On July 23, 1998, staff from the Ministry of Environment, Lands and Parks took a core sample of bottom sediment from the deepest point in Windermere Lake, off the Akiskanook resort. The core was subsampled and underwent diatom, plant pigment, 210Pb dating, and metallic element analyses. The intent of this work was to determine whether Windermere Lake water quality has changed over the recent past. Results show that water quality began to change around 1950, concurrent with population growth. There is some evidence of slight eutrophication. This report includes some discussion about the reasons for down-core change and whether human settlement may be a cause.
McDonald, L.E.. 2000. Windermere Lake Water Quality Changes Over the Past 300 Years as Determined from a Bottom Sediment Core. BC Ministry of Environment Lands and Parks
Keywords: Windermere Lake, Akiskanook resort
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