CONTRIBUTION · 25th February 2010
What's Your 2060 Vision For The Lakelse Lake And Watershed? That's what some students taking a Geography - Environments and Planning course at the Northwest Community College (NWCC) want to know.
The students are under the tutorage of Dr. Norma Kerby. Dr. Kerby has specific experience with this topic. In December 1984, employed as a planning consultant, she published the report, Greater Terrace Official Settlement Plan, for the Regional District Kitimat Stikine. As part of the report, the Lakelse Lake and Watershed were commented on.
For many, Lakelse Lake and the Watershed, are regarded as the "Jewel of Northwest BC". The watershed is valuable for economic reasons, as well as being priceless for its recreation and beauty for locals. It is the warmest lake in northern BC with hot springs in and around the lake, and even has trumpeter swans residing over winter in both the Lakelse Lake and River. Over thousands of years the Tsimshian people provided the stewardship for the Lakelse Watershed with a minimum of impact on the fish, water, and forests resources, but the watershed has had some major changes over the last 100 years due to European influences.
There has been recreational and residential development, hydro and natural gas line linear construction, clearcut logging, and railway and road expansion. As well, changes in water flow on tributaries, negative impacts on fish stocks due to loss of spawning habitat, shoreline development/modification and loss of riparian areas, increased Elodea canadensis growth, lake water level changes, concerns about the lake's drinking water quality whether it be due to non-point sources of contamination that may include sewage disposal fields, agriculture development or other sources, and increased water vehicle noise/usage on the lake.
The Lakelse Lake and Watershed are extremely valuable to the people of northwest BC, especially for those who live in the Terrace, Kitimat, and Pr. Rupert areas who use it on a more regular basis, but also for others from around Canada or other parts of the world. It is important to safeguard the environmental quality and physical attractiveness of the lake and watershed. There needs to be a long term vision that guards these aspects.
The students taking the environment and planning course would like to know your vision for the Lakelse Lake and Watershed for 2060. Contact them at Lakelse2060,,,gmail.com to give them your thoughts. If you need more information, contact Dr. Kerby (see attachment below for telephone/e-mail) at the NWCC.
Looking south on Lakelse Lake