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Marine Board Seeks Public Comment on Petitions for Rogue River - 02/21/17

The Oregon State Marine Board received a petition on February 13, 2017, for boat operations on the Upper Rogue River in Jackson County.

The petitioners are proposing to adopt a new rule in OAR 250-020-0151 to ban boats propelled by jet pump or air propeller drives from Table Rock Road Bridge (at mile 131.3) upstream to the barrier dam at Cole Rivers Fish Hatchery (mile 155.7), except for emergencies, law enforcement, and emergency training by the Jackson County Sheriff's Department.

The petitioners cite user conflict, preserving traditional uses, respecting the interests of riverfront landowners, avoiding conflict with fish and wildlife and public safety as key drivers for the petition.

Written comments are being accepted until Friday, March 31, 2017 by 5 pm and can be submitted via email to osmb.rulemaking@oregon.gov or by U.S. mail to: June LeTarte, Administrative Rules Coordinator, 435 Commercial St. NE, Suite 400, P.O. Box 14145, Salem, OR 97309-5056. Comments via telephone will not be accepted.

To view the petition, visit http://www.oregon.gov/OSMB/info/Pages/Rulemaking-and-Public-Notices.aspx.
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Guide Advisory Committee Meeting February 8 at the Expo Center - 02/06/17

The Oregon State Marine Board will hold a meeting of the Guide Advisory Committee (GAC) on Wednesday, February 8 at the Portland Expo Center, beginning at 8 am.

The committee will review the following:
* Program Update
* 2016/2017 Approved Rule Changes
* Decal Issues
* Proposed Rule Changes
* New Issues


The meeting details listed above can also be viewed at http://www.oregon.gov/OSMB/Pages/admin/members.aspx.
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Marine Board Hosts Open House for Chetco Users on February 17 - 02/01/17

The Oregon State Marine Board is hosting an open house on February 17, at Southwestern Oregon Community College, Curry Campus, 96082 Lone Ranch Parkway, in Brookings from
10 am to 4 pm.

When the fishing is good and the water is right, the Chetco River attracts anglers by the hundreds. "It's a unique fishery, the area's population is growing, and once in a while, everyone shows up at once," says Randy Henry, Boating Safety Program Manager for the Oregon State Marine Board. "Occasionally tempers flare, and that leads to petitions the Board receives."

On Friday, Feb. 17, Henry will be in Brookings to talk to individuals and small groups throughout the day about their perspectives and ideas related to future management of the Chetco River. "This is your chance to show up and talk one-on-one, ask questions, give your ideas and discuss your perspectives. I've met with numerous local officials and waterway managers on this topic, now I want to hear from the public -- the people who fish and boat this river," says Henry.

The meeting is part of a localized engagement strategy that has included increased law enforcement and may include additional actions in the future. The strategy is the result of a petition filed in 2016, that was ultimately denied by the Board. The petition sought to prohibit motorboat operation on the Chetco with the goal of reducing conflict between different user groups.

"While the Board felt the motor prohibition was too restrictive, they did ask me to provide more oversight, more observation, and meet with locals to look for more generally acceptable solutions to the crowding and conflict. That's the purpose of this meeting," said Henry.

For more information about the Marine Board and recreational boating in Oregon, visit www.boatoregon.com.

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Marine Board Seeks Public Comment on Petition to Amend Safety Inspection Rules - 01/26/17

The Oregon State Marine Board received a petition from a boater requesting that the Board open rulemaking to amend statewide rule, OAR 250-010-0053 Safety Inspections.

The petitioner sites excessive noise from boats with unmuffled internal combustion engines operating on the Willamette River between river miles 95-100 and seeks to open rulemaking to amend the statewide Safety Inspection rule to include required equipment as part of a safety inspection.

Written comments are being accepted until Tuesday, February 28, 2017 by 5 pm and can be submitted via email to osmb.rulemaking@oregon.gov or by U.S. mail to: June LeTarte, Administrative Rules Coordinator, 435 Commercial St. NE, Suite 400, P.O. Box 14145, Salem, OR 97309-5056. Comments via telephone will not be accepted.

To view the petition, visit http://www.oregon.gov/OSMB/info/Pages/Rulemaking-and-Public-Notices.aspx.
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Guide Advisory Committee Meeting January 31 - 01/24/17

The Oregon State Marine Board will hold a meeting of the Guide Advisory Committee (GAC) on Tuesday, January 31, at the Marine Board office, 435 Commercial St NE, in Salem beginning at
1 pm.

The committee will review the following:
* Charter Boat Registration Biennial Registration
* Employee Apprentice
* Charter Boat Demarcation Rule Accident Reporting
* Safety and Equipment requirements Inland Guide Boats
* Drug, Health and Knowledge Testing
* Outfitter Guide Classes
* Inland Charter Boat Definition
* Safety Equipment for Non Boating Guides

The meeting details listed above can also be viewed at http://www.oregon.gov/OSMB/Pages/admin/members.aspx.
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