The Slocan Lake Research Center helped initiate the SWAMP collaborative program. The following describes the program. The report on the first phase of the project can be downloaded by clicking this link to the report .
SWAMP (Slocan Wetlands Assessment and Mapping Project)
The Program focuses on riparian areas and wetlands within the Slocan Watershed that extends from Summit Lake to the confluence of the Slocan and Kootenay rivers, The scope of our work within this drainage potentially includes riparian and wetland habitat surrounding valley-bottom and alpine lakes and creeks flowing into Slocan Lake and the Slocan River system
The Slocan Watershed is defined by the height of within the Valhalla and Selkirk mountain ranges to the east and west, respectively, as well as hydrologic divides to the north and south. Riparian habitat is defined as biologically rich areas adjacent to creeks and rivers; and wetlands are defined as those areas whose soil is either permanently or seasonally saturated.
Three general categories of riparian habitats are recognized within the study area:
1. Natural riparian/wetland habitat with functioning subclimax ecosystems
2. Former riparian/wetland habitat that have lost most of their natural function
3. Habitats resulting from water impoundment, diversions or other artificial disturbances
Healthy, intact thriving wetlands and riparian areas that provide habitat to diverse species and support natural processes throughout the Slocan Watershed.
To assess, map, and monitor native wetlands in the Slocan Watershed; to prioritize resources for this work; and to share our findings in order to inform the protection and restoration activities of associated groups and governments.
A team of people who love the Slocan Watershed; who acknowledge the importance of wetlands to the ecological and human health of this watershed; who are willing to learn and use recognized scientific methods for data collection; and who wish to share this knowledge with our communities to encourage greater stewardship of this critical habitat.