For some residents in Port Moody, the growing number of boats moored in the Burrard Inlet is an eyesore and environmental disaster waiting to happen.
But a new pilot project between the city and Port Metro Vancouver could put an end to those fears.
On Wednesday, the port announced a pilotproject with Port Moody to deal with the derelict boats in the inlet.
The initiative is called the Anchor Management Pilot Project and according to Port Metro Vancouver, it addresses nuisances that affect municipal waterfronts when recreational boaters drop anchor for extended periods of time without approval or appropriate marine services.
The port suggested the project, which is a first-of-its-kind for B.C., would help reduce noise from unauthorized private vessels and address concerns about improper waste disposal.
A press release from the Port Metro Vancouver said the program designates an area where, for a fee, boaters can safely and respectfully anchor their vessels. It also provides enforcement officials with a place to send those who drop anchor without approval.
The program is expected to be in place for the start of the 2014 boating season.
Port Moody Mayor Mike Clay said he likes the project and believes it will go a long way to helping solve some of the problems in the inlet. He suggested prior to the pilot project, the city had no jurisdiction to deal with the derelict boats.
"It's not just them [Port Metro Vancouver] compromising for us, it's us working together on something that works for everybody," he told the Tri-Cities NOW.
The issue around the boats came to a head in June after Port Moody residents came forward expressing concern for the vessels in the inlet, which included the potential for collisions and boaters dumping raw sewage. At the time there were an estimated 37 boats on the inlet.
The speculation is the boats moved to the inlet after Vancouver put new regulations in place several years ago for boaters on False Creek.
Last year, a derelict boat washed up in Port Moody, costing the city thousands of dollars to remove and dispose of the vessel.
For now, the project is being planned and funded by the port, but the city could decide to become more of a partner.
Clay said the partnership could increase the cost to the city by way of enforcement, but also give the municipality a chance to share in the possible revenue from the moorage fees.
The pilot project still needs to be approved by city council.
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