Mandate: The Friends of Gardom Lake is an informal group of people who are property owners, residents, or frequent visitors to the Gardom Lake area. We believe that the lake and its surrounding foreshore form a unique environment for the lives and interactions of plants, trees, fish, wildlife and people. We pursue ways cherishing and preserving the natural, historical and economic values of this environment for the benefit of both the ecosystem within it and the people who are connected to it.
The Lower Nipit Improvement District is a local government body with Letters Patent that mandates the ID to manage the water quantity of Twin Lake on behalf of the residents and property owners who have property beside the lake. Our work includes:
maintaining and running a pump to reduce lake levels as directed by provincial authorities and within our limited resources
monitoring and reporting water levels to various stakeholders
monitoring and reporting ice on and off dates
lake clarity testing
monitoring the Ministry Ground Water Observations Wells #282, #403 & #404
communicating with the Ministry of Forests Lands Natural Resources Rural Development for policies and to submit our water levels
Mandate: To re-establish and maintain the water quality throughout the Okanagan Valley Lake System and especially in the Osoyoos Lake and environments, so that it is suitable for indigenous plant and animal life and for human use and consumption.
Projects: Work with the Groundwater Section of WLAP doing domestic well tests each year, usually in September and working with them on stats from the Piezometers in Town. Educate the Public. Publish monthly newsletter in Osoyoos Times. Currently passing out a 3-sided card on water conservation to restaurants in Town. We also monitor spawning grounds and riparian areas around the Lake and report infractions.