A lakeshore survey was completed for the North shore and South shore of Green Lake by motor boat on June 18th and 19th 2008 in preparation for a long-range community land and resource planning exercise and for future lakeshore analysis and water quality evaluations. A photograph and video catalogue was created of the developed lakeshore on Green Lake to help better understand the nature of development on all lakeshore lands and foreshore areas and its effect on water quality. Particular attention was given to the riparian buffer zone left along the lakeshore, human-induced shoreline erosion from development and boating activity, the use of breakwaters and/or retaining walls, the setback distance of houses and outhouses from the lake, and the presence of imported sand, gravel, or treated wood structures. Overall the majority of developed lots on both the North and South shores of Green Lake showed suboptimal riparian buffers as reflected in the moderate or lower classifications, suggesting that the overall condition of the lakes riparian buffer needs improvement. Noticeable areas of concern included erosion, the presence of breakwaters and/or retaining walls, and building infringement. Also many of the new lakeshore developments were contributors to these areas of concern suggesting that this may become an increasing problem in the future.
Robinson, Amanda. 2008. Green Lake B.C. Lakeshore Survey
Topic: Water Quality
Keywords: lakeshore survey, green lake, water quality, lakeshore analysis, riparian buffer zone
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