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9 Jul 2013
– Bird Studies Canada recently published a report analyzing results from our Canadian Lakes Loon Survey. The document summarizes patterns in Common Loon reproductive success across Canada between 1992 and 2010. Select this link for a media release we issued this week, summarizing the troubling trends revealed in our new report.

Measured as the annual number of young produced per pair, reproductive success was higher in western Canada than in the east; decreased over time; was higher on larger lakes than on smaller lakes; and increased as acidity decreased. These patterns were likely linked to mercury pollution and acid precipitation. Our findings support further action to reduce emissions of mercury and the harmful components of acid precipitation. The report also demonstrates the importance of using citizen science programs to monitor wildlife as indicators of environmental stress.

Visit our website to read the full report by Dr. Doug Tozer, Myles Falconer, and Debbie Badzinski, and for information about Bird Studies Canada's Canadian Lakes Loon Survey. To volunteer, you can also email Kathy Jones at We thank all our past and current members for making this research and analysis possible.


Ministry of Environment staff Roberta Patterson, water stewardship division, and Chris Swan, environmental impact assessment biologist, installed a new staff gauge in its new location at 108 Lake on May 27.


With the assistance of the Fraser Basin Council, the Cariboo Regional District hosted a meeting on May 1, 2007, 7:00 p.m. at the 108 Community Hall to discuss the increasing concern over water levels in the 108 Lake. Information was presented about the 108 watershed, its capacity, present water levels and current uses. The purpose of the meeting was to identify next steps for the community and stakeholders, to generate discussion and derive possible actions or adaptations that can be taken to mitigate impacts on the watershed.

"We recognize and share the community's concerns regarding the water level of the 108 Lake and its watershed," says CRD Area G Director, Al Richmond. "We determined that we could make the best decisions for its future by incorporating the expertise and knowledge from the Fraser Basin Council."

Guest speakers included:
  • Katharine VanSpall - Ducks Unlimited
  • Ken Kvist - Ministry of the Environment
  • Mitch Minchau - Cariboo Regional District
  • Jared Beaton - 108 Resort
  • Graham Allison -108 Greenbelt Commission Chair
  • Robin Edwards - 108 Community Association
  • Marvin Monical - Local rancher
For further information contact the CRD at 392-3351 or 1-800-665-1636 or the Fraser Basin Council at 392-1400.

108 Lake Watershed FAQ (Last updated Dec.15, 2012)


The Cariboo Regional District Board adopted a Shoreland Management Policy which is intended for new and existing owners who wish to subdivide or rezone lakeshore property. The policy will not affect existing lakeshore landowners who intend to keep their property in its present condition.

The policy will:

  1. preserve the water quality of lakes and watercourses within the CRD;
  2. manage shoreland development for wildlife habitat;
  3. preserve the aesthetic quality;
  4. provide shoreland access to the public where appropriate to reduce conflict with landowners;
  5. and determine suitable areas for shoreland development

- November 7, 2004, Al Richmond, Cariboo Regional District.

Spring 2004

Ann Swann

BC Lake Stewardship contact: 250-791-9232
If you've been anticipating a rise in lake levels with the spring run-off, wait no longer. We?ve had it. That's all we're going to get this year. From this spring's draw-down, 108 Lake gained 0.1m (equal to 3.9", or 135 acre-feet).

On May 18th I traveled the watershed with Bill Klopp and Ken Kvist from Land and Water B.C. Our purpose was to inspect the flow at the various control points from Tubbs Lake, near the top of the watershed, to 108 Lake.

Actually, we went upstream, beginning with Sucker Creek, which feeds 108 Lake. Here the volume coming through the culvert was calculated. Although the creek level was down from former highs, there was still a good flow and fish were splashing - spawning in the culvert. A lovely, lush, spring scene, with sparkling water and green, grassy banks.

Our next stop was Express Meadows, where there was a little water flowing over the weir. Again the amount was calculated - but the level was at the bottom of the gauge, and there didn't appear to be any water lying in the meadow itself.

We stopped at the dyke between Sucker Lake and Goose Pond. There had been an impressive amount of work done to secure the bank at the spillway. However, there was no water coming through the weir.

We crossed the dyke and found the spillway from the pond. There was a little water running over and between the logs of the dam. Once again the volume of flow was calculated. The logs have been in place for so long it would be difficult to remove them, without destroying the structure, to let water down - and then the amount of water gained would be negligible and at expense of the aquatic life of the pond. A very idyllic scene, for now, but "once it's gone it's gone."

At Tubbs Lake there was no water at the outlet. Nor was there any water as far as we could see in the lake. There was, however, a little standing water below the dam - no more than a puddle, really.

Back at 108 Lake, the gauge near West Beach was checked, to find that the level had dropped slightly since the April 17 reading. A new set of readings was established at the spillway near the boat launch. You may well ask "What spillway?" since there's been no water flowing out of 108 Lake in many years. The readings were taken at the old weir, rusted and chained and padlocked. The readings, using a surveyor's level, enabled the crew to determine that the 108 Lake is about two feet lower that when the weir was installed in the late 1960s.

It was a warm, sunny day in May - unseasonably warm, perhaps, but seductive in its loveliness. It was tempting to simply enjoy the summery temperatures and ignore the nagging thought that we could be running dangerously low on water. However, the experience firmed my resolve to be careful with my domestic use. There are so many others, besides myself, who depend on this precious resource - from householders and ranchers through all of nature. Quite simply, as Bill Klopp said, "Once it's gone, it's gone."

108 Lake - Photo by Stanton Newman
108 Lake - Photo by Stanton Newman

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