on Aug 08, 2014 03:05 PM • Views 1377
Media Contact: Kate Pipkin

HERTFORD, N.C. (Aug. 8, 2014) — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission will hold a public hearing on Aug. 20 in Hertford to hear comments on a proposal to establish a no-wake zone on Bethel Creek, a tributary to the Yeopim River in Perquimans County.

The meeting, which will begin at 3 p.m., will be held at the Perquimans 4-H Agricultural Building, located at 601 Edenton Street.

The Wildlife Commission is proposing a no-wake zone because of safety concerns. Currently, approximately six private docks used for swimming, fishing and boating storage are built along Bethel Creek — a narrow, 150-foot wide waterway. Plans for a new subdivision on the northeast side of the creek likely will increase the number of docks and boating traffic.

Wildlife enforcement officers already receive multiple complaints of near misses from boats running at greater than no-wake speed in Bethel Creek. Because of safety concerns for children and families swimming in the creek, along with possible hazards caused by duck blinds and fallen trees, Commission staff concluded a no-wake zone is warranted.

Comments also may be submitted until Oct. 1, 2014 to regulations@ncwildlife.org or 1701 Mail Service Center, Raleigh, N.C. 27699-1701.

For more information about the proposal, including a map of the proposed no-wake zone on Bethel Creek, visit the proposed regulations page.