|Conservation Neighbourhood||Creston-PurcellsKootenay LakeKootenay Lake West Arm|
|Focuses||Citizen ScienceEcosystem Restoration/EnhancementEducation/OutreachWaterYouth Programs and Activities|
|Group Types||Non-Profit Organization|
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.
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.