PROPONENT: Toby Benches Society & Lake Windermere District Rod and Gun Club
DESCRIPTION: Water flows to Lillian Lake had been diminishing over time resulting in an increased eutrophication rate that was jeopardizing fish habitat and public recreation. The main reason for the decline is a century old dispute between neighboring communities. Nearby, the Bruce (locally referred to as Boulder) Creek diversion ditch augmenting water to Enid and Wilmer Lakes was in disrepair. The project involved re-diverting upper Neave Creek back to its original channel to increase flows into Lillian Lake to increase flushing rates, improve water quality and restore fish and wildlife habitat.
OBJECTIVE: The Boulder Creek Diversion Project brought together two neighboring communities to resolve a common issue. This project increased water quantity in two streams, three lakes and several wetland habitats resulting in improved water quality and the long term maintenance of biological diversity in a 1,800 ha area. This project enhanced and maintained habitat that was degraded from residential and commercial development and addressed reduced stream flows expected from climate change. The project also provided a stable supply of irrigation water to local agricultural producers and the improvement of these habitats helped accommodate the increasing levels of recreation in the area such as fishing, hunting and wildlife viewing.
PHOTOS: Peter Holmes