Stormwater Solutions (phase II)

In 2020 the second phase of the Stormwater Solutions project kicked off, with a lot of prep setting us up for 2021. Several weedpulls throughout the summer of 2020 and 2021 removed invasive plants from the stormwater ponds around Fernie, with 91 volunteers removing 32 garbage bags of weeds.

In 2021 we planted native aquatic vegetation around these ponds and installing three floating wetlands in Maiden Lake to improve filtration and provide greater habitat to aquatic animals. We will also be creating an educational film and installing interpretive signs to improve water literacy and encourage community members to take steps to improve the water quality in the Elk Valley.

In total 90 volunteers donated a total of 185 hours to restoration and enhancement activities on Maiden Lake and Annex Park. 

2020 achievements

  • Maiden Lake, Canadian Tire Pond & Annex Pond weedpulls and baseline Water Monitoring

2021 achievements

  • Installed 3 floating wetland islands (105 sq ft) on Maiden Lake with native wetland species (with plans to double floating island square footage in 2022)
  • Maiden Lake, Canadian Tire Pond & Annex Pond weedpulls and baseline Water Monitoring
  • Planted over 1500 native riparian and wetland seedlings, including rushes, reeds and cattails

Pending work in 2021-2022

  • Educational videos
  • Signage at Maiden lake and Fernie Annex 'Duck Pond'
  • Additional 10 sq ft of floating wetlands in Maiden Lake

In the News:

Floating wetlands planted at Maiden Lake to clean stormwater

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  • Stephanie Hirn
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