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Wednesday, May 22, 2019

Boating on Standley Lake unlikely for 2019

Keeping the city’s water supply clean, safe and healthy is a top priority. Not only is Standley Lake one of the city’s great recreational assets, but it is a vital water storage reservoir.

The Standley Lake Boating Taskforce (SLBT) met for the fifth time on Tuesday, May 21, to review recommended solutions, provided to staff at the previous meeting, for restoring trailered boats to Standley Lake without compromising the quality of the water.  

At this point in the process, much more work needs to be done, as both the SLBT and leadership from Friends of Standley Lake (FoSL) agree that no current solution has been presented that is 100% hack proof or 100% controlled. 

Based on the current evaluation of solutions, opening the lake to trailered boats in 2019 is unlikely and continues to be dependent on identifying a solution that does not compromise water quality.

At this meeting, members from FoSL presented the taskforce with a proposed boat tagging system that could be utilized to prevent permit tampering. The taskforce decided to recommend continued testing and vetting of this possible solution. This review is expected to continue with a subcommittee comprised of FoSL members and staff. Four of the five SLBT members stated that they do not endorse the proposed solution at this time due to additional questions that need further review.

The SLBT did not set their next meeting; instead, they asked a tagging subcommittee to continue testing and review. The vast majority of SLBT agrees that, no matter how long it takes, a long term solution that supports their charter of restoring trailered boating at Standley Lake without compromising water quality is in the best interest. 

Additional tagging solutions that have been discussed are a 2020 focus. Further, the SBLT deferred a one-boat, one-lake concept to a decision in 2020. 

To view the notes and recording from this meeting (which will be available next week) or for more information, visit the boating website.

Updates will be provided as the tagging subcommittee continues to test and review tagging systems.  

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