Thursday, May 30, 2019

House Game & Fisheries Committee Meets June 5 On Enforcing Safety Warnings For Low-Head Dams

The House Game and Fisheries Committee is scheduled to meet on June 5 to consider House Bill 1003 (Gillespie-R-York) further providing for the enforcement of safety markings for low head or run-of-the-river dams (sponsor summary).
The only way the Fish and Boat Commission has now to enforce upstream and downstream safety signage and buoy requirements is through a civil process that is long and ineffective.
House Bill 1003 would allow the Commission to directly issue citations to owners who fail to mark their dams.
Forty-nine individuals have lost their lives in dam-related boating accidents since 1989. Most of these accidents take place near low head dams – small, private or municipally-owned structures that span the entire width of a waterway.
There are over 300 of these dams across the Commonwealth, many originally constructed to support a local mill or factory and are now obsolete. Boaters are often caught in the dangerous hydraulic boil behind the structure, which is often referred to as a “drowning machine.”
One of the most recent incidents involved the Dock Street Dam in Harrisburg, when a mother and daughter tragically drowned after their boat ran into the base of the dam and capsized.
The meeting will be held in Room 205 of the Ryan Building at the Call of the Chair.   Click Here to watch the meeting online.
Rep. Keith Gillespie (R-York) serves as Majority Chair of the House Game and Fisheries Committee and can be contacted by calling 717-705-7167 or send email to:  Rep. William Kortz (D-Allegheny) serves as Minority Chair and can be contacted by calling 717-780-4783 or send email to:

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