The east side of Osoyoos Lake was identified by the Okanagan Basin reports as potentially receiving significant quantities of phosphorus from septic tanks. Particular concerns have been expressed about the ability of the soils to adequately remove phosphorus from the peak loadings during summer months. This survey was carried out in November 1984 to attempt to detect leachate inflows from shoreline development. The details and results are discussed in this report. The study area was located on the east side of Osoyoos Lake and began approximately opposite Haynes Point and extended about half the distance to the U.S. border. The dominant shoreline uses in this area are recreational (campgrounds), residential and agricultural (orchards).
Epp, P.E.. 1985. Detection of Septic Tank Leachate Inflows from Shoreline Development - Osoyoos Lake. BC Ministry of Environment
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