Yesterday I was surprised to learn that Larimer County DNR created a "Paddlecraft Only Zone" in Satanka Bay which closes the western half of the bay to all motorized boating, including fishing! Thanks to Chad LaChance for sharing it on his FB page.
This is a terrible idea for so many reasons, it's hard to keep count. LCDNR passing a rule with no public input, citing "safety" but not addressing the largest safety issues with the nonmotorized boaters, granting special privileges to a specific group (who doesn't pay additional costs to use the surface of the lake) over other groups, etc, etc.
I wrote an email to the county commissioners expressing my concerns, and within a few hours received a reply from Mr. Kefalas, informing me that the commissioners have requested a public meeting regarding the Satanka Bay "issue". He also attached a "FAQ" which does not answer any substantial questions.
But it does answer is how LCDNR decided to implement this new rule: governing by Facebook analytics. Yes, really. At the bottom of the FAQ it reads:
Analytics for Facebook post regarding Satanka announcement on our LCDNR page.
62% support / 3% disapprove
(the other 25% are sharing or commenting)
28% comment against new restriction (all boaters - fisherman)
38% comment support/celebrate (paddlers, kayakers)
(the other 20-30% are commenting on off topic subjects or non-related issues)
The "FAQ" is attached to this post.
Read all about the new closure (scroll to the bottom): [log in for link]
I don't know about you, but I can't wait for the public meeting so I can share my comments in person. Hopefully several of you will be able to do the same!