Christina Lake Stewarship Society completes 10-week clean up project

The Christina Lake Stewardship Society completed the clean up of 31 sites which fronted Crown lands at Christina Lake.

The Christina Lake Stewardship Society completed a 10-week long project that saw a major clean up.

The directors of the Christina Lake Stewardship Society recently completed a 10-week long project, which saw the clean up of 31 sites which fronted Crown lands on Christina Lake.

This project was initiated at the request of Regional District of Kootenay Boundary Area C Director Grace McGregor and organized through the parks and recreation commission at Christina Lake.

The clean up involved dismantling many old docks and walkways, removing all nails, bolts, Styrofoam and hazardous materials and then cutting all remaining wood into campfire lengths.

In addition, other debris such as Styrofoam-filled tires, indoor/outdoor carpet, etc. was picked up along the lakeshore.

A total of 370 volunteer hours went into this project and 2½ tons of undesirable material was hauled to the Grand Forks landfill, leaving an estimated 15 to 20 tons of campfire wood for the public to use free of charge.

McGregor said, “It is unbelievable how much work the Christina Lake Stewardship have done to clean up the lakeshore. It is time-consuming physical work and just goes to demonstrate the dedication the stewardship society has to keeping Christina Lake clean and healthy. The dock removal project not only looks after the lake itself but helps keep property values at a premium. The stewardship deserves everyone’s support.”

The project had commenced with the volunteers conducting a survey of docks on Christina Lake, including photographs.

All owners are cautioned that in future anyone allowing their old dock to float away, or tied up against Crown lands, will be charged with the full cost of the required clean up.

The Christina Lake Stewardship Society, which helps in educating the public and protecting the watershed, needs the financial support, not only of the residents of Area C, but also all those visitors and property owners who reside elsewhere.

Donations will be gratefully accepted at the Christina Lake Stewardship Office at the Christina Lake Welcome Centre.

Anyone wishing to dispose of an old dock can contact the stewardship office.

The society will arrange for the safe dismantling and disposal for a fee of approximately $400 plus dump charges. Call 250-447-2504 to obtain a quote.

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