Signage for Boaters
In December, SLSS successfully acquired a grant of $2500 from Fortis BC Community Investment Fund. This grant will further a SLSS project to protect Slocan Lake and its watershed from invasive aquatic species. We will be able to purchase 6 signs (and posts) encouraging folks to Clean, Drain and Dry their boats, boots and fishing gear before moving to another waterway. This spring, 5 will be installed along the Kootenay and Slocan Rivers at high usage recreation sites and one at a yet to be determined site in the northern part of the watershed. These signs will compliment 5 more produced by the Central Kootenay Invasive Plant Committee (CKIPC) designated for each of the main boat launch sites on the lake.
The simple directive to Clean, Drain and Dry will protect against numerous invasive species: zebra and quagga mussels, New Zealand mud snail, didymo, whirling disease in trout, and a plethora of invasive plants, including Eurasian milfoil. Each of these invasives is capable of collapsing an ecosystem, damaging fish habitat, causing serious economic costs or affecting the aesthetics of our lakes and streams.
We are really pleased to be in partnership with CKIPC, who have done the design and production, and the Slocan River Streamkeepers, who will install signs in the lower valley.
We thank our funders, Fortis BC, CBT, and CKIPC, who enable our stewardship groups to work on the common goal of protecting the ecosystems in our waterways.
For more information on invasive species, their effects and how they are arriving in B.C., go to wwwkootenayweeds.com.