A pile of buoys and chain which was pulled out of Mara Lake as part of a Transport Canada enforcement action on May 22 and 23. (CSRD Photo)

Transport Canada pulls non-compliant buoys from Mara Lake

Twenty-eight buoys removed, further enforcement planned

Transport Canada and Columbia Shuswap Regional District (CSRD) bylaw enforcement staff removed 28 buoys that did not comply with their regulations from Mara Lake on May 22 and 23.

Along with the buoys that were removed, a further 180 were tagged notifying the owners of the violations and giving the them an opportunity to bring the buoys into line with Transport Canada’s regulations. All of the buoys that were removed had been tagged, giving the owners an opportunity to rectify the situation, and those tagged on May 22 and 23 may be removed if nothing is changed.

Read More: Donations help Shuswap non-profit give animals second chance

Read More: Feelings prickle over use of Salmon Arm pickleball courts

The size, colour and identification of the buoys is regulated. According to a press release from Transport Canada, buoys that do not meet these requirements can be hazardous to boaters and other lake users. Buoys must also be anchored in place on the lake bed using proper materials.

“The number of non-compliant buoys is a source of public complaints to the CSRD, as well as a safety hazard to those using the water. We are pleased to be able to support Transport Canada in their enforcement efforts to remove neglected, derelict or substandard buoys from lakes in the Shuswap,” says Marty Herbert, the CSRD’s Team Leader of Building and Bylaw Services.

Read More: City commits to increased transit service in Salmon Arm

Read More: Driver caught going 240 km/h along B.C.’s Coquihalla Highway

Transport Canada navigation protection officers plan to conduct a similar enforcement action in the North Shuswap. Between June 4 and 6 they will tag non-compliant buoys and return in September to remove those that remain outside the regulations.

A previous effort in November 2018 saw 31 buoys removed and 101 buoys tagged as non-compliant in the Sorrento and Blind Bay areas.


@SalmonArm
jim.elliot@saobserver.net

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter

Just Posted

Photos from Kelowna’s 39th annual Terry Fox Run

Residents of Kelowna took on cancer in the rain and had a blast.

Kelowna classroom where child allegedly overdosed re-opens after cleaning

An 8-year-old was unresponsive and unable to walk after ingesting an unknown substance at school.

Rockets lose to Blazers in nail-biting shootout

The Rockets came back to tie the game 2-2, but would ultimately lose in a nine-round shootout.

Okanagan brothers recognized with medals of bravery for saving four from drowning in 2013

The two brothers saved four from drowning after they were swept into the rough waters of Wood Lake.

Kelowna author releases 2nd book with stories of overcoming personal trauma

The launch for Diana Reyers’ Trauma to Recovery comes to Kelowna Sept. 21

VIDEO: Vancouver Island mayor details emergency response after fatal bus crash

Sharie Minions says she is ‘appalled’ by condition of road where bus crashed

Federal party leaders address gun violence after weekend shooting near Toronto

One teen was killed and five people injured in the shooting

Video: Rain doesn’t deter Terry Fox runners in Salmon Arm

Dozens showed up to continue the Canadian icon’s marathon of hope.

Conservatives promise tax cut that they say will address Liberal increases

Scheer says the cut would apply to the lowest income bracket

B.C. VIEWS: Cutting wood waste produces some bleeding

Value-added industry slowly grows as big sawmills close

Fewer trees, higher costs blamed for devastating downturn in B.C. forestry

Some say the high cost of logs is the major cause of the industry’s decline in B.C.

Federal food safety watchdog says batch of baby formula recalled

The agency says it’s conducting a food safety investigation

Road block was costly legal battle for Summerland

Resolving Garnet Valley dispute took six years

Most Read