The Friends of the Raven River are committed to ensuring that this legacy is not lost due to inappropriate land use activities. The head springs of the North Raven River and Clear Creek are both fed from the Clearwater River through underground alluvial sand and gravel seams. Currently, there are five quarter sections that are controlled by gravel companies with intention of mining, possibly interrupting the ground water flow. Our fear is mining into the water table could possibly destroy the springs, and near 50 years of conservation work. Our protection efforts are focused on the sharing of information to our near 1000 members on the Friends of the Raven River Facebook Page to promote social action and through legal legislative processes such as a Land Use Bylaw (LUB) amendment, recently submitted to Clearwater County. The members of Friends of the Raven River are primarily volunteers from Trout Unlimited Canada and the Alberta Fish and Game Association, as well as, local landowners and the general public.
We need financial assistance to ensure our plight to protect conservation efforts in these streams is successful. Clearwater County staff imposed a large fee of near $5000.00 for the Friends of the Raven River to submit and defend our LUB amendment to County Councillors. This was paid out of pocket, in full, by Mr. Victor Benz, Environment Chair from the Alberta Fish and Game Association. Volunteers have also endured travel costs from meetings with landowners and attending meetings. These include gas, meals and overnight accommodations. We are not sure what the future holds, but it is possible that we may see future financial challenges in the way of legal costs if developers are approved to mine into the water table.
We ask that in addition to sharing your beautiful stories and pictures that you make a small donation (or large) to our Go fund Me Page to help offset these costs. If we end up with surplus funds, they will either be banked for future challenges or targeted towards on the ground conservation activities on either the Raven River or Clear Creek. Regardless, 100% of these funds will be going towards conservation of these streams.
- Richard Wieclawek
- Randy McGhee
- KEVIN MCLAUGHLIN
Organizer and beneficiary
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