ERA and BC's New Water Law


ERA executive director Lee-Anne Walker comments on a new report from POLIS: "Awash with Opportunity: Ensuring the Sustainability of B.C.'s New Water Law. Your ideas are needed!

"As the BC Government enacts the new BC Water Sustainability Act, replacing the 106-year old Water Act, the Elk River Alliance supports this new approach which includes, among many other aspects, bottom-up, community coordinated planning and decision making.  ERA is actively monitoring and reporting on ecosystem health and water quality in Alexander and Lizard Creeks and supports BC implement a systematic water monitoring and publically accessible data that assesses watershed-wide aquatic ecosystem, a data base of water quality/quantity and annual state of our water reports.  ERA supports integrating water issues into land and resource use decision making.  ERA is currently participating in innovative on-the-ground, shared and innovative watershed planning initiatives such as Elk Valley Cumulative Effects Management Framework.  These new partnerships and governance models will require funding and resources to articulate and implement a water sustainability plan for the Elk River watershed."

Please share your ideas on how ERA should get involved in new broad-based opportunities to implement this new legislation.

Read the full report here.


Please join us at our Annual General Meeting to learn what we've accomplished together in 2015!


Elk Valley Environmental Monitoring Committee (EMC) Open House--Oct 27, 2015

The public is invited to the first annual Elk Valley EMC open house on October 27 in Fernie to learn more about the water quality monitoring and management work being undertaken in the Elk Valley under Teck’s Environmental Management Act  permit and the Elk Valley Water Quality Plan. The open house is an opportunity to ask questions of EMC members and Teck about water quality and mining in the region, and the work the EMC has conducted over the past year.

Where: Park Place Lodge 742 Highway #3 Fernie, B.C.

When: October 27, 2015 4:00 – 9:00 p.m.

A general open house will run from 4:00 to 6:30 p.m., followed by a presentation at 6:30 p.m., then a question and answer and open discussion session. Refreshments will be provided.



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Changes to Kootenay Angling Plan Released

On September 3rd, 2015 the Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations released the change to the Kootenay Angling Management Plan outlined in the Media Release below. The main change is the introduction of capping licenses for non-resident anglers on the Wigwam River, Skookumchuck Creek and Michel Creek in order to reduce fishing pressure. The Elk River is not included in this capping system. Non-resident anglers will have access to a limited number of non-guided licenses. Once these are sold, non-resident anglers will be required to fish with a licensed guide.

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Rockin' River Fisher Skills Competition














Jon Poirier schools some youngins

Tired of just telling tall tales about your fishing? Join the first-ever Elk River fly-fishing skills event!  Enter to compete in one of 3 categories: Youth (18 and under), Adult/Masters (19+) and Professional (fishing guides). Registration form below.

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Our River Rocks! Elk River Festival

Community Based Water Monitoring

Check out our new video about Community Based Water Monitoring with beautiful shots of the Elk Valley!

Line Creek Landslide Update


An update on the landslide at Teck's Line Creek Operations from Nic Milligan, Manager, Community & Aboriginal Affairs:

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5 Things to Know Before You Float

Photo by Michael J Wilson

Nothing beats spending a hot afternoon floating the Elk River, but it is important to be aware of the hazards. Many stretches of the Elk have dangerous logjams and accidents occur each summer. Here are 5 tips to make you stay afloat and come home smiling.

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ERA is not a fun wrecker but a fish protector


June 16 2015

A fisherman came into the office and reported a weir had been built across Coal Creek.  This was blocking fish passage for spring spawning Westslope cutthroat trout up Coal Creek.  It is a Federal offence in the Fisheries Act to prohibit fish passage and the ERA supports keeping the Elk River fishable for future generations.  For fish to breed, they have to make it to their spawning grounds and larger fish need to make their way to the Elk River to live their life.  

The same day Bob Rainer, Operations Manager from Teck Highland Valley came into the office with a team of men looking to do community service with their Teck training program Leading for the Future.  "We thank Bob and his brawny team of volunteers for clearing fish passage on Coal Creek", said Lee-Anne Walker, Executive Director with ERA.