Join the BC Wildlife Federation Wetland Education Program course, Sunday April 26, 2015, 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. for an opportunity to learn more about wetlands and map their location in the Elk Valley. Registration is FREE and is valued at $50 per person. Meet at the College of the Rockies, Fernie Campus. This course teaches participants about wetlands, their classification, and how to map them using GPS technology, Google Earth, and the BC Community Mapping Network. A great workshop for students, environmental/conservation groups, government and First Nations representatives, engaged community members, and keen outdoors-types. More information and sign-up can be found at the link below. It would be appreciated if you could circulate this link with any person or group in the Fernie area that you feel might be interested in a course like this. Register here.
Lee-Anne Walker, Executive Director of the Elk River Alliance who is also a Wetlandkeeper Instructor for the BC Wildlfe Federation spoke at "The Future of Wetlands in the Lower Mainland: a workshop to strengthen collaboration among stakeholders". Read the report from the workshop here.
Lee-Anne Walker, ERA Executive Director, is one of the inaugural members of the CEMF Working Group since July 2012. So much has been accomplished in these formative years. Click here to see what Elk Valley CEMF is working on now!
Job Title: Elk River Watershed Outreach Educator
Employer: Elk River Watershed Alliance (doing business as Elk River Alliance ERA)
- Develop and deliver outreach and educational activities and events in the Elk River watershed to raise awareness of Elk River hydrology, flood history and chronology, community preparedness and response to flooding, and appropriate flood mitigation solutions in support of the Elk River Flood Solutions Strategy.
- Participate in the delivery of the Elk River Watershed Discovery Day camp.
- Other community watershed outreach and education activities.
2014 was a busy year for the Elk River Alliance. Click here to find out what we accomplished. Thank you to all our funders, partners, board members, and watershed citizens for participating in all our programs.
The Elk River has been receiving lots of attention in the Globe & Mail this month. The three articles, written by Mark Hume, are focused on selenium levels in the Elk. Read the articles and a letter to the editor submitted by the Elk River Alliance below.
October 12, 2014, New reports shed light on Fording River pollution problems
October 19, 2014, Elk Valley watershed: Why has this unfolding disaster been ignored?
October 28, 2014, Teck Resources water-treatment plant shut after dead fish found
Click here to view a letter from Teck informing the community of 34 deceased fish found in the area of the selenium water treatment facility on Line Creek. The multimillion dollar facility has been turned off and will be reactivated in spring 2015, following extensive investigation.
Everyone loves the Elk River. They love to float on it during a hot summer day, fish the deep clear cold pools in the fall, or the thrill of paddling white water in the remote lower Phillips Canyon. People care deeply about the health of the Elk. This year more than a hundred are expected to show up to learn about the health of the Elk River watershed and help clean up its shoreline in Elkford, Sparwood and Fernie.
“A clean shoreline makes it safe for animals living in or near the river and beautiful for people”, says Lee-Anne Walker, Executive Director of the Elk River Alliance, an organizer for this years event. “The 4rd Annual Swim, Drink, Fish Festival September 27-28 is a weekend for everyone to learn more about the health of our watershed and give back to the rivers health”.
Saturday September 27 reveals new information about the ecology and stewardship plan for keeping Silver Springs swimmable at a guided walk - meet at the parking lot at the base of the trail up Silver Springs at 10 a.m. or at the ERA office to carpool at 9:15 a.m.. At 2 p.m. will be a ramble into the riparian area at the Ancient Morrissey Cottonwoods presenting a report card to residents on valley bottom health - meet at the head of the trail just east off Highway 3 in Morrissey. Join the opening of the Forests and Fish interpretive trail at Mount Fernie Provincial Park at 4 p.m. highlighting how healthy forests foster healthy fish, even though fish can’t climb trees. Meet at the day use parking lot. “These events are showcasing the work of the Elk River Watershed Alliance over the last year”, says Lee-Anne Walker, Executive Director. “There are so many people to thank for helping with these projects and community for their participation. These documents will also be posted on our website and are meant as a conversation starter encouraging community to participate in decision making for a sustainable water future in the Elk River watershed.
Sunday September 28, 2-4 p.m. meet in Fernie at the Annex Park, and at Sparwood and Elkford’s Leisure Centres, to participate in the Great Elk River Shoreline Cleanup, helping keep our water healthy for people and the wildlife in our watershed. “This event is part of one of the largest environmental events in Canada Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup and the third largest in the World”, notes Walker. “Elk Valley residents are passionate about place and always willing to contribute a few hours to free our shorelines of litter as a way of giving back to this ribbon of life”.
Elk River Alliance community-based water monitoring program fundraising
The Elk River Alliance (ERA) currently has a unique opportunity through the Small Change Fund, an organization that connects donors to innovative grassroots organizations to help fund community-based initiatives. The Small Change Fund will triple any donations made to Elk River Alliance’s community-based water monitoring program in the next two months for donations made on this website.
Funds raised through this initiative will be used in 2015 for high flow water monitoring, a data sharing event and a restoration project on Alexander Creek. For every $1 donated the Small Change Fund will donate $2! If you support the Elk River Alliance’s community-based water monitoring initiative, please consider donating today.Read more
Thank you so much to our sponsors, guests and participants for making the Elk Watershed Discovery Camp 2014 a big success!! Check out this video for the highlights of the 2 amazing weeks!