Shuswap Watershed Council issues 2019 water quality report

Tuesday, August 11, 2020

The Shuswap Watershed Council (SWC) has just released a summary report about recent water quality
monitoring throughout the watershed.

“I’m very pleased to announce that our fourth annual water quality summary report is available,” says
Paul Demenok, SWC Chair and CSRD Director for Area C - South Shuswap. “We know that residents here
are very interested in water quality. In view of this, a primary objective for the Shuswap Watershed
Council is to report on water monitoring results on an annual basis.”

The report covers water quality in the large lakes and rivers, at swimming beaches, and it summarizes a
recently completed three-year nutrient research project that the SWC did with researchers at UBCOkanagan.
The report also explains water quality issues in the region such as invasive species and algal
blooms.

“From a human perspective and our enjoyment of the lakes for swimming, the water quality here in the
Shuswap is very good,” explains Erin Vieira, program manager for the SWC. “This is demonstrated by the
beach monitoring program overseen by Interior Health. Out of 201 water samples collected from beaches
in 2019, 195 of them had acceptable results.”

The report comes after algal blooms in the Salmon Arm Bay and Canoe areas of Shuswap Lake that
occurred this year.

“It’s not unusual for small algal blooms to occur in Shuswap Lake, and other lakes in the region,” Vieira
says. “Algae are a natural part of a lake ecosystem. However, the blooms that we’re experiencing this year
have persisted for longer than they typically do in Shuswap Lake.”

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