Sparwood Beaver Wetland Project


In May 2016, Mrs. Purdy’s grade 4 class and Mrs. Kroeker’s grade 8 class joined forces with the Elk River Alliance, Elk Valley Wildsight, and the East Kootenay Invasive Species Council to help restore the Beaver Wetland in Sparwood. The students helped with wetland mapping, identification and removal of invasive plant species, planting native vegetation, examining the benthic invertebrate population of the wetland as well as contributing to the excellent signage posted at the Beaver Wetland, see signs below! 

A big thanks to the students, and also to our funders: BC Wildlife Federation, Environment Canada, District of Sparwood, Sparwood Community Futures, Elk Valley Thrift Store Society 

Upcoming Bioengineering Projects

We have some amazing bioengineering projects coming up, and they need some volunteers just like you!

On Lizard Creek we are have previously worked to stabilize an eroded bank, and are going back on October 17 & 19 for some further enhancement. If you're interested in learning about bioengineering methods, we're looking at you! Message [email protected] for details!

We are also working on a bank stabilization project on Alexander Creek and will be conducting the first step in this process on October 22: a site cleanup and planting party! We'll also start taking cuttings to be used for the rest of the project on November 7. Again, message [email protected] if you're interested in learning something new and unique!


Elk River Shoreline Cleanup

Join us for this year's 6th annual Elk River Shoreline Cleanup! We meet in Fernie at the Annex Park, Sparwood at the Leisure Centre and Elkford at the Aquatic Centre to adopt sites along the river and clean them up at 1pm on September 25th! Join us for the clean up and then celebrate in a volunteer appreciation event afterwards! Get involved and show your love for the Elk River!


Current Connections - Knowing Where the River May Go

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! 


Women on the Fly

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! 

Current Connections - Articles 1 & 2


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!



Wild About Wetlands

Learn all about wetlands, help collect field data and enjoy a free dinner too!


Thanks Streamkeepers Volunteers


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:

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!! 

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Elk River Flood Strategy Release


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.  


Crafty Comedy

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!

Buy tickets HERE

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