Are you interested in knowing where the Elk River could rise to in the event of a flood? Wondering if you are located in the floodplain? Look no further! The Free Press has published another one of our articles, Current Connections - Knowing Where the River May Go!
This article looks at the current and future predicted flood regime, including details about hydrological models and web-based visualization tool produced in the Flood Strategy to help explain flooding in the area. Check it out!
Calling all ladies!
Interested in coming out for an evening fly fishing with other keen fisherwomen, or keen to just learn about fly fishing in the area? Then this is an opportunity for you!
Come get together with some gals to go fishing on August 23 with Women on the Fly! Women on the Fly will meet at the Wildsight/Elk River Alliance office (891 2nd Ave, Fernie BC) at 6:30PM and then head out fishing at a few places in town and/or out by Fernie Alpine Resort.
There is no cost but a valid fishing license is mandatory to fish in the stream. If you're interested in coming to hang out but don't have a license, we would like to encourage you to come join and learn to cast on land!
The Flood Solutions Strategy is a 125 page report that aims to help members of the Elk Valley prepare for future floods. It provides a foundational understanding in the hydrology and behaviour of the watershed, future effects of land use and climate change, and flood management strategies that would effectively protect people and critical infrastructure, as well as protect watershed function and wildlife habitat. However, we know that not everyone has the time to read 125 pages, and so we have broken the report down into bite-sized, tasty articles that are available from the Free Press!
Check out Current Connections Article 1 to find out about how the natural history and geology of the Elk Valley affects flooding in the region, and check out Article 2 to find out how community has and is responding to flooding in the Elk Valley!
For this "Water Quality Wednesday" I'd like to give a shout out to all of the amazing Streamkeepers volunteers who have come out to help collect high and low flow water quality data! Since 2011, we've tallied over 1000 volunteer hours for our community-based water monitoring program. WOW! Thanks Streamkeepers, for all of your hard work and dedication to monitoring water quality in the Elk Valley and for your contribution to increasing waters literacy in the area.
To see some of the data that these incredible volunteers have collected, visit the resource section of our website: http://www.elkriveralliance.ca/water_quality
Are you interested in becoming a Streamkeeper? Let us know! The ERA will be facilitating another Streamkeepers course later this summer. Stay tuned for details!!
The last three major floods in the Elk River watershed in 1974, 1995 and 2013 all occurred in June. So it is perfect timing to release the Elk River Flood Strategy, a project facilitated and coordinated by the Elk River Alliance. Following the 2013 flood, decision makers from local government, industry and community met to discuss the event and reached consensus that to prepare for future floods in the Elk Valley we needed to better understand the hydrology and behaviour of the watershed, future effects of land use and climate change, and flood management strategies that would effectively protect people and critical infrastructure, as well as protect watershed function and wildlife habitat. This proactive, holistic, watershed wide strategy is the result of consultation with a broad range of stakeholders, governments and community and maps a way forward toward water sustainability.
Read the short 4-Page Executive Summary here.
For the full report click here.
A local brew-ha-ha!
Join us for a night of infectious laughter, local beer and tasty food on July 30th at the Fernie Community Centre from 8-11pm. This evening will feature 3 hilarious comedians from across Canada: Ken Valgardson, Dan Clarke and Drew Behm, representing the Laugh Shop—Live Stand Up. Tickets are $30 in advance and $35 at the door. Profits will support the Elk River Alliance!Read more
Check out the "water quality" section of our resources tab! The Elk River Alliance will be sharing water quality data collected through the community-based water monitoring program every Wednesday. Keep posted to the website or our Facebook page to learn more about water quality on Lizard and Alexander Creeks in the Elk Valley.
On May 21st, 16 adults and 7 kids helped to pull 21 FULL garbage bags of spotted knapweed from the banks of Maiden Lake. Shout-outs to all of you excellent community stewards!! Including, volunteers from the Elk River Alliance, Wildsight, the Fernie Nature Club, the East Kootenay Invasive Plants Council. Nice work everyone!!
Also, thanks to Teck for generously funding snacks and supplies for volunteers!
Join the Elk River Alliance, Wildsight and the East Kootenay Invasive Plants Council at Maiden Lake on May 21st from 1-3pm to for an invasive weed pull targeting spotted knapweed. Refreshments will be provided, please RSVP to email@example.com so we can prepare. Meet at Maiden Lake if you'd like to participate. If possible, bring gloves and a small garden shovel/trowel. Long sleeves are recommended.
To learn more about why invasive species are a problem, click here. Invasive plants are recognized as the second biggest threat to global biodiversity, after habitat loss. If you'd like to learn more about spotted knapweed, click here.