Community Engagement in Watershed Governance


Community Engagement in Watershed Governance: Case Studies and Insights From the Upper Columbia River Basin report is now available! Click here to open full report.

This report highlights how community-based organizations in the Basin are supporting watershed health. The report also offers information about water governance and BC's Water Sustainability Act.

Produced by Columbia Basin Trust, the University of Victoria’s POLIS Water Sustainability Project and Living Lakes Canada, the report explores:

  • The meaning of watershed governance
  • Local watershed protection and BC’s new Water Sustainability Act
  • How four local watershed groups have contributed to water governance 
  • Insights from the experiences of others in the Basin

The report examines these four watershed groups:

  • Kootenay Lake Partnership
  • Lake Windermere Ambassadors
  • East Kootenay Integrated Lake Management Partnership
  • Elk River Alliance

Many Hands Help to Restore Wetlands in the Elk Valley

Hosmer, BC – Mountain Adventure Skills Training (MAST) students at the College of the Rockies – Fernie Campus give back every year to the Elk Valley to help the environment. “Energetic, strong, and skilled students are always keen to put what they’ve learned into action”, said Lee-Anne Walker, Natural History Instructor of the MAST Program for 22 years. “After gaining the knowledge and skills about this special space they’ve called home for 10 months, they are ready to help care for this spectacular place”. A partnership with the Elk River Alliance (ERA) offered a perfect outlet to make a difference this year.

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Community care for Elk River at clean-up Community care for Elk River at clean-up

Community members showed up to demonstrate their love and care of the Elk River at the seventh annual Shoreline Clean-up on Sunday October 1.

“So many people enjoyed the cool, clear, clean waters of the Elk River during this hot dry summer,” said Lee-Anne Walker, Elk River Alliance (ERA) Executive Director. “I’ve never seen so many floaters, fishers, paddlers, dogs swimming, people picnicking, throwing rocks and generally appreciating this ribbon of life connecting our communities.”

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ERA makes beavers their friends

The Free Press: Elk River Alliance makes beavers their friends

 Jan. 28, 2018 10:00 a.m.

Beavers can be a real pain.

They flood golf courses, they fell trees; they can completely change the landscape of someone’s property.

The traditional solution is to simply rid of them—but the Elk River Alliance says that there’s a better solution for these animals, who also provide critical benefits to the ecosystem.

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Elk River Map and Guide

The Free Press: The Elk River Alliance has released their first ever Elk River Map and Guide

A waterproof guide to public access points, safe sections, fishing tips and regulations.

 Jul. 30, 2017 12:00 p.m

This ultimate guide to touring the Elk River has been created with the help of local fishers, municipal planners, tourism professionals, river guides and paddlers.

The Map will feature public access points, recommendations for sections of the river that are safe to travel on, natural and cultural information about the river, and easy to understand fishing tips and regulations.

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