29 May Local Youth Raise Awareness to Prevent Pollution entering Kootenay Lake
Columbia Basin Trust’s Know Your Watershed Program and Friends of Kootenay Lake teamed up with Nelson youth to paint yellow fish by storm drains in the Rosemont area. Claire de la Salle from Friends of Kootenay Lake said “By preventing pollution from entering storm drains students are helping to keep Kootenay Lake healthy. Many people don’t know that the storm drain system empties directly into the lake. Painting yellow fish by storm drains is done across the country and can really have a positive impact to reduce pollutants entering our waterways.” The Trafalgar Leadership class helped to organize the event with support from teacher Kelly Anast and Monica Nissen, from Know Your Watershed. The goal was to teach fellow students about the importance of keeping “only rain in the drain”. In total, there were 67 students from Trafalgar, South Nelson, and Rosemont schools, 5 teachers, and 11 volunteers, a total of 83 people that painted 99 storm drains.
Photo Credit: Friends of Kootenay Lake
The organizers wish to thank the Columbia Basin Trust and all the hard working students and volunteers for making this day possible!