The protection and management of water quality in Elk and Beaver Lakes is of significant concern because of the lakes' important recreational and fisheries resources. Recent observations by the public suggest that water quality in the lakes has deteriorated. Aquatic weeds, such as coontail, native water lilies, and pondweeds are a problem in many nearshore areas and are mechanically removed. Dense blooms of microscopic free-floating algae cause surface films and excessive turbidity in the water, which is aesthetically displeasing to recreational users. It is anticipated that increasing residential, agricultural, and commercial development in the watershed will affect water quality. In response to these observations, the Capital Regional District and the Ministry of Environment undertook an extensive water quality monitoring program in 1988 to assess the water quality of Elk and Beaver Lakes. Ambient water quality objectives based on all data available for the two lakes were developed in this report to ensure
Mckean, Colin J.P.. 1992. Saanich Peninsula Area Elk and Beaver Lakes Water Quality Assessment and Objectives Technical Appendix. BC Ministry of Environment Lands and Parks
Keywords: elk, beaver lakes, significant concern
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