Upcoming Events 

 

November 3rd - Grand opening of the new ERWP Watershed Heritage interpretive trail

Please join us to celebrate the official opening of the interpretive loop trail. There will be cake!

The ceremony will be 1-3pm, Saturday November 3rd 2018 at the West Bragg Creek trail head, Kananaskis Country.

For further information please contact info@braggcreektrails.org or coordinator@erwp.org
Or visit this site

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:
Alberta Government
Bow River Basin Council
Bragg Creek Historical Society
Greater Bragg Creek Trails Association

 

Riparian Restoration - Thursday November 1st 

Want to get out in the field?
Figure summer finished too early and fall was skipped? We are hoping November 1st delivers some outdoor fun, topped off with some decent weather.

The ERWP will be offering a final 2018 riparian restoration opportunity in the Elbow watershed. The target location is along Silvester Creek, home of pure Westslope Cutthroat Trout, in McLean PLUZ.

The ERWP is offering riparian restoration opportunities again this year in the Elbow watershed. Please sign up on Eventbrite here, and be sure to bring warm and waterproof gear, gloves, and lunch. Questions? e-mail Flora coordinator@erwp.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)

 

"Water Rites: reimagining water in the west" presentations and book launch - September 26

The ERWP will have an information display at this event, held at the Calgary Central Library on Wednesday, September 26th 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, The ERWP will be hosting a State of the Watershed workshop, e-mail Flora coordinator@erwp.org for more info.

 

Bragg Creek Water Quality monitoring program is in it's 13th 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

 

 

Past Events

 

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.

 

Casino Fundraiser

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:
Work gloves
Hand pruners
Shovel

Any questions? Please contact Flora by email coordinator@erwp.org

 

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

Restoration Workshop October 14th Description

Restoration Workshop October 14th Agenda

 

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 (cryan@ucalgary.ca) 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 coordinator@erwp.org 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"

 

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  cassianocaue@gmail.com  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 coordinator@erwp.org 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

Download:  pdf ERWP June 2014 Draft AGM Minutes (192 KB)

 

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 
5:00-7:00 pm

Location: Redwood House
1 Manyhorses Drive
Redwood Meadows AB