Awarded to the Columbia Lake Stewardship Society to improve knowledge of water resources and steps that can be taken to protect them, and to ongoing monitoring of the lake to examine the implications of water trends on the preservation of the riparian and wetland areas at both ends and evaluate means to sustain lake water health.

PROPONENT: Columbia Lake Stewardship Society (CLSS)

DESCRIPTION: The CLSS aims to help the understanding of how residential and human development, climate change, invasive and problematic species and recreational activity are impacting Columbia Lake through scientific investigation, collaboration, and outreach. The overall goal of the CLSS and their lake water monitoring and education programming is to improve the community’s knowledge of water resources and the steps that can be taken to protect them. Three main activity areas are their focus: Water quality monitoring, water quantity monitoring, and community and stakeholder education.

OBJECTIVE: The objectives and goals for the CLSS’s Water Monitoring and Environmental Education Project directly supports their vision and mission for Columbia Lake to become an example of the balance that can exist between nature and the needs of communities. Project objectives fall under the following areas (1) Water quality and quantity monitoring, (2) Conservation and resource protection, and (3) Education and Environmental stewardship.

Future projects will benefit from the data that will be collected, creating efficiency and strength in relationships throughout organisations and partnerships.


An overview of the project, which received CVLCF funding in 2020.

Nancy Wilson with the Columbia Lake Stewardship Society presented on this project as part of the 2020 KCP Virtual Spring Tour held on June 22, 2020 featuring five projects that receive funding from the Kootenays’ two Local Conservation Funds.