2020 AGM set for September 25th
Please join us at 11;00 on Friday, September 25th for our AGM. The event will either be outside while observing COVID-19 safety protocols, or virtual. Either way there will be good things in store and we will make it worth your while. Details to follow in an email.
Freshwater Field School - 2020
We plan to hold the Freshwater Field Study in the fall. After much discussion and planning, we have formed three scenarios from which schools can choose. (Choices vary depending on the school's needs and COVID-19 requirements). Schools are reserving spots now. If you are a teacher, or know of a school that would be interested in participating in the Freshwater Field Study program this fall, please contact Anne.
Monitoring the success rate of willows planted is an important part of bioengineering projects. Two ERWP staff plan to monitor previous sites and document any changes. We will share the results of this monitoring with our membership later this fall.
If it is safe to do so, we hope to host a restoration workshop this fall. This will be determined later in the summer.
Bragg Creek Water Quality monitoring program is in it's 15th year!
Since 2005, community volunteers have been monitoring water quality at six locations along Bragg Creek during the spring and summer. The ERWP provides equipment and supplies and volunteering for this work. Volunteers collect water samples and measure Water Temp, Turbidity, Nitrate, Phosphate, Chloride and pH.
Thanks to the following sponsors for supporting the Bragg creek Water quality monitoring program
Bragg Creek and area data collection volunteers
ERWP Casino Volunteers
Rocky View County
The Heart of Bragg Creek hosting "Learn Your Landscape" series - autumn 2019
The “Learn our Landscape” series brings local scientists and experts to present important aspects of the natural systems and beings that inhabit this beautiful place. These 40-minute presentations will be followed by moderated questions and discussion. Our goal is having all participants come to better understand and connect with the web of life that supports us, and what we might do to sustain this fragile interdependence. We protect what we love…
This talk reviews the vast extent of time and processes that generated life on earth and are recorded in our Rocky Mountains and Foothills outcrops. Plate tectonics, mass extinction events that reoriented the trajectories of evolution, orbital variations that cause ice ages and seasons, and volcanic catastrophes in Alberta’s past. And yes, anthropogenic climate warming. I hope we can discuss both humanities’ past insignificance and our current powerful impact on our planet.
ERWP Casino fundraiser - November 11th and 12th, 2019
Every 18 months we rely on you, our watershed supporters, to volunteer at the Elbow Casino. Please continue to support all of our great programs and projects such as the Freshwater Field Study program. Over the the past 15 years, close to 19,000 students have attended this program. Let's continue to help carry the torch and bring our watershed's youth into the headwaters!
ERWP annual bus tour and AGM - June 14th 2019
On Friday, June 14th, members and interested public joined the ERWP for a free bus tour which included the annual general meeting. There were presentations while visiting the Elbow headwaters and a short walk on the brand new Watershed Heritage Trail in West Bragg Creek.
The day included education, beautiful scenery, great food and great people of course!
The ERWP organized a final 2019 riparian restoration opportunity in the Elbow watershed.
For enquiries about future restoration work opportunities, e-mail Flora firstname.lastname@example.org
Thanks to the following sponsors for offering to support 2018 riparian restoration projects:
Alberta Conservation Association
Rocky View County
Shell Canada Ltd.
The City of Calgary
Watershed Resilience and Restoration Program (AE)
Westslope Cutthroat Trout Recovery Team (AE) (in-kind)
November 3rd, 2018 - Grand opening of the new ERWP Watershed Heritage interpretive trail
The official opening ceremony was 1-3pm, Saturday November 3rd at the West Bragg Creek trail head, Kananaskis Country.
Funding for the new Watershed Heritage interpretive trail provided by:
Bow River Basin Council
City of Calgary water services
Elbow River Watershed Partnership
Land Stewardship Center
Rocky View County
Partners for the new Watershed Heritage interpretive trail:
Bow River Basin Council
Bragg Creek Historical Society
Greater Bragg Creek Trails Association
"Water Rites: reimagining water in the west" presentations and book launch - September 26
The ERWP attended "Water Rites: reimagining water in the west" with an information display. The event was held at the Calgary Central Library on Wednesday, September 26th, 2018 from 7 - 8:30 pm
State of the Watershed project kickoff workshop
We plan to include water quality data, water quantity data and Traditional Knowledge in a publicly available State of the Watershed online report by next spring. To kickoff the project a workshop was held in 2018.
ERWP 2018 AGM
The ERWP's annual general meeting took place on Monday, June 25 at the CountryWood Retreat and Conference Centre in Bragg Creek (36 White Ave.). Tsuut'ina Nation cultural leader Hal Eagletail spoke on "Traditional Knowledge." Eagletail is an engaging speaker whose talks are filled with humour. The ERWP's AGM also included sharing updates on projects including restoration, the Freshwater Field Study, the West Bragg Interpretive trail, a State of the Watershed report and online tool.
Thank you to all those who helped by volunteering at the ERWP Casino on Dec 15+16th.
