The Regional District of Central Kootenay held its August board meeting on Thursday.

The Regional District of Central Kootenay held its August board meeting on Thursday.

Taghum boat launch feasibility study approved

The RDCK has allocated $10,000 to find an alternative boat launch site for area residents.

Boaters in the Taghum area may be interested to know that the Regional District have approved $10,000 for a Taghum boat launch feasibility study. The funds have been approved for area E and F to be used to review potential locations for a boat launch in Taghum/Blewett.

Area E director Ramona Faust made the motion in Thursday’s board meeting. In July, Faust received a 300 signature petition from local constituents which urged the regional district “to establish a safe, reliable and accessible public boat launch in the Taghum/Blewett area.”

The boat launch regularly used by area boaters on Fishermans’ Rd. is owned by Teck Metals Ltd.

The company has no trespassing signs erected in the area shore line noting contamination of hazardous materials. This summer the access was physically blocked by large cement blocks with a trench dug behind.

Currently the closest official boat launch is in Nelson at Lakeside Park.

Boat launch feasibility studies in the past have included one for Grohman Narrows.

(CORRECTION: An earlier version of this story referred to Teck as Teck Cominco.)