MacDonald Creek Water Sampling

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.

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General Meeting

There was a general meeting held September 16, 2017 at 2:00 pm

Members present- Kevin Schiller, Nicole Schiller, Doug Lofgren, Simon Wallis

Topics covered

1- Expenses

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.

Toad Fest Booth

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.

Annual General Meeting

The Annual General Meeting of ALESS was held on July 16, 2017 at the Burton School. A new Board of Directors was elected. Kevin Schiller is the new president. Stay tuned as we update this website and provide more details of our new Board, our work to date and our future plans.

If you are interested in volunteering or would like to know more about ALESS please let us know in the “Comments” section below.

Visit our booth at ToadFest, Summit Lake Provincial Park, August 29th and 30th, 2017.