Safe Quiet Lakes

Safe Quiet Lakes

August 22, 2013 12:00 ET

Safe Quiet Lakes: Groundbreaking Muskoka Region Lake Activity Survey Findings Released

Safety is a Priority; Speed and Noise Spark Emotional Responses

PORT CARLING, ONTARIO--(Marketwired - Aug. 22, 2013) - Safe Quiet Lakes today released the findings of the comprehensive Muskoka region lake activity survey conducted by ERIN Research Inc. The response to the survey was overwhelming and reconfirmed that Canadians are passionate about our lakes and lake activities; almost 2300 people participated and added over 130 pages of suggestions.

The results confirm that:

  • Safety on the water is critical to almost everyone
  • We have a responsibility to preserve the natural state of lakes and rivers for future generations
  • We like to hear the sounds of nature
  • We like to spend time near the water with family and friends
  • Paddling, swimming and power boating remain the most popular water activities

Respondents also identified significant concerns that spark fear and often anger. The most commonly cited problems are:

  • watercraft going too fast close to shore
  • large boat wakes
  • excessive noise
  • inconsiderate boating
  • dissatisfaction with the current boat operator licensing system

The results of the survey (available at www.safequiet.ca) will be shared with key stakeholders in the boating community including lake associations, policy makers, marine manufacturers and retailers.

Safe Quiet Lakes founder, Frances Carmichael, said, "We are thrilled that so many lake users responded to the survey and shared their passions about boating and life near the water. The consensus confirms that Safe Quiet Lakes should continue to support education and communication and advocate for more dialogue about regulatory and enforcement changes to address priority issues."

"The results of this survey will help guide discussions about ways elected officials, law enforcement professionals, marine manufacturers and the lake users can work together to enjoy the lakes today and protect them for future generations," commented Tony Clement, Member of Parliament for Parry Sound-Muskoka.

Member of Provincial Parliament for Parry Sound Muskoka Norm Miller also commented on the survey results. "Whether you are a boat operator, passenger, resident, cottager or tourist, enjoying a safe day on our waterways is everyone's responsibility. If we consider and respect each other, we can make a difference."

Safe Quiet Lakes is a volunteer initiative dedicated to making the Muskoka region lakes and rivers as safe and quiet as cottagers and boaters wish them to be. Safe Quiet Lakes is funded and supported by the lake associations, individuals and townships in central Ontario.

www.safequiet.ca

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