So I have heard from a number of people about uniformed men in boats on Gun Lake taking pictures last week.
Photo courtesy of interested Gun Lake resident :-)
I followed up with Brad Beaupre, Compliance & Enforcement Officer, Natural Resources, Ministry of Forests, Lands, & Natural Resource Operations.
There was an original video assessment done of structures below the water line (thus on Crown Land ) in 2008. The Ministry was back on Gun Lake developing an inventory of all structures on crown land below the water line. This would include docks, decks, walls, water systems etc. They will take this inventory and compare to tenures, notifications and other forms of permissions granted to private property owners for these structures.
According to the Ministry officials, no decision , as yet, has been made as to further enforcement of anything that does not have appropriate tenures (docks, decks, etc) and licences (water) and will depend upon analysis of the information they now have.
In speaking with the Ministry, they indicate they would not come in with the heavy hand, but rather more of a notification that you are not in compliance and would give you time to get into compliance.
Please read my previous blog post about this topic - it is about half way down the page and includes some resources/information on how to get the appropriate tenures etc.
It should be noted that this is an initiative underway across the Southern Interior with projects being done on other lakes such as Paul Lake and Shushwap Lake. If you google it you will see some of the media coverage of what has occured there.
Also if you find any additional valuable links or have any additional info to share with other property owners email me and I will update this blog.
Information from Shushwap Lake: http://www.swoa.ca/content.asp?p=1353