As part of the State of the Basin initiative, three community pilot projects were selected to receive financial support to use credible information to address issues representative of many Basin communities. The three projects are well underway.
The Rossland Strategic Sustainability Commission is developing a comprehensive indicator-based monitoring program to support their ongoing planning and to track progress towards local sustainability. The State of Rossland project has engaged the community through public meetings, and now has a draft set of indicators. Learn about the project here. For more information, contact Jennifer Ellis.
The East Kootenay Integrated Lake Management Partnership is working toward sustainable foreshore land use decisions on Columbia Lake that will account for cumulative impacts to sensitive habitats and engage the public in the process. The project has completed foreshore inventories using a combination of mapping tools. The foreshore mapping of Columbia Lake was completed in 2009, with public involvement in the process. For more information, contact Heather Leschied.
The Kaslo and District Community Forest Society's project is creating a long-term strategy for the stewardship of the resources surrounding Kaslo by using multiple-scenario planning and incorporating public input and community values. The community has now contributed to developing and choosing a likely 50 year scenario to base planning on. For information contact Steve Anderson.