Every 18 months or so the ERWP has an opportunity to raise a lot funds via a casino. We use casino funds for a variety of projects including the Freshwater Field School for grade 8,9 and Bio 20 students, riparian restoration projects, Water Quality equipment for citizen scientists in the watershed, speaker series, our quarterly newsletter, educational outreach, and presentations to name a few.
Silvester Creek Restoration work, October 20th
Thanks to everyone who came to join in on a final restoration project for 2017. tWe helped make the watershed more resilient to flood and drought and to also help protect the threatened pure Westslope Cutthroat Trout.
Bio-engineering special worshops
On September 15th and 16th a worshop on bioengineering in the Ghost Watershed was held.
On September 17th a workshop with Dave Polster, doing 'hands on' work in the Silvester Creek basin was held. A big thank you to our 22 hardworking restoration volunteers who came from all over Alberta to attend our workshop in the McLean Creek Public Land Use Zone. We had a successful day working with restoration expert Dave Polster. Our work on Sunday will help restore and protect a wetland. Thanks also to the Watershed Resiliency and Restoration Program for funding this project and to 'mother nature' as we had great weather!
More about previous bio-engineering sessions in Silvester Creek and other ERWP projects here.
This year the ERWP restoration work day was June 20th
Want to know what Bioengineering is? Want to be one of the first volunteers to try out a new product? Feeling strong? Then next Tuesday is for you!
Tuesday June 20th 9:30am meet in West Bragg in the South parking lot.(the main parking lot is under construction)
Please join us and be prepared to walk or bike 1.6km to the trail site of a popular intersection.
As always, please dress in layers and for the elements. Bring water and a snack. (Coffee and treats will be provided)
To bring if you have them:
Any questions? Please contact Flora by email email@example.com
ERWP Annual General Meeting and Mini Symposium
June 9th, 2017
This year the AGM took place in the middle of a day of speakers and a optional short hike on an interpretive loop trail.
Twenty-six ERWP members enjoyed presentations from four speakers in our mini symposium on June 9. George Roman, from The City of Calgary Water Resources, spoke about The City of Calgary's Source Water Protection Plan. George highlighted the importance of proactive source water protection and how this can benfit all who live and work in the watershed. There are many potential sources of pollution to Calgary's drinking water, the largest threat being from forest fires. Barb Teghtmeyer, a longtime resident of Bragg Creek, shared historical photos and stories of life on the Elbow during many "high-water events." Barb's parting message was, "Love the river, respect the river." Flora Giesbrecht, ERWP Watershed Coordinator, highlighted recent and upcoming ERWP restoration projects, plus information on the new Interpretive Trail Loop in West Bragg Creek and other 2017 projects. Bob Sandford, EPCOR Chair for Water and Climate Security at the United Nations University Institute for Water, Environment and Health, provided us with a thought-provoking talk on the macro-scale of watershed management. Bob stressed the importance of watershed stewardship organizations such as the ERWP and how change at the local scale contributes on the global scale. His presentation was followed by an excellent discussion on topics such as advocacy and its place in watershed management and ways to incorporate First Nations knowledge in science-based decisions. Denise Di Santo, ERWP board member, did a wonderful job of chairing the event.
We are especially pleased to announce the election of our latest board member at the AGM, Julia Kennedy-Francis, Townsite Manager for Redwood Meadows. Welcome, Julia!
Riparian Restoration Workshop
October 14-15, 2016
Bus Tour and AGM Rolls Around Again in June
Save the date for the ERWP's popular AGM and bus tour, Friday, June 17 from 8:30 am to 4 pm. The day includes a trip to the headwaters of the Elbow River with expert talks, stops along the way, videos, a picnic lunch and a brief AGM. Join the fun!
Sneak peak of stops includes:
- Calgary pick up 6449 Crowchild Trail SW, Calgary, AB
- Bragg Creek -Revitalize the Creek, Elbow Corridor project, local flood mitigation
- McLean Creek - Bioengineering/off highway vehicle site, Backcountry trails flood rehabilitation-
- Elbow Falls- lunch break, photo ops - Partnership Freshwater Field Study Program
- Cobble Flats - Water Quality monitoring
- return by 3:30pm
Elbow River Corridor Project
What is ERCP?
An initiative focusing on community education and engagement about riverfront flood protection, restoration, improvements and amenities in the Elbow River corridor area of Bragg Creek and Redwood Meadows.
How to be involved?
Plan to attend our two community dialogue forums to increase your understanding of flood protection and mitigation plans, and discuss what is important to you about riverfront restoration and options for improvements on local lands. (this discussion does not encompass SR1)
- Tuesday, June 14 2016 7:00 pm – 9:30 pm
- Tuesday, June 28 2016 7:00 pm – 9:30 pm
Location: Redwood House, Redwood Meadows
Everyone in the Bragg/Redwood corridor is welcome to come learn and join the discussion!
