OCCP is pleased to announce the completion of the Sensitive Habitat Inventory and Mapping (SHIM) of Mission Creek. This project was facilitated through a collaboration between OCCP, Regional District of Central Okanagan, Okanagan Basin Water Board, and the City of Kelowna. The mapping information collected included GPS and photo survey data for fish spawning areas, wetlands, features and attributes such as retaining walls, bridges and culverts, side channels and tributaries, points of erosion, agricultural runoff, wildlife trees, and fish presence. The SHIM mapping was completed in the spring of 2017 prior to the flooding, making this a valuable tool in assessing the changes that have occurred as a result of the recent flooding.
Foreshore Inventory Mapping often referred to as FIM is a geo-referenced record of the foreshore. It provides a baseline for regulatory monitoring and enforcement, future restoration, and estimating the cumulative impact of development on species such as kokanee. The data analysis involves tabulating the number of docks, shore type, land use, riparian condition, shoreline substrate composition, lakeshore structures, level disturbance and other variables for each shoreline section.
This Wetland Reclamation and Interpretive Trail Project, led by the Allan Brooks Nature Centre, highlights a sensitive riparian ecosystem in North Vernon Park, which is located east of 20th Street and north of 48th Avenue (behind Rona and Walmart).
It is becoming readily apparent that increased development is degrading shoreline areas along Kalamalka and Wood lakes. These lakes are key components of recreation, tourism, and urban settlement in the area. Agriculture and transportation are other key land uses associated with the lakes.
This workshop will provide an overview of the opportunities and challenges of planning to maintain environmental integrity. Speakers will review case studies that highlight the current legislative landscape surrounding different aspects of environmental protection, and outline guidelines, best practices, and tools available for local governments to enhance environmental protection. We will offer participants the opportunity to tackle top challenges with your peers and exchange ideas and strategies on how to enhance environmental protection.