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Fish and Wildlife Officers warn public

not to operate vehicles in waterways

Local Fish and Wildlife Officers would like to may cause the organisms to suffocate if they can no vehicular crossings over a waterbody can change
remind everyone how important water bodies are longer absorb oxygen from the water. the form and function of a watercourse. As the
for our native fish species, some of which have Depending on the time of year, a vehicle in a vehicles cross the waterbody they erode the banks
been deemed “Threatened” by the Alberta waterway may be running over large numbers of and over time can cause the watercourse to become
Endangered Species Conservation Committee. fertilized fish eggs or fry, which hinders population wider and shallower. This reduces cover used by
These species include the Athabasca rainbow growth and recovery. In addition, even if there are fish and can potentially lead to them not being able
trout, the bull trout, and the westslope cutthroat no eggs, running a vehicle through a water body to pass through areas with low water levels.
trout, all of which can be found in the Edson area. could destroy spawning grounds. Fish can only Furthermore, stream temperature is increased as
Arctic Grayling have recently been classified a spawn in certain areas, and if there is no suitable there is a greater surface area absorbing sunlight.
Species of Concern, with a zero catch limit across habitat, they may not spawn at all. Many of our fish species, particularly trout, require
the province to help aid in its recovery . When vehicles are driven into a waterway, oil clean cold water and any increases to stream
While most off-highway vehicle (OHV) and other toxins may enter the water. Mud, grass, temperature can cause adverse effects for these
operators are responsible, there are some who do oil, grease and seeds that machines carry are species. We can all play a part in looking after these
not always give thought to the damage they cause washed off into the stream. All of these are amazing species so that future generations can
to the land. Some natural areas are extremely detrimental to aquatic species in that area. Mud enjoy them just as we do today.
sensitive to any kind of disturbance. Some take a becomes fine sediment; oil and grease wash off and Offences under the Public Lands Act, such as
long time to return to a natural state while some are extremely toxic to all forms of life. Seeds that damaging the bed or shore of a naturally occurring
may never fully recover. travel on machines could introduce invasive plant waterway, or operating a vehicle in them, can result
Spinning tires kick up fine sediment that would species that are then enabled to force out in a maximum penalty of $25,000 for first time
not naturally occur. This sediment floats down the indigenous plant life. offenses. Please report irresponsible OHV use
stream covering fish eggs, clogging the gills of fry If there is a bridge nearby, even a few kilometres through the Report A Poacher line at 1-800-642-
and completely coating other aquatic species. This away, take the extra time to use it. Repeated 3800.

Community Garden welcomes new green guests

by Deanna Mitchener

The Edson Community Gardens have been
expanding, not only with more garden space but it
is expanding into the curriculum at the local
schools, with more plants and even with a couple of
toads that have taken up residency.
Anne Auriat said, "We turned on our water and
the water wasn't coming through the hose. A few
minutes later out popped a toad. We haven't seen
toads in years and there is a saying that goes, you
plant it and they will come, well the toads came,
and we will see what else we get."
The Community Gardens just planted $400 worth
of native water plants into the garden area. Native
water plants attract butterflies and hummingbirds,
along with other seed eating birds. They also
provide food and shelter for animals.
A lot of school tours took place at the
Community Garden and they will be implementing
a school curriculum for next year. Anne said, "We Anne Auriat with Community Gardens says they are very excited to see toads as the new
will be meeting with Lisa Wilkinson the biologist guests in the garden. photo submitted
to start talking about next year's planning. How can
we expand and improve and we will be talking
about maybe having a biologist at the Community IF a Postal Lock-out or Strike occures You can pick up
Garden for the month of June to also talk with the
kids.” a copy of the Weekly Anchor at the following locations:
“The curriculum we are looking at would be
grades one to six with an environmental theme that
-Peers Food Mart inside
EDSON Red Street boxes beside:
we could help with for each of those grades. We EDSON Red Street boxes beside: -Peers Food Mart inside
or -Red Box beside
have been looking into bee huts and frog huts and -Edson Post Office -Royal Bank, or -Red Box beside
-Edson Post Office -Royal Bank,
anything else imaginably from May 1st to the end
Peers Food Mart
-Treasury Branch -Medical Centre
of June,” said Auriat. -Treasury Branch -Medical Centre Peers Food Mart
-Wildwood Red Box
“We would love to have school every day from 9 -Wildwood Red Box
a.m. until 3 p.m. with different groups. We could
beside Post Office
Also Available inside:
have a tree species group looking at the different Also Available inside: beside Post Office
-Niton Red Box beside
tress, where they can do a hike around the trees and -Independent Grocer -Niton Red Box beside
-Independent Grocer
do some stem evaluations looking at the age of the
postboxes near A&W
trees, the different species, and what is different -Shoppers postboxes near A&W
-Evansburg Red Box
-Sobeys -Tags North
between the trees. It is a nice little area with a little -Sobeys -Tags North -Evansburg Red Box
wet area too so you can look at willows and -Weekly Anchor office beside Post Office or
beside Post Office or
-Weekly Anchor office
different trees in their natural habitat,” said Auriat.
inside Super A Foods
“Then in September it's harvest time so we will additional papers available at various inside Super A Foods
be looking at harvesting apples and we have a restaurants, and businesses throughout the area
garden plot there now with potatoes and carrots.”

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