River petro-woes ongoing

Writer laments the day-to-day degradation of our waterways

Its simply amazing how the spillage of a large amount of aircraft fuel can spur the public and officials into action in regards to the environment and the health of our rivers.

As an avid fisherman and outdoors person it amazes me how we hear the voices of everyday concerned citizens speak out. Where are they when every day dozens of gas propelled watercraft drop and leak fuel, oil and deposits of exhaust residue on our beautiful waterway. When I am on the river with my oars and electric motor I am constantly reminded of this as there are little pockets of petroleum flotsam almost on any calm water you find. Power boaters and their need for speed should stop and consider future generations before they spill and deposit their mess in our rivers.There is a growing group of river users that canoe, kayak, and row this river that seems to expand each year. Maybe they have realized my point of view. Save our beautiful rivers for future generations please, and recognize the beauty of slower speeds, cleaner water and even more quiet times with nature. Why are there noise penalties on highways and streets but not rivers and lakes?

 

-John McCormack,

Castlegar

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