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Report: Foreshore Inventory and Mapping & Aquatic Habitat Index Okanagan Lake: A Compilation of North, South, and Central Okanagan Lake 00078OKAN

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Throughout the first years of the new millennium, the Okanagan watershed has experienced intensive development activity within most areas. As the population within the Okanagan region has grown, development has spread to more remote areas. It is becoming readily apparent that the increased development is degrading shoreline areas along the lake, which is known for its natural beauty and high recreational values.


Date Published:  Feb 2011

Report ID:  23310

Audience:  Government and Public

In response to the need for better and more collaborative lake planning and management, the Okanagan Conservation Collaborative Program, with support of local, provincial, and federal governments, initiated a process to document the current condition of the foreshore and to help develop a more integrated approach to watershed management. This work was a continuation of previous projects initiated in the Central, North, and South Arms of Okanagan Lake. This report has been prepared based upon the belief that it is possible to manage this shoreline and the natural areas surrounding it in a sustainable manner. At this time, there are numerous different shoreline policy documents that have been prepared in response to significant development pressure. At the provincial level, the Okanagan Large Lakes protocol was prepared and this document provides a framework for management of kokanee and the Western ridged mussel. Other documents include the City of Kelowna Shore Zone assessment and the Central Okanagan Lake Foreshore Plan. Currently, there is not a unified framework or policy that is being utilized by local, provincial, and federal governments in management systems.

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  Fish and Aquatic Habitat Information
  Fish Species - Kokanee - Oncorhynchus nerka
  Fish Species - Rainbow Trout - Oncorhynchus mykiss
  Region - Okanagan
  Fish and Fish Habitat - Impact Assessment
  Watershed Groups - 310 - Okanagan

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