April 24, 2017
Update from Josh Markle, TUC Oldman River Chapter president
March 21, 2016
Here’s a chronology, with photos, of damage during the past 2 1/2 years at Allison Creek in the Crowsnest Pass. Allison Creek Crossing A Brief Overview
January 15, 2016
Here’s is the Statement of Concern the chapter filed to the Alberta Energy Regulator today, with TUC’s endorsement, on the proposed Grassy Mountain mine north of Blairmore that
has significant potential to harm fish and fish habitat in Gold Creek, Blairmore Creek, Daisy Creek and the Crowsnest River. Some interesting historical background on mining in the Pass and the effects on streams and fish is included.
January 2014 compilation
It has been a winter full of efforts that may have a profound affect on our fishery and chapter. Following are six items related to chapter business, including links to more info for those who want it.
• At the Oldman River Chapter AGM in January, some new faces with new ideas came forward to lead the chapter.
Some of you would know we have a new chairman, Paul Harper, who brings a solid background in fish and fisheries. The new treasurer is David Hrudy, a local banker (what is it with bankers, fly-fishing and TU: three of our directors are either bank veeps or retired bank managers.) Clive Schaupmeyer continues to be the chapter glue, serving as secretary.
The board of directors includes newbies Mark Huff and Michael DeGorter. Both are young, as are Paul and David. Allan Caldwell and John Arnold have moved from the executive onto the board. Mike Lamb and Bill Paton, who live in the Pass and direct care of the two leases at Hillcrest and Burmis, Dean Stetson, a former college VP who now just wants to get his hands dirty on TU projects, Ken Britton a business owner, Henry Komadowski college environmental science instructor and Richard Burke, who through the chapter also sits on the Oldman Watershed Council board, round out the board.
Murray Brown agreed to steer the chapter’s casino efforts, scheduled for August. That’s our main source of funding for projects – last casino three years ago netted the chapter about $30,000 which has gone toward Burmis and Hillcrest lease care, signage focusing on fish and the aquatic environment at the the revamped Helen Schuler Coulee Centre, on the St. Mary River and at the leases to replace some ruined by flooding last spring.
If you are able to volunteer for the casino, let us know (send an e-mail to me: email@example.com or Clive: firstname.lastname@example.org.
• For the past two years, the Oldman Watershed Council with the help of partners mainly with interests in the mountains, put together a Headwaters Action Plan that now moves into a phase where it’s hoped work can start on fixing some headwaters issues. One of the three targets relates to fish, in particular Westslope Cutthroat, Bull Trout and Mountain Whitefish, which are all experiencing significant decline. But, it really focuses in the fish habitat and seeks to maintain or restore healthy fish streams.
The first action plan target is to “maintain current native and naturalized fish populations within the headwaters and explore opportunities to increase native fish population in their current range.” Rainbow are, of course, naturalized fish. For more, click here Headwater Action Plan.
• In Late February, about 40 people met at Chain Lakes for the third installment of a Cows and Fish organized update on the Alberta Westslope Recovery Plan. Brian Meagher, TUC provincial fisheries biologist, presented on rehab efforts in the Lake Louise area. Peter DeGorter, Taco Hansma and Richard Burke from the chapter attended and offered on behalf of the chapter to adopt Hidden Creek. For what that means, click here: Hidden Creek
• A meeting is scheduled for April 3 in Calgary to introduce a program called Southern Alberta Fisheries Habitat Enhancement and Sustainability Program (FISHES) led by the Ministry of Environment and Sustainable Resource Development (ESRD). For information, Click here: FISHES
• TU Oldman Chapter, through our representation on the OWC board, responded to the DFO Westslope Cutthroat Recovery Strategy, which includes the Alberta WSCT Recovery Plan but has added components. Matt Coombs, fisheries bilologist with ESRD in the Crowsnest Pass, contributed some comments. Read the respond here: Oldman TU response to WSCT Recovery Strategy.
• We were asked if we wanted to submit any concerns about pipeline work on the Crowsnest River near Frank. There really wasn’t time for us to put a submission together, but Brian Meagher, provincial fisheries biologist for TUC, put a response together for TU generally and on our behalf. Click here for Pipeline work Submission.