Our role as FOKLSS is to inform and engage community members with the lake planning process being lead by the Kootenay Lake Partnership (KLP).
The KLP is creating a Shoreline Guidance Document for Kootenay Lake that will be completed fall 2013. They will be hosting a series of open houses winter 2013 and spring/summer 2014 to present the findings to communities around Kootenay Lake.
The Key Objectives of the Lake Planning Process are:
To sustainable manage our watersheds and natural surrounding
Guiding new development while maintaining the natural capitol of the area.
Protection, conservation and restoration of fish and wildlife habitat.
Create informed land use decision for the lake in the short and long term.
Highlight shorelines that require the high levels of protection
Image Credit: Kootenay Lake Partnership
Here is a breakdown of the Lake Planning Process and where community members can have their voices heard:
Phase 1 – Shoreline Guidance Document – Completion in 2013
This science-based document will include foreshore inventory mapping (FIM) followed by an aquatic habitat index (AHI) and archaeological overview assessment (AOA). This info will be used to color-code the entire shoreline of Kootenay Lake to identify culturally or ecologically significant areas that are vulnerable to development. For example, a red shoreline is classified as very high value, orange is high value, yellow is moderate value, and grey is lower value.
To see a similar document from the East Kootenays click here to check out the Shoreline Management Guidelines for Moyie and Monroe Lakes.
The study will lead to an improved scientific knowledge of lake processes and form a baseline for improved decision-making.
From here the Shoreline Guidance Document can be adopted into Regulation and Policy to help guide decision making on the lake
Phase 2 – Determining Values of Communities – 2013-2016
Through FOKLSS we created a Lake Advisory Council – This includes members from key stakeholder groups around the lake.
Determine values of Community members (i.e. what they love about the lake, what their concerns are, what they would like to see in the future), through the Community Values Study 2016.
Phase 4 – Lake Management Planning – 2017
If there is enough community support, a Lake Management Plan may be created for Kootenay Lake.
This combines community values, cultural values, and science into a management document.