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RULE §265.14Primitive or Wilderness Camp

(a) Maintenance and operation of primitive campsites. Primitive campsites shall be maintained and operated in a safe and healthful manner.

(b) Drinking water at primitive camp, on hikes, or on trips away. Drinking water used at primitive camps and on hikes and trips away from permanent campsites shall be from a source known to be safe or shall be rendered safe.

(c) Toilet facilities at primitive campsites. Primitive campsites that are not provided with approved toilet facilities shall have a separate toilet area designated for each sex. Slit trenches or cat holes with a readily available supply of clean earth backfill or other disposal methods approved by the department's Policy, Standards and Quality Assurance Unit, shall be utilized for the disposal of human excreta in these areas. Approval shall be received in writing prior to implementation. Toilet areas shall be located at least 150 feet from a stream, lake, or well, and at least 75 feet from a campsite, tent, or other sleeping or housing facility.

(d) Disposal of solid wastes at primitive campsites. Solid wastes that are generated in primitive camps shall be disposed of at a TCEQ approved sanitary landfill or other disposal facility approved by TCEQ under 30 TAC, Chapter 330, Municipal Solid Waste.

(e) Food service at primitive campsites. Only foods that can be maintained in a wholesome condition with the equipment available shall be used at primitive camps.

(f) Use of hot water and detergent to wash food utensils. Hot water and detergent shall be used to wash all food utensils after each meal at primitive campsites.

(g) Supervision of campers at primitive camps. Campers utilizing primitive camps shall be adequately supervised at all times by a responsible adult who is knowledgeable concerning proper wilderness camping techniques. A minimum ratio of one such supervising adult for each ten campers shall be maintained in the immediate vicinity (within sight and/or hearing) of the campers.

Source Note: The provisions of this §265.14 adopted to be effective April 16, 2006, 31 TexReg 3049; amended to be effective May 16, 2010, 35 TexReg 3815; amended to be effective March 13, 2014, 39 TexReg 1713

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