North Kootenay Lake Water Monitoring Project  NKLWMP

MONITORING SITES

NKLWMP monitoring sites are located in representative small drainages surrounding the north end of Kootenay Lake. The map to the right shows the Regional Landscapes (RLs) of the southern Kootenays, and highlights the Upper Arrow-Slocan-N Kootenay Lakes RL that the monitoring sites are representative of. For further information on RLs see the RL webpage under the Conservation Planning portion of this website.

As of December 31, 2018, the monitoring network consists of seven hydrometric stations, two snow courses and three climate stations. The maps below show the locations of the monitoring sites, including the watershed boundaries associated with the hydrometric stations.
The map on the right shows the locations of the representative watersheds, hydrometric stations, climate statins and snow courses. Davis and Bjerkness creeks are the largest drainages in the network and are used as community water supplies. Lardeau has a community groundwater intake on the Davis Creek fan and Mirror Lake takes water from Bjerkness Creek. Ben Hur and Carlyle Creeks are paired sites (north-facing and south-facing) of small high-elevation sub-drainages with limited impact from development. Gar Creek streamflow is shaped by significant inputs from calcareous bedrock springs sourced by water from outside the surface watershed and is the site of the 2012 Johnsons Landing landslide.  Kootenay Joe Creek is a west-facing counterpart to the generally east-facing stations on the west side of Kootenay Lake. McDonald Creek drains a small watershed situated at lower elevation and has been an important water source to people living in or near the Village of Kaslo. All seven stations are equipped with a staff gauge, continuous water level loggers and nearby barometric pressure loggers.

Snow courses are in place on each side of Kootenay Lake, above 2000 m elevation. The Kootenay Joe site is located to the east at the top of the Kootenay Joe Creek watershed,  while the Lost Ledge snow course is located on the west side, just south of Davis Creek. In each case, a high-elevation climate station is situated within the snow course. An additional low-elevation climate station is located in Johnsons Landing between Gar and Kootenay Joe Creeks.

The two figures below show topographic features and vegetation characteristics for each of the representative watersheds and the climate station and snow course locations.

Table 1 below provides metadata for the hydrometic stations including locations, installation dates, and some basic characteristics of the watersheds they drain. Table 2 below provides similar information for the snow courses and meteorological installations.