Regan Lake just isn’t the same anymore

Dear editor,

What the #$%^ happened at Regan Lake?

REGAN LAKE USED to look like this before clear-cut logging.

Dear editor,

What the #$%^ happened at Regan Lake?

The clear-cuts are virtually to the lake shore, the path to the waterfall is obliterated, and great patches of oil soak into the ground not 50 feet from the creek feeding the lake.

We must have an abundance of such lake and waterfall jewels to afford losing this one. Imagine it — 25 minutes or so from town, several good camping sites with an unbelievable rope swing, fish jumping serenely on summer evenings while the sun sets over Strathcona — and  warm, warm water that begs immersion.

If you like waterfalls, the rock pool halfway up fits two, but don’t slip!

Now all this is an industrial dump, or will be soon.

When I first saw the marker ribbons last fall  I never dreamt they would log on the lakeside of Rossiter Main, and would leave the parking lot to the waterfall.

Now you can’t see anything for the piles of logs, debris, and oozing excrement of industrial machines.

Oh, sure, they left the designated riparian gap — what, 15 feet of scrub! But the once magical effect of the path through the dark forest alongside the waterfall down to the lake edge is gone for the foreseeable future.

Who makes these decisions? Where is the community input?

These places are not way out there, over a mountain range — they are right in our back yard, and it’s filling up fast with garbage. Shame on whoever signed off that land use management plan.

Craig Newton,

Comox

 

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