Friends of Kootenay Lake Stewardship Society
|Conservation Neighbourhood||Creston-PurcellsKootenay LakeKootenay Lake West Arm|
|Focuses||Citizen ScienceEcosystem Restoration/EnhancementEducation/OutreachWaterYouth Programs and Activities|
Our Mission:To improve the health and stewardship of Kootenay Lake through monitoring, habitat restoration, capacity building and the empowerment of local communities and stakeholders in order to sustain a healthy Kootenay Lake for future generations.
Our Vision:To protect the fish and wildlife habitat of Kootenay Lake while supporting economic, recreation, and traditional uses.
Established in 2012, the Friends of Kootenay Lake Stewardship Society (FOKLSS) is a stewardship group dedicated to giving community members the tools they need to protect their own water resources. FOKLSS’s initiatives include: Lake Education – Hosting annual Lake Summit, Lake Keeper Workshops, hosting an outreach booth at markets and festivals, sharing info on best practices for living on the shoreline; Lake Governance – Working with the Kootenay Lake Partnership on a lake planning initiative, promotes regional watershed governance through participation in the Columbia Basin Watershed Network as well as the Central Kootenay Invasive Plant Council’s Aquatic Working Group; Shoreline Restoration – Working with the Central Kootenay Invasive Plant Council to host an annual Earth Day shoreline restoration event. Planning a 2014 wetland restoration project in Harrop. In fall 2014 we are planning to conduct shoreline cleanup’s around Kootenay Lake as part of the Great Canadian Shoreline Clean-up; Lake Watchers Program – Engaging community members to conduct Water quality monitoring, wildlife tree surveys, and raptor nest and brood count surveys.