Post by Ken Corbett on Dec 22, 2017 16:33:16 GMT -5
I just read the proposed water strategy for new Brunswick. I found only one item that may interest paddlers. Tourism and Recreation on rivers is to fall under the department of tourism.
Paddling, canoeing, kayaking etc. Are not mentioned in the strategy. I found the proposal on Facebook, on Lois corbett's page (no relation.) Are you happy we are not regulated as river trippers, or do you think the government should do more to preserve rivers as paddling routes?
Post by riveraddict on Jan 26, 2018 9:56:54 GMT -5
The government could and should do more on many fronts, including protection of rivers. Enforcement of regulations is lacking, and what should be an infraction can easily be overcome using a watercourse alteration permit. The federal government should do more as well, and the provincial government could use some political balls. I'm in favour of economic development, but with government's track record I think things are only going to get worse in the short term. That being said, we are lucky to have so many beautiful, navigable rivers in NB. Keep up the good work Mr. Corbett, getting people out on the rivers by making them more accessible is a start to making people care.
Post by thatsapaddlin on Feb 13, 2018 18:08:15 GMT -5
I debate this very topic with myself all the time. On one hand I love being able to move freely in the woods, setting up camp more-or-less where I please with little regulation and oversight. But on the other hand, I -- like yourself -- too often find myself arriving at a potential campsite only to find it covered in garbage, broken glass...etc. Perhaps if we were more regulated this would be less of an issue. It seems to me that rivers like the St. Croix, that are more heavily regulated, are well maintained and reasonably clean. At least that's my experience.
Obviously, the better a river is managed, the more viable it is as a paddling destination. Better and/or easier trip planning will -- presumably -- lead to more paddlers. I'm torn on this too, because who doesn't like the relative solitude of a wild river? I find when I'm on the St. Croix, I don't get the same experience as when I'm on something unmanaged.