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Chapter 75   Boats & Other Recreational Vehicles
Chapter 76  Lake Safety
 

CHAPTER 76 LAKE SAFETY 

[HISTORY: Adopted by the Special Town Meeting 2-17-2004 by Art. 4. Amendments noted where applicable.]
GENERAL REFERENCES
Boats and other recreational vehicles — See Ch. 75.
Boats and boating — See Ch. 205.

§ 76-1 Purpose. 

The purpose of this Chapter 76 is to promote safety and general welfare on the waters of the Congamond Lakes and associated Commonwealth of Massachusetts facilities.

§ 76-2 Prohibitions. 

The following are prohibited on the waters of the Congamond Lakes and associated Commonwealth of Massachusetts facilities:
A. 
Diving or swimming from the boarding docks or fishing pier at the state boat ramps, or extending 100 feet into the lake within the limits of the riparian ownership of the state boat ramp properties.
B. 
Diving, swimming or anchoring within any marked boating navigation channel.
C. 
Diving, swimming or fishing from the culverts (bridges) interconnecting the lakes, or within 50 feet of said structures.
D. 
Fishing from the boarding docks at the state boat ramps, or fishing within 50 feet of said structures or the launch ramps.
E. 
Attaching a boat to the fishing pier at the state boat ramp.
F. 
With the exception of official Town or State watercraft, leaving a boat at or attached to the outboard side of the boarding docks at the state boat ramp for more than 10 minutes, or the inboard side of the boarding docks for any duration.
G. 
Loitering on the docks or fishing pier, or within, the state boat ramp facility.
H. 
The use of bubblers or other devices to prevent or reduce ice formation on the Congamond Lakes, except for fully licensed boat marinas with a valid Massachusetts DEP Chapter 91 License and Southwick Conservation Commission approval. The continued use of said devices is subject to periodic review and approval for safety and environmental issues by the Southwick Harbormaster, Conservation Commission and Lake Management Committee.

 

All said licenses in existence at the time of the enactment of this chapter issued pursuant to MGL c. 91 et seq. shall be exempt from this prohibition, except that all said licenses shall be subject to periodic review and approval for safety and environmental issues in accordance with Subsection H.

 

 

 

§ 76-3 Penalty. 

The penalty for a violation of any prohibition of § 76-2 will be in accordance with § 1-9, "Use of civil infraction procedure for certain violations, of the Code of the Town of Southwick.

§ 76-4 Enforcement. 

The provisions of this article shall be enforced by local police, Southwick Harbormaster, Massachusetts Environmental Police and local officials appointed to enforce these regulations.

§ 76-5 Severability. 

These rules and regulations are adopted with the intent that each of them shall have force and effect separately and independently of each other, except insofar as by express reference or necessary implication any rule or part of any rule is made dependent upon another rule or part thereof.