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1994/95
The Columbia Basin Fish & Wildlife Compensation Program (CBFWCP) is created which consolidates all previous compensation programs in the basin. The Program begins delivering projects to sustain and enhance fish and wildlife populations affected by BC Hydro dam-related activities in the Columbia Basin. Funding is $3.2 million (indexed for inflation based on 1995 dollars) in perpetuity from BC Hydro as a part of the crown corporation's water license agreement.

1996
CBFWCP begins accelerated projects to measure the effect of the dams on nutrient levels and fish populations in the Arrow Lakes Reservoir.

1996
CBFWCP funded 56 wildlife projects and 17 fish projects this year.

1997
CBFWCP funded 23 fish and 47 wildlife projects this year.

1997
Kootenay Lake North Arm spawning escapement increases to 1.45 million. Amount of fertilizer (agricultural-grade nitrogen & phosphorus mix) is reduced after ongoing monitoring indicates the lake is beginning to retain nutrients from previous fertilizations.

1998
CBFWCP funded 47 wildlife projects and 34 fish projects this year.

1998
North Arm spawning escapement increases to 2.15 million; total kokanee population in the Kootenay Lake reaches 25-30 million; kokanee-feeding bull trout and rainbow trout caught by anglers nearing 13.6 kg (30 lb). The number of Gerrard rainbow trout spawners increases to historical levels.

1998
Kootenay Lake experimental fertilization project results and proposed restoration plan for Arrow Reservoir are presented at two-day public conference in Nelson.

1999
Fertilization of the Arrow Lakes Reservoir begins in late April, using the Galena-Shelter Bay ferry to disperse fertilizer.

1999/2000
CBFWCP funds 44 fish and wildlife projects with 60 partners. Fifteen projects aimed at species at risk.

1999
To date CBFWCP, together with its partners, has secured 2,630 hectares (6,469 acres) of land in the Columbia Basin for conservation.

1999
Internal review of Program's performance undertaken.

1999
Administrative agreement between CBFWCP and its partners BC Hydro and the B.C. government (then the Ministry of Environment, Lands & Parks, and BC Fisheries). The agreement reinforces the two primary objectives for CBFWCP:
  1. meet the obligations of BC Hydro to compensate for impacts to fish and wildlife; and
  2. conserve and enhance fish and wildlife populations.

1999
CBFWP formalizes agreement with The Nature Trust of BC regarding land acquisition and management.

2000
CBFWCP celebrates its fifth Anniversary. In its first five years it has undertaken 325 projects with 276 partners.

2000
In the 2000 / 01 project year the CBFWCP undertook 21 fish and 38 wildlife projects with an unprecedented 123 partners.

2000
Public opinion survey conducted to determine awareness levels and support for CBFWCP initiatives. 92% of respondents gave the CBFWCP a good report card. 71% believe we are effective in enhancing fish and wildlife populations affected by BC Hydro dams.

2000
CBFWCP launches website with on-line searchable database of fish and wildlife projects.

2001
Kokanee abundance in Kootenay Lake is 17 million, more than triple the five million kokanee in the lake when the fertilization program began in 1992.

2001
Forty-two fish and wildlife projects delivered in conjunction with 96 partners. Local community groups initiated, supported or assisted in the delivery of twenty-seven projects.

2001
In the 2001/ 02 project year the CBFWCP undertook 18 fish and 24 wildlife projects with 96 partners.

2001
Monitoring of kokanee abundance in the Arrow Lakes Reservoir after two years of fertilizing, shows 10 million, compared to 4.4 million in 1998.

2001
Habitat restoration includes enhancement of 1,300 hectares of wildlife habitat, and restoration and protection projects on three wetlands in the East and West Kootenay.

2001
CBFWCP's Steering Committee initiates strategic planning process to define the future vision, strategic direction and niche for the organization in the next five years.

2001
Kokanee abundance in Kootenay Lake is up to 21 million as a result of the fertilization program.

2001
East Kootenay Badger Recovery project attempts to change attitudes towards this red-listed species in decline.

2001
In the West Kootenay, CBFWCP and its partners have enhanced approximately 3,500 hectares of ungulate habitat.

2002
$100,000 is set aside annually to fund small projects ($50,000 each for fish and wildlife) up to $10,000 is ear-marked for one-year projects initiated by local community groups.

2002
In the 2002 / 03 project year the CBFWCP undertook 47 projects with more than 200 partners.

2002
CBFWCP participates in recovery initiatives for three red-listed species: the Northern Leopard Frog, East Kootenay Badger and the Upper Columbia White Sturgeon.

2002
An unprecedented diversity of partners undertake CBFWCP-funded projects. Previously partners were typically included government ministries / agencies, outdoor and naturalists. This year’s partners also include First Nations, individuals, organizations from the U.S. portion of the Columbia Basin, universities, colleges, commercial, industrial and tourism businesses.

2002
CBFWCP enters into agreement with Columbia Basin Trust (CBT) to deliver 10 CBT-funded wildlife projects as part of CBT’s Terrestrial Community Environmental Projects.

2003
This project year CBFWCP undertakes 47 projects with more than 150 partners.

2003
Fisheries and Oceans Canada joins the CBFWCP as a partner and participates on the Policy, Steering and Fish Technical Committees.

2003
More that 4,000 hectares of critical habitat – the Hofert-hoodoos property – acquired for conservation purposes by the CBFWCP, The Nature Trust, Habitat Conservation Trust Fund, Ducks Unlimited Canada, BC Conservation Foundation, and Kootenay Wildlife Heritage Fund. This ecosystem, known for its distinctive “hoodoo” formations, is located between Invermere and Fairmont Hot Springs and is home to numerous red- and blue-listed species.

2003
CBFWCP pursues formal partnerships with land conservation groups to begin using stewardship agreements as another way to secure quality wildlife habitat.

2003
Kootenai Tribe of Idaho and U.S. Columbia Basin Fish & Wildlife Authority provides $125,000 towards CBFWCP’s Fertilization Program in Kootenay Lake and the Arrow Lakes Reservoir.

2003
Columbia Power Corporation provides $191,000 (annual funding of $175,000 in 1999 dollars) towards fertilization of the Arrow Lakes Reservoir as part of its environmental commitment to improve fish stocks impacted by the Hugh Keenleyside Dam.

2003
Aquila Networks (formerly West Kootenay Power) contributes $500,000 over a five-year period to CBFWCP for regional fish and wildlife projects.

2004
The CBFWCP undertakes 43 fish and wildlife projects with a wide range of partners

2004
Work begins on Ecological Footprint Impact Assessments to quantify the footprint impacts of BC hydro dams on fish and wildlife habitat and productivity losses

2004
CBFWCP reports largest return of kokanee spawners in a decade to the Hill Creek and Meadow Creek spawning channels.

2004
Limnologist Eva Schindler shares lake restoration knowledge with an international audience of biologists and fisheries experts at a conference in Finland.

2004
Recovery efforts aimed at the badger in the east Kootenay are working and the population numbers are heading in the right direction.

2004
CBFWCP begins working with its partners to develop a management plan for the recently acquired Hofert-Hoodoos conservation property.

2005
CBFWCP celebrates 10 years of conservation and enhancement.

2005
CBFWCP begins 10-year program review.


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