Come see what FOKLSS has been up to at Duck Bay in Nelson on April 13th from 10 am till 12 pm
This Saturday come down to Duck Bay (between Save-On-Foods and the soccer fields) and see we and Gregoire Lamoureux of the Slocan River Streamkeepers have been working on! We will be extending a small wetland site by digging up the area and planting native species, come to say hi and learn about environmental restoration!
A Bit of Background …
Last year we began an ambitious restoration project at a popular inlet down by Lakeside Park. Duck Bay is aptly named for the many birds such as mallards, ring -neck ducks and gulls that flock there for forage and coverage. It is also a site that has been heavily affected by anthropogenic influences that have caused damage to the ecosystem and water quality of Duck Bay. Pollution enters the bay from the shore as litter and runoff from surrounding parking lots and soccer fields, as well as from a large culvert that discharges stormwater into Duck Bay. These factors all have a negative impact on the health and water quality of Kootenay Lake, and with only a small riparian area, there was little there to help mitigate these impacts.
FOKLSS has been working on restoring the ecosystem function of Duck Bay. By planting native wetland species on the shoreline we hope to bring back and expand the riparian area of this inlet. This will not only help improve filtration of water entering the bay, but will also provide habitat for its many charming residents.