Become a Community Science Volunteer

Calling all Kootenay Lake residents!

Want to help protect Kootenay Lake from aquatic invasive species?

Join a new community science monitoring initiative hosted by the Central Kootenay Invasive Species Society (CKISS) with support from Living Lakes Canada’s National Lake Blitz program and funded by the Regional District of Central Kootenay through the Kootenay Lake Local Conservation Fund.

Community Science Volunteer – Invasive Mussel Monitoring

We are seeking community members who own private docks in Area A, D and E of Kootenay lake to help monitor for invasive mussels. Volunteers will receive two assembled mussel monitors to attach to their docks and be required to check them every two weeks in the summer and fall.

Community Science Volunteer – Shoreline Surveys for Aquatic Invasive Species

We are seeking community members who are interested in learning to identify and prevent aquatic invasive species, such as Asian clams and invasive plants,  through shoreline surveys on  Kootenay Lake. Positions will run during the fall.


  • Wondering if your private dock is eligible for mussel monitoring? Click here for a map of eligible areas.
  • For information about invasive Asian clams see this CKISS post and this CBC article.
  • For information about how to use substrate samplers for invasive mussel monitoring check out this video: