The public is invited to attend a meeting to
discuss a proposal to make the four designated swimming beaches at WhiskeytownLake tobacco free. The pending rule
would designate picnic areas and parking lots and the forested areas
immediately surrounding the popular beaches as areas where the public would be
allowed to smoke. The pending rule would prohibit individuals from smoking on
the sandy portion of the beaches at BrandyCreek, EastBeach, Oak Bottom and WhiskeyCreekGroupPicnicBeach
where the majority of park visitors sun bathe and congregate.
Each of these beaches is a designated swimming
beach and serve as the premier beaches of WhiskeytownLake.
The majority of users at these beaches are women with children. Approximately
75% of the adult beach users do not smoke cigarettes. The National Park Service
is considering this action to protect visitors from the carcinogenetic impacts
of second hand cigarette smoke and to reduce cigarette butt litter in the sand.
Visitors who wish to smoke will either be
directed to smaller coves and shoreline areas away from large public
congregations such as the designated swimming beaches, or asked to move to the
parking areas and nearby picnic areas a short distance from the beaches. There
is approximately 37 miles of shoreline making up WhiskeytownLake.
Approximately, 6/10th of a mile of the shoreline make up the total distance of
all four designated swimming beaches combined.
The public meeting will begin at 6 p.m. in the
Community Room at ReddingCity Hall on Tuesday
evening, February 23, 2010. The meeting is
scheduled to end at 8 p.m. ReddingCity Hall is located at 777 Cypress Avenue.
For comments or questions, please feel free to
contact the Office of the Superintendent at 530-242-3410, or write to
Superintendent, Whiskeytown NRA, P.O.
Box 188, WhiskeytownCA96095. To email the Superintendent, please click here.