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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Cumulative Effect Management Framework - Fall 2017 Newsletter

The Elk Valley Cumulative Effects Management Framework (CEMF) working group has been busy this past year, and you can see what has been accomplished in their fall newsletter by following the link below:  


BCWF Wetlandkeeper Course

If you're interested in learning about wetlands and would like to take a FREE course, look no further! We our hosting a Wetlandkeepers Course from October 12 - 14 (Thursday night 7 - 9pm and Friday & Saturday 9am - 4pm) where you can learn all about wetland conservation and gain hands-on skills! Call 250-423-4691 or visit the College of the Rockies in person or online, to register!


7th Annual Elk River Shoreline Cleanup

Finding Fontinalis - ERA Film & Fundraiser

Wetland Therapy Underway in Sparwood

Wetlands have disappeared at an alarming rate in the Elk Valley.  They have been filled in for development, drained for urban expansion, and paved over for roads and railways.  Last week Elk Valley citizens got their feet wet and hands muddy to enhance a small wetland in Sparwood. 


 Hard working volunteers in the heat helping wetlands in Sparwood.


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Elk River Map & Guide

If you haven't heard, we've released our new, one-of-a-kind Elk River Map & Guide! This guide includes valuable information about river access, white water classification, fishing regulations and fish handling, picnic/swimming sites and more along the length of the Elk River from Elkford to Koocanusa! Now available for $10 at many local retail shops in Fernie, Sparwood and Elkford.They will also be available at the Canada Day festivities in the kids zone tomorrow. Thanks to our sponsors Columbia Basin Trust, Tourism Fernie, District of Sparwood and Canadian Tire Fernie!