I just recieved this e-mail. Anyone else know anything about this?
I just spoke with the enforcement individual for Utah, Bureau of
(Rudy Mauldin, 801-524-3894) who tells me that as of April of this year
seaplane landings on Bureau of Rec lakes are prohibited. This comes
CFR Part 423, specifically 423.41. There is a provision for "special
areas" but of course there are none for seaplanes.
This is devastating to us in the west as it applies to every lake behind
dam built by the Bureau of Reclamation. For example Lake Tahoe, Lake
in Las Vegas, Lake Berryessa near Napa, CA and Folsom Lake east of
Sacramento. Perhaps even Lake Union in Seattle. This applies even if
"dam" is nothing more than a weir!!! (Lake Tahoe).
Not only is this ridiculous, but there needs to be a recognition that
seaplanes have a historical right, such as on Lake Tahoe, and in many
numerous public hearings have been held finally granting permission for
seaplane landings which are now all null and void (Folsom Lake).
If this is allowed to stand as is, it will terminate seaplane operations
the western US.
In short, all lakes should be designated as "special use areas" which
had a history of seaplane operations, period!!!
I know you will follow up on this, it is a defining event.