FISH AND BOAT COMMISSION
[58 PA. CODE CH. 111]
Boating; Special Regulations Counties
[52 Pa.B. 3324]
[Saturday, June 11, 2022]
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 Woodcock Creek Lake, located in Crawford County.
A. Effective Date
This proposed rulemaking, if approved on final-form rulemaking, will go into effect on January 1, 2023.
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 § 111.20 (relating to Crawford 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
Woodcock Creek Lake is a 333-acre flood control project managed by the United States Army Corps of Engineers (USACOE) in Crawford County. Recently, the USACOE Project Manager submitted a request through their Pittsburgh District Office to change the local policy to a 20-horsepower limitation on this impoundment. They are requesting this horsepower change to allow increased boating opportunities in response to recent upward trends in boating activity. Staff at the project have requested the Commission adopt the same regulatory amendment in the Pennsylvania Code so that Waterways Conservation Officers can continue to assist in enforcement of this boating regulation.
The Commission proposes that § 111.20 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-328. No fiscal impact; (8) recommends adoption.
TITLE 58. RECREATION
PART II. FISH AND BOAT COMMISSION
Subpart C. BOATING
CHAPTER 111. SPECIAL REGULATIONS COUNTIES
§ 111.20. Crawford County.
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(e) Woodcock Creek Lake.
(1) The use of motors in excess of  20 horsepower is prohibited.
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[Pa.B. Doc. No. 22-856. Filed for public inspection June 10, 2022, 9:00 a.m.]
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