The Columbia Lake Stewardship Society (CLSS) mission is to act as stewards in preserving the ecological health of Columbia Lake. Our vision is that by conducting water quality and quantity measurements, recording data, disseminating information and our reports, we will communicate with and encourage others to join in our mission to preserve Columbia Lake’s pristine water resources and natural environment.
In 1997, the RDEK completed the Columbia Lake Management Strategy which became policy for the management of Columbia Lake. One of the Strategy’s recommendations was to form a steering committee representing local stakeholders. The committee had representation from Canal Flats, Fairmont Hot Springs, Columere Park, Columbia Ridge, Eagle Nest Estates and other area representation. However, over time, the committee became inactive and eventually dissolved.
In July 2013, meetings were held by concerned citizens to investigate forming a group to represent those interested in preserving the health of Columbia Lake. It was noted that several other associations and partnerships existed in the area with considerable experience including Lake Windermere Ambassadors, Columbia Wetlands Stewardship Partners, Living Lakes Canada, Columbia Basin Watershed Network, and BC Lakes Stewardship Society. But none focused solely on Columbia Lake, so soon after the Columbia Lake Stewardship Society was created.
CLSS recognizes these other groups and works alongside our partners. CLSS has representation from Columbia Lake communities and works with the Village of Canal Flats and the Regional District of East Kootenay.