Lake Watch ready to calm waves

Kalamalka Lake and Shuswap River Watch programs rely on eyes of the public

  • Jul. 22, 2011 6:00 p.m.

The Kalamalka Lake Watch and Shuswap River Watch programs have hit the water for the 2011 boating season.

The program is a collaborative effort between the Vernon-North Okanagan RCMP Safe Communities Unit, RCMP Marine Section, Transport Canada, Conservation Officer Service, Fisheries and Oceans Canada, Regional District of North Okanagan, District of Coldstream, City of Enderby and community members working together to improve boating safety on Kalamalka Lake and the Shuswap River.

The program was first implemented on the Shuswap River in 2009 as a result of concerns raised by many area residents and river users about unsafe boating activities.

The program provides a reporting structure for all who use the river and lakes to act as eyes and ears for enforcement agencies.

Concerned citizens report incidents they observe on the water.

Follow up is conducted by the respective agency with the registered owner of the boat reported to be engaged in unsafe activity.

Education is the key to this program. The enforcement of existing legislation governing safe boating is used only if warranted.

Reports of unsafe boating incidents can also be made directly to the RCMP and the COS.

For immediate assistance in an emergency on the Shuswap River and Kalamalka Lake, call 911.

 

For more information, contact Warren Smith, rural programs co-ordinator, Vernon-North Okanagan RCMP Safe Communities Unit, at 250)-550-7843 or at WSmith@vernon.ca.