Slocan River Streamkeepers

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The Slocan River Streamkeepers work in the Slocan River valley, in the unceded territory of the Sinixt people.

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News and Activities

Toadfest 2019 at Summit Lake

2018 T.F.

Above: Slocan River Streamkeepers’ table at Toadfest, in a previous year

  • Wednesday, August 21, from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., and
  • Thursday, August 22 from 9:00 a.m. to 12 noon.

It’s a great, free, fun, family event organized by the Fish & Wildlife Compensation Program, to raise awareness of Western Toads and other species. Learn about the toads’ natural history, life cycle and habitat needs before visiting the display featuring other local species.

Adult toads migrate in early spring to breed at Summit Lake. The dime-size toadlets migrate from Summit Lake to upland habitat in the summer.

If there are toadlets in Summit Lake Provincial Park during Toadfest, visitors will get the opportunity to help them safely migrate across the highway. The public are reminded not to collect and move the toadlets across the highway outside of this event.

Thanks to our Toadfest partners: B.C. Parks, Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure and the Ministry of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations & Rural Development.

For more information contact us at fwcp@bchydro.com or call 250-352-1300.


Our New Water-Monitoring Project

Funded by Columbia Basin Trust and Slocan Integral Forestry Cooperative, Slocan River Streamkeepers are conducting field studies to assess water quality and temperature at specific sites along Slocan River to identify long-term trends or changes to ecological processes due to human-caused factors — such as the jet fuel spill in Lemon Creek and the landslide on Little Slocan River; the monitoring of water levels of select community water sources during low flows; recording and analyzing the physical, chemical, and biological factors present at strategic and historic sites throughout the watershed.

This addresses four main issues: Rising water temperatures and their effect on aquatic ecosystems, specifically Rainbow Trout and Bull Trout. Effects of sedimentation caused by stream bank erosion on water quality and aquatic species downstream of the landslide on Little Slocan. Effects of climate change on community waters sources. The recovery of aquatic life in Lemon Creek.

Water-quality sampling sites are located at strategic and historic sites on the Slocan River and tributaries at Passmore/South Slocan, and on Little Slocan River. Water-flow monitoring is on four creeks between Vallican and Appledale: McFayden Creek, Rice Creek, Trozzo Creek, and Ravine Creek. The work in Winlaw Creek will involve an education outreach program with the Whole School and Winlaw Elementary School. Both the monitoring of benthic invertebrates and the Canadian Aquatic Biomonitoring Network protocol take place at the same site previously sampled on Lemon Creek.


Healing Earth: an Evening Presentation with John Todd in Nelson, BC  Thursday May 30th, 2019 at 7pm

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Venue: Shambhala Music & Performance Hall, Selkirk College
700 Tenth Street, Nelson, British Columbia

We are very fortunate that Dr John Todd has accepted to share his lifetime experience, knowledge and wisdom with us in the Kootenays.
John Todd is an ecological design pioneer, an innovative restoration ecologist and a marine biologist who has worked in many parts of the world for the last 50 years. He’s the recipient of numerous awards; he was the first winner of the Buckminster Fuller Challenge for the best idea to help save humanity in 2008. The entry was “Design for a Carbon Neutral World: The Challenge of Appalachia”. And in 1990, the United Nations (FUNEP) Award for contributions to the Global Environment.
His new book: ”Healing Earth: An Ecologist’s Journey of Innovation and Stewardship” was published in January 2019.
www.toddecological.com

www.oceanarksint.org/

This event is co-hosted by Kootenay Permaculture Institute and Slocan River Streamkeepers.

You can buy your tickets for $10 (plus fees) here:
https://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/4250817

Press release:
https://slocanriverstreamkeepers.wordpress.com/john_todd-2/


Slocan River Streamkeepers 2019 AGM — May 27

Valley residents are invited to the Slocan River Streamkeepers’ upcoming AGM. The Slocan River Streamkeepers’ mission has been to protect and rehabilitate the aquatic and wetland ecosystems of Slocan River through Education & Outreach, Restoration & Enhancement, Monitoring & Research — in collaboration with the community and local stakeholders. Ever since the Streamkeepers Society was founded in 2003, active-volunteer members have been working in conjunction with professional scientists, technicians, and educators contracted for specific roles.  The general public is welcomed to the AGM, which will convene on May27, at 6:30pm at the Passmore Hall.


Riparian & Wetland Restoration in the Slocan Valley

 from the 2019 KCP Winter Webinar Series:

Conservation in the Context of Climate Change – Restoration in Action

The Kootenay Conservation Program was pleased to bring back the Winter Webinar Series,  from January to March.  The four-part series focused on the theme of “Conservation in the Context of Climate Change – Restoration in Action.”

http://kootenayconservation.ca/winter-webinars/

WEBINAR #3: Riparian and Wetland Restoration in the Slocan Valley

You can watch the third webinar in the KCP Winter Webinar Series. The Slocan River Streamkeepers have implemented over 40 riparian restoration projects in the Slocan Valley since 2005, restoring the equivalent of 5 km of riverbank. Some of the projects have also included fish habitat enhancement. More recently, the Streamkeepers have also implemented some wetland restoration and enhancement projects. In this webinar, Gregoire Lamoureux, restoration ecologist with Slocan River Streamkeepers, will talk about some of the projects that have been implemented over the years, the importance of good relationship with landowners, the challenges & benefits of the projects and more.

