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Newsletter 2015

SPROAT LAKE COMMUNITY
NEWSLETTER 2015 Summer.

Published by Penny Cote – Sproat Lake Director – Alberni-Clayoquot Regional District

Sproat Lake Summer Dates to Remember!
Newsletter 2015

Alberni Flying Club is Hosting the Alberni Valley Regional Airport Open House Sunday, June 28th, 10:00 am until 4:00 pm
Sproat Lake Parks Day!
Cougar Smith Community Park, 9028 Faber Road Saturday, July 4th, 11:00 am until 2:00 pm

Come out and bring your family and friends! Don’t forget your sunscreen, hats, bikes, baseball gloves, lawn chairs and desire to have a little fun. Try out the newly completed Bike Skills Park, join in a game of scrub baseball, have a game of tennis, and/or enjoy a hot dog, hamburger and/or treats. Everything is compliments of the Sproat Lake Parks Commission to say thank you to the many volunteers and welcome to the Sproat Lake parks.

Alberni Valley Regatta Association Boat Show and Shine

Pacific Chevrolet, 3800 Johnston Road Friday July 17th, 4:00 pm until 9:00pm

Drag Boat Races/Regatta Saturday July 18th & Sunday July 19th Sproat Lake Provincial Park

For more information call Greg Steel at 250‐730‐ 0272 or Ray Nass at 250‐723‐3139. Facebook Alberni Valley Regatta Association. Website www.albernivalleyregatta.com

Outriggers Canoe Change Out Races Sunday, August 2nd & Monday August 3rd

Saturday August 1st – AVRA sponsored Paddlers Demo/Clinics for SUPs, Kayaks, Canoes, Dragon Boats and Outrigger Canoes.

Sunday August 2nd ‐ 42kmHawaiian Style Change Race with outrigger canoes will take place on Sproat Lake from the Provincial Park to the end of Taylor Arm and back. There will be swimmers in the water on the racecourse from approximately 11:30 AM until 4:30 PM.

Cougar Smith Community Park

Monday August 3rd ‐ Multi paddle small sport boat race will take place from the Provincial Park to the head of Two Rivers Arm and back. Boaters are asked to use extreme caution for the safety of the racers and volunteers by giving these small boats a wide berth and be mindful of your wake. For more information please call Darrell @ 250‐723‐0640.

THUNDER IN THE VALLEY!

Alberni Valley Regional Airport
Friday August 7th to Sunday August 9th Annual Drag Races
For more info call Bill Surrey at 250‐731‐6930 or check out the website at www.albernidragracing.com

Sproat Lake Volunteer Fire Department OPEN HOUSE!

Saturday, September 26th, Noon – 4:00 pm Harold Bishop Fire Hall, 7667 Pacific Rim Hwy

Hot dogs/pop/coffee – fun for all ages! Come out and see what a Volunteer Fire Department does and help us to celebrate our 50th year of service to the residents of Sproat Lake!!

SLCA Group Water Test ‐ Monday August 17th – Newsletter 2015

Test bottles continue to be available at the ACRD office, 3008 Fifth Avenue, Port Alberni. For more information, call Penny Cote at 250‐724‐5040.

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Invasive species continue to be an issue at Sproat Lake. On June 10th there was a Snapping Turtle captured in the Cougar Smith Bike Skills Park. If you see one of these turtles, you are asked to report it to conservation officer at 1‐877‐952‐7277.

Other invasive species are Koi/Carp, Bullfrogs, Sunfish and contacts. For more info issues, visit the website at www.sproatlakecommunityassociation.ca

Sproat Lake Marine Patrol (SLMP) will start assisting people at the Sproat Lake Provincial Park daily on Monday June 29th until Friday August 28th . School water safety programs have been running through the month of June. The SLMP continues to provide the free loaner lifejackets at the SL Provincial boat

launch. Services they offer to the public include: boat checks, boat launch and distress assistance, provide information on boating etiquette, invasive species, maps, water testing and cleaning beaches. Their emergency call number is 250‐735‐2563 or 250‐735‐2564 or slmp@acrd.bc.ca

Wake damage is the boat driver’s responsibility!!

The increased wake from boaters is directly creating damage to personal property of wharves and watercrafts against the shore or docks. The repeated impact on shorelines causes sediment erosion causing water quality problems. “Wake boats” cause up to triple the wake of regular power boats and the energy from the wake takes at least three times as long to dissipate. Power vessels are required to maintain a minimum of 100 feet/30 meters from shore, swimmers or non‐motorized crafts. Wake boat operators are asked to stay a minimum of 300 feet/100 meters from shore, docks, swimmers or non‐motorized crafts in order to minimize damage.
Boaters are asked to respect NO WAKE signs and areas around docks and marinas as courtesy. And avoid small bays and areas with docks and floats, fish habitat, particularly in shallows. The heads of Taylor Arm and Two Rivers Arm are critical habitat for spawning and rearing of sockeye salmon and trout. Speed limit restrictions set by Transport Canada Vessel Operation Restriction Regulations states that: no person shall operate a power‐ driven vessel in excess of 10 km/h within 30 meters of the shore. Boaters in contravention of this regulation can be fined $200 plus administration charges.  Plus, boating with undue care and attention, causing damage through wake, will result in a charge. Please be respectful of others on the water and have a safe summer. Remember your sun screen!!

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Thank you to all the volunteers and residents that care and make this a wonderful community to live in. For more information call Penny at (250) 724‐ 5040 or email coteart@shaw.ca

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