7th Annual General Meeting
Thursday, March 15th – 6:30pm at the LWA Office (625 4th Street, Invermere — BC Services south annex building)
2018 Wings Over the Rockies Festival
Stay tuned for more information about LWA lake tours
Spring Shoreline Cleanup
Sunday, May 27th – 11:00-12:30 at public beaches around Lake Windermere
CRACKING THE CODE (IN 3-D): An open source data hub dialogue towards a Columbia Basin Water Monitoring Framework, Invermere, BC
Living Lakes Canada hosted an open-source water data dialogue from November 29-30, 2017. The LWA attended and learned a ton about housing water data, data sharing, monitoring strategies, facilitated a world cafe and helped make 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
The LWA held an open house on Saturday, November 25th 2017. This open house was intended to be an information session for the public to explain the LWA’s new Report Card, which is a summary of the progress made on implementing the Lake Windermere Management Plan to date. More information about the report card can be found under “Documents”.
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.
On Wednesday Sept. 27th 2017, 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.
On 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
On Saturday, September 20th 2016, 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 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!
Lake Windermere 2016 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 mussels” activity.