Date: Friday December 15, 2017
Call to order: 2:03 PM
In Attendance: Doug Lofgren, Linda Harrington, Simon Wallis, Michael Le Couteur, Kevin Schiller, Nicole Schiller
Bear proof bin acquisition progress discussion: Kevin has discussed with YRB and they do not have funds to support project. Need to explore getting permission to place bins should we come up with the funds. RDCK (Paul Pederson) has been approached, was advised to write a letter to RDCK with our proposal. Discussed possibility of applying for grant from CBT Spring grant intake. Source out and cost bins so that letters can be written.
Holmberg wetland discussion: update – CBT portion of grant application has been rejected. Project may have to be downsized if donations / funding money can’t be found.
Arrow Lakes watershed planning meeting Discussion and update: Meeting in December with the stakeholders was well received by those in attendance. Seven individual stakeholder groups are in support. Next step is to develop the steering committee. ALESS (Kevin) to begin planning second community meeting.
Website Discussion: Michael awaiting okay to publish updated watershed planning meeting info.
Fundraising brainstorming: Meat draw at the legion fundraiser suggested. “Go fund me” site. Pay Pal account setup for website? Create calendar as advertisement or fundraising? Michael to look into…
Michael also to investigate what the legion has to rent out as far as equipment / tent / table for toad fest 2018
Michael moves to adjourn meeting. Simon seconds.
Meeting adjourned at 3:07 PM
ALESS, in welcome collaboration with Gerry Nellestijn and Eleanor Duishuis, of the Salmo Watershed Stream keeper’s Society, recently held a watershed planning meeting at the Senior’s Hall in Nakusp (5 December, 1 to 4pm), to present our organizations to a number of major stakeholders operating within the ALESS proposed jurisdictional area (Galena Bay south to Castelgar, incorporating the adjacent valleys with tributaries feeding into the Arrow Lakes region).
A total of 15 individuals attended the session, including representatives from 6 of the major local stakeholders, all of whom actively and positively supported our proposed activities.
Look forward to a new and invigorated ALESS, working with local groups in a non-confrontational approach, to identify and address pressing ecosystems concerns in our local area! We are all bound to Nature in a very real and immediate sense, respectful of the need for positive action in protecting and enhancing our total living environment for all life within our biosphere.
We encourage all interested parties and individuals to provide input via our website. This is crucial to ensure that everyone with an interest in their local living environment has an equal chance to present their thoughts and aspirations!
There was a general meeting held October 28th, 2017 at 2:00 pm.
Call to order: 2:10 pm.
Members present- Kevin Schiller, Nicole Schiller, Doug Lofgren, Simon Wallis, John Poirier and Caryl Jones.
Grant discussion: Changes to the grant application decision from last time. Agreed to go forth applying for grants. All in favour. Discussed grants to be applied for.
Discussed Watershed management plan development.
YRB (Yellowhead Road & Bridge) Bear proof garbage cans update: Kevin to continue talks with Bart re bear proof garbage cans. More to follow.
Kevin expressed a desire to work further with Box Lake wetland after CBWN (Columbia Basin Watershed Network) wetland day in October. Concerns for painted turtle inhabitants.
Columbia River Treaty discussed re water fluctuations impacts.
CBWN water monitoring data hub discussion by Simon. Information provided to new members John and Caryl.
There being nothing more of relevance to discuss – meeting adjourned at 3:13 pm.
ALESS members conducted a water sampling on September 30, 2017 at MacDonald Creek to help maintain a healthy ecosystem and act as a baseline for future reference.
A community engagement awareness day was held today the 2nd of October, 2017 at Selkirk College and Box Lake.
Activities included a meet and greet, a trip to Box Lake for some hands on Wetland inspection and education on ecosystem awareness.
There was a general meeting held September 16, 2017 at 2:00 pm
Members present- Kevin Schiller, Nicole Schiller, Doug Lofgren, Simon Wallis
2- ALESS Familiarization &Promo for general public at Box Lake October 2 2017 offering talks on wetland health & water sampling time to be announced in paper and on radio. Qualified Environmental Professionals will be on site as well as a First Nation Biologist from Okanagan First Nations showing support and collaboration with ALESS. Special thanks to Tara Clapp with Columbia Basin Watershed Network for helping to pull this together for ALESS, as well as everyone else. Thanks guys!
3- ALESS to support Westbank First Nations proposals for rehabilitation projects in Burton and Fauquier areas.
4- ALESS to support Burton flats environmental restoration project by B.C. Hydro, with some recommendations as in local employment opportunities, adding signs and a trail for info and viewing, encourage multi use area away from wetland with cement picnic tables and signage, add a fish component to the project with a stream rehabilitation on North end of project area (small stream south of bridge), adding cotton wood trees for noise buffer to community, boom sticks to stop course woody structure from inundating wetland area, have Okanagan First Nations (ONA) being involved, and of course an educational component.
5- View point garbage issues – Talk to Highways to see if we can get Bear proof bins installed at ¼ mile and south of town 5 mile lookout, and Burton Bridge Cenotaph pull out.
6- Mapping of Lakes Heather Leschied – Would like to work with ALESS on lake mapping of the Arrow Lakes.
7- Watershed Planning Team – Jerry Neilstrom. Work with local stake holders to form solutions to environmental issues in area, solutions that work for everyone.
8- Meeting adjourned at 3:20 pm.
ALESS shared a booth with the Columbia Basin Watershed Network at Toad Fest on Summit Lake, August 29th and 30th, 2017. Although the venue is outside of the ALESS area in which we work, we thought it a good chance to connect with people and tell our story. It was a success.
We met a lot of people and connected with other organizations like the Fish and Wildlife Compensation Program (FWCP) and the Central Kootenay Invasive Species Society (CKISS). We have worked with the FWCP before and CKISS will be working with us as we do some field trips with the Nakusp school.
We had our new watershed maps on display. Thumbnails are shown below.
The originals are 34 by 44 inches. Contact us if these are of interest to you or watch for our next public presentations to see them in full size.
We also took pictures at Toad Fest and will be posting them here shortly.