Twenty-six derelict and abandoned docks were removed from the Salmon Arm portion of Shuswap Lake and the Sicamous area last summer. And up to 16 more could be removed from Mara Lake this fall.
SLIPP — the Shuswap Lake Integrated Planning Process — says the structures create hazards for boaters, impede public access to the shoreline, reduce lake aesthetics and may be damaging fish habitat.
"The removal of abandoned, derelict docks is a win-win idea," Paul Demenok said in a press release.
"Nobody wants to see these abandoned docks creating hazards to navigation and downgrading the aesthetics of beautiful Shuswap Lake, so removing them is a big benefit to everyone," said Demenok, who is SLIPP steering committee chairman and Area C director for the Columbia Shuswap Regional District.
"It's also important to note that this is the only dock removal program involving SLIPP. The semi-waterfront dock issue raised in the summer has absolutely nothing to do with SLIPP."
Derelict and abandoned docks can be reported through the SLIPP website www.slippbc.com.