Input needed on proposal to change boating regulations

Open houses at the Enderby Drill hall tonight and Mabel Lake Community Hall tomorrow will give the public a chance to express opinions.

Not surprisingly, a proposal to ban motorized boats from portions of the Shuswap River has generated considerable discussion.

After all, exploring the river is a tradition for tourists and many residents specifically invested in property along the river so they can pursue recreational activities.

So any suggestion that motorized boats will be restricted between south Mabel Lake upstream to Shuswap Falls and from Trinity Valley Road upstream to the eastern end of Skookumchuk Rapid Park was expected to draw opposition.

However, there are others in the community who are adamant that boats should be gone because of possible bank erosion, impact to salmon spawning grounds and safety issues between motorized boats and other recreational users.

With such diverse opinions prevalent, the Regional District of North Okanagan is looking for feedback.

An open house will be held at the Enderby Drill Hall Wednesday from 5 to 7:30 p.m. and there will be one at the Mabel Lake Community Hall (Lumby end) Thursday from 5 to 7:30 p.m.

Surveys can also be completed online at www.rdno.ca/boating and they will be mailed to property owners adjoining the river in the affected areas.

Only by hearing from both sides can RDNO officials decide whether the proposal should be forwarded as is to Transport Canada, amended or scrapped altogether.

Yes, there may be some questions about the process that led to proposing that motorized boats be banned in some areas, but now is the time for public engagement.

We would encourage all residents and users of the Shuswap River to become actively involved and have their say.

 

 

 

-Vernon Morning Star