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Development pressure focus of new Kootenay Lake group

Posted on 02. Feb, 2012 by in Environment

Development pressure focus of new Kootenay Lake group

PRESS RELEASE from the Kootenay Lake Partnership The Kootenay Lake Partnership (KLP) adopted a strategic Terms of Reference to develop integrated and collaborative approaches to lake management planning. This is a response to recent rapid growth and increased pressure that will protect and enhance the ecological health, aboriginal and socio-economic values of Kootenay Lake. Through cooperation, information-sharing, [...]

Elk Valley wildlife star in wildlife doc

Posted on 12. Dec, 2011 by in Environment

Elk Valley wildlife star in wildlife doc

The scenery and wildlife of the Elk Valley are part of a new video showcasing the province’s landscape and animals, reports the Fernie Free Press.

Leon Lorenz is the B.C. filmmaker behind the lens. Lorenz made headlines in June 2010 when his footage of a grizzly charge – shot south of Prince George – was released to the public.

Meteor shower to peak tomorrow morning

Posted on 21. Oct, 2011 by in Environment

Meteor shower to peak tomorrow morning

The Orionids meteor shower peaks tomorrow morning. If you’ve got clear skies in your neck of the woods, they might be worth a look.

The best viewing for the Orionids in 2011 will probably be before dawn on October 21 or 22, though the waning crescent moon will interfere with this year’s Orionid display. But check ‘em out anyway. As we learned during the Draconids shower earlier this month … even one meteor streaking along in bright moonlight can be breathtaking.

Province investigates Kootenay mill

Posted on 19. Oct, 2011 by in Environment, Kaslo

Province investigates Kootenay mill

The province is looking into the operation of the Meadow Creek Cedar mill, reports the Nelson Star. Meadow Creek, located north of Kaslo at the north end of Kootenay Lake, is in creditor protection and already under the review of the Forest Practices Board. Local government officials have spoken with the province about the mill. [...]

Nelson has quality air, according to WHO report

Posted on 28. Sep, 2011 by in Environment, Nelson

Nelson has quality air, according to WHO report

Nelson’s air quality is some of the best in the world’s cities, according to a World Health Organization report released earlier this week, reports the Toronto Star.

While Nelson, BC wasn’t the focus of the report, the Kootenay town was listed as being in the top 10 of the World Health Organization’s (WHO) report on air quality across the world.

La Niña, and snow, return!

Posted on 26. Sep, 2011 by in Environment, Regions

La Niña, and snow, return!

Environment canada predicts La Niña will return to the Kootenays this winter, reports Annalee Grant for the Cranbrook Daily Townsman.

David Phillips, senior climatologist for Environment Canada told the Townsman it won’t likely be as severe as the “winter from hell” Cranbrook experienced last year.

Five bears shot in Revelstoke within a week

Posted on 19. Sep, 2011 by in Environment, Revelstoke

Five bears shot in Revelstoke within a week

It’s been a bad fall for bears in the Revelstoke area, reports Alex Cooper for the Revelstoke Times Review: five black bears were shot in the community over seven days.

Jeanette Vickers, the city’s Bear Aware coordinator, says a poor berry crop is forcing more bears to look for food elsewhere and they’re finding it in our garbage.

Federal assessment says Beaver River IPP holds ‘unacceptable risk’

Posted on 29. Jul, 2011 by in Environment, Golden

Federal assessment says Beaver River IPP holds ‘unacceptable risk’

Fisheries experts have weighed in on the Beaver River Hydropower Project, a cluster of run-of-river installations proposed for Ventego, Cupola and Alder creeks, located northwest of Golden and on the Glacier National Park boundary.

The group of fisheries and aquatic technical staff reviewed the proposal. The review team consisted of members of the Ktunaxa Nation Council – Canadian Columbia River Intertribal Fisheries Commission (KNC), the B.C. Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations (MFLNRO) and Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO).

Bennett says public driven to ban pesticides

Posted on 13. Jul, 2011 by in Environment

Bennett says public driven to ban pesticides

The province is forming a committee to look at banning cosmetic pesticides and Kootenay East MLA Bill Bennett is on it, reports Sally MacDonald for the Cranbrook Daily Townsman.

Bennett says the committee has to consult with Health Canada and the province’s Ministry of Health.

So far, so good for forest fires

Posted on 08. Jul, 2011 by in Environment

So far, so good for forest fires

In what should be unsurprising to anyone who was in the region last month, there haven’t been many forest fires in the Kootenays so far.

The Southeast Fire Centre, which monitors wildfire conditions in the East and West Kootenays, reports there have been 18 forest fires in the area since Friday, April 1. There were 31 fires over the same period in 2010 and 100 fires over the same period in 2009.