Lower Shuswap River Inventory and Mapping (LRIM)
Ecoscape developed a new GIS-based application adapting Sensitive Habitat Inventory and Mapping (SHIM) standards to carry out detailed large river inventories, classifications, and evaluations. Using this new application, Ecoscape completed an extensive inventory, classification, evaluation and mapping project covering the Lower Shuswap River from Mara Lake to Mabel Lake. The primary objectives of this project was to identify, inventory, and map the river morphology, riparian and floodplain communities, and habitat features (including salmonid spawning areas) within the river for incorporation into the Shuswap Watershed Project. Subsequent to the collection and processing of field data, Ecoscape developed an Aquatic Habitat Index which is now being used by the Department of Fisheries and Oceans Canada on the Lower Shuswap River and being incorporated into the Shuswap Lake Integrated Planning Process (SLIPP). Also, the data is being utilized by the Regional District North Okanagan as part of the Shuswap Watershed planning process in conjunction with Foreshore Inventory and Mapping of Mabel Lake.