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Restoration Workshop in the Elbow Watershed (McLean Creek) Friday, Oct 20th

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Bragg Creek Community Centre (car-pool location)

23 White Ave

Bragg Creek, AB T0L 0K0

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Join the Elbow River Watershed Partnership for this 1-day riparian/rehabilitation workshop!

Practice the theory and science behind soil bioengineering and how this approach uses plant material, rock, soil and landscape elements for such purposes as slope stabilization, erosion/seepage control in watershed restoration projects. We will get out into the field and work together on restoring a site in Kananaskis country.

The day will focus on use of natural processes and systems to restore drastically disturbed sites, including streambanks and riparian areas. Please read all of the description below, before registering.

Who should attend:

  • anyone who is able to work outside doing manual labour- preference for folks that have previously attended a similar style workshop
  • Local Residents, landowners, ranchers
  • Municipalities staff, Alberta Parks, including Public Works, Parks, Environmental Services and Agricultural Services
  • Recreational trail users for (motorized and non-motorized)
  • Environmental organizations
  • Golf Course superintendents
  • Watershed Stewardship Groups
  • University students
  • trail and road construction workers

*SPACE IS LIMITED – Preregistration required

Workday details:

Friday, October 20th, 9:30am-4pm in McLean Creek in Kananaskis Country. Meeting location will the Bragg Creek Community Center

Please note that this is a full day of outdoor, hands on work in the field, much of which requires the ability to dig, lift and carry heavy objects etc. This day will require working remotely (approximately 10km drive on gravel road, then walking for 1.5km to the site while carrying hand-tools. (we will carpool with 4x4 vehicles)

**Please bring:

  • work gloves
  • eye protection (clear lenses are best)
  • hand pruners (if you have them)
  • outdoor clothes that you don't mind getting dirty, be prepared for all types of weather, preference for brightly colorerd clothing
  • rain gear/extra clothing layers in case of inclement weather
  • boots
  • a shovel (if you have one)
  • bottle of water and snacks
  • hat
  • backpack to carry all of your stuff
  • toilet paper
  • bear spray (if you have it)

What to expect:

  • We will be working outside between the hours of 9:30 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. please be there 15 minutes early to allow time to get organized and attend the safety talk.
  • We will be working where there is limited cell phone reception.
  • Washrooms (pit toilets) will be located at the trail heads only.
  • Foothills weather changes unexpectedly so check the forecast and dress accordingly.
  • We will break for lunch. Please bring your own snacks and water.
  • We will not be using chainsaws during volunteer days.
  • There will be a first aid kit on site as well as someone trained in first aid.
  • We will have SPOT device for use in the event of an emergency.
  • We will have bear spray for use in case on a wildlife encounter
  • Pets are discouraged on volunteer days. Pet owners are fully responsible and liable for their pets.
    • We will be using tools which may cause injury if used inappropriately. Training on proper use will be conducted at the trailhead.
    • Our work may consist of cutting willows, digging, planting willows, carrying heavy loads, moving branches and woody debris, and setting up silt fences.
    • Expect the terrain to be uneven and inconsistent. It is possible to have snow/ice on the ground any month of the year. The elevation of the worksite is higher than in Calgary and weather can be significantly different in the mountains than in the City

Whirling disease

  • We will always try and avoid entering water bodies. If you accidentally step in the water, you will need to clean, drain, dry your boots and equipment and anything else that passed through the water before you wear them again. More info here - http://aep.alberta.ca/fish-wildlife/wildlife-diseases/whirling-disease/default.aspx

We supply plant material for transplanting, planting poles, hand tools. Crews for this day will be between 15 and 20 registrants.


The ERWP is partnering with other organizations to make this event possible:

Backcountry Trails Flood Rehabilitation Program

Cows and Fish

Fisheries, Bow District, South Saskatchewan Region, Alberta Environment and Parks

This ERWP project is made possible through a grant from

Alberta Environment and Parks, Watershed Resiliency and Restoration Program

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23 White Ave

Bragg Creek, AB T0L 0K0

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