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Watercraft inspections starting June 3 at Waterton Lakes National Park

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WATERTON, AB – If you’re planning on taking a paddleboard, canoe, kayak, or sailboat to Waterton expect it to be looked over before it hits the water.

A mandatory watercraft inspection begins Thursday, June 3rd.

Parks Canada says they’re trying to prevent harmful species, like whirling disease or invasive mussels from making it into the water.

All non-motorized watercraft will have to go through inspection. If you get the green light, you’ll receive a permit to launch your watercraft and then you’re good to go.

The inspection station will be set up on Highway 5 at the turnoff to the Waterton Park Gate.

How the inspection station works:

  • Visitors planning to launch a non-motorized watercraft in park waters must proceed to the
    inspection station before entering the park gate.
  • ¬†Parks Canada staff will ask visitors a series of questions to assess risks and inspect the
    watercraft for standing water, mud, plants, or animals.
  • Inspection station staff will remove material that could contain aquatic invasive species, if any
    exists.
  • A waterproof tag will be applied once the watercraft is certified free of invasive species. A
    paper permit will also be provided, to be kept with the vehicle.
  • Each time you want to enter the park with your boat, you will need to have it inspected to
    obtain a new permit.
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Patrick Siedlecki

Pat has been a mainstay in the CJOC News department from the time the station launched in 2007. He’s been in the position of News Director since then and has been anchoring daily news casts as well as reporting and working behind the scenes.

Community is important to him and keeping CJOC listeners and readers informed about what’s happening across southern Alberta and beyond.

Pat has been in radio broadcasting for the past 24 years, starting in Port Alberni on Vancouver Island in 1997 and then moving up island to Nanaimo for another few years before heading to Lethbridge in 2007.

Pat grew up in the small Saskatchewan farming town of Foam Lake. After high school, he went to Western Academy Broadcasting College (WABC) in Saskatoon prior to moving to the island.

Pat also spent several years broadcasting hockey in the BCHL as well as seven years as the radio voice of the Lethbridge Hurricanes in the WHL.

Pat has been working at Cornerstone Funeral Home in Lethbridge as a Certified Life Celebrant and Funeral Assistant since 2016.

News and sports have always been Pat’s passion from the time he was a teenager and he’s always been grateful to have had the opportunity to make that part of what’s been a fun and long radio career!

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