Disposition of Regulation Requests for 2012
The Secretary of the Maryland Department of Natural Resources has made the
following decisions based on the recommendation of the Boat Act Advisory Committee:
Please click on the name of the regulation to access the official COMAR
- Gunpowder River/Railroad Creek – Baltimore & Harford County –
(Adopt as Proposed) The area has a 6- knot speed limit Saturdays, Sundays, and State holidays during the boating season only which is April 15 through October 15.
South River/Riva Bridge – Anne Arundel County –
(Adopt as Proposed) This area has a 6-knot speed limit Saturdays, Sundays, and State holidays during the boating season only which is April 15 through October 15.
- South River/Riva Bridge – Anne Arundel County –
(Take No Action) Request to establish a 6-knot speed zone in the vicinity of Marker #17 to the shoreline of the Chestnut Hill Community Beach & Marina.
- Wake Surfing –
(Adopt as Proposed) A person shall not operate or give permission to
operate a watercraft for the purpose of wake surfing less than 200 feet from a
shoreline, marine structure, (piers, docks, pilings, jetty, bridge structure,
abutment, bulkhead, float anchored to the bottom and used for swimming or water
skiing, State regulation buoy, channel marker, etc.) other vessels operating in
the area or at anchor or moored or an individual or individuals in the water.
Auxiliary Ballast –
(Adopt as Proposed) A manufacturers label shall be
affixed to any portable ballast tank identifying the maximum capacity in gallons
and/or weight in pounds and combined with the occupants shall not exceed the
maximum carrying capacity of the vessel.
Personal Watercraft (PWC) – (Adopt
as Proposed) Worcester County PWC
Livery Operators are prohibited from operating in the Atlantic Ocean and the
Ocean City Inlet and within all of the tributaries of the Coastal Bays behind
Ocean City in Worcester County (Herring, Turville, Manklin Creeks and St. Martin
River) during the boating season, April 15th to October 15th.
Chesapeake Bay Hotline
Call 1-877-224-7229to report any of the following
- Boating accident or reckless activity
- Fish kill or algal bloom
- Floating debris that poses a hazard to navigation
- Illegal fishing activity
- Public sewer leak or overflow
- Oil or hazardous material spill
- Critical area or wetlands violation
- Suspicious or unusual activity