What We Do
Friends of Kootenay Lake Stewardship Society provides a platform for a broad array of stakeholders to collaboratively learn about the lake and its many values, identify potential threats to the lake’s social and ecological values, conduct scientific inquiry into these issues, and propose solutions. We encourage a broader and deeper understanding the lake’s ecosystems and strive to build cooperative relationships among Kootenay Lake communities.
We provide a central location for lakeside communities to share information, collaborate, and learn about Kootenay Lake. FOKLSS holds workshops, monitors indicators of lake health, and assists community members in developing and implementing ideas to improve or protect the lake. Through our website, we provide an online gathering place for people concerned about the lake to learn more, connect with each other, and share knowledge.
FOKLSS also helps residents to participate in planning initiatives to improve lake management. An inter-governmental group called the Kootenay Lake Partnership (KLP) has developed a Shoreline Guidance Document with the purpose of protecting shoreline resources. This document was developed using rigorous scientific research and incorporates both environmental and First Nations cultural values to form a baseline for improved decision-making. In the long term, FOKLSS will work with the KLP and lake-side communities to develop a lake management plan to harmonize regulation, coordinate enforcement, and improve protection of the lake.