The results are in from a survey of Trout Lake’s foreshore which will help give current and prospective land users the guidance they need to protect the natural habitat in the area.
The survey conducted was a foreshore integrated management planning (FIMP). The study of Trout Lake was done with help from Sylix Natural Resources, Okanagan Nation Alliance, and Living Lakes Canada. Completing the study meant an extensive examination of the lake.
The study was conducted in August of last year and included analyzing more than 52 kilometres of the Trout Lake shoreline. To assess the area, the survey was done using GPS and drone to cover the vast space.
The findings were relatively positive for Trout Lake, according to Living Lakes Canada FIMP manager, Georgia Peck.
“Through the 2022 FIMP survey, it was observed that 97.5 per cent of the Trout Lake shoreline remains undisturbed which is a higher percentage of natural area relative to other large lakes in the Kootenays where FIMP has recently been conducted,” said Peck in a Living Lakes Canada press release.
Peck added that the results of the study give the region an opportunity to get a “head start” on the development trends and use the data to help protect the critical habitat before it’s threatened.
The report’s findings are available on the Columbia Basin Water Hub database. The report can be used going forward as a guide to help ensure the safekeeping of the natural habitat by First Nations, governments, property owners, and environmental stewardship groups.
The survey was funded by the Canada Nature Fund for Aquatic Species at Risk Program, which was accessed through a partnership between Living Lakes Canada and Fisheries and Oceans Canada. The program funds the review and revision of FIMP procedure, and the mapping or remapping of up to eight lakes. So far, the group have surveyed four lakes for the first time, and six were re-surveyed.