In spite of limitation due to the restrictions for the pandemic, the Decibel Coalition has continued to expand. There are now 12 members, 11 in Ontario and one in Quebec with the expectation that this will grow significantly over the next few months.
We are happy to say that we now have a committee member based in British Columbia. Numerous lakes, especially in central BC have significant problems with excessively loud boat motor noise. Having a dedicated, enthusiastic person who knows the area will ensure that the province will be well represented in the Coalition.
SQL ran numerous ads in the Muskokan Newspaper this summer including one based on our informational postcard “Noisy Boats Bothering You?” featured in our July Newsletter
We were able to conduct a few decibel level measurements of boat motor noise using our newly acquired Piccolo Sound Level Meter. This new capability to produce a technical report on noise levels allows us to help people understand if their boat noise is within an acceptable level. Next spring, if you would like to have your boat noise measured, please contact us and we can arrange a time and location.
As we continue to get new members of the Coalition across the country, our next focus is to build support with municipal governments.
Our goal is to have current legislation enhanced to include decibel limits on boat motor noise with efficient, effective enforcement procedures. As we approach the first anniversary of the formation of the Decibel Coalition we feel we are well on the way to achieving that objective.
-Rob Bosomworth, Decibel Coalition Project Lead