Waterbirds of Lake Windermere

Here you will find more information about what birds can be found making a home on Lake Windermere. In September of 2018 a single-day bird count was conducted on the northern half of Lake Windermere. The one day count in combination with online research (eBird) determined that 165 bird species utilize the habitat on Lake Windermere, 17 of those being at-risk species.

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Insight into Water Birds of Lake Windermere pdf N/A Download

Lake Windermere Management Plan Report Card

Here you will find more information about the Lake Management Report Card, published in 2017 that includes recommendations for future lake management priorities for the LWA and local governments.

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Report Card Overview pdf N/A Download
Lake Windermere Management Plan Report Card pdf N/A Download
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Water Monitoring and Restoration

Here you will find more information about our scientific monitoring work, including our Terms of Reference, water quality monitoring results and the details about our pilot shoreline restoration program.

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Lake Windermere 2018 Aquatic Invasive Plant Sampling Report pdf N/A Download
Lake Windermere 2017 Water Quality Monitoring Results pdf N/A Download
Lake Windermere 2017 Aquatic Invasive Species Sampling Report pdf N/A Download
Lake Windermere 2016 Water Quality Monitoring Results pdf N/A Download
Lake Windermere 2016 Aquatic Invasive Species Sampling Report pdf N/A Download
Lake Windermere 2015 Water Quality Monitoring Results pdf N/A Download
Lake Windermere 2015 Aquatic Plant Survey Report pdf N/A Download
Lake Windermere 2014 Water Quality Monitoring Results pdf N/A Download
Lake Windermere 2013 Water Quality Monitoring Results pdf N/A Download
Lake Windermere 2012 Water Quality Monitoring Results pdf N/A Download
Lake Windermere 2011 Water Quality Monitoring Results pdf N/A Download
Windermere Creek 2009-2012 Water Quality Monitoring Report pdf N/A Download
Shoreline Restoration Pilot Project 2013 - Kinsmen Beach pdf N/A Download
Shoreline Restoration Pilot Project 2012 - Kinsmen Beach pdf N/A Download
This is Our Watershed - April 10 Workshop Summary doc N/A Download
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Lake Management Committee

These documents pertain to the Lake Windermere Management Committee. The Lake Windermere Ambassadors’ Board of Directors has been given the opportunity to work with two local governments (District of Invermere and Regional District of East Kootenay) as the Lake Management Committee. In this role they will help implement the non-regulatory recommendations of the Lake Windermere Management Plan.

 

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Lake Management Committee 2019-2021 Work Plan pdf N/A Download
Lake Windermere Management Plan (2010) pdf N/A Download
Lake Management Committee Terms of Reference (2011) pdf N/A Download
Lake Windermere Management Plan: The Basics pdf N/A Download
Lake Windermere Management Plan: Planning Process pdf N/A Download
Lake Windermere Management Plan: Surface Water Zoning pdf N/A Download
Lake Windermere Management Plan: Development Permit Areas pdf N/A Download
Lake Windermere Ambassadors Terms of Reference (2010) doc N/A Download
Lake Windermere Ambassadors 5-Year Plan (2011) doc N/A Download

Watershed Governance

These documents highlight the role the Lake Windermere Ambassadors have played in local and regional watershed governance.

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Collaborative Watershed Governance - Lessons Learned from Lake Windermere pdf N/A Download

Highlights of Directors Meetings

The Lake Windermere Ambassadors Board of Directors meets every month. These documents summarize the highlights of those meetings, as well as Ambassadors’ activities during that month.

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March 2019 AGM Minutes pdf N/A Download
Highlights - June 2017 pdf N/A Download
Highlights - December 16, 2016 pdf N/A Download
Highlights - September 30, 2016 pdf N/A Download
Highlights - May 25, 2016 pdf N/A Download
Highlights - April 1, 2016 pdf N/A Download
Highlights - December 16, 2015 pdf N/A Download
Highlights - October 28, 2015 pdf N/A Download
Highlights - May 27, 2015 pdf N/A Download
Highlights - March 25, 2015 pdf N/A Download
Highlights - December 23, 2014 pdf N/A Download
Highlights - April 23, 2014 pdf N/A Download
Highlights - February 26, 2014 pdf N/A Download
Highlights - August 14, 2013 pdf N/A Download
Highlights - May 22, 2013 pdf N/A Download
Highlights - January 23, 2013 pdf N/A Download
Highlights - November 28, 2012 pdf N/A Download
Highlights - Sept 26, 2012 pdf N/A Download
Highlights - July 30, 2012 pdf N/A Download
Highlights - May 23, 2012 pdf N/A Download
Highlights - April 25, 2012 pdf N/A Download
Highlights - March 28, 2012 pdf N/A Download
Highlights - February 22, 2012 pdf N/A Download
Highlights - January 18, 2012 pdf N/A Download
Highlights - November 23, 2011 pdf N/A Download
Highlights - October 26, 2011 pdf N/A Download
Highlights - September 21, 2011 pdf N/A Download
Highlights - August 24, 2011 pdf N/A Download
Highlights - July 20, 2011 pdf N/A Download

Columbia Lake

These Reports summarizes the results of water quality and water monitoring activities on Columbia Lake during the 2015 and 2014 seasons.

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Summary of 2018 Season Monitoring Program pdf N/A Download
Ground Water Contribution to Columbia Lake pdf N/A Download
Summary of 2016 Season Monitoring Program: Water Quality pdf N/A Download
Summary of 2016 Season Monitoring Program: Water Quantity pdf N/A Download
Summary of 2015 Season Monitoring Program pdf N/A Download
Summary of 2014 Season Monitoring Program pdf N/A Download

Local Zoning Bylaws

These bylaws specify Lake Windermere’s water surface zoning requirements for the Regional District of East Kootenay and District of Invermere areas of shoreline.

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Regional District of East Kootenay - Upper Columbia Valley Zoning Bylaw No. 900, Consolidation pdf N/A Download
Lake Windermere Water Zoning - North end pdf N/A Download
Lake Windermere Water Zoning - Middle pdf N/A Download
Lake Windermere Water Zoning - South end pdf N/A Download
District of Invermere - Zoning Amendment Bylaw No. 1460, 2012 pdf N/A Download

Water Sustainability Act

The Water Sustainability Act (WSA) initial set of regulations came into effect on February 29, 2016. The new Act was designed to replace the outdated Water Act of 1909.

Due to the number of proposed regulations and policies in the new Act, the provincial government is taking a phased approach to their development, and work in this area is continuing.

The WSA is the principal law for managing the diversion and use of water resources. The WSA provides important new tools and updates B.C.’s strategy for protecting, managing and using water efficiently throughout the province.

Among several changes, the new WSA has introduced new regulations that include:

»» New water rights and licensing requirements for non-domestic groundwater users (e.g., industrial, agricultural)

»» Stronger protection for aquatic ecosystems

»» New fees and rentals for water use

»» Expanded protection of groundwater including new requirements for well construction and maintenance

»» Increased dam safety and awareness, and compliance and enforcement

Much of the old Water Act has been brought into the WSA, and existing surface water rights (following the First in Time, First in Right (FITFIR) allocations) that were granted under the Water Act will continue.

In some circumstances, however, the WSA may change how these surface water rights may be exercised, such as during times of drought or water scarcity.

To learn more, read the following brochure from Living Water Smart: Water Sustainability Act overview brochure