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Marine Board Approves Grant, Rulemaking - 01/19/17

The Oregon State Marine Board approved a grant for Klamath County and approved initiating rulemaking for boat operations in Clatsop County during their quarterly Board meeting, held in Salem on January 18.

The Board approved a grant for Upper Klamath Lake's Wocus Bay boat ramp to remove existing piling, replace and extend the length of the piling for the debris deflection boom by ten feet. In April, 2016, the agency received a report that the piling was listing and the county was concerned the piling could become dislodged. The Board approved $35,000 in state boater funds to match $7,000 in administrative services, monitoring and inspection contributions by Klamath County for a project total of $42,000.

The Board also approved initiating rulemaking for Boat Operations in Clatsop County to change the 5-MPH speed restriction on the lower Skipanon River and in the Warrenton Small Boat Basin to "slow-no-wake," as defined in statewide rule.

To review the staff report and meeting agenda, visit http://www.oregon.gov/OSMB/info/Pages/Board-and-Public-Meetings.aspx.
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Free Boat Inspections from Columbia County Marine Patrol February 4 - 01/18/17

The Columbia County Marine Patrol will be holding free boat inspections at the Scappoose Bay Marina, 57420 Old Portland Road, in Warren, Oregon, on February 4. The event begins at 10 am and runs through 3 pm. Inspections generally take ten minutes or less.

"It's better to do boat inspections on land than on the water," says Sergeant Phil Edwards. "We want to make sure boaters are carrying the proper safety equipment like life jackets, the right fire extinguisher, have a sound producing device and also have their boater education card and valid registration documents along with current registration decals. It's never a good time when a boater finds out they need to carry something when they're in the middle of their activity." Edwards adds, "Doing boat inspections ahead of time makes things easier for the boater and gives law enforcement a chance to make sure they're in compliance before they get underway."

When a boat passes an inspection, the Marine Deputy will give the boater a Marine Board Law Enforcement Examination sticker to affix to the boat. This is recognized by other law enforcement, leading to fewer on-the-water stops for compliance checks. If a boater does not have the proper equipment or documentation, the Marine Patrol will help identify what's needed and how to come into compliance before the boater hits the water. Registered Guides and Outfitters are encouraged to attend, but can schedule a time with the Sheriff's Marine Patrol if the event conflicts with guiding services. Guides and outfitters will also be checked for their current Marine Board registration credentials.

"This is also a great opportunity to meet your Marine Patrol Deputies and learn some local waterway knowledge," Edwards adds. "We've been everywhere in every condition, and can offer lots of helpful advice."

For more information about equipment requirements and other waterway regulations, visit www.boatoregon.com.
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KeizerRapidsFloodDebris.jpg
KeizerRapidsFloodDebris.jpg
Caution to Boaters -Flooding, Debris Expected on Area Rivers (Photo) - 01/17/17

Last week's historic snowfall and the projected warm, wet forecast this week, sets up the perfect scenario for potential flooding on area rivers. And with flooding comes debris flows with trees, root wads, and other material that can impact the safety of boaters on the water.

The Marine Board and marine law enforcement strongly urge boaters to take the following precautions:
* Make sure the boat ramp is open for launching. The Marine Board is working closely with facility managers and will include closure information on the Boat Oregon Map.
* Scout the river before running it. Rivers are dynamic, and don't stay the same over time. Boulders and logs move, trees fall, and currents shift. When in doubt --scout and portage out.
* Wear a life jacket. Given the water temperature and equally cold air temperature, boaters are encouraged to wear a properly fitting life jacket on the outside of their cold weather attire.
* Boat with others and stay within sight of one another.
* Know your limits and how to self-rescue. Be sure your skills and experience are equal to the river and the conditions.
* Fill out a digital float plan and print out a copy to let others know where you are boating and when to expect your return. The digital form, when submitted, sends an email to the Marine Board that can be used later to aid marine law enforcement should a boater need help.

Visit www.boatoregon.com and click on the Boat Oregon Map. The website and the application are optimized for mobile devices.

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Marine Board Meeting in Salem January 18 - 01/12/17

The Oregon State Marine Board will meet in Salem on January 18, for their quarterly Board meeting being held at the Marine Board office, 435 Commercial St. NE, beginning at 9 am.

The Board will consider the following agenda items:
* Contract terms for the Duckworth Dock in Downtown Portland
* Consideration of a petition for rulemaking for boat operations in Clatsop County
* Boating Facility Grant --Klamath County, Wocus Bay
* Program reports
* Strategic plan report

The meeting is accessible for persons with disabilities. For a communication aid request or agenda questions, please contact June LeTarte, Executive Assistant, at 503-378-2617 by Tuesday, January 17. The Board will accept public comment during the designated period at the beginning of the meeting on only those agenda items which did not have a pre-noticed comment closing date.

