Bear Aware

Bear Aware

Protect your home and your neighbourhood.

  • Lock it up -- secure your garbage and your kitchen waste in either a wildlife-resistant enclosure (e.g. garage or shed) or by using a Bear Aware™  approved wildlife resistant lock
  • Set it out -- set out your carts at the curb no later than 9:00 am on collection day (Wednesday is residential pick-up)
  • Use bear proof dumpsters -- these bear-proof dumpsters are for wet and animal attractant waste only such as garbage, food packaging with food still on/in it, sugary liquids, fruits & vegetable residue, and all edible items. Do not use any of the District’s dumpsters for recycling of empty cans, bottles, newspapers, magazines, or for rags, dry packaging, construction debris, household junk, or any trash that is not an animal attractant.

Secure your garbage!

  • Bears attracted to neighborhoods by garbage become problems for you, your neighbours (including kids!), and, eventually, for conservation officers and police.
  • It is your responsibility to keep your garbage away from bears.

Protect all of your neighbours--including bears--by keeping trash and other attractants away from bears.

Our carelessness is creating “problem bears”.
Bears have a keen sense of smell, and garbage or other food sources could easily attract a bear to your neighbourhood.  Once bears become used to eating garbage and other un-natural foods, they tend to stay close to communities where they can find easy sources of food.

Destroying Bears or Moving Them is Not The Answer
Each year, about 950 Black Bears and 50 grizzlies have to be destroyed to protect the public.

As more people — and more garbage — move into traditional bear habitat, more bears are becoming garbage-conditioned, and have to be destroyed.  It’s a terrible waste of life. It’s also costly: the Ministry of Environment, Lands and Parks’ Conservation Officer Service spends about $1 million a year dealing with bear/people conflicts.

Bears which are causing problems are sometimes moved, or “translocated”, especially females with cubs, grizzlies, or bears which are not yet garbage-conditioned.  About 150 bears are translocated each year, but it doesn’t always work. Bears will travel hundreds of kilometers to return to known food sources. Other bears are chased from their new surroundings by resident bears, are killed by dominant bears, or starve to death.
For more information on being Bear Aware™, visit www.bearaware.bc.ca. For more tips on Bear Safety visit the BC Parks website.

Quick Links
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BC Parks - Bears

UBCM-2016

POSTED: October 13, 2016 | Mayors Blog

The 2016 Union of British Columbia Municipalities convention is focused on the theme “Stronger Together”. Standing together, from far and wide, each region still stands together. Each region has something unique to contribute to the growth and prosperity of BC and is integral to the success of this province.

Water quality

POSTED: September 5, 2016 | Mayors Blog

Lately the District of Stewart has issued few times a boil water advisory.  It's strictly a precautionary measure due power outage. Without power  water pressure at our pump declined below established level. A loss in pressure can result in contamination entering the drinking water distribution system from surrounding soil and groundwater. 
To address the issue Council approve the purchase of new generator for new pump 4, to make sure that water pressure will be rebounded to acceptable levels for the remainder of the outage.  Also, Council approved a purchase of a drinking water quality test kit. 
District of Stewart drinking water undergoes  quality tests monthly to ensure that our citizens are provided with clean and safe water. People of Stewart can take pride in their drinking water - it continually meets  quality standards set out in the BC Drinking Water Protection Act and the Canadian Guidelines for Drinking Water Quality. Detailed water quality reports are available in the District office.

Stewart - the Best Town for Nature Lovers

POSTED: July 7, 2014 | Kids Blog

If you enjoy fresh air, hiking and wild life photography, see why this Bear Valley School student thinks you'll love Stewart!  => read essay

STEWART HAS THE BEST SOIL FOR GARDENING

POSTED: March 3, 2014 | Kids Blog

Read this essay from Lane Hyslop to understand why the soil in Stewart is great for gardeners!

Regional District Solid Waste Management Plan

POSTED: March 23, 2017

The District of Stewart is a member of the Regional District Solid Waste Management Plan. This Plan is a new approach that will help make waste management safer and more cost efficient by sharing resources. All communities will contribute to the plan based on their population. This means that Stewart’s taxpayers will contribute approximately 7% of the cost.

You will be receiving an informational flyer in your mailbox that provides more information. We encourage you to read the flyer and be informed about the changes that will be taking place with the closure of our landfill and the construction of a transfer station.

Community meetings will be arranged in the coming months so that you can provide your input into this process.

If you have questions or concerns please do not hesitate to contact me.

Jennifer Larson, CPA, CGA
Chief Financial Officer

PUBLIC NOTICE

POSTED: March 22, 2017

Please be advised that the District of Stewart has now switched back from Well #3 to Well #4

Water Quality Advisory:  UPDATE

POSTED: February 23, 2017

The District of Stewart received water sample results today from the lab and there is no bacteriological contamination. The water continues to be safe to drink. However, due to ongoing construction and maintenance work in and around the wells, the District has decided to keep a Water Quality Advisory in place. The Water Quality Advisory is the lowest-level notification and is used in situations where the public health threat is modest, and actions can be taken to reduce the risks. If you are a member of a high risk population, or you have concerns, you may choose to boil the water (rolling boil for one minute). Sampling will continue to be conducted periodically to assess the condition of the water. We will advise further if there is any change.

Public Comments on Rural Education in Stewart

POSTED: February 3, 2017

On February 6, 2017 there will be an Open House in Terrace hosted by Parliamentary Secretary Linda Larson who is seeking feedback from British Columbians on the challenges & opportunities facing rural school districts and communities.
Please visit the Rural Education Website and submit comments.
For more information, please see the District of Stewart's Open Letter on Rural Education.

Discover BC’s Stewart-Cassiar Region

POSTED: December 20, 2016

Take a look at this Auto Tour video produced in conjunction with Destination BC, Kermode Tourism, and the Regional District of Kitimat Stikine-displaying spectacular views of scenery near Hazelton, New Hazelton, the Nass Valley and Stewart, with Dr. Joseph Gosnell narrating:  www.stewartcassiarhighway.com 

Salmon Glacier Auto Tour Brochure

POSTED: August 2, 2016

Here is an excellent resource to accompany you on your travel to visit the spectacular Salmon Glacier - Auto Tour Brochure