FISH AND BOAT COMMISSION
[ 58 PA. CODE CH. 111 ]
Boating; Special Regulations Counties
[51 Pa.B. 6049]
[Saturday, September 18, 2021]
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 amendment updates the Commission's regulations pertaining to Shenango River Lake, located in Mercer County.
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 amendment to § 111.43 (relating to Mercer County) is 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 amendment is described in more detail under the summary of proposal.
E. Summary of Proposal
Shenango River Lake is a 3,560-acre flood control project managed by the United States Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) in Mercer County. This busy boating destination is regulated by § 111.43. Shenango River Lake has several specific regulations that deviate from the Statewide recreational boating regulations when boating on project waters. Specifically, subsection (a)(1) states that ''the use of motors in excess of 10 horsepower are prohibited in the area west of the Penn Central Railroad (Levittsburg) causeway to the Ohio line.''
Recently USACE leadership has changed local policy/regulation adopting a 20 horsepower restriction west of the causeway. USACE leadership has petitioned the Commission to make the same change to § 111.43 so Waterways Conservation Officers can continue to assist in enforcement. The proposed amendment was approved by the Boating Advisory Board at their June 23, 2020, meeting.
The Commission proposes that § 111.43 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-316. No fiscal impact; (8) recommends adoption.
TITLE 58. RECREATION
PART II. FISH AND BOAT COMMISSION
Subpart C. BOATING
CHAPTER 111. SPECIAL REGULATIONS COUNTIES
§ 111.43. Mercer County.
(a) Shenango River Lake.
(1) The use of motors in excess of  20 horsepower is prohibited in the area west of the Penn Central Railroad (Levittsburg) causeway to the Ohio line.
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[Pa.B. Doc. No. 21-1574. Filed for public inspection September 17, 2021, 9:00 a.m.]
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