Lizard Creek Bank Restoration Update

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They're alive and kicking! Native plants take root on Lizard Creek

In October 2014 volunteers completed Phase I of the restoration, planting native species along the bank. During our most recent board meeting in June we added some more fescues. Thanks again to all our volunteers. We will continue to monitor their growth with excitement!

The project is aimed at reducing future erosion and decrease sedimentation by exploring the use of innovative riparian restoration techniques (such as wattle fencing, live bank protection, riparian planting of seedlings and cutting, live palisades, modified brush layers and natural erosion cloth). Work was done at two restoration sites in Lizard Creek adjacent to the adjacent Mount Fernie Provincial Park Campground. The work will provide more stable banks and in-stream shade for fish habitat, as well as increased learning opportunities for visitors to the park.

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Teck Coal Mountain Phase 2 Open House Information

Teck is proposing to extend the working life of Coal Mountain Operations by developing and operating the proposed Coal Mountain Phase 2 Project. Coal Mountain Phase 2 is subject to review under British Columbia’s Environmental Assessment Act.  The B.C. Environmental Assessment Office invites the public to attend an Open House on Thursday, June 4 at Hosmer Community Centre from 4-8 pm.  There are 30 days for the public to submit comments in relation to Valued Components Selection for the Coal Mountain Phase 2 project. The comment period began on May 25 and will end on June 24,2015.

More information on the open house and public comment period is available at www.eao.gov.bc.ca

This is the first round of consultation related to Coal Mountain Phase 2. A second public comment period and open house will take place in 2016.

 

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Elk Watershed Discovery Camp

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The Elk River Alliance will once again be running the Elk Watershed Discovery Camp for 10-14 year olds. Camp runs July 17-21 and August 14-18 from 9am-4pm daily. Participants will learn practical, hands-on skills while exploring the Elk River Watershed by raft, canoe, bike and on foot. We will go hiking, swimming, floating, fishing, geocaching and more! Participants will also meet local professionals who work in environmental careers; learn about water safety and river rescue; learn how to navigate using a GPS; conduct water quality monitoring; participate in a wild yoga class and so much more. The cost of the camp is $325/week or $250/week if you register before June 1st. Subsidies are available. 

Click here for a short video clip on the camp! 

For more information, contact Allie Ferguson by phone (250) 423-3322 or e-mail allie@elkriveralliance.ca. To register, visit the College of the Rockies Fernie campus or register online.

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High Flow Monitoring

 

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The Elk River Alliance will be conducting high flow water quality monitoring on Lizard and Alexander Creeks from May 29-31st. We will be using mostly Streamkeepers protocols. If you would like to get involved and learn more about what we monitor, please e-mail Ayla (ayla@elkriveralliance.ca) for more information. 


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Map our Marshes - Fernie

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Join the BC Wildlife Federation Wetland Education Program course, Sunday April 26, 2015, 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. for an opportunity to learn more about wetlands and map their location in the Elk Valley. Registration is FREE and is valued at $50 per person.  Meet at the College of the Rockies, Fernie Campus.  This course teaches participants about wetlands, their classification, and how to map them using GPS technology, Google Earth, and the BC Community Mapping Network. A great workshop for students, environmental/conservation groups, government and First Nations representatives, engaged community members, and keen outdoors-types. More information and sign-up can be found at the link below. It would be appreciated if you could circulate this link with any person or group in the Fernie area that you feel might be interested in a course like this. Register here.  

 

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ERA Executive Director speaks at World Wetland Day - February 2, 2015

Lee-Anne Walker, Executive Director of the Elk River Alliance who is also a Wetlandkeeper Instructor for the BC Wildlfe Federation spoke at "The Future of Wetlands in the Lower Mainland: a workshop to strengthen collaboration among stakeholders".  Read the report from the workshop here.  

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Elk Valley Cumulative Effects Management Framework (CEMF) Winter 2015 Newsletter

Lee-Anne Walker, ERA Executive Director, is one of the inaugural members of the CEMF Working Group since July 2012.  So much has been accomplished in these formative years.  Click here to see what Elk Valley CEMF is working on now!

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Summer Job - Elk River Watershed Outreach Educator

Job Title:  Elk River Watershed Outreach Educator

Employer:  Elk River Watershed Alliance (doing business as Elk River Alliance ERA)

Job Description:

  • Develop and deliver outreach and educational activities and events in the Elk River watershed to raise awareness of Elk River hydrology, flood history and chronology, community preparedness and response to flooding, and appropriate flood mitigation solutions in support of the Elk River Flood Solutions Strategy. 
  • Participate in the delivery of the Elk River Watershed Discovery Day camp. 
  • Other community watershed outreach and education activities.
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Stewardship by a Hundred Small Successes - ERA Annual Report 2014

2014 was a busy year for the Elk River Alliance.  Click here to find out what we accomplished.  Thank you to all our funders, partners, board members, and watershed citizens for participating in all our programs. 

 

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Elk River in the Globe & Mail

The Elk River has been receiving lots of attention in the Globe & Mail this month. The three articles, written by Mark Hume, are focused on selenium levels in the Elk. Read the articles and a letter to the editor submitted by the Elk River Alliance below.

October 12, 2014, New reports shed light on Fording River pollution problems

October 19, 2014, Elk Valley watershed: Why has this unfolding disaster been ignored?

October 28, 2014, Teck Resources water-treatment plant shut after dead fish found 

October 22, 2014, The Elk River Alliance's Letter to the Editor was submitted to Globe & Mail 

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