Below is a list of past events hosted or co-hosted by the Lake Windermere Ambassadors:
Stream Education with Know Your Watershed
June 18-19, 2018
The LWA helped teach two Grade 5/6 and 4/5 classes about benthic macroinvertebrates in our streams and rivers, along with Jessie King, Wildsight’s Know Your Watershed educator.
Spring Shoreline Cleanup
May 26th, 2018
More than 30 people showed up for our spring shoreline cleanup, supported by the District of Invermere, Regional District of East Kootenay, Invermere Home Hardware, and Rocky River Grill. Together we filled two pickup truck beds with waste and debris that had collected on our shorelines! Some of the stranger items collected included a baby car seat, an old ski boot, and bicycle tire.
Huge thank you to all of our fantastic volunteers, and to Rocky River Grill for feeding everybody! Thanks to everybody’s help, our shorelines and waterways are much cleaner and our fish and wildlife will be healthier!
Nuisance Nutrients Learning Workshop
April 14th, 2018
We had eight attendees for our educational and immersive Nuisance Nutrients learning workshop in mid-April, including two representatives from local golf courses. Participants learned about the negative impacts of common nuisance nutrients such as Phosphorous and Nitrogen, and learned ways to test for these nutrients in their own waterways. The best part of the day was heading down to James Chabot beach to collect some water samples and do some in situ water testing. All the participants were able to speak to their own experiences or concerns about nutrient impacts in their favourite watershed. Everybody also learned how they can help minimize their own nutrient impacts in their watershed.
For more information, see our Nuisance Nutrients brochure, here!
Water Data Hub
November 29-30, 2017
Living Lakes Canada hosted an open-source water data dialogue for the Columbia Basin, which the LWA attended and learned a ton about housing water data, data sharing, and monitoring strategies. Our Program Coordinator co-facilitated a world cafe, and helped contribute to making plans towards a monitoring framework for the Columbia Basin.
Experts from across Canada and the US convened in Invermere to network and discuss for this two-day event. For more information and a summary of the proceedings from the event, please visit: http://www.livinglakescanada.ca/news/press-release-proceedings-of-columbia-basin-water-protection-conference-now-available/
Lake Management Plan Report Card Open House
November 25th, 2017
The LWA held an open house / information session for the public to explain the LWA’s new Report Card, which is a summary of the progress made implementing the Lake Windermere Management Plan recommendations to date. Attendees learned more about the Lake Management Committee and voiced their concerns about lake management and regulation enforcement on Lake Windermere. These concerns were brought before local government by the LWA and steps are now being taken to address these issues through public education by the Lake Management Committee.
More information about the report card and the Lake Windermere Management Plan can be found on our website, under “Documents”.
September 27th, 2017
Green Shores for Homes is a program of the Stewardship Centre for BC that promotes and guides homeowners to restore more naturalized shorelines along their waterfront property.
DG Blair, the Executive Director of the Stewardship Centre for BC, attended and hosted the preliminary “barriers and breakthroughs” discussion workshop in Invermere, BC.
Attendees gave valuable feedback about future implementation of the Green Shores for Homes program on Lake Windermere and contributed to ideas for how to make the program more widely adopted and successful in our region.
For more about the Green Shores program, visit www.greenshores.ca
March 21st, 2017
The Lake Windermere Ambassadors hosted an evening dialogue, featuring talks by Martin Carver and past program coordinator Megan Peloso, as part of Canada Water Week celebrations.
Canada Water Week parallels the first week of spring, when streams and rivers are once again super-charged with melted snow and ice, called the “freshet”.
This event featured Martin Carver presenting the new CBT Report: Water Monitoring and Climate Change in the Upper Columbia Basin, and Megan Peloso presenting summary results of the last season’s sampling on Lake Windermere.
This event also featured the launch of the Ambassadors’ new video, aimed at promoting the activity of the Ambassadors and encouraging viewers to take action on stewardship in their watershed. You can watch this video on our homepage!
No Litter Left Behind in Shoreline Cleanup
September 20th, 2016
Due to their proximity to flowing waterways, shorelines are particularly vulnerable to harmful effects of litter, which can alter sensitive ecosystem functions and critical habitat for both land-based and aquatic wildlife.
Protecting, restoring and enhancing the quality of the shoreline to improve ecosystem functioning is an important objective set out in the Lake Windermere Management Plan. Lake Windermere is also a source for drinking water, and what goes into the lake has direct implications for human health and safety.
Tens of thousands of Canadians band together every September to fight shoreline litter by recording what types of litter are found and taking informed action to prevent pollution at its source.
The image to the left captures volunteers collecting data on the number of types of litter removed from Kinsmen Beach. In a single morning, thanks to an awesome crew, our local shorelines were relieved of many harmful litter items, such as small stray pieces of glass, over 50 cans, and more than 400 cigarette butts! Volunteers also found some unusual items like metal pipe, nail clippers, a glittery hat, and fishing line.
A big thank you goes out to Tim Hortons in Invermere for their generous donation of delicious sandwiches and Timbits to reward and re-fuel our fantastic team!
7th Annual Lake Windermere Summer Splash
August 10th, 2016
Thanks to the Columbia Basin Trust and BC Parks Foundation for supporting this fun, free community event! The Summer Splash was a huge success, bringing members of the community together in celebration of our wonderful Lake.
The annual Lake Windermere Summer Splash (formerly known as the Regatta) celebrates Lake Windermere and the people who care about it. With a theme of “Lake Fun, Lake Friends and Lake Smarts”, the event celebrates reasons to love the lake through beach and water competitions, and then teaches people how to protect the lake with lake stewardship education activities.
Summer Splash activities have included a sailboat race, swimming races, watershed sand art, sailing and kayaking races, beach volleyball and the increasingly popular sport of stand-up paddleboarding (SUP). Come on down to the Summer Splash and you’ll also get to enjoy “Edu-tainment” with “fishing for facts,” “how dirty is my water?,” “lake trivia”, and a “find the invasive mussels” activity.