A wetland restoration project on private land at Crooked Horn Farm in Winlaw, BC was initiated by the Slocan River Streamkeepers in 2016 and completed in Summer 2017. The Streamkeepers had also implemented an adjacent riparian restoration project including instream fish habitat structures on the property in 2013. This project is adjacent to Slocan Valley Rail Trail, this allows great opportunities for public education and raising awareness of the importance of wetlands.
Slocan River Streamkeepers invite one and all to come to Winlaw Hall on October 13 and watch “Primeval: Enter the Incomappleux”. Viewers have called this documentary, by filmmaker Damien Gillis, “breathtaking.” The Incomappleux River is a major tributary of the Columbia River in BC. Primeval is an apt descriptor for the core of the Incomappleux Valley, as it’s considered one of the world’s last truly intact temperate rainforests. Areas remain that have been developing continuously since the last ice age, and some trees in the valley are up to 2000 years old.
The Valhalla Wilderness Society initiated the making of the film “because we wanted people everywhere to experience, in some way, this ancient heritage known by our ancestors.” At 7:00 pm Craig Pettitt will present a slide show, as a prelude, about the proposal for VWS’s Selkirk Mountain Caribou Park Proposal. Admission by donation at the door, which opens at 6:30.
Slocan River Streamkeepers Society
Special General Meeting
Slocan River Streamkeepers members are invited to a Special General Meeting to vote on adoption of revised organization bylaws, as required by law. October 15, Passmore Hall, 7:00pm. (Read draft bylaws)
Slocan River Streamkeepers’ Gap Analysis
The Regional District of Central Kootenay has provided grant funding of $5,600 enabling us to hire someone to research and compile findings of past studies of the ecology and hydrology of the Slocan River. Part of the intent is to identify areas of worthwhile study for the future.
We’ve hired Dominique Monnier — a graduate of Selkirk College’s Integrated Environmental Planning program, subsequently working for two years as a BC Park Ranger, and afterwards as a field technician and field supervisor in biological and environmental programs.
The study will include a review of fish assessments, and animal, plant, and habitat conditions, as well as geographical features that define the life and function of the river. We expect the work will also suggest management strategies for maintaining ecological integrity.
This review will give Slocan River Streamkeepers direction in planning future restoration work and protection of past projects. We thank the RDCK for the support. We’ll keep interested public informed on findings through newspaper articles and this website.
Streamkeepers have reviewed the proposal for the Slocan Valley and long-term effects of BTI. We invite you to see what we have learned and the options you have. Become informed before you vote. This is important as it affects the larger river ecosystem.
Toadfest 2018 at Summit Lake
August 22 & 23, 2018
Toadfest 2018 was held at Summit Lake Provincial Park, near Nakusp, on:
- Wednesday, August 22 from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m., and
- Thursday, August 23 from 9:00 a.m. and 12 noon.
The free, fun, family event, organized by the Fish & Wildlife Compensation Program, raises awareness of the Western Toad and the other species that call the area home. People who participated learned about the toad’s natural history, life cycle, and habitat needs, and checked out the other local live animals on display.
Adult toads typically migrate in early spring to breed at Summit Lake. The dime-size toadlets migrate from Summit Lake to upland habitat in the summer.
Thanks to our Toadfest partners: B.C. Parks, and the Ministry of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations & Rural Development.
Real-Time Hydrometric Data Graph for SLOCAN RIVER NEAR CRESCENT VALLEY (08NJ013) [BC]
From the Government of Canada – Environment and Natural Resources Website (Link to ENR website)
From January 1st to May 17, 2018
From June 1 (high water) to December 31, 2017
CIP/APP Grant for Springer Cr. Water Testing
Historically, there was mining in the watersed above Springer Creek. We submitted a proposal for funding to collect water and sediment samples from Springer and do metals-content testing for a year. Reflected by valley-resident support on Dot Day, held at Winlaw Hall (Ap. 8), the community approved our request. We’re the grateful recipients of a $985 grant. Thanks go to our initiative’s supporters and to the Community Initiatives Affected Area Programs (Columbia Basin Trust), providers of the funds, and also to the RDCK (regional administrators of the CIP/APP funds) and Walter Popoff (RDCK Area H Director, who established “Dot Day” in Winlaw).
Shanoon Bennett Given Award
We’re pleased to report that, on November 25, 2016, Slocan River Streamkeepers’ education coordinator, Shanoon Bennett, was presented with an award from the Columbia Basin Environmental Education Network (CBEEN). The award, presented in Fernie to just seven recipients from around the Columbia Basin, is for Environmental Education Excellence. Congratulations to Shanoon for the honour of receiving one. We’re proud of you!
Slocan River Streamkeepers’ Funding Approved
We’ve been successful with our application for funding from the Fish & Wildlife Compensation Program and National Wetlands Conservation Fund, for our upcoming wetland restoration project. We’re very grateful to both organizations. This wildlife enhancement project specifically consists of creating habitat for a diversity of species including amphibians, painted turtles and also adding some bird boxes and bat houses.
Water Quality Monitoring Project
Our region’s WQMP exists as a result of funding support from Columbia Basin Trust. This year Slocan River Streamkeepers have been funded through the WQMP to carry out ongoing monitoring on Lemon Creek. We are very grateful for the support for this important project of ours.
DATES to Keep in Mind…
Streamkeepers get involved in local activities through various festivals and events that come along, many in the summer. Customarily, we hold our AGM in April. Our first annual public participation/presentation, in recent years, has been the Winlaw Water Day, the first Saturday of May. This is a ‘gala’ affair with music of all kinds and includes a festive walk to the Slocan River not far away.
In the beginning of July, we have our River Paddle day, and for the last several years in mid July we’ve had a booth at the Unity Fest, in Slocan city. The Toad Fest comes next and is something to support and celebrate, up at Summit Lake. Depending on climate fluctuations, and the side effects of logging, the toadlets migrate up into the forest toward the end of July and into August. One weekend during this time is selected for the public to help them safely cross the highway.
Toad Fest and all the other events are always written up and advertised in our local paper, The Valley Voice.
Want to Learn More about your Wetland?
If you have a wetland and want to be part of an innovative study, we are looking for sites on private land to be included in our study on wetland health!
Photo credit: Tyson Ehlers
Yes, the beavers are still very active along the Slocan River.
Crataegus douglasii (Black hawthorn) in Appledale. March 2017.