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Extension of Comment Period on Proposed Rule Amendments Pertaining to the Whitefish River

Monday, July 14, 2014

Enforcement - Region 1

The Montana Fish and Wildlife Commission proposes to amend boating rules on a section of the Whitefish River; the comment period has been extended to August 8. Currently the Whitefish River has a no wake restriction from the outlet of Whitefish Lake to the JP Bridge. The City of Whitefish submitted the original petition to the Fish and Wildlife Commission to restrict motorized boating year round. The Commission initiated rulemaking and public comment was taken from March 13-April 18. At its June 12 meeting, the Commission did not adopt that proposal, and instead is proposing an alternative for consideration.

The Commission proposes restricting the Whitefish River to manually and electric powered watercraft from the railroad trestle south of Whitefish Lake outlet to the bridge on JP Road from July 5 through September 30. An extension of the comment period is necessary to address the alternative language. The Commission will consider the original proposed amendments and the new alternative amendments at their October 16 meeting.

Concerned persons may submit their data, views, or arguments concerning the proposed actions in writing by August 8 to: Montana of Fish, Wildlife & Parks Region One Office, 490 North Meridian Road, Kalispell, Montana, 59901; FAX (406) 444-4756; or via email at: cjust@mt.gov . Comment can also be submitted online at fwp.mt.gov under Public Notices. All comments must be submitted by August 8.