Posts tagged: Elk River
Followin are some of the outdoors topics we've explored in the past few days:
FISHERIES — A new study says a metal-like element called selenium is leeching from coal mines into the Elk river drainage in southeastern British Columbia, threatening fish habitat in Canada and downstream in Montana.
The study found five coal mines in the Elk River Valley are causing toxic pollution, and four of the coal mines are planning expansions.
The Missoulian reports a new coal mine proposal and three exploration projects are also under way.
The executive director of a conservation group called Wildsight says the selenium affects reproductive organs in fish and could lead to a population collapse.
The Elk River joins the Kootenai River at Lake Koocanusa.
The study was commissioned by Glacier National Park and carried out by the University of Montana’s Ric Hauer and Erin Sexton.
Expect more information on this alarming development.
FLY FISHING — Although British Columbia has set extra fees on alien visitors, and even though the stream is sometimes swarming with guided anglers, the trip up to the Fernie area is still a winner, especially this time of year when the fall colors can be stunning.
Here's a trip report from Dwight Tipton of the Inland Empire Fly Fishing Club;
We just returned from the Elk and in all my years of fishing that river I don’t think I’ve ever seen it better. I’d strongly recommend that if you are having even a notion of heading up there, now’s the time to pack your ditty bag and get in a few days fishing before it turns to winter—a dose of which we had during our stay.