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Posted: May 4, 2018

RDEK supports winter code of conduct for lake

Regional District of East Kootenay (RDEK) board of directors this morning unanimously agreed to support a proposed voluntary winter code of conduct for Lake Windermere.

The Lake Windermere Winter Code of Conduct has been put forward by the Lake Windermere Ambassadors, with a suggested sign bearing stewardship guides.

The following is the copy of the proposed code/signage:

To be a good steward of the frozen Iake in winter

To plan ahead, be safe, and prepare for winter conditions

To pack out all trash, dog poop, and waste that I bring on the ice so that I leave no trace

To respect all fish, birds, and wildlife that I come across

To keep my campfire contained and remove ashes or any debris from the ice

To remove all materials I place out on the ice before the lake melts out in spring

To share this space will all users, and be courteous, friendly and respectful to others

  • I will lend a helping hand if needed;
  • I will respect public safety by driving with caution and staying a safe distance away from pedestrians;
  • I will minimize my impact on rinks and trails;
  • I will notify 9-1-1 and request fire/rescue services in case of emergency.

The Lake Windermere Ambassadors have been appointed as the Lake Management Committee by RDEK and District of Invermere for a five-year term ending in July 2021.

Andrew McLeod, RDEK Planning & Development Services Manager said in a report to the board the suggested code fits with regional legislation, noting “Section 5.3 of Lake Windermere Management Plan addresses winter use of the lake and speaks directly to the need for voluntary codes of conduct.”


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