Elk Watershed Discovery Camp


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



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


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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Dead fish in Line Creek near selenium water treatment facility

Click here to view a letter from Teck informing the community of 34 deceased fish found in the area of the selenium water treatment facility on Line Creek.  The multimillion dollar facility has been turned off and will be reactivated in spring 2015, following extensive investigation. 

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4th Annual Elk River Swim Drink Fish Festival and Shoreline Clean Up


Everyone loves the Elk River.  They love to float on it during a hot summer day, fish the deep clear cold pools in the fall, or the thrill of paddling white water in the remote lower Phillips Canyon.  People care deeply about the health of the Elk.  This year more than a hundred are expected to show up to learn about the health of the Elk River watershed and help clean up its shoreline in Elkford, Sparwood and Fernie. 

“A clean shoreline makes it safe for animals living in or near the river and beautiful for people”, says Lee-Anne Walker, Executive Director of the Elk River Alliance, an organizer for this years event.  “The 4rd Annual Swim, Drink, Fish Festival September 27-28 is a weekend for everyone to learn more about the health of our watershed and give back to the rivers health”. 


Saturday September 27 reveals new information about the ecology and stewardship plan for keeping Silver Springs swimmable at a guided walk - meet at the parking lot at the base of the trail up Silver Springs at 10 a.m. or at the ERA office to carpool at 9:15 a.m..  At 2 p.m. will be a ramble into the riparian area at the Ancient Morrissey Cottonwoods presenting a report card to residents on valley bottom health - meet at the head of the trail just east off Highway 3 in Morrissey.  Join the opening of the Forests and Fish interpretive trail at Mount Fernie Provincial Park at 4 p.m. highlighting how healthy forests foster healthy fish, even though fish can’t climb trees. Meet at the day use parking lot.  “These events are showcasing the work of the Elk River Watershed Alliance over the last year”, says Lee-Anne Walker, Executive Director.  “There are so many people to thank for helping with these projects and community for their participation.  These documents will also be posted on our website and are meant as a conversation starter encouraging community to participate in decision making for a sustainable water future in the Elk River watershed. 

Sunday September 28, 2-4 p.m. meet in Fernie at the Annex Park, and at Sparwood and Elkford’s Leisure Centres, to participate in the Great Elk River Shoreline Cleanup, helping keep our water healthy for people and the wildlife in our watershed.  “This event is part of one of the largest environmental events in Canada Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup and the third largest in the World”, notes Walker.  “Elk Valley residents are passionate about place and always willing to contribute a few hours to free our shorelines of litter as a way of giving back to this ribbon of life”.      



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