Notice of Intended Action

Designation of “no anchoring” and “no boating” zoned areas on Rathbun Lake, 40.5

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Notice of Intended Action

Proposing rule making related to "no anchoring" and "no boating" zoned areas on Rathbun Lake and providing an opportunity for public comment

The Natural Resource Commission (Commission) hereby proposes to amend Chapter 40, "Boating Speed and Distance Zoning," Iowa Administrative Code.

Legal Authority for Rule Making

This rule making is proposed under the authority provided in Iowa Code sections 462A.26 and 462A.32.

State or Federal Law Implemented

This rule making implements, in whole or in part, Iowa Code sections 462A.26 and 462A.32.

Purpose and Summary

The proposed amendments create new subrules allowing for the designation of "no anchoring" and "no boating" zoned areas on Rathbun Lake, which is located primarily in Appanoose County. Such zoned areas could be designated at locations where these activities would pose a risk to human safety or threaten to damage property. Current rules allow for zoned areas on Rathbun Lake that restrict the speed of watercraft and designate swimming and wading areas.

Fiscal Impact

This rule making has no fiscal impact to the State of Iowa. A copy of the fiscal impact statement is available from the Department of Natural Resources (Department) upon request.

Jobs Impact

After analysis and review of this rule making, no impact on jobs has been found. A copy of the jobs impact statement is available from the Department upon request.


This rule is subject to the waiver provisions of 571—Chapter 11. Any person who believes that the application of the discretionary provisions of this rule making would result in hardship or injustice to that person may petition the Commission for a waiver of the discretionary provisions, if any.

Public Comment

Any interested person may submit written comments concerning this proposed rule making. Written comments in response to this rule making must be received by the Department no later than 4:30 p.m. on March 3, 2020. Comments should be directed to:

Deborah Vitko

Iowa Department of Natural Resources

Wallace State Office Building

502 East Ninth Street

Des Moines, Iowa 50319

Fax: 515.725.8201


Public Hearing

A public hearing at which persons may present their views orally or in writing will be held as follows. Upon arrival, attendees should proceed to the fourth floor to check in at the Department reception desk and be directed to the appropriate hearing location:

March 3, 2020

12 noon to 1 p.m.

Conference Room 3 East and West

Wallace State Office Building

Des Moines, Iowa

Persons who wish to make oral comments at the public hearing will be asked to state their names for the record and to confine their remarks to the subject of this proposed rule making.

Any persons who intend to attend the public hearing and have special requirements, such as those related to hearing or mobility impairments, should contact the Department and advise of specific needs.

Review by Administrative Rules Review Committee

The Administrative Rules Review Committee, a bipartisan legislative committee which oversees rule making by executive branch agencies, may, on its own motion or on written request by any individual or group, review this rule making at its regular monthly meeting or at a special meeting. The Committee's meetings are open to the public, and interested persons may be heard as provided in Iowa Code section 17A.8(6).

The following rule-making actions are proposed:

Item 1. Adopt the following new subrule 40.5(3):

40.5(3) Areas may be designated as "no anchoring" areas.

Item 2. Adopt the following new subrule 40.5(4):

40.5(4) Areas may be designated as "no boating" areas.

Natural Resource Commission

This Organization is a part of the Natural Resources Department

Closed For Comments

This notice is now closed for comments. Collection of comments closed on 3/3/2020.

Official Document

  • Designation of “no anchoring” and “no boating” zoned areas on Rathbun Lake, 40.5
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Administrative Rule References

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Rule 571-40.5(3) Rule 571-40.5(4)
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