Foreshore Inventory and Mapping (FIM)

Foreshore Inventory and Mapping (FIM) is a method of collecting information on the current state of the foreshore, shoreline, of a lake. It is relevant data to have from the past and present to help make informed decisions for the future. FIM provides agencies with an easily accessible inventory of land use, shore type, and existing riparian conditions to implement better shoreline management.

History of FIM in the Okanagan

  • FIM methods were first used to obtain data around the shoreline of Okanagan Lake that were specifically within the Central Okanagan.
  • The first FIM report available for this survey area was released in 2005.
  • In 2011, Foreshore Inventory & Mapping/Aquatic Habitat Index for Okanagan Lake including the North, South and Central Okanagan was released.
  • The 2016 FIM Report for Okanagan Lake  is an update to the data collected from the 2011 report along with other relevant survey data. Supporting documentation for the 2016 FIM Update is available through the RDCO GIS mapping website .

Why Update FIM?

  1. Understand where and how extensive changes are
  2. Understand the specific effects of different land use types
  3. Update maps to reflect aquatic vegetation, including updates to milfoil mapping for long term aquatic invasive management
  4. Provide a framework for managing the shoreline areas to ensure sustainability, ecosystem functions, and future growth
  5. Use data to understand if current policy is achieving necessary objectives
  6. Use the data to establish and identify new policy and objectives

Who's Been Involved?

The original 2005 project was made possible through contributions from the Real Estate Foundation, Ministry of Environment, Fisheries and Oceans Canada, the District of Lake Country, the City of Kelowna, the Community Mapping Network and the Regional District of Central Okanagan.  The 2016 FIM Update Report for all of Okanagan Lake was initiated by the Regional District of Central Okanagan, and facilitated through a partnership with the Okanagan Collaborative Conservation Program (OCCP) through the support of Environment and Climate Change Canada, the South Okanagan Collaborative Conservation Program (SOSCP), the Okanagan Basin Water Board (OBWB), and the City of Vernon.

Additional Information and Links:

Foreshore Inventory and Mapping/Aquatic Habitat Index

The Okanagan Lake:  A Compilation of the North, South and Central Okanagan Lake 2011

Central Okanagan Lake Foreshore Plan (2007 Update)

Central Okanagan Foreshore Inventory and Mapping (2005)

For more information please contact Regional District of Central Okanagan Environmental Planning Staff at 250-469-6227.


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