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Boating group seeks lake pump out stations

A local boating group is looking to stop human waste being pumped into local lakes.

They want to set up as many as nine pump-out stations at marinas on Kootenay Lake and Arrow Lakes.

Dr Tim Allen – the President of the newly formed West Kootenay Boating Association – says about a hundred boats between Nelson and Balfour alone could be dumping their discharge into the waterway.

Allen is seeking letters of support from the RDCK areas and he will approach Columbia Basin Trust for funding.

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Each pumping station would cost about $50,000 including equipment and connection to an existing sewer line or septic system.

Locations at Nelson, Crawford Bay, and Castlegar are among the nine projects that have been identified.

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