REMINDER – The Future of Kootenay Lake – Community Values Survey

To control the legitimacy of this study, there is only one IP address per survey (ie: one survey per computer) to assure we get a fair assessment of values.

Would you and your friends be willing to partake in a paper version of the survey? Paper Surveys are available at the Nelson- RDCKRiondel Community LibraryKaslo- Kaslo Library and Crawford Bay Post Office.



What is the “Future of Kootenay Lake Community Values Survey”?

The Future of Kootenay Lake Community Values Survey seeks input from local residents, seasonal users, businesses and others with an interest in Kootenay Lake on the current state and future of Kootenay Lake. The survey is a venue to summarize public values from around the lake towards the development of a common vision for its future. The survey is intended to inform and assist with future decisions on Kootenay Lake management and planning. The Friends of Kootenay Lake Stewardship Society is overseeing the work for the Community Values Survey.

Participants in the survey will be able to enter a draw for a $150.00 cash prize. The online survey is open from June 15 to July 15, 2016.

Who is the survey for?

The survey is open to all residents and businesses in Nelson, Kaslo, and RDCK electoral areas A, D, E or F, and all visitors to Kootenay Lake. You must be 18 years or older to take the survey and each person may only complete the survey once.

Electoral area A is the Wynndel/East Shore area, D is the North Kootenay Lake area, E is the southern and eastern parts of West Arm, and F is the northwestern part of West Arm.

What will be explored in the Community Values Survey?

The Community Values Survey will ask participants questions about what values are important to them for the future of the lake. A wide range of values will be explored in the survey including those related to environmental, financial, social and cultural interests. The Community Values Survey is a place to highlight your values and concerns regarding:

  • Water quality and quantity
  • Aquatic ecosystem health
  • Lakeshore access
  • Lakeshore land use
  • Boat launches, docks, and mooring buoys
  • Recreation management for different user groups
  • And others

What is the project timeline?

A focus group will be held on June 9 to provide feedback on the content of the Community Values Survey. After this focus group, the Community Values Survey will be launched on June 15 and will be open to July 15, 2016. A workshop will be held in September (TBD) to review results and get feedback from community members. A final report will be available after this workshop in the fall.

For regular updates about the Community Values Survey, contact Friends of Kootenay Lake at