If you have a buoy on Shuswap or Mara Lake that has been tagged as non-compliant by Transport Canada, you may want to take action before October 21, 2019.
In an ongoing effort to clean up the spread of non-compliant buoys in the Shuswap, staff from Transport Canada will be in the region the week of October 21 to 25 to conduct an enforcement effort. This will involve the removal of buoys previously tagged as non-compliant earlier in the year.
Areas targeted for enforcement include the Scotch Creek and Sicamous areas of Shuswap Lake, as well as Mara Lake.
Tagging notifies the owners of the violations and gives them an opportunity to ensure their buoy is brought into line with Transport Canada regulations. 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.
If left unchanged, tagged buoys may be removed during the upcoming enforcement action. CSRD bylaw enforcement staff will provide support to the Transport Canada team during the removal efforts.
Since November 2018, Transport Canada has removed 59 non-compliant buoys from Shuswap and Mara Lakes.
For more information on Transport Canada buoy regulations, there is 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 under Dock & Buoy Regulations.
Photo: A pile of concrete, metal and non-compliant buoys which were pulled from Mara Lake by Transport Canada in May 2019. (Chris Smit/CSRD photo)