Wasa Lake Foreshore Inventory Mapping Open

This dataset contains the open accessible data and reports for the FIMP survey carried out in Wasa Lake and Cameron Pond in 2010. The shoreline of Wasa Lake was determined to be 7,553 m, which was delineated into 10 segments, based on contiguous characteristics. The most prevalent shore types were Sand/Gravel Beach (38%), Vegetated Shore (33%) and Sand Beach (26%). Wetland (3%) and Stream Mouth (<1%) contributed to lesser extents. The foreshore was disturbed along 64% of its length. These disturbances were mainly related to residential land use activities (52%), while some were associated with park recreational uses (8%) as well as other Crown Land usage (4%). In the littoral zone (waters edge to where sunlight could penetrate) and the shoreline zone (water’s edge), the most prevalent modifications were dock placement and beach grooming (conversion to sand beach through sand placement and/or removal of shoreline vegetation). Beach grooming appeared to have particularly large impacts on the foreshore diversity by reducing vegetation (both terrestrial and aquatic) and gravel substrate features. Higher up the foreshore, disturbances to the riparian and upland vegetation areas included conversion to lawns and other landscaping. The natural shoreline sections were mainly in Wasa Lake Provincial Park (23% of total shoreline) and at the south end of the lake (Segment W2) in undeveloped private lands. The shoreline of Cameron Pond (2,483 m) was delineated into 3 segments consisting of Vegetated Shore Type (54%), Wetland Shore (42%) and Stream Mouth (5%). A high proportion of Cameron Pond remained natural (90%). 54% of the shoreline is owned by The Nature Trust with retention of natural values as the key objective.

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Field Value
Data Collection Organization Interior Reforestation Co. Ltd
Data Steward Email santiago@livinglakescanada.ca
Citation McPherson S., D. Hlushak, Ian Adams and M. Polzin. 2010. Wasa Lake Sensitive Habitat Inventory Mapping. Consultant report prepared for the Wasa Lake Land Improvement District. Prepared by Interior Reforestation Co. Ltd., Cranbrook, BC.
Dataset Upload Year 2021
Start Date 2010-01-01
End Date 2010-12-31
Funding Description Funding and/or inkind support provided by: Columbia Basin Trust, Environmental Initiatives Program; Wasa Lake and Land Improvement District; East Kootenay Integrated Lake Management Partnership; and Regional District of East Kootenay; BC Ministry of Environment; Fisheries and Oceans Canada; and Wildsight.
Data Disclaimer No warranty or guarantee exists that the information is accurate, complete, current, or suitable for any purpose. The individual user must confirm the accuracy of the data and whether it will be appropriate for their purpose.
Data Type Lake
Keywords Habitat,GIS data,Technical Research Grade,People and Perspectives,Land Use,Lake,Lentic
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Brief description of location Shores of Wasa Lake
Latitude 49.779
Longitude -115.7351