LAKE AND RIVER WATCH PROGRAMS

Kal Lake Watch Safe Communities Unit Shuswap River Watch

Every year an ever‐increasing number of boating enthusiasts take advantage of the Okanagan’s weather, lakes and rivers. Unfortunately, there is also an increase in the number of individuals who do not practice safe water activities.

Often the incidents reported to the RCMP, Transport Canada, Ministry of Environment and Conservation Officer Service regarding unsafe boating practices do not contain adequate information for them to investigate. In addition, they are not able to conduct regular routine patrols and enforcement due to limited resources and the significant size of rivers and lakes in our region.

The objective of the Lake Watch and River Watch Programs is to encourage people who witness unsafe boating and environmental damage to report their observations to the RCMP, Transport Canada, Ministry of Environment and Conservation Officers. The program is designed to be proactive by assisting the education of all boaters to do so in a safe and responsible manner. Enforcement of safe boating regulations would be used only as a last resort in the most serious circumstances.

Questions regarding this program can be directed to:

Warren Smith, Rural Programs Coordinator
Vernon/North Okanagan RCMP Safe Communities Unit
Phone 250‐550‐7843 Fax 250‐260‐5866
Email wsmith@vernon.ca