Powerboat race an eco-hazard
February 3, 2015
Re: Head Lake to host powerboat race event
Council and The Echo have ignored the fact that this event will have a negative impact on the ecology of Head Lake. For example, we know that such motorized craft churn up sediment to the extent that the gills of aquatic insects (fish food) become clogged and die, especially near the shoreline. Such a race will also generate massive amounts of greenhouse gases and contribute to global warming. Of course having this event will not kill the planet, nor would rejecting the event save the planet. It would only be symbolic to reject hosting the race in Haliburton. But symbols matter. I would never drive a Hummer truck to a Highlands Land Trust birding walk at the Dahl Forest, just as I would not wear a real fur coat to a vegetarian restaurant. The health of our community depends on community leadership promoting symbols that heal, not degrade our locale. Reeve Murray Fearrey is “ready to rumble.” Is he ready to race a kayak?