4X4 driver fined after getting stuck in the lake

Vehicle got stuck in water at Stave.

Maple Ridge conservation officers know people like to zoom around in the mud on the banks of Stave Lake, way up north along Florence Lake Forest Service Road, near the Mission border.

They’re just asking people to keep their 4X4s and ATVs out of the water, or else they’ll get fined.

“It’s pretty clear for us, the way we enforce it, as well as with the RCMP, you just can’t go in the lake, or in any river or stream in the province. That is fairly common knowledge for the outdoor community,” said Maple Ridge conservation service officer Nicole Caithness on Wednesday.

“We’re just trying to make people aware, for the mud flats, it’s tolerated to be down there, but you can’t put any part of a quad or a Jeep in the actual water of the lake itself.”

To make their point, the conservation service slapped a motorist recently with a fine after her vehicle got stuck in the water.

Caithness explained that disturbing the shallow areas of a lake or stream can stir up mud and silt, making it hard for fish to spawn or breathe.

“That will actually drastically affect the water quality.”

The mud can choke out the eggs that may be laid nearby. Disturbing the water can also destroy plants or other animals which fish also rely on or introduce contaminants.

“So it can magnify its way up the food chain.”

She also wants people to know that conservation officers patrol the area. Violators face a minimum $575 fine or a court appearance.

• The public is encouraged to report any environmental or wildlife infractions to the Report All Poachers and Polluters (RAPP) line at 1-877-952-7277.

 

Photo shows silt still stirred up an hour after Jeep got pulled out. (Contributed)

Just Posted

Maple Ridge moving on rec pot bylaw

Back for third reading a day before legalization in Canada

OCOP: ‘Hiring without boundaries’

Brody McDearmid is putting a focus on hiring people with disabilities at Meridian Meats.

Children getting too much screen time

A Maple Ridge mother opens up about her children’s use of tablets, smartphones and television

Start of the weekend will be a wet one in Maple Ridge

Weather statement from Env. Canada for Friday

Maple Ridge will vote on garbage pickup this election

Plebiscite will piggy-back on to civic vote

VIDEO: Maple Ridge tent city residents back after flash flood Friday

Mayor though says they shouldn’t have to go back

New evacuations ordered because of Florence flooding

Emergency managers on Friday ordered about 500 people to flee homes along the Lynches River

Volunteer-based safety team gets city funding to continue work in Vancouver

Good Night Out is a non-profit society that works to keep people safe at night on Granville Strip

B.C. councillor’s expenses being sent to the RCMP

Decision to have expenses audited and shared with RCMP taken at special meeting of council

More than 35 B.C. mayors elected without contest

No other candidates for mayor in the upcoming local election in 22 per cent of B.C. cities

5 to start your day

National forecaster issues rainfall warning, three crashes in Metro Vancouver overnight and more

Burnaby RCMP investigating ‘serious’ rollover crash

Shortly after 1 a.m. Friday, police said a truck crashed closing Lougheed Highway

Man dead after being hit by 2 vehicles on Highway 10

Pedestrian in his 50s has died after being hit by two vehicles, one of which stayed: Surrey RCMP

Most Read