ALESS has initiated a mapping project for the Arrow Lakes area to address, over time, each of the water sheds that feed into Arrow Lakes. We will be focusing on three new water sheds this spring, Inonoaklin Creek, Eagle Creek and McDonald Creek. The first is important because of its relationship to the numerous water users and water wells in the Inonoaklin Valley. The second two are important fish spawning and habitat. We are happy to hear from the community if there are other watersheds that deserve our attention. Please contact us.
ALESS new program is to provide digital maps on our website, that can be updated in response to the needs of the community. This program will move from watershed to watershed as the focus of interest dictates, mapping the things that are most useful to the community. Currently we have maps of the watersheds above Burton, showing, among other things, land holdings and creek watersheds. These can be viewed on our website at https://arrowless.wordpress.com/resources/maps/
We have paper and digital maps of the area from Nakusp to Edgewood that were produced by Selkirk College/Columbia Basin Watershed Network 2017 mapping program. We also have 4 paper maps that cover the same area that were produced for us by FLNROD in 2018, showing forestry cut blocks. But maps, especially paper maps, become less useful over time, as landscapes change.
MacDonald and Nakusp creeks were sampled in September 2019 by trained technicians from Living Lakes Canada. The samples were send to the University of Guelph for analysis. The work was done under the STREAM program supported by the World Wildlife Fund, Environment and Climate Change Canada, and Living Lakes Canada. The full report can be downloaded by clicking here or the image below.
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!
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.