The Lake Windermere Ambassadors’ Board has been designated by two local governments as the Lake Management Committee (LMC). The LMC provides comments to local government on applications for alterations to the foreshore. These comments are advisory and non-regulatory. As the LMC, we also provide education to the community about the Lake Windermere Management Plan.
We are working closely with the District of Invermere (DOI) and the Regional District of East Kootenay (RDEK) to provide information to people who live and recreate around Lake Windermere.
- The LMC recently released a 5-year update on lake management in the form of the Report Card. This evaluates our current progress, as well as the progress of the District of Invermere and Regional District of East Kootenay, in terms of how well we’re jointly managing the lake. Areas the LMC can improve on include: communication about boating safety, mooring regulations, and requesting improved access to the east side of the lake for public use.
- A new member of the lake management committee is an avid speed boating enthusiast, and has noted the dangers posed by boats entering Taynton Bay that create large wake. Installing signage is necessary to communicate regulations about the slow / no-wake zoning in this area, to help protect shorelines and public safety for paddlers and swimmers that heavily frequent this bay area. The LMC is working to install buoys at the mouth of Taynton Bay that will communicate the slow/no-wake zone which is already included in the Lake Management Plan surface zoning. This is meant as an educational and communication tool to promote boating safety and Management Plan awareness. The LMC has no role to play in enforcement of these regulations, just in the communication of the regulations. The buoys are not meant to be seen as a “keep out” sign, but rather as a reminder to “please slow down and be careful in this area”.
- The LMC are installing a public map at the Ahalmer boat launch to improve boater knowledge and awareness of natural features and hazards surrounding the lake. The sign will also communicate responsible boating practices.
- The LMC are improving the existing small loading dock next to the Athalmer boat launch, to improve boater safety during loading and unloading of their boats and help reduce environmental degradation in this area.
Protecting the Lake’s Edge: Government Regulations
The RDEK and DOI have used the Lake Windermere Management Plan as a guide for developing some new regulations. The regulations are going to be put in place to better protect wildlife and lake health — and therefore protect our investments and quality of life!
|Document Title||File Type||Size||Action|
|Development Permit Area||N/A||Download|
|Surface Water Zoning||N/A||Download|
|What would be regulated? Red and Orange shorelines (under RDEK jurisdiction only)||N/A||Download|
Shorelines are the narrow strips of land located along water bodies. These transition zones where land and water meet create unique and often highly productive ecosystems. Some call them “corridors of blue and green with a value of gold” because they are so important to our economy.