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Keeping a Pulse on Lake Levels

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. Monthly averages show that 2017 had the most dramatic rate of lake level decline between June and September, at […]

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Noisy Boating

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 speedboat speakers near Kinsmen on a busy Saturday, there will be a small child asking their mother why the singer shortens crocodile […]

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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 of Prime Minister Diefenbaker and President Eisenhower’s arrangement of the Columbia River Treaty. It served […]

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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 Phosphorous samples! The lab results came back showing very low Total and Dissolved Phosphorous concentrations, […]

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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 this free talk and hands-on afternoon session. We will get to practice water sampling and […]

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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 sometimes be up to an inch wide. Why do these cracks form, and are […]

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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 enough? And how long does it take for the ice to grow that way? In […]

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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 that hot air rises and cold air sinks. So why is ice and water any […]

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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 rebounded due to this cold, dry weather we’ve experienced over the past two weeks. Some […]

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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 guide government decision-making, water quality monitoring, and public engagement programs within the Lake Windermere watershed. […]

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