Water quality testing
We have been measuring water clarity, temperature and oxygen levels, as well as collecting water samples for analysis, in partnership with the BC Ministry of Environment and the BC Lake Stewardship Society since the early 1990’s. Analysis of the collected data is ongoing.
Invasive plant control
Yellow Flag Iris
For a number of years we've partnered with the Columbia Shuswap Invasive Species Society to monitor the spread of Yellow Flag Iris, an invasive plant that has been growing around the shoreline. They crowd out native shoreline plants like cattails and bulrushes and impact the habitat for wildlife. See photo. Our volunteers have put in many hours in boats and hip waders cutting down the foliage of these plants, and disposing it at the dump.
Another invasive plant which is of concern is Woody Nightshade, which takes over wetland and upland areas, choking out other native plants. It has a purple flower in spring, and red berries that appear in summer. See photo.
Education has been a big part of our mandate since our early days as Friends of Gardom Lake.
We have produced newsletters with information about the lake and its habitat, history, and things that we as residents can do to help protect the lake. April 2015 newsletter.
For visitors to the lake we produced the first-ever brochure about Gardom Lake and its habitat, and installed educational signage at various lake access points. We have plans to upgrade and expand these signs into educational kiosks.
In the near future we plan to hold educational workshops for interested residents on topics such as protecting habitat for the painted turtles.
Gardom Creek runs along Mallory Road and is the only inflow creek to Gardom Lake. It flows seasonally during the late winter and spring, depending on temperatures and the amount of precipitation. One of the recommendations of the Gardom Lake Management Plan was the "daylighting" of this creek to help restore some of its original functions.
Work is being planned for four properties at the mouth of the creek. This work will include relocating the creek to its original alignment, planting riparian vegetation, restoring a wetland area and livestock fencing. Volunteer "work in kind" will be an important part of this project.
Gardom Lake is home to many species of birds, amphibians and mammals such as: coots, red necked grebes, mallard ducks, wood ducks, kingfishers, ospreys, moose, etc. Gardom Lake Stewards erect signs around the loon nest to encourage boaters to give them space, and is planning educational workshops and lake access signs to educate people about how to enjoy wildlife without disturbing them.
The Western Painted Turtles that can be seen basking on logs around the lake on sunny days are protected by government.
Gardom Lake Management Plan
Gardom Lake Stewardship Society was instrumental in bringing together various government agencies and groups of lake users to create a Lake Management Plan, completed in 2015.
The Plan includes a number of goals:
1) Maintain or improve water quality for Gardom Lake
2) Establish baseline water quantity data for Gardom Lake
3) Educate Gardom Lake residents and visitors about water quality
4) Maintain or improve the riparian zone of Gardom Lake
5) Maintain or improve the upland areas of Gardom Lake
6) Improve septic system health around Gardom Lake
7) Establish baseline recreation data for Gardom Lake
8) Restore Mallory Creek
LINK to document
Participants of the LMP process will continue to meet at least once a year to review the progress of the LMP.