In an ongoing effort to clean up the increasing spread of non-compliant buoys in the Shuswap, staff from Transport Canada conducted an enforcement effort on Mara Lake on May 22 and 23.
This resulted in the removal of approximately 28 buoys from the lake and approximately 180 buoys were also tagged by Transport Canada. This notifies the owners of the violations and gives them an opportunity to ensure their buoy is brought into line with Transport Canada regulations. If left unchanged, tagged buoys may be removed during another phase of enforcement.
All the buoys removed on Mara Lake had been previously tagged to give owners time to rectify the situation prior to this removal action.
Buoys can be removed if they are not following the regulations regarding the correct size, colour and identification. This can be hazardous for boaters or other users of the lake. Buoys must also be affixed properly so they are anchored in place with appropriate materials.
CSRD bylaw enforcement staff provided support to the Transport Canada team during the removal efforts.
"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.
Transport Canada's Navigation Protection Officers plan to return to the Shuswap to begin tagging additional non-compliant buoys in the North Shuswap area of Shuswap Lake between June 4 and 6. They intend to return in September 2019 to continue the removal of non-compliant buoys.
Shuswap residents with buoys in local lakes should be aware that if their private buoy does not meet legal standards, it may be removed or Transport Canada may require modifications to bring it into compliance with current safety standards.
A previous effort in November 2018 saw 31 buoys removed and 101 buoys tagged as non-compliant in the Sorrento and Blind Bay areas.
For more information on Transport Canada buoy regulations, Transport Canada has produced a guide for owners. The link can be found here.
The CSRD has additional information for waterfront property owners regarding docks and buoys. For more, see the CSRD's website here.
Photo Above: 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)
Below: A series of cement blocks and chains which were used to anchor buoys to the bottom of Mara Lake. These were pulled from the lake as part of an effort to reduce the number of non-compliant buoys and attachments in Mara Lake. (CSRD Photo)