Welcome to Watershed Notes
Notes from the ‘Shed
A watershed is defined as “any surface area from which runoff resulting from rainfall is collected and drained through a single, common point. It may be only a few hectares that feed a small pond, or can be hundreds of hectares that feed large rivers.”
On my blog, I explore the interconnectedness of watershed functions, including environmental processes such as water, wildfire, and snow; cultural issues such as local history; and the impacts of resource development (forestry, oil and gas).
I also like the idea of a watershed being a moment in time, when your perspective shifts significantly or a major life event occurs. These are the moments that change us and drive us to become different people, with new ideas and motivations. For example, one of my ‘watershed moments’ was leaving my job in academia. I had to rethink everything about my life which had until then centred around being a researcher and professor of watershed science.
Being a field scientist, over the years I have filled many a notebook with field notes. Although I have been forced into an early ‘retirement’, I am still thinking and writing about the environment, except that I now write out of a converted garden shed…hence my tagline notes from the ‘shed.
Most Recent Blog Post:
This past weekend I read Lynn Martel’s new book, Stories of Ice, and really enjoyed the focus on glaciers of western Canada and the adventure, commerce, and creativity they inspired. There was one section on people who study glaciers, and…Read more