For the ongoing health of our watershed, it is critically important to protect our lakes and land from invasive species that threaten our water and ecosystems. Simple changes to our habits and behaviours can stop the introduction and spread of invasive species.

The Slocan Lake Watershed encompasses a pristine lake with numerous vehicle, boat and pedestrian access points to the lake, creeks, streams and tributaries. Water borne invasives spread quickly and can directly impact spawning areas, decreasing aquatic biodiversity in a very short period of time. The most common way that invasive species are spread and introduced from one waterbody to another is through human transportation. Aquatic invasive species can act as hitchhikers and can latch themselves onto boats and gear. We encourage everyone to participate in the “Clean, Drain and Dry” program in BC to prevent the spread of aquatic invasives.

Educate yourself about invasive aquatic and terrestrial species in your region, particularly regarding the spread of zebra and quagga mussels. The Central Kootenay Invasives Species Society website has all the information you will need to identify, take corrective action and help stop the spread of invasives. For further information and programs available, please visit and encourage others to visit their website.