In 2012 and 2013, the Ambassadors developed and implemented a lake shoreline restoration project on the shores of Kinsmen Beach in Invermere, BC.
Our learning during this project can be applied by landowners or stewardship groups planning to undertake a lake shoreline restoration project of their own.
Kinsmen Beach Restoration
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.
Lake Windermere Restoration
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!