FISH AND BOAT COMMISSION
[ 58 PA. CODE CH. 111 ]
Special Regulation Counties
[49 Pa.B. 1152]
[Saturday, March 16, 2019]
The Fish and Boat Commission (Commission) proposes to amend Chapter 111 (relating to special regulations counties). The Commission is publishing this proposed rulemaking under the authority of 30 Pa.C.S. (relating to Fish and Boat Code) (code). The proposed amendments update the Commission's list of waters subject to special regulations.
A. Effective Date
This proposed rulemaking, if approved on final-form rulemaking, will go into effect upon publication in the Pennsylvania Bulletin.
B. Contact Person
For further information on this proposed rulemaking, contact Wayne Melnick, Esq., P.O. Box 67000, Harrisburg, PA 17106-7000, (717) 705-7810. This proposed rulemaking is available on the Commission's web site at www.fishandboat.com.
C. Statutory Authority
The proposed amendments to § 111.2 (relating to Allegheny County) are published under the statutory authority of section 5124(a) of the code (relating to particular areas of water).
D. Purpose and Background
The specific purpose and background of the proposed amendments is described in more detail under the summary of proposal.
E. Summary of Proposal
The area known as the Point in Pittsburgh is where the Monongahela and Allegheny rivers come together to form the Ohio River. This busy boating destination is regulated specifically by 58 Pa. Code § 111.2. During the busy boating season, a No Wake Zone is enforced from the Fort Pitt Bridge over the Monongahela River and the 9th Street Bridge over the Allegheny River to the West End Bridge on the Ohio River. This zone is in effect on weekends from May 1 to October 1 each year as well as on the three summer holidays.
Recently, several entities including the City of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh Safe Boating Council, 3 Rivers Rowing Association and the Pittsburgh Downtown Community Development Corporation have requested that the Commission consider extending the zone on the Allegheny River to the Veterans Bridge and keeping it in effect through November 1 of each year. This change is needed due to increased boating traffic in the fall for various events in the area. Additionally, the zone would create safer conditions for mooring vessels along the Riverwalk. This amendment was approved by the Boating Advisory Board at their recent meeting on January 8, 2019.
The Commission proposes that § 111.2 be amended to read as set forth in Annex A.
This proposed rulemaking will not increase paperwork and will not create new paperwork requirements.
G. Fiscal Impact
This proposed rulemaking will have no adverse fiscal impact on the Commonwealth or its political subdivisions.
H. Public Comments
Interested persons are invited to submit written comments, objections or suggestions about this proposed rulemaking to the Executive Director, Fish and Boat Commission, P.O. Box 67000, Harrisburg, PA 17106-7000, within 30 days after publication of this notice in the Pennsylvania Bulletin. Comments submitted by facsimile will not be accepted.
Comments also may be submitted electronically by completing the form at www.fishandboat.com/regcomments. If an acknowledgment of electronic comments is not received by the sender within 2 working days, the comments should be retransmitted to ensure receipt. Electronic comments submitted in any other manner will not be accepted.
TIMOTHY D. SCHAEFFER,
Fiscal Note: 48A-289. No fiscal impact; (8) recommends adoption.
TITLE 58. RECREATION
PART II. FISH AND BOAT COMMISSION
Subpart C. BOATING
CHAPTER 111. SPECIAL REGULATIONS COUNTIES
§ 111.2. Allegheny County.
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(c) Allegheny, Monongahela and Ohio Rivers (City of Pittsburgh). Boats are limited to slow, no-wake speed from the Fort Pitt Bridge over the Monongahela River and the [9th Street Bridge] Veterans Bridge over the Allegheny River to the West End Bridge over the Ohio River. This zone shall be in effect on weekends from May 1 to [October] November 1 from 3 p.m. Friday until midnight Sunday and from 3 p.m. on the day preceding Memorial Day, July 4 and Labor Day until midnight of the holiday.
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[Pa.B. Doc. No. 19-363. Filed for public inspection March 15, 2019, 9:00 a.m.]
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