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Boating Could Soon Be Off Limits At Lake Wheeler

Posted January 7, 2001 6:00 a.m. EST

— To boat or not to boat on Lake Wheeler? A special committee of theRaleigh City Councilis trying to answer that question.

Many people who live near the 481-acre lake feel there are too many powerboats and personal watercrafts on the water.

People at Monday's city council meeting wanted some type of boating restrictions. They are also worried about water quality.

"The city of Raleigh, since this is a public water supply, has a responsibility to protect our drinking water, and to do everything they can to reduce toxic chemicals from being in our drinking water," says John Argentati, who supports a restriction on boating.

A speed reduction and limiting boats to no wake prior to 10 a.m. were two options presented to the committee. The committee is also considering a ban on personal watercrafts.