Wetland wildlife biologist Wayne Harris and Ian Webster of Grandview Excavating introduce plants to a new wetland being created at the south end of Gardom Lake near Musgrave and Park roads. (Photo contributed)

Creek restoration begins with creation of wetland

Team works to improve water quality and protect Gardom Lake

Establishment of new wetlands will help to improve water quality in Mallory Creek as it enters Gardom Lake.

Members of the Gardom Lake Stewardship Society are working in conjunction with the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure and the BC Wildlife Federation (BCWF) to take the first steps to restore Mallory Creek by creating wetlands.

The restoration project was identified as a priority in the Gardom Lake Management Plan, completed in 2015 by the Columbia Shuswap Regional District.

The wetlands historically located in this area at the southern end of the lake near Musgrave and Park roads have dried up or been filled in due to changes in human occupation, hydrological patterns and the environment, says Liz Winter, president of the stewardship society.

Related: Future of Gardom Lake Park up for discussion

“Our goal is to help protect the lake’s water quality,” says Winter.

“Restoration of Mallory Creek, starting with this first wetland, will bring improved water quality to the creek and provide enhanced habitat for wildlife.”

The wetland is being created on a Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure right-of-way, with plans to extend the wetland and connect it to Mallory Creek next fall.

Winter says this will be the first phase of a multi-year project as the BC Wildlife Federation holds a five- year permit to construct works within the right-of-way.

Related: Protecting Gardom Lake

“This was a win-win for us,” says Neil Fletcher, Wetlands Program Manager, at the Wildlife Federation. “We are all about creating wildlife habitat, and wetlands play a critical role.”

Enthusiasm reigns at the Ministry of Environment as well.

“The Gardom Lake Stewardship Society has worked hard to make this happen,” says ministry biologist Marge Sidney.

Winter adds that the project would not have happened if Sidney hadn’t taken it under her wing.

“Marge’s passion for this project was critical to making it happen,” she says.

Members of the Gardom Lake Stewardship Society are grateful for the financial support provided by the province, the Shuswap Watershed Council, and extensive in-kind support from local community businesses and volunteers, adds Winter.

For more information, go to the Gardom Lake Stewardship Society Facebook page.


@SalmonArm
barb.brouwer@saobserver.net

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter

Just Posted

Woman who died at Shuswap campground remembered as loving mom

Sister raising funds to travel from Scotland to support family after tragedy

Mainly sunny Victoria Day in Okanagan-Shuswap

The South Okanagan is the hottest spot to be in the province for Victoria Day

Fundraising campaign for church shooting victim exceeds goal

A separate campaign for the man killed in the April 14 shooting is nearing $25,000 raised.

Falkland ropes in final day of stampede

101st annual event went off without a hitch over May long weekend

Rough and tumble soccer contest in Salmon Arm ends in 4-3 score

GM Outlaws register the win in game vs Auto Quest at Blackburn Park

Police watchdog investigating motorcycle crash in Kamloops

A Kamloops Mountie had stopped the driver for speeding, but they raced off from the 0fficer

Word on the street: What do you think of the city’s panhandling bylaw?

The Observer asked: What do you think of the city’s panhandling bylaw?… Continue reading

North Okanagan crash claims a father

Family thanks emergency crews for assistance in traumatic incident

Letter: More cell towers, more radiation

The ever increasing electromagnetic radiation (EMR) is creating a hell-on-earth situation for… Continue reading

Facebook takes down anti-vaxxer page that used image of late Canadian girl

Facebook said that the social media company has disabled the anti-vaccination page

Letter: Salmon Arm gouged at the pump

For the past two weeks, I waited to see if the Salmon… Continue reading

Search crews rescue kids, 6 and 7, stranded overnight on Coquitlam mountain

The father and two youngesters fell down a steep and treachorous cliff while hiking on Burke Mountain

Most Read