Oct. 3, 2013 -- The Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission (LWFC) approved a notice of intent today to amend the rules governing the Natural and Scenic Rivers System.
Recommendations to amend the existing rules were made by the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF).
Some of the NOI proposed changes include:
- Prohibiting the use of a motor vehicle or other wheeled or tracked vehicle on a designated system stream, except for permitted uses and direct crossings by immediately adjacent landowners, lessees, and persons who have written permission from the landowner for non-commercial activities that do not significantly degrade the ecological integrity of the stream.
- Requiring a permit for a moored houseboat or floating camp, except when moored to a legally permitted piling, pier or bulkhead or moored to trees using connections that do not damage the trees and with written permission of the owner of the trees. A permit or letter of certification from the parish health unit, verifying an approved sewerage disposal system is on board, would also be required.
To review the full NOI document, go to http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/action-items .
Interested persons may submit comments on the proposed changes to Keith Cascio, Scenic Rivers Coordinator, P.O. Box 98000, Baton Rouge, LA 70898-9000, or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org  through Dec. 20, 2013 [the original Nov. 29, 2013 deadline for comments has been extended].