:  

Guest: Laura Sacks, Climate Scientist and Chapter Leader with the Nelson/West Kootenay Citizens Climate Lobby

Hosts: Kayla Tillapaugh and Camille LeBlanc

Keywords: Climate Change, Citizens Climate Lobby, Activism, Lobbying, Policies, Campaigns, Community Engagement, Sustainability, Local Governments, Youth, Carbon Tax, Disempowerment, Empowerment, Hope, Climate Resilience, Climate Justice, Climate Action

Topics: The Citizens Climate Lobby; Fridays for the Future and youth activism; The challenges of educating people on climate change, Lobbying to local governments; The shifting of perspectives relating to the climate crisis; Maintaining a positive outlook for the future while acknowledging the emotional toll of climate grief and learning self care; Laura’s experience hosting the Kootenay Co-op radio show “Climate of Change”. 

Music: "Out There" by First After the Fire 

Additional Resources: 

CCL website: 


Guests: James Baxter, Aquatics Biologist and Blair Weston, Community & Indigenous Relations Manager with Fortis BC

Hosts: Kayla Tillapaugh and Camille LeBlanc

Keywords: Dams, Hydroelectric, FortisBC, Due Diligence, Fish, Salmon, Flooding, Lake, Reservoir, IJC Curve,  Water Levels, Columbia River Treaty, COFAC, Kokanee, Shore-spawning Kokanee, Fish Passage, Fish Migration, Indigenous Relations, Culture, Reconciliation, Funding, Safety 

Topics: Which dams Fortis manages in the region; How Kootenay Lake water levels are connected to the dams; Flood mitigation on Kootenay Lake; What the International Joint Commission is; Fortis' link to the Columbia River Treaty; What the  Columbia Rivers Operations Fisheries Advisory Committee is and what they do in the region; Work being done to manage for shore-spawning kokanee; Local discussions about fish passage and how Fortis fits into the discussion; How Fortis manages Indigenous relations while operating in culturally significant spaces; Fortis' Community Initiatives Funding Program; Safety around dams.

Music: "Clean Water and a Bag of Rice" by Jay Danley

Additional Resources: Grohman Narrows Channel Improvement Project 



Guest: Norm Allard, Community Planner with Lower Kootenay Band

Host: Kayla Tillapaugh

Keywords: Wetlands, Restoration, Yaqan Nukiy, Lower Kootenay Band, Wildlife, Conservation, Invasive Species, Ecology, Species-At-Risk, Dams, Dikes, Machinery, Fish, First Nations, Floodplain, Floodwaters, Erosion, Wildlife Habitat, Aquatic Systems, Nutrient Exchange, Freshet, Natural Resources, Indigenous Knowledge, Hunting, Gathering, Capacity Building 

Topics: History of the Yaqan Nukiy Wetlands; the importance of this ecosystem to the Yaqan Nukiy community/people and the cultural history of its significance; the work being done to restore the wetlands; concerns, impacts; species at risk; restoration plans and priorities; details on the complex process of restoring ecosystems.

Music: "Sliver of Sunshine" by Born on a Wednesday

Guest: Mel Reasoner, Climate Scientist

Hosts: Camille LeBlanc and Kayla Tillapaugh

Keywords: Climate, Climate Change, Global Warming, Adaptation, Mitigation, Climate Change Skeptics, Climate Science, Geology, Geologic Record, Precipitation, Temperature, Mean Temperature, Ice Age, GHGs, Carbon Dioxide, Media Influence, Climate Projections, Wildfire, Sea Level, Flooding, Recreation, Domino Effect, Tipping Point, Positive Feedback Loops, Geoengineering, Youth Empowerment, Climate Politics

Topics: Climate change basics and common terms; scientific evidence that climate change is human caused; how to approach a climate change denier; global and local climate trends (historical and projected); adaptation and mitigation strategies; empowering youth to take action; climate action responsibility and climate politics.

Music: "Blue Pearl of the Universe" by Earl Hamilton.

Guest: Neil Fletcher, Manager of Conservation Stewardship with the BC Wildlife Federation

Host: Kayla Tillapaugh

Keywords: Wetlands, Conservation, Restoration, Development, Threats, Appreciation, Habitat Loss, Climate Change, Regulations 

Topics: Importance of wetlands for lake ecosystem health, types of wetlands, wetlands’ role in climate change, historical and current threats, where the province is at with wetland conservation and regulations and how people can get involved in wetland conservation.

Music: "Fresh September Commute" by Handsome Hansel

Guest: Joanne Siderius, Senior Naturalist with the Kokanee Creek Nature Centre

Hosts: Camille LeBlanc and Kayla Tillapaugh

Keywords:  Wildlife, Youth Education, Park Etiquette, Nature, Camping, Provincial Parks, Wildlife Cams, Community, Respect

Topics: Information on the Kokanee Creek Nature Centre and programs, park etiquette, what it means to be a park naturalist, shore spawning kokanee, human wildlife interactions, and the greatest captures on park wildlife cams. 

Music: "Fletcher Falls Reverie" by Dave Carroll

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