Locals gathered to discuss environmental issues at I.S.S. on Wednesday, May 15th.
Pass Herald Reporter
Concerned members of Crowsnest Pass gathered to discuss issues including the future if the Crowsnest Pass watershed and its importance in the community.
On Wednesday, May 15th, local geologist Jim Rennie presented a slide show at Isabelle Sellon School about environmental issues in the Pass and Alberta in general.
“It’s time to work as a team,” said Rennie, who is from Bellevue.
The Crowsnest River watershed is an integral part of the 25,000 square km Oldman River Basin. 90 per cent of the water deeding into the Oldman River watershed comes from its mountain-fed headwaters, which eventually flows into the South Saskatchewan River and ultimately ends up in the Hudson Bay.
Therefore, what is done in the local watershed has an effect on a large area downstream.
A healthy watershed has water quality and quantity sufficient to support native aquatic species and has swift moving water alternating with quiet pools.
Also, a healthy watershed employs an Agricultural Fieldman, who is responsible for monitoring and control of invasive plant species.
The Crowsnest Conservation’s primary goal is to support measure to improve the health of local watershed and riparian areas. The Conservation Society wanted to work with the Municipality of Crowsnest Pass on a project to maintain and restore Crowsnest River riparian areas and organize volunteer stewardship events in support of river health.
Also, the Crowsnest Conservation society hopes to collaborate with a diverse group of stakeholders, as well as with the Alberta Conservation Association on an amphibian monitoring program.