A mediation process is looking for solutions on motorized boats on the Shuswap River. (Photo submitted)

Shuswap rules looming

Tentative agreement reached for motorized vessels from Mabel Lake to the headwaters, excluding Sugar and Greenbush lakes

  • May. 22, 2017 8:00 a.m.

There could eventually be boat restrictions on a portion of the Shuswap River watershed.

Members of the Shuswap Upper River Motorized Vessel Management Advisory Committee have reached conditional consensus on recommendations for future management of motorized vessels from Mabel Lake to the headwaters, excluding Sugar and Greenbush lakes.

“They include a 15 horsepower restriction between Mabel Lake and Wilsey Dam to limit the size and speed of vessels using this portion of the river. Side channels and tributaries to be closed to motorized vessels,” said Alex Grzybowski, mediation support.

There would be no motorized vessels above Wilsey Dam to the headwaters excluding Sugar and Greenbush lakes and specified river crossings above Sugar Lake.

“Representatives are undertaking further due diligence with constituencies,” said Grzybowski.

The final draft of the Agreement is available through constituency representatives. Contact information is posted at rdno.ca.

“The public is encouraged to contact reps for more information and to get involved in the process,” said Grzybowski.

The lower river advisory committee has nothing to report at this time.

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