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 description.

  • 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.

Please contact Mr. Mike Grant, Regulations Coordinator at (410) 260-8013 or Jeannine Moaney at (410) 260-8417 if you have any further questions.

Chesapeake Bay Hotline

Call 1-877-224-7229

to 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