A lakeshore survey for Watch Lake was completed by motor boat on June 17, 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 Watch 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 Watch Lake lakeshore lands and foreshore areas showed high densities of vegetation providing a functioning riparian buffer along the majority of the developed shoreline. The visible areas of concern were generally low in numbers. There was limited clearing for access and/or view, and not a lot of visible erosion.
Robinson, Amanda. 2008. Watch Lake, B.C. Lakeshore Survey
Topic: Water Quality
Keywords: Watch Lake, water quality, riparian buffer zone, lakeshore analysis,
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