“All Plastics Lead to the Ocean”

In honour of Rivers to Oceans Week which takes place June 8th-14th in 2019 we must remind ourselves about the impact that we have on our lake spreads far beyond our horizon and can influence global water systems. “All drains ...
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We’re Hiring!

Are you passionate about lake stewardship and conservation? Do you want to learn more about community based water monitoring? Is engaging your community in watershed leadership something that excites you? Working for the Ambassadors was like stepping onto a launch ...
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Insight Into the Waterbirds of Lake Windermere

This past September Goldeneye Ecological Services lead a one-day bird survey at the northern end of Lake Windermere. The one day count in combination with online research (eBird) determined that 165 bird species utilize habitat found at Lake Windermere. Of ...
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Lake Windermere’s Aquatic Plant Survey results

Preserving the plants! Aquatic plants in Lake Windermere are often misunderstood.  While some consider them to be a nuisance (e.g. they can become entangled in boat engines or impede swimming), they hold significant value for the ecosystem! Aquatic plants are ...
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Windermere Creek Monitoring Report 2015-2017

After three years of data collection and monitoring on Windermere Creek (April-October 2015-2017), the results have been reviewed and published by Lotic Environmental, the Lake Windermere Ambassadors, and the Columbia Basin Water Quality Monitoring Project (CBWQ). The link to these results ...
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Letter in support of Bill C-68

Changes to the federal Fisheries Act, in Bill-C68, are currently being reviewed by the Senate.  These proposed changes include an important amendment to include "quantity, quality and timing of water flow" in the definition of fish habitat. This is a ...
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We’re hiring!

Are you passionate about lake stewardship and conservation? Do you have experience working independently and managing concurrent projects? Is engaging your community in watershed leadership something that excites you? We are looking for another passionate water steward and community leader ...
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Be a steward of your stormwater

Sunday, September 23rd marks BC Rivers Day, a day to highlight the many values of rivers and increase public awareness and stewardship of rivers around the province. Here in the Columbia Valley, we are incredibly lucky to host the source ...
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Smoke on the Water

After a hazy August caused by hundreds of wildfires burning across the province, the smoky skies have us wondering what impacts it might have on our waterways here in the Columbia Valley. The combined impacts of wildfires can have negative ...
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Keeping a Pulse on Lake Levels

Letter to the Editor: The heat of last summer left us all feeling a little thirsty, including Lake Windermere. Just last year, lake levels dropped at the highest rate since the Lake Windermere Ambassadors began monitoring the watershed in 2010 ...
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Noisy Boating

By: Rachel Kanan, 2018 Watershed Stewardship Assistant If a tree falls in a forest and no one is around to hear it, does it make a sound? No one knows. However, if someone is playing “Shots” by LMFAO through their ...
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The Columbia River Treaty

History After a disastrous flood of the Columbia River demolished much of the area of Trail, B.C., to Vanport, Oregon in 1948, interest in flood control grew across the West Coast. A Federal response came in 1964, in the form ...
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Come health with high water: how flooding supports our wetland ecosystems

A couple of weeks ago, I climbed a grassy hill overlooking Athalmer to get a better view of the lake. I was surprised to notice what normally appeared to be a dry patch of reeds and grass now rippling and glimmering in ...
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Spring is in the air, and the Ambassadors are out on the water!

Our first excursion to sample the lake water this year was April 24th.  It was a blustery day, with very low water levels.  Too low to launch the motorboat, we embarked in a flatwater kayak to face the waves and collect ...
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Nuisance Nutrients Learning Workshop

Saturday, April 14th at 1:00 pm we will host a learning workshop in Invermere, BC.  If you've ever wondered about nutrients in Lake Windermere, and whether they might be a good thing or a bad thing, come on out for ...
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All about Ice: Part III

All about Ice: Part III Why do cracks form in the ice? Have you ever noticed the long cracks that form in the ice on Lake Windermere? Some of them are short and thin, others are very long and can ...
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All about Ice: Part II

All about Ice: Part II How does ice grow? We are often told to wait until the ice is thick enough before venturing out onto a frozen lake. But how can we know for sure when the ice is thick ...
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All about Ice: Part I

All about Ice: Part I Why does lake ice form on the surface? Have you ever wondered why ice forms on the surface of Lake Windermere in the winter, and not at the bottom of the lake? We all know ...
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A skating season to remember!

This season, Lake Windermere iced up earlier than ever before in recent memory- the first week of November.   Nobody actually "Caught the Freeze", because it caught us all by surprise! After a warm spell in mid-November, the ice has since ...
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Lake Management Gets a Grade

Since the adoption of the Lake Windermere Management Plan (LWMP) by the Regional District of East Kootenay and District of Invermere more than six years ago, it has been steadily advancing towards implementation. The LWMP is a plan that helps ...
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