Sierra Club Letter Opposing the Removal of Cowan Lake’s 10 Horsepower Restriction

To:
Michael Miller Acting Chief, Division of Watercraft
Brock Miskimen,  Division of Watercraft
Deborah Green, Division of Watercraft

From:    The Executive Committee of the Miami Group, Ohio Chapter of the Sierra Club
Date:     December 16, 2015
Subject:  Sierra Club Opposes the Removal of Cowan Lake’s 10 Horsepower Restriction

On behalf of the more than 4000 members in Southwest Ohio, the Miami Group of the Sierra Club  opposes the removal of Cowan Lake’s 10 Horsepower Restriction.  Another dangerous lake in this area is not needed.  Nor is the higher horsepower generated damage to shoreline.  Or the unwelcome & intruding noise of motors.

The Sierra Club has long used Cowan Lake as a flat water venue for our paddle sports program which includes Canoeing, Sea Kayak, Recreational Kayak and Stand Up Paddle Board.    The near absence of an upset risk from waves is much appreciated by students with little or no paddling experience.  We instructors also appreciate this lower risk.

The Sierra Club leads trips on the lake.  Safety is highly important, as is the experience of paddling in a lovely setting.   Why badly damage this unique place?  Why destroy the charm, the gentle sounds of water lapping, the movement of birds and the quiet sounds of the large number of people who are using non-powered water craft free from roaring boats?

Contrast this with the dangers found on Caesar Creek Lake and East Fork Lake – large waves and high potential of collision with fast motor boats. There are plenty of lakes in Ohio that have high horsepower limits.

Please preserve this treasure.

Marilyn Wall
Chair, Miami Group Sierra Club
816 Van Nes Dr
Cincinnati, Oh 45246
513-226-9235