We’ve begun work on a new wetland in Nelson, BC that will naturally treat stormwater before it flows into Kootenay Lake. By slowing down stormwater runoff and filtering it down into the ground, wetlands give natural biological processes time to break down pollutants. To establish the wetlands, we’ll stabilize the shoreline by planting native species and pulling out invasive weeds. We’ll train citizen scientists to monitor water quality before and after the shoreline is stabilized, and teach students and community members about the process hands-on. Not only will the wetland improve water quality in Kootenay Lake, but it will promote and nurture a strong water stewardship ethic in the community.