Water Monitoring Survey

As part of the 'Making Community Water Data Matter' initiative, ERA is conducting a community survey to assess monitoring priorities. ERA aims to incorporate community values and concerns into all projects. In order to accomplish this, it is essential that community members take these opportunities to provide feedback. 

Please take 5 minutes to share your opinions on how ERA should move forward with our community-based water monitoring program. Click here to take the survey! 

Road to the River--album release!

Canadian folk musician Chris Coole recently released a NEW album inspired by his passion for banjo-playing, fishing and wild rivers. His connection to the Elk River is sparked from playing at Fernie's GillBilly music festival multiple times. Chris has toured with the likes of The Foggy Hogtown Boys, Erynn Marshall, Ivan Rosenberg, David Francey, and currently, The Lonesome Ace Stringband. 

Chris lives in Toronto and visits Fernie every opportunity he gets. He loves the Elk River SO MUCH that he decided to donate 100% of proceeds from 'the Road to the River' album sales to the Elk River Alliance! 

"Fernie has become a home away from home for me when I'm on the road and there's nothing I like more than fishing in the Elk River and its tributaries. I know some of the folks who work with the ERA and I respect their dedication and inclusive approach to protecting the water in a way that serves the whole community (not just, but including, fisherpeople)."

Click the album image to visit the website, have a listen and buy yourself a copy today! Physical CDs are $20 + shipping (or stop by the office to pick one up). Downloads also available for only $9.99! 

Students Take Action for Turtles!


Local students have been working hard to enhance the West Fernie Wetland, making it more turtle-friendly. The project is part of Wildsight’s EcoStewards program, in partnership with the Elk River Alliance, as part of their Accepting Beavers and Enhancing Wetlands initiative. Wildsight’s EcoStewards offers an opportunity for teachers and students to combine in-depth ecosystem learning with meaningful action, inspired and guided by student interest.

On June 4th, 19 students from Mrs. Bock’s Grade 6 class at Jaffray Elementary Secondary School constructed a turtle nesting site adjacent to the wetland. “Turtles have been nesting in a poor, unsafe location,” said Lee-Anne Walker with the Elk River Alliance. “After constructing an improved south-facing nesting site, reproduction success is expected to improve.”

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Teck--Water Quality Info Session-1

Morrissey Cottonwoods trail CLOSED

Ancient Cottonwood Trail closed due to safety risk

May 26, 2018, Fernie, BC – The Nature Conservancy of Canada is advising the public that the popular Ancient Cottonwood Trail is not currently safe for walking due to accumulated debris both on the ground and in the canopy following a wind storm. The organization is requesting that the public refrain from using the trail until further notice.

The pocket of old-growth forest grows along the Elk River near Morrissey and contains the world’s oldest recorded cottonwood trees. At 400 years old, these trees are reaching the end of their viable lifespan; as they die, the risk of falling branches and entire trees increases. This natural process feeds the regeneration of the complex forest ecosystem, but also poses risks for visitors.

Public safety is a priority for the Nature Conservancy of Canada. Closing the trail is a precautionary measure to prevent the chance of injury to visitors from downed trees or falling branches. There are currently dead tree limbs suspended in the canopy (commonly known as “widow makers”) which could come down at any moment without warning.

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Alexander Creek Streamside Restoration--complete!

Thanks so much to all of the volunteers who joined us on May 17th to complete the final planting component of our Alexander Creek streamside restoration program! Please click here for more information on this project. 


Elk River Watershed Outreach Educator - Summer 2018 Job Posting

We're hiring! If you're a student looking for a fun, rewarding job this summer, check out our job posting below!

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2018 Elk River Watershed Discovery Camp

Elk Watershed Discovery Camp 2018 is now officially open for registration at the College of the Rockies Fernie Campus! Check out this awesome week-long day camp filled with smiles, splashes and skills for youth aged 10-14! 3 weeks offered this summer!

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CEMF Open House

Since 2012, the Elk Valley CEMF Working Group, made up of Ktunaxa, industry, governments, and community, has assessed the current condition of four valued components - grizzly bear, riparian habitat/Westslope cutthroat trout, bighorn sheep, and old/mature forest. Selected future scenarios were then modelled to explore potential cumulative effects and specific strategies to avoid, reduce or manage cumulative impacts on these four VCs. Dr. Bram Noble, an expert from the University of Saskatchewan, will discuss the opportunities and challenges of implementing a cumulative effects-based strategy. Activities at the Open House will help community better understand the scope and usefulness of this exciting new decision making tool. For more information contact: [email protected] (250) 423-1682.



Submit your comments about the proposed Bingay Coal Mine

Attention submit your comments by tomorrow December 4th to have your voices heard about the proposed Bingay Coal Mine north of Elkford!
Due to the Proposed Bingay Coal Mine's potential impacts on water quality, recreation and cumulative effects on aquatic resources, sensitive ecosystems, wildlife and wildlife habitat, ERA does not agree that this metallurgical coal mining development will be good for the watershed, adjacent terrestrial ecosystem, and community members. ERA believes this project has the potential to negatively impact the ability of future generations to fish, swim and recreate in a healthy watershed with access to protected potable water. As a society we need to weigh the proposed environmental, social, economic, heritage and health impacts of an industrial operation against the benefits of a short 13-year life span.
Click here to read the Elk Rive Alliance's letter to the Environmental Assessment Office that we are submitting regarding the project.
Feel free to use it as a template.
Submit your comments online by December 4th here
Read the project description here.
And the valued component description here.
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