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Approximately 19,700 people live within 2.5&nbsp;km of the Kootenay Lake shore; about 10,250 of those live in the City of [[Nelson, British Columbia|Nelson]].<ref name=geography/> The remaining are scattered among a number of small towns and villages:
 
*[[Kuskonook,Columbia]]
*[[Boswell, British Columbia]]
*[[Crawford Bay, British Columbia]]
*[[Ainsworth, British Columbia]]
*[[KasloKasha, British Columbia]]
*[[Riondel, British Columbia]]
*[[Balfour, British Columbia]]
*[[Sirdar, British Columbia]]
 
===Upstream Influences ===
 
In 1953 water quality in the lake was negatively affected when the [[Cominco]] phosphate fertilizer plant on the Kootenay River at [[Kimberley, British Columbia|Kimberley]] opened.<ref name=cominco>[http://www.fwcp.ca/version2/about/background.php, Fish and Wildlife Compensation Program, Background and History, Retrieved February 15, 2011.]</ref> Large quantities of [[phosphorus]] entered the Kootenay River; the cause of [[cyanobacteria]]l blooms from the 1950s until the early 1970s. This plant closed in 1973 eliminating these phosphates.<ref name=cominco/> . The construction of the [[Libby Dam]] on the [[Kootenai River]] in [[Montana]] and the Duncan Dam 1967 on the Duncan river, combined to further reduce natural phosphorus levels in the lake from the recorded highs.<ref name=lake/>