Why is the preservation of shorelines
- Shorelines provide food, homes, shelter, breeding grounds
and spaces to live in for plants and creatures large and small
- from the tiniest of organisms, to insects and grass, to bigger
animals like beaver, otters and deer, and all sorts of birds.
zone, a strip of land along the water's edge,
acts like a giant sponge. All of the plants that grow in this
area help to filter out pollutants such as pesticides and fertilizers
that would otherwise degrade the quality of the water. This
sponge also sucks up extra water that seeps into the lake from
rain and run-off. By doing this, shorelines help prevent flooding.
- Algal blooms can be caused by excess runoff from soil disturbance,
sewage (leaky septic systems), chemical detergents, and fertilizers. Cyanobacteria
can harm humans and kill off fish and other wildlife due to
a huge increase in toxins.
Are Float Planes allowed to land on Cusheon Lake?
No. It is illegal since Cusheon Lake is a schedule 3 lake under the Canada Shipping Act 2001, Vessel Restriction Regulations. These regulations are enforced by the RCMP and BC Conservation Officers. It is an electric motor only lake. This helps to perserve the shoreline.
Why is it important to preserve our trees?
The lake's trees serve many roles.
- They provide oxygen for all of the lake's teeming life-forms,
- They are nature's natural air conditioners, blocking out the
sun to shade and cool the homes of humans and wildlife.
- They prevent soil erosion, which is crucial to reducing the
threat of potentially dangerous algal blooms. A 2001 study by Dr. Ellie Prepas, states "following an average of 15% tree removal, phosphorous concentrations increased by an average of 40% in lakes with a two-fold increase in cyanobacterial biomass and a ten fold increase in cyanotoxin concentration." This is a very dramatic increase.
What Causes Algal Blooms?
Too much phosphorous in lake water causes algal blooms
and thick beds of waterweeds. These contaminants clog drinking
water filters; require ever-increasing levels of chlorination
and causes unpleasant odours and unpleasant tasting drinking
water. Some types of algae can be toxic to humans
and animals, alike. Phosphorus gets in the water system
through all the ways mentioned on the pollution problems
Ribbon of Life
Riparian Zone: is
the interface between land and a flowing surface water body.
It acts as a filtering system . Plant communities along
the river margins are called riparian vegetation.
Watershed: the drainage areas
surrounding a body of water, particularly those
areas of drinking water or wildlife habitat;
includes the tiny streams that drain into a
lake, the shorelines, as well as where homes