Approximately 50 derelict, abandoned docks will be removed from the Salmon Arm section of Shuswap Lake, and from Mara Lake this month.
These structures can create safety issues for boaters, impede public access along the shoreline and reduce the esthetic values along the waterfront.
“The removal of abandoned, derelict docks is a win-win idea. Nobody wants to see these abandoned docks creating hazards to navigation and downgrading the esthetics of beautiful Shuswap Lake, so removing them is a big benefit to everyone,” said Paul Demenok, Shuswap Lake Integrated Planning Process Steering Committee (SLIPP) chair and CSRD director for Area C.
“It’s also important to note that this is the only dock removal program involving SLIPP. The provincial government is behind the semi-waterfront docks initiative, which has absolutely nothing to do with SLIPP.”
Docks that are in poor repair, deemed to be of little or no value and with no claim of ownership, are being removed and disposed of with no further notice.
Funding for the derelict, abandoned dock removal project is shared between the Habitat Conservation Trust Fund, SLIPP funds, Old Town Bay court award funds, and the province of B.C.