Nautical News: For the week of December 21, 2014
FEDERAL MOORING REGULATIONS PROPOSED
In a 56 page notice, published in the Federal Register, the Army Corps of Engineers, is proposing to suspend the existing general mooring permits issued by each of the six New England States and replace them with federal regulations across the region. The Army Corps of Engineers said before any mooring permits would be allowed, the Clean Water Act, the Rivers and Harbors Act of 1899, and the Marine Protection, Research and Sanctuaries Act would all have to be taken into consideration. The feds said for mooring locations to be approved, there would have to have minimal adverse effects on the aquatic environment. The new regulations would also restrict where the moorings were stored during the winter. The public comment period for this proposal ends December 31st.
FEDS SAY COHASSET DREDGING NOT AN EMERGENCY
The Army Corps of Engineers has notified Cohasset’s town manager that they do not consider that town’s dredging project an emergency, despite claims that the lobster boat fleet and the harbormaster’s rescue boat cannot safely navigate the harbor’s channel at low tide. The federally funded project …read more