This webinar is presented in collaboration with the Columbia Basin Watershed Network

 


Crooked Horn Farm Wetland Restoration Project

 

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. We gratefully received funding from the Fish & Wildlife Compensation Program and National Wetlands Conservation Fund for the project.  This wildlife enhancement project has specifically consisted of creating habitat for a diversity of species including amphibians and painted turtles and also adding some bird boxes and bat houses.  (The Streamkeepers had previously implemented an adjacent riparian restoration project including in-stream fish habitat structures on the property in 2013.)

The project is located adjacent to Slocan Valley Rail Trail, hence it affords opportunities for public education and raising awareness of the importance of wetlands.

https://slocanriverstreamkeepers.wordpress.com/wetland-restoration


Slocan River Streamkeepers’ Gap Analysis

The Regional District of Central Kootenay 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 includes 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 and analysis 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.

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Riparian and Wetland Restoration in the Slocan Valley

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2019 KCP Winter Webinar Series 

Conservation in the Context of Climate Change – Restoration in Action

KCP is pleased to bring back the Winter Webinar Series from January to March. This four-part series will focus on the Fall Gathering theme of “Conservation in the Context of Climate Change – Restoration in Action”.

http://kootenayconservation.ca/winter-webinars/

WEBINAR #3: Riparian and Wetland Restoration in the Slocan Valley

You can watch the third webinar in the KCP Winter Webinar Series. The Slocan River Streamkeepers have implemented over 40 riparian restoration projects in the Slocan Valley since 2005, restoring the equivalent of 5 km of riverbank. Some of the projects have also included fish habitat enhancement. More recently, the Streamkeepers have also implemented some wetland restoration and enhancement projects. In this webinar, Gregoire Lamoureux, restoration ecologist with Slocan River Streamkeepers, will talk about some of the projects that have been implemented over the years, the importance of good relationship with landowners, the challenges & benefits of the projects and more.

This webinar is presented in collaboration with the Columbia Basin Watershed Network

Riparian Restoration:
https://slocanriverstreamkeepers.wordpress.com/riparian-restoration/

Wetland Restoration:
https://slocanriverstreamkeepers.wordpress.com/wetland-restoration/

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GT Wetland Restoration Project

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GT Wetland Restoration Project

The Slocan River Streamkeepers are working on a second wetland restoration project in the Slocan Valley. The goal is to restore the wetland habitat and re-vegetate the site with native species to enhance functionality and attract a diversity of wildlife species. In January 2019, an excavator dug three shallow wetland areas, and basking logs were installed for amphibians and some posts planted for nesting boxes. We also created a turtle nesting area. This spring, we will be planting native plants around the wetlands, as well as installing bird and bat houses.

This project will provide habitat for a diversity of wildlife, including Western Toads, Columbia Spotted Frogs, and Western Painted Turtles, as well as bats, birds and invertebrates such as dragonfly. The strategy aims to attract diverse predators of mosquitoes to reduce their population in summer. Sampling in summer 2017 found no mosquito larvae in the wetlands we restored at Crooked Horn Farm. The Streamkeepers will continue the monitoring program to document the short- and long-term effects of restored wetlands.

The Slocan River Streamkeepers would like to thank all the funders, supporters, land owners and volunteers for their support for this wetland restoration project.

Thanks to all our funders and supporters!

This project was funded by Fish and Wildlife Compensation Program (FWCP) and Columbia Basin Trust (CBT)
Additional funding was provided by WWF and Loblaws Water Fund with support from Columbia Basin Watershed Network (CBWN)
and Slocan Integral Forestry Cooperative (SIFCo)
and with the support of
BC Wildlife Federation Wetlands Education Program
Selkirk College Geospatial Research Centre
Slocan Wetlands Assessment and Monitoring Project (SWAMP)

Wetland Restoration:

https://slocanriverstreamkeepers.wordpress.com/wetland-restoration/

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Crooked Horn Farm Wetland Restoration Project

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. We gratefully received funding from the Fish & Wildlife Compensation Program and National Wetlands Conservation Fund for the project.  This wildlife enhancement project has specifically consisted of creating habitat for a diversity of species including amphibians and painted turtles and also adding some bird boxes and bat houses.  (The Streamkeepers had previously implemented an adjacent riparian restoration project including in-stream fish habitat structures on the property in 2013.)

The project is located adjacent to Slocan Valley Rail Trail, hence it affords opportunities for public education and raising awareness of the importance of wetlands.

https://slocanriverstreamkeepers.wordpress.com/wetland-restoration

 

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Co-existence with the Beavers

Yes, the beavers are still very active along the Slocan River.

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Crataegus douglasii (Black hawthorn) in Appledale. March 2017.

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