Current Regulation Requests and Disposition of Regulations


The timeframe for implementing the review of existing regulations during a boating season expires on April 15 each year.

Please visit UPCOMING PUBLIC MEETINGS to learn the date, time and location of the next BAAC meeting concerning current regulatory requests which are listed below.

Get more information on how to request a proposed Boating Regulation.

2018 REGULATION REQUESTS

The Boat Act Advisory Committee recommends the following actions for the three requests. The Secretary will make his final decision before the first of the year.

PATUXENT RIVER - The Prince George’s County Department of the Environment has requested a review of the speed limit in the Patuxent River near Magruder’s Landing and Clyde Watson Boating Area. The request is to implement a 6 knot All Time Zone for approximately 1 nautical mile; 2/3 nautical mile above and 1/3 nautical mile below Magruder’s Landing to protect a planned shoreline restoration project along approximately 1,700 feet of shoreline. BAAC RECOMMENDATION - TAKE NO ACTION

South River - The Cape St. John Citizen’s Association has requested a review and revision of the speed zone between the existing Rt. 2 Bridge and Riva Bridge speed zones. The proposed regulation would lower the speed limit in the area from 35 knots day time/20 knots night time to 6 knot All Times. The community reports incidents of shoreline erosion and personal property damage due to excessive vessel wakes. BAAC RECOMMENDATION - TAKE NO ACTION

South River – The Edgewater Beach Community Association has requested a review and revision of the speed zone between the existing Rt. 2 Bridge and Riva Bridge speed zones. The specific area would begin at the NW end of the Rt. 2 Bridge zone and end just past day-marker #17. The proposed regulation would lower the speed limit in the area from 35 knots day time/20 knots night time to 6 knot All Times. The community reports incidents of shoreline erosion and personal property damage due to excessive vessel wakes as well as personal injury near misses. BAAC RECOMMENDATION - TAKE NO ACTION

DISPOSITION OF REGULATION REQUESTS


The official comment period for regulations is as listed in the publication date that appears in the Maryland Register.

For more information on any Regulation Requests or Proposed Regulations please contact Mike Grant at michael.grant@maryland.gov or 410-260-8013.

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