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Speed an issue on lake

July 3, 2012
The Leader Herald

I am adding my voice to those who have begun to speak up about the dangerous situation developing on the Great Sacandaga Lake.

For many years, I have enjoyed all types of boating on this lake. However, this is the first year I have been concerned for my own safety and that of others who sail, drift or tow a float with passangers. Boat speed and noise have become excessive. "Rules of the road" and courtesy are mostly ignored.

There is nothing more disconcerting than drifting along and seeing a boat coming straight at you at ocean-appropriate speed. This has already happened to me numerous times in the past month.

The Great Sacandaga has always been a family-friendly lake. Other waterways in our area have established and enforced speed limits and monitor for reckless behavior. The Great Sacandaga and those who enjoy it deserve the same. We should not be the place where anything goes, where any behaviors are acceptable. We need action and help to establish and enforce boat speed and noise limits and "rules of the road."

As responsible citizens, it behooves us to press our government agencies to provide the regulation and oversight needed to protect our wonderful resource and those who use it in good faith. Otherwise, disaster is sure to strike and the victims will most likely be the innocent.





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