OCLRA to discuss resolution favoring action on hazardous boat wakes

The OCLRA board is considering adoption of a template resolution in support of responsible regulation of hazardous wakes such as those caused by wakeboarding and wake surfing. Enhanced boat wakes have caused significant concern related to shoreline erosion, roiling of lake bottoms and resuspension of phosphorus, property damage, and safety risks for people enjoying paddling and other quiet recreation. There is also concern about invasive species such as spiny water fleas and zebra mussel veligers being transported from lake to lake in wakeboat ballast tanks. The plan is for OCLRA to create a basic resolution that lake associations and town governments could then adapt to suit their specific situations. The OCLRA Education Committee and board will discuss a draft of the basic resolution at their meetings on December 12.