MARCELLA D GERRISH
Q1 Washing station
I strongly believe that the responsibility and consequences around boat washing are far too important to be handled by a private entity. I know for a fact that those hired to perform these duties have been exposed to clients who are angry, impatient, resistant or simply do not see the relevance of boat washing. This cannot and should not be tolerated!
In my opinion, we should have two boat wash stations in North Hatley. One at the Municipal Wharf where Blue Massawippi had its mobile wash station during the reconstruction of our bridge, and another near its current location.
We need to partner with Bleu Massawippi and with the experts who can help us develop a plan for appropriate locations for the washing stations, and the best practices to adopt in this fragile time for our lake and river. Time is of the essence and if we, as stewards of the lake, don't take this seriously and with concrete action now, no one will!
Q2 Regulations, sanctions and patrol
Absolutely! Severe penalties and a permanent patrol are essential at this point.
The goal is not to limit access or penalize; if people respect the rules, there will be no issues. If action is not taken, I fear that the inconvenience people are currently experiencing with respect to limited access will pale in comparison. I am well aware that this will be a long struggle, but we must remain steadfast in our resolve.
I want to take this opportunity to thank Blue Massawippi for their tireless and sometimes thankless work. I can't think of a single argument that would stand in the way of these actions.
Basic research on the effects of the zebra mussel clearly shows that we are at risk of affecting the entire watershed, the ecosystem, the water intake of three municipalities, boating activities, and possibly even property values.
With all these areas threatened, and many more I'm sure, it surely resonates with and affects almost everyone. If action is not taken, I fear the environmental impacts will be more serious than we can even imagine.