Episode 25 – Cutthroat Trout, Bighorn Sheep, Selenium & Coal

Jul 1, 2020Podcast

Episode 025

Cutthroat Trout, Bighorn Sheep, Selenium & Coal

In this episode Mark and Curtis take the opportunity on their 1-year anniversary of podcasting to dive into the super complex and controversial issue of coal mining, cutthroat trout, and bighorn sheep in the Elk Valley of Southeastern British Columbia. The guys describe how coal was formed in the Rocky Mountains and describe the complex industrialized-wilderness blended landscape that defines the Elk Valley. Topics include the history of water quality problems in the Elk River, the Minister’s Order, how water quality guidelines work, where selenium comes from and how it gets into fish, what selenium does and doesn’t do to fish, the myth of shortened gill plates on trout, how a water treatment plant works, what happened to the trout in the upper Fording River, the impact of coal mining on the future of Rocky Mountain Bighorn sheep, the need for protecting sheep winter range, spanking the media and fear mongering as a new form of misplaced conservation.

Cover Photo © Copyright Curtis Hall