Join Us for Presentations on the Elbow River
Students in the University of Calgary's Environmental Science program present fourth-year research projects about the Elbow River Watershed at an open house on Friday, April 15 2016. Presentations cover topics such as Calgarians' watershed perceptions, aquatic insects as water quality indicators, and climate reconstruction. The open house takes place from 1 to 4:30 pm at the Calgary Water Centre, 625 25th Avenue SE.
No RSVP is necessary. Contact Dr. Cathy Ryan (firstname.lastname@example.org) for information.
ERWP Casino May 4 and 5 needs your help
The ERWP relies partly on volunteer casino funds to reach its goal of working toward a healthy Elbow River Watershed. We use money raised to pay for our field school, purchase water quality equipment for community volunteers, carry out restoration projects and more. We would love your help! Click here to sign up for a shift on either May 4 or 5 2016.
Meet your Program Coordinator at Earth Day in Redwood Meadows
Have you ever tasted an edible aquifer? Visit ERWP program coordinator Flora Giesbrecht at Sustainable Redwood's sixth annual Earth Day Celebration for a sample. The Earth Day event takes place Saturday, April 23 2016 from noon to 4 pm in Redwood Meadows.
Learn More about Local Bioengineering
Friday April 29th 2016 4:30-6pm
The ERWP has done bioengineering work near Bragg Creek in McLean Creek and West Bragg area since 2007. What does bioengineering involve? Learn more at a free talk by the ERWP's Flora Giesbrecht on April 29 at Redwood House.
Book Launch Mountains to Metropolis: The Elbow River Watershed
Date: Thursday Dec 10th 2015 from 5:00-7:00 pm
Location: Redwood House, 1 Manyhorses Drive, Redwood Meadows AB
Silvester Creek 2015 Phase 3 of Westslope Cutthroat Trout Habitat Restoration Project
When: Friday, Nov 6th from 10am-2pm
Who: Project partners: Ghost Watershed Alliance Society, Alberta Riparian Habitat Management Society (Cows and Fish), the Elbow River Watershed Partnership, and other interested community volunteers are welcome
Where: we are meeting at the McLean Creek Pond parking lot https://goo.gl/maps/dPU7Witmt2K2 and will carpool from there to the site
What to bring: clothes for all types of weather, a shovel and rake (if you have one), gloves, drinking water
Refreshments will be provided
Please respond to Flora email@example.com if you would like to participate or to find out more.
Why: This is a fantastic "hands-on" educational opportunity for a variety of community partners in the Elbow River watershed (and Silvester/Mclean Creek) that will help improve the health of Silvester Creek.
October 19th 2015 - Bragg Creek Community Centre "Wetlands Integrity: Wetlands Governing Policy, Preservation and Restoration within the Elbow River Watershed"
- pdf Watershed Resiliency and Restoration program by Monique Dietrich (1.54 MB)
- pdf Rocky View County Proposed development adjacent to the riparian area by Tim Dietzler (2.02 MB)
- pdf Understanding Alberta Wetlands Policy by Judy Stewart (5.44 MB)
September 12th 2015 - Testing Water Quality in the Headwaters
Last opportunity for the 2015 season! Come out to the headwaters for the day and help test water quality. We have had 2 successful days in July and August, come and see what it is all about!
Please contact Cassiano firstname.lastname@example.org for further details.
September 18th and/or 19th -Bio-engineering/Riparian Restoration opportunity in West Bragg.
Not sure what bio engineering for streambank restoration is? Come on and find out
Please contact Flora email@example.com for further details
Don't want to get your hands dirty, but interested in helping out the partnership in other ways? Please let us know, there are lots of opportunities!
Friday June 19th 2015 ERWP All day Bus Tour AGM to the headwaters
Please join us for our free AGM bus tour on Friday, June 19th
Confirmed presenters: Kevin Van Tighem on "Land Management and Water Security", John Pomeroy on "New Research on Headwaters and Downstream Flow Implications", Liz Breakey on "Revitalize the Creek Program", Mary Young from "Don't Damn Springbank", Megan Van Ham on "Room for the River". Lunch included and a short steep hike to Elbow Lake.
To register or find out more click here - http://www.eventbrite.com/e/elbow-river-watershed-partnership-agm-tour-of-the-upper-elbow-watershed-june-19th-tickets-16962129185?aff=es2
May 13th 2015 3-7pm Spray Lake Sawmill open house in Cochrane
Open House goals to share all of the company's harvest plans for the upcoming season. This would include the 2015 General Development Plan as well as Forest Harvest Plans
Location: Frank Wills Memorial Hall
May 12th 2015 7:00-8:30pm "Changing Hydrology and Land Use in the Elbow River Watershed" with Danielle Marceau hosted by ERWP and Sustainable Redwood
To register for this free event, go here https://www.eventbrite.com/e/changing-hydrology-and-land-use-in-the-elbow-river-watershed-tickets-16347372431
For complete information, see pdf attached poster (297 KB) .
Book Launch Mountains to Metropolis: The Elbow River Watershed (Poster Attached)
Date: Thursday Dec 10th
Location: Redwood House
1 Manyhorses Drive
Redwood Meadows AB