Learn more about the Great Canadian Shoreline Clean up.
|Weight (in kilograms)||40|
|# of Trash Bags Filled||7|
|# of Recycling Bags Filled||2|
|Take out Containers (plastic)||19|
|Take out Containers (foam)||2|
|Bottle Caps (plastic)||48|
|Bottle Caps (metal)||32|
|Forks, Knives, Spoons||5|
|Beverage Bottles (plastic)||19|
|Beverage Bottles (glass)||59|
|Grocery Bags (plastic)||9|
|Other Plastic Bags||32|
|Cups & Plates (paper)||38|
|Cups & Plates (plastic)||12|
|Cups & Plates (foam)||5|
|Other Plastic, Foam packaging||111|
|Other Plastic bottles (oil, bleach, etc.)||4|
|Appliances (refrigerators, washers, etc)||0|
|Fishing Buoys, Pots & Traps||1|
|Fishing Line (1 yard/metre = 1 piece)||1|
|Fshing Lures/Light Sticks||2|
|Fishing Net & Pieces||6|
|Rope (1 yard/metre = 1 piece)||17|
|Tiny Trash less than 2.5 cm|
|Litter Items of Local Concern|
|Item 1 – Misc. paper (not listed)||37|
|Item 2 – Misc. metal (not listed)||15|
|Item 3 – Dog poop||2|
|Item 4 – Band-aids (not listed)||4|
|Item 5 – Bear poops!||2|
|Most Unusual Items Found|
|large metal piece||1|
No Litter Left Behind in Shoreline Cleanup
On Saturday, September 20th, a group of dedicated local residents set out on a mission to scour the water’s edge at Kinsmen Beach and James Chabot Provincial Park for litter of all shapes and sizes. 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.
The bi-annual clean-up organized by Lake Windermere Ambassadors as part of the Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup, a conservation initiative of the Vancouver Aquarium and WWF and the largest direct action conservation program in Canada. 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. Most of the litter items found each year fall into the category of recreational activities, created by outdoor events like picnics and festivals where things like food wrappers, plastic bags and beverage containers are left behind, forgotten or blown away in the wind. For information on shoreline cleanups happening across Canada, check out www.ShorelineCleanup.ca.
The image to the right 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!
For additional information, or to find out how you can support the work of Lake Windermere Ambassadors, please e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call the office at (250) 341-6898.
Lake Windermere Summer Splash: August 10th
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 muscles” activity.