Residents, city tackle challenges along Shuswap River

About 12 people attended a meeting with Enderby city council Monday

Efforts are being considered to manage trash and traffic along the Shuswap River in Enderby.

Enderby residents are making waves to protect the Shuswap River.

About 12 people attended a meeting with city council Monday to discuss problems related to the river, and primarily trash being left behind by tubers, boaters and others.

“We agreed that the river is something we’re proud of and how in 100 years, we need to keep it in the current state,” said Mayor Greg McCune.

Among those at the meeting were residents, the Enderby Chamber of Commerce and conservation officers.

One of the ideas discussed is to install large garbage cans at launch areas and facilities so unwanted tubes or floaties can be recycled.

“We want to cut down on the trash,” said McCune.

This summer was particularly bad for waste being left in the river, including bicycles, tubes, hats, sandals and beverage containers.

The other issue discussed Monday was traffic and some tubers parking separate vehicles where they launch and where they get out of the river to avoid walking large distances.

McCune says there is a need for a shuttle service.

“We want to deal with the volume of people.”

The chamber’s river ambassadors may also physically go out on to the water in boats or kayaks as part of improving public awareness and safety.

Discussions Tuesday also revolved around the conservation officers.

“If there is no enforcement, all of the rules in the world don’t help,” said Coun. Brad Case, adding that it’s only a small group of river users causing problems.

“Ninety-nine per cent of the people are doing their best to keep the river clean.”