Selenium pollution coming from the Elk Valley coal mines is a major problem and polluted water is harming fish as far downstream as Koocanusa Reservoir. So why isn’t government regulating selenium levels to protect fish, birds and all kinds of life that depend on clean water? The answer is complicated. The good news: federal regulation … Continued
Will new federal coal mining regulations stop Elk Valley selenium pollution?
Under Canada’s Species at Risk Act, a committee of scientific experts assesses species that are under threat and recommends SARA listings to the federal government. In their latest recommendations, they argue that the western populations of grizzly bears and wolverines should be listed as species of Special Concern. We strongly support these listings and urge … Continued
I’m behind a quick moving Jim Smith as we work our way through thick alder and saskatoon. He’s spent his life in the bush and seems to move faster as the brush gets thicker. Jim, a retired forester with over 30 years of experience, has brought me to Goat Mountain to give me a field … Continued
Should we outsource the protection of our environment? Keeping our rivers and lakes clean, protecting wild creatures and making sure our ecosystems stay intact are some of the most important functions of our government. But in BC, since the early 2000s, our government has handed over much of the responsibility for environmental protection to various … Continued
Should special access be granted to areas closed to the public to protect wildlife values? Should the number of wolverine and lynx being trapped or hunted be reduced? These questions are being asked in the proposed changes to hunting and trapping regulations in the Kootenays — changes that you can comment on until Friday, January … Continued
This entry is the second of a two-part series on waste diversion and landfilling practices in the Regional District of East Kootenay (RDEK). In this post, Wildsight’s Kimberley Cranbrook branch tours RDEK waste transfer and landfill facilities.
This spring, pregnant female mountain caribou from the South Selkirk herd will give birth in a protected pen so that they, and their young calves, are safe from predators in the dangerous first six weeks after birth. With only eleven caribou left in the South Selkirks herd, keeping calves and their mothers safe is crucial … Continued
Across BC, our mountain caribou are disappearing. Habitat destruction and threats from all corners have limited mountain caribou to small islands within their historical range that covered much of the province. After decades of half-measures, Canada and BC have come together to sign a historic first agreement under Section 11 of the federal Species at … Continued
This year, Wildsight celebrates 30 years of protecting wildlife, clean water and wild places. It’s been quite the journey…
The governments of Canada and British Columbia last week announced an agreement to protect threatened mountain caribou in part of the province. This historic agreement between the federal and provincial governments is the first ever agreement reached under Section 11 of Canada’s Species at Risk Act. The agreement, which covers the Central Group herds located … Continued