Boaters Asked to Use Caution Over Long Weekend
Aug. 1, 2014 - The Water Security Agency is advising boaters to be aware of high lake levels and impacts to landowners along the shoreline in these areas over the long weekend.
A number of communities have experienced significant flooding and many lake levels are still well above normal. Fast moving water, wind and wave action, can create significant problems on the shoreline of these lakes.
Boat speeds should be reduced to 10 km/h within 30 metres (100 feet) of the shore. Shorelines that have been flooded are extremely vulnerable to damage from boat wake and prop wash. This applies to the whole province but the areas most affected are:
- Last Mountain Lake;
- Crooked Lake;
- Round Lake;
- Emma and Christopher Lakes; and
- Good Spirit Lake
Strong wind and wave activity striking the banks can cause rapid and severe erosion, and damage to dikes and retaining walls. Wake impact can also churn up sediments, degrading the aquatic environment. Boat speeds should also be reduced and caution exercised near any temporary berms, as wake activity can cause disruption of these berms.
The Water Security Agency was created to lead implementation of the 25 Year Saskatchewan Water Security Plan. The plan will improve water management capacity and service to individuals, businesses and communities across Saskatchewan. The agency brings together all of the major responsibilities related to water quality and quantity.
For more information, contact:
Water Security Agency