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Historically, from Washburn down past Bismarck-Mandan, the first boats in the water on the Missouri River have occurred anywhere from late February through early April. N.D. Game and Fish Department photo

Loud nighttime boaters face fines under bill approved by Burgum

BISMARCK — North Dakota boaters on a nighttime cruise face fines if they don't keep quiet under a bill approved by Gov. Doug Burgum Tuesday, April 23.

Senate Bill 2342 prohibits boats from producing noises in excess of 88 decibels for more than 10 minutes between midnight and 5 a.m. The noise level must be measured from the shoreline.

According to Purdue University, 88 decibels is equivalent to a propeller plane flyover at 1,000 feet.

Violators of the new law face a $50 fine.

Boaters will have some leeway early this summer, however. The bill takes effect Aug. 1.

John Hageman

John Hageman covers North Dakota politics from the Forum News Service bureau in Bismarck. He attended the University of Minnesota in the Twin Cities, where he studied journalism and political science, and he previously worked at the Grand Forks Herald and Bemidji Pioneer.  

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