Tuesday, July 19, 2016

‘No Need for Site C’: Review Panel Chair Speaks Out Against Dam in New Video



‘No Need for Site C’: Review Panel Chair Speaks Out Against Dam in New Video

By Emma Gilchrist • Monday, June 20, 2016

A new video released today by DeSmog Canada features an exclusive video interview with Harry Swain, chair of the federal-provincial panel tasked with reviewing the controversial Site C dam.

“Tweet: EXCLUSIVE video from ‪#‎SiteC‬ review chair: ‘I think we’re making a big mistake, a very expensive one.’ http://bit.ly/28Mt762 ‪#‎bcpoliI‬ think we’re making a big mistake, a very expensive one,” Swain says in the video. “Of the $9 billion it will cost, at least $7 billion will never be returned. You and I as rate payers will end up paying $7 billion bucks for something we get nothing for.”

Since 2005, domestic demand for electricity in B.C. has been essentially flat, making it difficult to justify the dam which will flood 107 kilometres of the Peace River and destroy thousands of hectares of prime agricultural land. 

“There is no need for Site C,” Swain says. “If there was a need, we could meet it with a variety of other renewable and smaller scale sources.”

Read more here: http://www.desmog.ca/…/no-need-site-c-review-panel-chair-sp…

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Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Trout Unlimited Canada Stampede Breakfast - Frid July 15


Trout Unlimited Canada Stampede Breakfast - Frid July 15 

8am-11am at Country Pleasures Fly Fishing

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Anglers asked to collect samples for U of C to test for 'rock snot'

Lee Jackson, a professor at the University of Calgary holds some rock snot also known as Didymosphenia geminata or didymo in October 2009. Leah Hennel / Calgary Herald archives

Anglers asked to collect samples for U of C to test for 'rock snot'

by Colette Derworiz, Calgary Herald, July 13 2016

Calling all anglers. Must be willing to collect ‘rock snot’ and fill out some details online.

Trout Unlimited and the University of Calgary want people who are out fishing, hiking or exploring along rivers in Alberta to sample rocks for Didymospehnia geminata, commonly known as Didymo and nicknamed rock snot for its mucous-like stickiness. 

It’s a slimy, green aquatic algae that grows along the stream bottom.

“We’re asking anglers to collect samples for us,” said Lee Jackson, a professor in the department of biological sciences in the Faculty of Science at the U of C. “We are using it as a means to sample locations that we haven’t sampled before.

Read more here: 
http://calgaryherald.com/…/anglers-asked-to-collect-samples…

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Thursday, June 30, 2016

Low river flows prompt advisory for Alberta anglers


Low river flows prompt advisory for Alberta anglers

Respect the Land in Alberta writes: "Significantly low flows, coupled with consistent high temperatures, have created an increased risk to fish populations in some areas - anglers asked to use caution."

Read more here: http://www.alberta.ca/release.cfm…

Public lands enforcement continues over Canada Day long weekend

(Photo Credit: Alberta Environment and Sustainable Resource Development)

Public lands enforcement continues over Canada Day long weekend

There have been more than 1,200 charges and warnings issued since May 1 for various violations under provincial legislation, including the Public Lands Act.

Fish and Wildlife Enforcement Officers will be working across the province this weekend to protect the landscape. We encourage everyone to get out and enjoy their time off, but please ensure you follow the rules if camping or off-roading on public lands.

Call the 24-hour Report A Poacher line at 1-800-642-3800 if you see someone:

- driving a vehicle in the bed or shore of a natural water body;
- driving up and down a stream;
- crossing a stream perpendicular to the flow – with excessive speed or wheel spinning;
- not using a nearby established crossing, bridge or ford to cross a natural water body;
- creating tire ruts;
- creating new vehicle trails in an area that already has existing trails;
- taking their vehicle off trail in sensitive high alpine areas;
- blocking existing trails;
- clearing a new trail to access another area;
- clearing trees and other plants to create a camping spot;
- building or inhabiting an unauthorized structure on public lands;
- leaving large amounts of litter;
- abandoning vehicles; or
- entering closed areas.


Use of the Report A Poacher line was expanded to include public lands abuses before the May long weekend. Here are the results so far: http://www.alberta.ca/release.cfm


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Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Major Paper Released: For Nature, Gravel-bed Rivers Are Most Important Feature in Mountains of Y2Y Region




Major Paper Released: For Nature, Gravel-bed Rivers Are Most Important Feature in Mountains of Y2Y Region

MEDIA RELEASE

June 24, 2016


Canmore, AB – Gravel-bed river floodplains are some of the most ecologically important habitats in North America, according to a new study by scientists from the U.S. and Canada. Their research shows how broad valleys coming out of glaciated mountains provide highly productive and important habitat for a large diversity of aquatic, avian and terrestrial species.

The paper “Gravel-Bed River Floodplains are the Ecological Nexus of Glaciated Mountain Landscapes” published today in Science Advances is the first interdisciplinary research at the regional scale to demonstrate the importance of gravel-bed rivers to the entire ecosystem.

Read more at this link: 

https://y2y.net/…/major-science-advances-paper-released-for…

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Thursday, June 23, 2016

Calgary River Access Strategy – Approved by City Council

Photo: Access to this boat launch at Glenmore Trail/Graves Landing was blocked for a number of days in early May. It has since been reopened, but the threat is still there to close it in the future.

Calgary River Access Strategy – Approved by City Council

GOOD NEWS!

Calgary City Council approved the motion “Calgary River Access Strategy” on June 14, 2016. The motion was proposed by Councillors Keating and Carra. The motion directs City Administration ( Water Resources, Fire, Recreation and Parks Department) to address the short and long-term river access issues for recreation and commercial use. City Administration is to report back to City Council with a report no later than Q1 2017. A copy of the motion is attached.

Friday, June 10, 2016

Calgary River Access Strategy – Motion to City Council June 13 / 14, 2016

Photo: This is the boat launch at 17Ave SE/Cushing Bridge which is now gated and locked.

Calgary River Access Strategy – Motion to City Council June 13 / 14, 2016

Bow River Trout writes: 

"Calgary River Users' Alliance (CRUA) has been working with City Councillors and administration to find a resolution to Calgary’s boat ramp closures.

We are fortunate to have City Councillors prepared to address our concerns by taking a Motion to Motion to City Council next week. 

The following link to my website will give support for the motion. In the “Report” section you will find supplemental documentation presented to CITY COUNCIL." 

https://bowrivertrout.org/…/calgary-river-access-strategy-…/
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Saturday, May 28, 2016

Wild Trout of the Upper Bow Valley - May 29


Wild Trout of the Upper Bow Valley

Join the Bow Headwaters Chapter of Trout Unlimited Canada for "Wild Trout of the Upper Bow Valley Watershed", an evening of film, literature, inspiration and tall tales about trout and fishing for them. 

The event takes place on Sunday, May 29 starting at 6:30 pm at artsPlace in Canmore (950 8th Ave).