Wild Border Watersheds is a collaborative effort between the University of Victoria’s Environmental Law Clinic and Rivers Without Borders. The shared goal is to create a website that raises awareness of both the extraordinary conservation values of the transboundary watersheds of British Columbia and Alaska, and the growing development pressures on those watersheds. The website also aims to be a vehicle for illustrating the recently revised Canadian and B.C. regulatory processes for mining and hydroelectric permitting and environmental assessment.
The Environmental Law Centre (ELC) is a non-profit society that operates the ELC Clinic at the University of Victoria, Faculty of Law. Services of the Clinic are provided by law students who are enrolled in the Environmental Law Centre Clinic program. Operating under the supervision of a senior environmental lawyer, ELC Clinic students provide pro bono legal representation and legal assistance to community/conservation groups and First Nations; produce citizen handbooks and other public legal education materials; and advocate on a wide range of environmental law reform issues. Chris Tollefson, Mark Haddock, Meinhard Doelle, Emma Hume, Sarah Elwood, Grace Jackson, Natasha Gooch, and Naomi Kovak were major contributors to the legal portion of the website.
Rivers Without Borders, a project of Tides Center, is the only conservation organization working in both the U.S. and Canada which is focused on the British Columbia – Alaska transboundary region. In a time of declining wild salmon populations, diminishing biodiversity, and climate change pressures, Rivers Without Borders promotes awareness of the extraordinary ecological and cultural values of the watersheds shared by British Columbia and Alaska and strives to protect those values.
Many thanks to the Wilburforce Foundation (see www.wilburforce.org) for providing funding for this website, and to the numerous photographers who donated their images to support this region. This group includes Mike Fay, Wade Davis, Monty Bassett, David Nunuk, Paul Colangelo, Chris Miller, Ric Careless, David MacKinnon, Paul Morrison, Mark Connor, Round River Conservation Studies and Angela Milani, the Wild Salmon Center and Barry Kovish, Watershed Watch Salmon Society and Aaron Hill, Lynn Canal Conservation and George Figdor, Christopher Rhodes and Canadian River Expeditions, and Patricia Thomson and the River League/Explorer’s League.