The No Wake rule, a simple and efficient means of protecting our shorelines
The No Wake rule, a simple and efficient means of protecting our shorelines!
The shores along our lakes and rivers also serve to protect them in the long term and are essential to their survival. For example, they are home to fauna and flora, they contribute to clean the waters and filter land based pollution while keeping sediments from filling lakes and rivers. They also contribute to bring precious oxygen to the surrounding waters. Unfortunately, erosion of the shorelines has devastating effects on a lake’s health as it affects water quality and conversely its very life. Part of that erosion is a natural occurrence to a certain extent, but this process can be greatly accelerated by human activities such as boating. As a matter of fact, wakes from boats are an important factor in this, especially if they produce big waves. As boaters, you must be aware of your wake and act accordingly! In order to protect our waters, here are some things you should do:
- Bring your speed down in or close to shallow waters (the more speed, the greater the wake)
- Wait until you are in deeper water before accelerating (more than 3 meters)
- Loads on board should be distributed in a manner that keeps the boat level
- Avoid boating on narrow and shallow bodies of water
- Avoid getting close to private docks
- Use marine charts to check the depths in the area you plan to navigate (and for your safety too!)
If you are into water sports, such as wakeboarding, stay away from the shore since your wake and the big waves you like to create have a strong impact on it. The same applies if you are riding a personal watercraft. Even if you feel your boat is small and light, it doesn’t mean that your wake is!
Let’s all contribute to the protection of our navigable waters. Be an eco-responsible boater!