FISH AND BOAT COMMISSION
[58 PA. CODE CH. 111]
Boating; Special Regulations Counties
[53 Pa.B. 5507]
[Saturday, September 2, 2023]
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 Susquehanna River, Lake Frederick, located in Dauphin 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 Renae Kluk Kiehl, 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 § 111.22 (relating to Dauphin County) is published under the statutory authority of section 5124 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
A slow, no wake zone currently exists on a channel of the Susquehanna River downstream of Goldsboro, between Bashore Island and the west shore of the river in Dauphin County. This area was established to protect private cabins that existed on the west side of the island at the time. The island is owned by York Haven Power and the cabins were demolished in 2018-2019, so there is no need for the special slow, no wake restriction on this channel. The channel is generally shallow and weedy, which limits boating activity and speed of operation. Boats must still comply with § 103.3(a) (relating to restrictions for special areas), which states that ''[b]oats are limited to slow, no wake speed when within 100 feet of the shoreline; docks; launching ramps; swimmers or downed skiers or other boat-towed watersports participants; persons wading in the water; anchored, moored, or drifting boats; floats, except for ski jumps and ski landing floats; or other areas so marked. This subsection does not apply in a zoned ski area or authorized ski return areas when those areas are found within the areas described in this subsection.''
The Commission proposes that § 111.22 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 BoatCommission, 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 to RAfirstname.lastname@example.org. Electronic comments submitted in any other manner will not be accepted.
TIMOTHY D. SCHAEFFER,
Fiscal Note: 48A-348. No fiscal impact; recommends adoption.
TITLE 58. RECREATION
PART II. FISH AND BOAT COMMISSION
Subpart C. BOATING
CHAPTER 111. SPECIAL REGULATIONS COUNTIES
§ 111.22. [Dauphin County] [Reserved].
[Susquehanna River, Lake Frederick. Boats are limited to slow, no wake speed between Bashore Island and the York County shoreline.]
[Pa.B. Doc. No. 23-1177. Filed for public inspection September 1, 2023, 9:00 a.m.]
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