Editor: Thank you to the RCMP for their presence on the lake last weekend, and for recognizing that there are a few boats that do not comply to the Small Vessels Act (amendments).
These few (a couple on weekdays and up to a dozen on weekends) are all it takes to spoil an otherwise enjoyable day or evening (and sometimes late night) for residents, and for the rest of the boaters and families that come to enjoy the lake and its surroundings.
Although local RCMP are very understaffed on weekends, when they can get out on the lake, it is appreciated as there seems to be fewer problems.
Residents and visitors are encouraged to report violations, giving what information they can. Authorities may not be able to respond to each report, but this reinforces the knowledge that there are a few boats that do not comply to the Small Vessels Act (and two CVRD Noise Bylaws) and increases the possibility that something will be done.
The Cowichan Lake and River Stewards Society are planning to investigate ways to educate boaters regarding regulations and bylaws, and will be looking into the feasibility of expanding the river humorous sign program (Respect Our Heritage River) that targets tubers, to include similar signs, that target boaters, promoting respect and consideration for residents, laws and bylaws around our lake.
Cowichan Lake and River Stewards Society vice president