In 2017, Living Lakes Canada began work on Duck Bay Wetland in Nelson, BC which naturally treats 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 stabilized the shoreline by planting native species and pulling out invasive weeds in collaboration with local Selkirk College students.
This was the first stage of the Duck Bay Restoration Project.
In April 2019, this project was revisited by the Friends of Kootenay Lake Stewardship Society, with the creation of updated signage to be displayed at the wetland. The signage was designed by primary aged students from the local Wildflower School in Nelson. Additionally, the wetland area was extended and vegetated with the help from the City of Nelson and Slocan River Streamkeepers.
This site is continuing to be developed into the fall of 2019 and is expected to be completed in October when FOKLSS hopes to work with students from the Integrated Environmental Planning course to provide further bank stabilization and increase native vegetation within the area.