The fifth annual Kootenay Lake Summit runs Saturday in Wynndel. Photo submitted

Kootenay Lake Summit begins Saturday

The fifth annual event features workshops and presentations about the lake

Avery Deboer-Smith thinks anyone who cares about Kootenay Lake should make a drive to Wynndel on Saturday.

Deboer-Smith is one of the organizers behind the fifth annual Kootenay Lake Summit, which runs 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. PST on Saturday at Wynndel Community Centre.

The event, which for the first time is being held in the Creston area, features representatives from about 10 organizations who will speak throughout the day at presentations and workshops about various issues the lake faces.

“The summit is really an opportunity for community members to come together, to be informed, updated, educated and networked around Kootenay Lake,” said Deboer-Smith. “In the past every year it’s almost been a sold-out event.”

This year’s topics include: an update from the province on the lake’s current fish populations; an initiative in Crawford Bay to convert private land into a public park and wetlands conservation; workshops on identifying the invasive American Bullfrog and water conservation; and an opportunity to examine and ask questions about the shoreline guidance document.

Deboer-Smith said admission to the event is free, as is lunch for all attendees.

“We want people to easily access an event like this so that the diversity of community members of the lake are able to come to this.”

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Organizer Avery Deboer-Smith speaking at last year’s summit. She says this year is the first time the event has been held in the Creston area. Photo submitted

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