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Lake Watch will be on the lookout for problems

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Eyes and ears are being placed around Shawnigan Lake to be on the lookout and listen for unsafe practices through a volunteer-driven program.

Lake Watch is a South Cowichan Community Policing program that has the full support of the Shawnigan RCMP, similar to programs that have been operating to great success in other communities.

"Through consistent and verifiable reporting, the RCMP will be in a better position to act on unsafe or unseemly conduct on the lake and to dispatch the police boat when necessary or follow up on complaints,'' noted Alison Philp, program coordinator for South Cowichan Community Policing.

Residents and users of Shawnigan Lake are being sought to form an action committee that will advise on the webpage, signage and tracking mechanisms as well as recruiting people to man the boat launches and track activities during the busy summer months.

Tracking will be a means to identify problematic boaters and for the Cowichan Valley Regional District to maintain statistics on lake usage.

The webpage and tracking documents can be found under the Programs heading here.

Philp indicated Lake Watch has the support in principle of not only the RCMP and CVRD, but Shawnigan Lake - B.C. Parks, Transport Canada, the Shawnigan Residents Association, Mothers Against Drunk Driving and the Victoria Aqua Ski Club.

"The program is fully dependent upon volunteers coming forward and we'd like to hear from people who are interested in being on the new action committee and/or volunteering at the launches,'' Philp pointed out.

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