Focusing on Shoreline Events and Activities
in Alberta/NWT

Special SCRM Edition - September, 2000 vol. 1/ no. 3

September means back to school for the kids. Though for those of you whose long days in the hallowed halls of educational institutions may be far behind, don't miss out on the following opportunities to learn more about the issues concerning Alberta's lakes and watersheds.

PRESERVING OUR LAKES WHILE ENJOYING THEM -SEPTEMBER 22-23 You are invited to participate in the Alberta Lake Management Society's 8th Annual Workshop, at Gull Lake. Join scientists, government and industry representatives, special interest groups and the general public in exploring and discussing the problems facing Alberta lakes and watersheds, and the technologies and management strategies available to restore and enhance them. For more information, contact Norval Horner, (403) 244-6906 or Doreen LeClair , (780) 427-2712, [email protected] , or visit www.biology.ualberta.ca/alms/annual.htm.

THE SURVIVAL OF CHESTERMERE LAKE-SEPTEMBER 30TH Concerned about Chestermere Lake? The Weed and Water Committee has been meeting with experts to find solutions for weed problems and water quality of the lake. They will now share their findings a free one day conference at Cherstermere Middle School, 128 West Lakeview Drive from 9:00 am to 2:00pm. Contact Heather Davies, (403) 272-6361, [email protected] or Councilor Ada Rawlins, (403) 272-0498 or (403) 781-7148.

LIVING AND WORKING IN WATERSHEDS-NOVEMBER 1-2 Interested in learning more about watersheds or how to form and strengthen your own watershed organization? Take part in the Living and Working in Watershed-Tools for Community Based Action Conference at Westerner Park in Red Deer. Conference sessions will focus on issues particular to watersheds and agriculture, development, recreation, and conservation. Don' t miss this chance to discuss relevant policies and legislation or to network with conference participants, stakeholders and officials from a variety of watershed groups! Conference fee is $80.00; there is no registration fee for volunteers working with watershed groups. For registration information, contact Alberta Agriculture, BOX 180, Coronation, AB, T0C 1C0 or fax, (403) 578-3122. For conference information, contact Karen at (403) 782-3301 or visit www.albertawatersheds.org.

SPLASHY EVENTS THIS MONTH!

Shoreline Celebration and Restoration Month is here at long last. Don't miss this chance to come out and get involved in some the exciting events taking place across the province!

CORN ROAST-SEPTEMBER 2 Join the Sandy Lake Restoration Society in this scrumptious event - Contact Ida May McLarty at (780) 967-2173

TREE PLANTERS WELCOME!-SEPTEMBER 2-3 The Friends of Jasper National Park invite you to take part in a restoration event. Help with the Pyramid Island Project by planting a tree or just come by and check out the action! Volunteers are welcome to drop onto the island from 11 am to 4 pm. See you there! Contact Susan Cesco at the Friends of Jasper, tel (780) 852-4767, fax (780) 852-4799, e-mail: [email protected].

FALL FAIR DAY-SEPTEMBER 3 For a fun-filled afternoon, join the FEESA, an Environmental Education Society and TransAlta at Wabamun Lake. Take a wagon ride, bring the kids to the petting zoo, enjoy the live entertainment, participate in fun activities such as races and games or visit the educational displays on environmental and shoreline issues. Contact Justin Toner (780) 421-1497, [email protected] , or visit www.feesa.ab.ca.

THE BIG SPAWN BULL TROUT HIKE-SEPTEMBER 9-OCTOBER 8 Join a Kananaskis Country interpreter and a Bull trout biologist for this informative and educational experience. The hike begins at the Peninsula Day Use area, on the shore of Lower Kananaskis Lake. The interpretive walks are held every Saturday and Sunday at 2pm.For more information, contact Claudette Landry, (403) 591-6319, [email protected] or visit www.gov.ab.ca/env/parks/prov_parks/kananaskis/interp/bultrut.html

WALK ON THE WILDSIDE-SEPTEMBER 10 These guided hikes are about more than just birds! A local naturalist will interpret various wildlife as you walk along waterways in the Calgary area. Please pre-register! To register or for more information, contact the Inglewood Bird Sanctuary, (403) 269-6688, [email protected].

