Lake health program returns in the South Okanagan

Lake protection project back

A project aimed at helping South Okanagan lakefront property owners understand how they can contribute to their local lake's health is back. 

The "Love Your Lake" program is beginning again through the Southern Interior Land Trust.

“Building on our work last year at Vaseux Lake and on Okanagan Lake in Summerland, we are providing shoreline property owners on Skaha, Twin Lakes and Trout Lake with information about their shorelines this summer," said Al Peatt, SILT executive director.

The partnership between the Canadian Wildlife Federation and Watersheds Canada sees local lakeshore landowners get property-specific information on how they can help improve lake health and water quality. 

SILT's trained crews evaluate the shores from boats and create free, personalized reports with unique access codes that will be mailed out to shoreline property owners next spring.

Information provided includes tips on native plants that can provide natural barriers against flooding and shore erosion and other small cost-effective actions property owners can take to contribute to overall lake health while also protecting their property values. 

Survey work begins Friday on Skaha Lake, but the City of Penticton has not yet agreed to provide shoreline owner mailing addresses that SILT could send information to. That means the project operators have not been able to send an introductory information letter directly to the owners of the shoreline properties on Skaha Lake within the City limits letting them know what they will be doing.

SILT wants to assure property owners that trained SILT crews are gathering data that the property owners will be able to access for free, all with the aim of improving lake health. 

SILT’s Love Your Lake project is supported by the South Okanagan Conservation Fund, a taxpayer-based fund administered by local governments for the specific purpose of undertaking conservation projects in their communities.

For more information about the Love Your Lake project, contact Al Peatt at [email protected]

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