River-tubers mostly well behaved this season

Well-behaved tubers on the Cowichan River so far this summer have impressed Lake Cowichan Mayor Ross Forrest.

The mayor told the News Leader Pictorial recently he's happy with the comparatively low number of scofflaws littering and abusing the heritage river.

"There have been far less complaints, but there's still the odd bad apple out there."

Forrest believed those bad apples were picked up during RCMP boat patrols along the river that's seen trash tossed by trash-mouth tubers in recent seasons.

Now tubers and citizens are helping halt that disturbing trend of ignorant tubers. Their party trash, such as beer bottles and cans, was recently pulled from the river by stakeholders such as One Cowichan and Cowichan Tribes volunteers.

"The tubing company here (Lake Cowichan) is trying to get customers and other people to police themselves," added Forrest.

"If someone is being ignorant, other tubers are saying things like 'Do you mind? My kids are with me.'

"That's the way it should be."

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