Lake Windermere Ambassadors
Restoration Projects

Restoration Projects

Lake Windermere Public Access Sites

The Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure has 22 public access sites along the foreshore of Lake Windermere, most of these on the eastern shores. The Ambassadors want to ensure these sites stay available for public use, and where necessary and appropriate are restored. If this project is of interest to you, consider joining our public access committee. Get in touch to find out more.

Kinsmen Beach Restoration

In 2012 and 2013, the Ambassadors developed and implemented a lake shoreline restoration project on the shores of Kinsmen Beach in Invermere, BC.

The Kinsmen Beach Restoration Project, aimed to prevent erosion, restore native riparian habitat for fish and wildlife, increase recreational opportunities for fishing and wildlife viewing, and provide environmental education opportunities to shoreline property owners and others who visit Lake Windermere’s busiest community beach.

Methods used in conducting this project included creation of a rip-rap structure to stabilize eroding shoreline, planting native plants in a disturbed section of beach, and adding more native species to a section of shoreline restored in 2012.

Public education was central to the project, and was achieved by talking to the public during the restoration works, talking to the public at an educational booth near the shoreline, and installing an interpretive sign at the restored beach in a high-traffic area.

The most successful part of this project was adding live willow stakes to the shoreline, which thrived over the summer.

Although it will take several years for the riparian plants to establish along this section of restored shoreline, the long-term benefit of the project will be to improve habitat for fish and wildlife on Lake Windermere.

Our learning during this project can be applied by landowners or stewardship groups planning to undertake a lake shoreline restoration project of their own.

David Thompson Secondary School Shoreline Assessment

In the spring of 2013, community volunteers helped a class of science students from David Thompson Secondary School undertake an assessment of a few sections of Lake Windermere’s shoreline.

In the spring of 2013, community volunteers helped a class of science students from David Thompson Secondary School undertake an assessment of a few sections of Lake Windermere’s shoreline.

Healthy Shoreline, June 2013

This project was made possible through the financial support of TD Friends of the Environment and the Regional District of East Kootenay

The Cost of Restoration

One of the reasons to be a lake steward is to protect intact, functioning lake systems – not just because we enjoy them now, but because if we lose them, they are extremely expensive to restore!

Lakes around the world have been degraded to the point that they can no longer be used for drinking water or recreation. It is far cheaper to maintain a healthy lake than to restore a degraded lake.

The article below provides more information about the services provided by functioning lakes, and the costs to restore them with the example of Lake Constance in Europe.
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Want to Restore Your Shore?

The Green Shores for Homes program is now available for Lake Windermere! If you have questions about shoreline restoration, visit http://www.greenshores.ca/ or send us an email!

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