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  1. Thanks Rudedawg...interesting to see an injured bird, likely doomed otherwise, turn it around by chowing down on carp over the winter in a rare open/warm water spot. Nature is amazing. I always thought Frank Lake couldn't support fish populations. Clearly the carp disagree. Anyone know if Frank has ever been looked at for trout? Obviously the carp being there isn't exactly an auspicious start... Here's hoping that this pelican's buddies come back this spring and help him out with the carp feed.
  2. Alberta's recent coal blunders in the news again today, this time on Alberta sitting on coal mine contamination data. I wonder when the topic of methane emissions from coal mining will come up. Huge amounts of methane are being quietly vented to the atmosphere every day in every one of the province's coal mines, methane being a very potent greenhouse gas (far more so than CO2). I wonder if these methane emissions are at all quantified/estimated, and if the coal companies doing the mining/venting have to account for this (e.g., as a large final emitter in the provincial TIER GHG regulati
  3. Would certainly second that re Brian, he guided me on a below-Carseland float a few years back and was excellent (as was the fishing).
  4. Thanks SD for posting, that is an informative video. Last couple of seasons I've been experimenting with a BS - WB tandem rig, with the #14 WB on the point about 24" behind the #10 BS pattern (go big, or go home). Based on previous experience, I figured the fish would show a preference for the WB, but the results on the tandem rig were split rather evenly. Either one, the fish seem to really hammer them, so stout tippet is usually in order. BS/WB seem to be much more of a fall thing to me, than early spring. What has been others' experiences with BS/WB?
  5. Do we not have any pure strains (of either species) in some of our lakes? Thinking about Job for the WS's, maybe Rawson...and aren't there lakes in Banff that have Yellowstones in them (how "pure", I do not know...)
  6. The proximity of this stretch of the river to the Bearspaw Dam makes me wonder whether there are any river temp effects driven by the dam operation. I believe Bearspaw is a bottom-draw dam, so when dam discharges are high, this would be relatively cold water. If dam discharge rates are adjusted significantly over a short time period (as we saw last week?) does this introduce any sort of a thermal shock to the river, particularly just downstream from the dam as a localized effect? Of course some dead fish in the Bowness stretch could be due to a wide range of factors, but given the proxi
  7. Ginger, I see no harm whatsoever in voicing objection to the recent policy change. IMHO it is unlikely that this gov't will reverse it, but raising an objection to it now might make them think twice in the future before making such changes without appropriate consultation or notice. Or not. One angle you may want to explore is whether this policy change stands to impact First Nations. A big part of the fuss/delays/uncertainty over the TransMountain expansion was driven by inadequate consultation with FN's. The good ol' Official Opposition may be another place to go to raise a stin
  8. Agree wholeheartedly on proactively getting regulations put in place. On many stillwaters in the province we have speed restrictions, as well as fuel/motor-type restrictions. Seems to me like a 10 km/h, electric motors only restriction on moving waters should do the trick. To a non-jet boat/power boat guy like me, if a person wanted to take this sort of a jet boat out to rip around in, why not go to one of AB's numerous large lakes to do so? Seems a great deal safer to me.
  9. AER regulates coal mining in respect of the Coal Conservation Act, which is primarily with respect to responsible/efficient coal resource recovery. An environmental approval under EPEA must still be obtained. For this mine (and any open pit mine over 45,000 tonnes/year production), it is mandatory that a provincial environmental impact assessment under EPEA be conducted. The project will also have to be assessed under the federal Impact Assessment Act. All these regulatory agencies (AB Environment, AER, federal Impact Assessment Agency) coordinate to ensure no overlap. In the past when bo
  10. Environmental approval of the development, and administration/enforcement of the operating license (if granted), is with Alberta Environment. This project would require both an Alberta Environment provincial approval (under the Environmental Protection and Enhancement Act), as well as a federal assessment under the new Impact Assessment Act.
  11. So...apart from participation the regulatory review process, how do you propose "to kill this abomination" otherwise?
  12. The rescission of the coal policy means that Category 2 lands are now available for coal leasing, and only that - leasing. There are a great number of coal leases in this province that have been in effect for decades, that have seen absolutely no development activity on them at all. Coal rights leasing is different in AB from O&G in that regard, in that in O&G, you have to undertake certain activities (e.g., drilling) to continue to hold licenses/leases. With coal, as long as you pay your annual rental fees, you can sit on a coal lease indefinitely. Should this company wis
  13. Higa's SOS has worked well for me
  14. Scott Radian is a cannon. Can get the 4 wt in either 8' 6", 9' or 10'.
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