The MP for Kootenay Columbia is calling new protection for area lakes and rivers a step in the right direction.
Ottawa has introduced new legislation creating an environmental assessment process for bodies of water not covered in the Navigation Protection Act.
Stetski says the bill requires permits for construction of dams and bridges.
He says it also establishes an appeal process for minor work like cottage docks.
“If a government, organization or even a neighbour thinks that your dock is going to be an issue for navigation, they can request the Federal Government come in and review that particular dock,” Stetski says.
Stetski says the change reverses the previous Conservative government’s decision to remove most navigable waters from protected status.
“Is it as far as I would have liked it to go? No, I would have liked them to have put every lake and river back under the full restrictions of the act and the full requirements for permits,” Stetski says. “But its certainly better than what it was.”
Stetski claims the bill is similar to one he proposed back in November that would have relisted 33 Kootenay lakes and rivers as protected waters.
– Kootenay-Columbia MP Wayne Stetski