Pump out feasibility study

Pump-out feasibility study now finished!

We are pleased to announce that the feasibility study for Kootenay Lake marine pump-outs is now complete. This study contains data on moorage capacity on the lake, technical information regarding different types of systems, costs estimates, as well as environmental impacts. Our thanks to Masse Environmental Consultants and research and survey contractors who assisted. We very much appreciate the contribution by Columbia Basin Trust’s Environmental Initiative Program.

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Pump-Out Research Project for Kootenay Lake

The Kootenay Lake Sustainable Boating Society is pleased to announce approval of its application for funding of  “Kootenay Lake Sustainable Boating Sewage
Pump-Out Project
” through Columbia Basin Trust Environmental Initiatives Program.

Boaters, please take a moment to complete our on-line survey http://www.klsb.org/kootenay-lake-sustainable-boating-society-boater-survey/

During the proposed time frame from December, 2011,  through April, 2012, the KLSB will:

1. in consultation with the boating community, research and select  suitable sites for 6-8 pump out locations on Kootenay Lake,

2. develop cost estimates for pump out installation at these sites,

3. develop cost recovery and public/private partnership models.  The project will begin the establishment of a pump-out station network.

Objectives include:

1.establish the feasibility of pump-out stations along the entire Kootenay Lake and West Arm,

2. include resultant information on our website, future Kootenay Lake Boater’s Guide, and broadcast on the Marine channel,

3. use the information gathered to determine potential public/private partnerships for pump-outs,

4. use the information collected for future funding pursuits.

Be sure to check back often as there will be more information regarding this project coming soon, you can also email us at info@klsb.org

Clean and Green Boating Tips

Clean and Green Boating Tips

Clean and green boating is a way we can ensure that our lake remains a great place to live, work and play.

1.  Prevent oily discharge from the bilge: Keep your engine well tuned to prevent fuel and oil leaks. Place oil absorbent pads where drips may occur and in your bilge. Check
the pads often and dispose of them at your marina or waste collection center.

2.  Spill-proof your oil changes: Use an oil change pump to transfer oil to a spill proof
container. Wrap a plastic bag or absorbent pad around the oil filter to prevent
oil spills.

3.  Spill-proof fuelling practices: Fill fuel tanks slowly and carefully and use absorbent pads or rags to catch drips and spills. Don’t “top off” or overflow your fuel tank
and leave 5% empty to allow fuel to expand as it warms.

4.  Don’t add soap: Using soap to disperse fuel and oil spills will harm water quality even more.

5.  Minimize boat cleaning and maintenance in the water: If possible save maintenance
projects for the boatyard. When performing work on the water minimize your
impact by containing waste using tarps and vacuum sanders, and collect all drips and debris for proper disposal.

6.  Stow it, do not throw it! Keep your trash on board. Never throw cigarette butts, fishing line, or any other garbage into the water. Take advantage of shore-side facilities to recycle.

7.  Reduce toxic discharges from bottom paints: Use hard, less toxic, or nontoxic antifouling paints and follow non-abrasive underwater hull cleaning techniques to prevent excessive paint discharge. Dry storage reduces the need for antifouling paints
and saves money.

8.  Dispose of hazardous waste properly: Recycle or dispose of paints,  recyle
batteries, antifreeze, cleaning products, oil, oil filters and other hazardous wastes at a hazardous waste collection facility or event.  Call the BC Recycling Hotline at
1-800-667-4321, go to productcare.org or ask your marina for a location.

9.  Plan ahead to manage toilet wastes properly: Check with the marina for locations of pump out facilities. If you don’t have an installed toilet use a port-a-potty and
empty it at pump out station or shore-side bathroom.


Eco-friendly Boat Cleaning

Eco-friendly Boat Cleaning

We can all help to keep harmful chemical cleansers out of Kootenay Lake by cleaning our boats with eco-friendly options, not only are these household mixtures environmentally friendly but they do a great job of cleaning your boat and are easy on your pocket book too!

  • Mix baking soda and salt in some water to clean fibreglass.
  • Clean your decks with one part vinegar to 8 parts water.
  • Clean aluminum with 1 tbsp cream of tartar mixed with one litre water.
  • Clean brass with a solution of Worcestershire sauce, vinegar and salt.
  • Clean chrome with a mixture of vinegar and salt.
  • Copper cleans with a mixture of lemon juice and salt.
  • Clean clear plastic and windows with one part vinegar and two parts water.