Looking north from the East Shore of Kootenay Lake.

Survey seeking input on Kootenay Lake future from East Shore residents

Web Lead

Have your say in the future of Kootenay Lake by taking the Kootenay Lake community values survey until July 15. The survey is spearheaded by the Friends of Kootenay Lake Stewardship Society and will provide a snapshot of values from across the lake to help support planning and management for recreation and stewardship of Kootenay Lake.

The survey takes about 20 minutes to complete and was tested at a focus group on June 9 by residents and managers from around the lake. Focus group participants were hopeful and excited about the information the survey will provide. The group agreed that the lake is an important connection that everyone shares, whether you’re a resident or visitor.

The lake is a “profound connection that we all have,” said Tom Newell, director for Regional District of Central Kootenay Area F.

“We are all here because of the lake,” said Chad Luke.

Participants were hopeful that the survey will highlight commonalities across the region and unique values in specific regions.

While other planning processes for individual communities have stated the importance of the lake for their well-being, no comprehensive vision for the future of the lake exists. Given the lake’s importance, it is critical that a comprehensive vision for the lake’s future be developed to manage for ecological, social, cultural and economic values across jurisdictions. The community values survey is an important step toward building a common vision and is potentially an important component in any future planning and management for Kootenay Lake.

Many participants envision the results of the survey being used to support local politicians in decision making around issues and values that people really care about, as well as providing guidance for local stewardship activities and projects.

The survey is open to residents, visitors and businesses in Nelson, Kaslo or in RDCK electoral areas A (Wynndel and East Shore), D, E or F. Particpants must be 18 years or older to take the survey. Printed surveys are available at the office of the Regional District of Central Kootenay.

For more information on the project or to take the survey online, visit www.friends ofkootenaylake.ca. Eligible surveys are entered into a cash draw for $150.

—FRIENDS OF KOOTENAY LAKE STEWARDSHIP SOCIETY

Just Posted

RDCK calls for reversal of Sinixt extinction

The board opposed a land transfer to the Westbank First Nation this week

Creston police kept busy with unwanted guest complaints

Creston RCMP responded to 59 calls for assistance

Forecasters promote avalanche safety awareness

Avalanche Canada advising backcountry enthusiasts to get proper training and equipment.

Rural residents could face higher fire protection costs

Erickson and Arrow Creek property owners will pay more for fire protection

Brewery workers claim more job losses

Interior Brewery Workers Local 308 says that Labatt Breweries of Canada is manipulating data to justify the loss of jobs at Creston’s 50-year-old brewery.

100,000 bulbs shine bright for Lights of Hope

St. Paul’s Hospital in Vancouver launched its annual campaign to raise funds for equipment, research

Pine beetles from Jasper National Park moving into commercial forest

In 2014, beetle activity went from a few spots around Jasper’s townsite to rampant

VIDEO: Tragically Hip members, Alex Trebek receive Order of Canada

Newest recipients join 6,897 Canadians such as Christine Sinclair, Graham Greene and Mark Messier

AC/DC’s Malcolm Young dies at 64

‘Malcolm was a songwriter, guitarist, performer, producer and visionary who inspired many.’

‘I will now live in consistent fear’: Allan Schoenborn granted escorted leaves

The Merritt man was deemed not criminally responsible in the killing of his three children in 2008

Hammy the deer dodges conservation officers in Prince Rupert

The famous Prince Rupert hammock deer maintains his purple threads

‘No shirt, no service, no Canada’

Shirtless Tacoma man arrested after Canadian border officials say they found meth in rental vehicle

Nasty note on B.C. windshield sparks online outrage

Vernon’s Bailey McDonald is using a painful experience to start conversation about invisible illness

Federal funding to combat guns, gangs and opioid crisis

Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale said illicit drugs are often main cause of guns, gangs violence

Most Read