SPLASHING OUT-SEPTEMBER 10 Last chance for some excellent family entertainment. Precipice Theatre Society will hold their final Alberta performance of "Splash and Ripple-Along the Ribbon of Life" in Banff on Sunday September 10th at 4:00 pm in Central Park as part of the Town Harvest Picnic. Catch this dynamic group in action while you still can! Contact Colin Funk, (403) 762-8113, [email protected].

Congratulations to Precipice Theatre for a successful tour across Alberta in July and August! A big round of applause to the following host groups who helped to put on a fabulous show:

Whyte Museum of the Canadian Rockies and Friends of Banff National Park, Banff South East Community Support Services, Chestermere Lake Sustainable Calgary, Calgary Medicine Hat Interpretive Program, Medicine Hat Lake Louise Hostel, Lake Louise Foxhaven Farm, Bluffton Red Deer County, Red Deer Sylvan Lake Stewardship Association, Sylvan Lake Sandy Lake Restoration Society, Sandy Beach Friends of Jasper National Park, Jasper

FISH RESCUE-BEGINNING IN OCTOBER For the past three years, volunteers have been saving fish from diversion canals which dry up in the fall. Trout Unlimited Canada and a number of volunteers will be going out again this October to scoop up fish and relocate them to local rivers. If you would like to get involved in a fish rescue near you, contact Dean Baayens, (403) 221-8373, [email protected] or visit www.cadvision.com/bowriver/

WE'RE TAKING THE SHOW ON THE ROAD!-BEGINNING THIS OCTOBER Celebrating Shorelines: A Roadshow will be traveling through Alberta starting this October to the Spring of 2001. Have your organization team up with The Living by Water Project co-founders to deliver a slide show presentation and displays on the importance of natural, healthy shorelines. Invite them to your community! To book a show or to receive more information, contact Natalie Affolter, (250) 832-7505, [email protected], or visit www.livingbywater.ca

SHORELINE PHOTO CONTEST AND CHILDREN'S SHORELINE POSTER COMPETITION Don't forget to send in entries for the shorelines category in Canadian Geographic Magazine's annual photo contest. In addition, kids aged 10 - 17 can enter The Living by Water Project's national poster competition. Download the rules from our website www.livingbywater.ca or give us a call. Deadline for entries to both contests is September 30, 2000.

"RIBBON JOINING" CEREMONIES Add a little ceremony to your shoreline festivities - hold a "Ribbon Joining" ceremony! Represent the restoration or re-joining of the Ribbon of Life along the shorelines of municipalities within or across a watershed; provincial, territorial or international shoreline borders at a river, lake, stream, or ocean beach. Contact us at The Living by Water Project Office for information or ideas.

Don't forget to visit our Great Ideas page for ideas on how you can celebrate shorelines.

DISTRIBUTION Shoreline Talk is distributed to stewardship and conservation networks, community groups, municipalities, regional districts, and environmental agencies interested in shoreline preservation and restoration. It is available monthly by fax or email, and is posted on our website.  Please let us know if you want to receive Shoreline Talk in another format.

SUBMISSIONS WELCOME FOR UPCOMING ISSUES Contact Simone Palmer at The Living by Water Project BC/Yukon Project Office, PO Box 7, Salmon Arm, B.C., V1E 4N2, ph (250) 832-7405, fax (250) 832-6874, [email protected], www.livingbywater.ca.

Special Thanks to the Federation of Alberta Naturalists and the Calgary Field Naturalists Society.

Thanks also to our sponsors: Canada Trust Friends of the Environment Foundation and the Canada Millennium Partnership Program.

The Living By Water Project Alberta Project Office 11759 Groat Rd, Edmonton AB, T5M 3K6 Phone: (780) 427-8124, Fax: (780) 422-2663 E-mail: [email protected]

Compiled by Simone Palmer
Edited by Natalie Affolter

 

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