The Shuswap Lake Watershed & Foreshore Mapping Project uses orthophotos and video with GPS technology to create a digital inventory of habitat and land use conditions along the foreshore of Shuswap & Mara Lake. In addition to the final report, the data gathered from the project will be converted into an online-atlas accessible to government decision makers and other groups, including First Nations, via the Community Mapping Network.
This project directly addresses the need for government decision makers and others to have sound and easily accessible foreshore-related mapping data for the Shuswap Lake Watershed at a time when the Shuswap has experiencing unprecedented growth pressures and the CSRD is introducing greater land-use regulations. While civil servants are expected to be core users of this atlas and related data stemming from this project, the atlas will be made available to the general public through on-line links on various organizational websites. Finally, this project has fostered greater collaboration between local government (CSRD) and Provincial (MoE) and Federal (DFO) agencies and will be instrumental in prioritizing critical areas for conservation.