To view the agenda and staff report, visit http://www.oregon.gov/OSMB/info/Pages/Board-and-Public-Meetings.aspx.
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Marine Board's Quarterly Meeting Canceled - 01/11/17

The Oregon State Marine Board has canceled their quarterly Board meeting, scheduled for Thursday, January 12, in West Linn due to inclement weather conditions. The agency will send out notification once a new date and time are determined.

Port of Cascade Locks Boat Ramp Closed Beginning January 16 - 01/06/17

The Port of Cascade Locks boat launch will be closed during the week of January 16, for repairs to the toe of the ramp.

During low water periods boaters "powerload" onto their trailers, displacing ramp edge protection (riprap), creating drop-offs and mounding sediment in the ramp approach area. This practice, in combination with last summer's low water conditions, resulted in the boat ramp being closed several times and at least five boat trailers had to be towed after getting stuck at the toe of the ramp.

The repair includes replacing and extending the riprap edge by approximately 10 feet. In April 2016, the Marine Board approved $18,750 in state boater funds to match $2,500 in cash, $3,070 in permitting expenses and $680 in administration, contracting and oversight of the project for a total cost of $25,000.
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Marine Board Invites Boaters to Participate in Boating Facility Planning - 01/03/17

Every six years, the Oregon State Marine Board solicits feedback from boaters and facility owners to create a catalog of boating facility needs, and then assigns priorities to sites for grant funding. This information is compiled into the "Statewide Boating Access Improvement Plan," commonly referred to as the "Six-Year Plan." The agency invites boaters to participate in a survey to help identify where the needs are around the state.

"With over 1,100 boating access sites in Oregon operated and owned by more than
160 different recreational boating facility owners, the Marine Board relies heavily on feedback about the condition of boating facilities from all recreational boaters; motorized and non-motorized," says Janine Belleque, Boating Facility Manager for the Marine Board. "We leverage the dollars brought in through boat registration fees and marine gas tax with federal grants and matching dollars from facility owners to maintain, as well as build, new recreational boating access in the state."

The Marine Board does not own or operate any boating facilities in the state; however, the Marine Board's Boating Facilities Section provides technical assistance to boating facility owners in the form of design, facility engineering, surveying, waterway permitting and grant funding to facility owners.

The Oregon Marine Board invites recreational boaters to complete an online survey and provide feedback on how to improve the area where you boat. Boaters can access an online survey at www.boatoregon.com, or go to the survey directly to https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/GWGC7L6. The survey will be available online through March 31, 2017.

To view the existing plan and completed facilities projects, visit http://bit.ly/2j0SSkX. For more information, contact the Marine Board's Facility Section at 503-378-2727.
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The remains of the F/V Western that sunk in Coos Bay in January, 2015.
The remains of the F/V Western that sunk in Coos Bay in January, 2015.
F/V Western Removed from Coos Bay (Photo) - 12/30/16

After many months of planning, the F/V Western was removed from Coos Bay on December 21, 2016. The work to remove the vessel occurred over the last two weeks by Billeter Marine. The Western, a 70 foot long, 78 gross ton wood-hulled fishing vessel built in 1934, sank near the Empire boat ramp in January, 2015.

In August, the Oregon State Marine Board was awarded a $55,000 grant from the NOAA Marine Debris Program. The project, titled, "A partnership for the removal and prevention of abandoned and derelict fishing vessels along the Oregon Coast," includes $17,500 matching cash from the Marine Board and $22,500 from the Department of State Lands, as well as in-kind services from Oregon SeaGrant, and staff from the coastal public ports and marinas.

Billeter Marine successfully lifted the F/V Western from the water and disposed of the vessel through approved methods on land. The Marine Board will be seeking reimbursement from the owner for the disposal costs.

Abandoned and derelict vessels are a growing concern on the Oregon coast and the Marine Board convened an Abandoned and Derelict Commercial Vessel Task Force with participation from Oregon coastal ports, law enforcement, commercial vessel owners, and other stakeholders to address key issues. A majority of coastal ports struggle with commercial fishing vessels that are no longer in use and have not been maintained for seaworthiness, left abandoned or in derelict condition. The end result of the task force's work is to issue a report that quantifies the scope of problem, identifies barriers to removing and recycling derelict/abandoned boats, recommends potential incentives, and proposes funding mechanisms for future removal efforts. The task force's next meeting is tentatively scheduled for January 20, 2017, in Tillamook.

The NOAA Marine Debris Program's "Community-based Marine Debris Removal" federal funding program provides funding to support locally-driven, marine debris assessment and removal projects that benefit coastal habitat, waterways, and NOAA trust resources. Projects awarded through this grant competition implement on-the-ground marine debris removal activities, with priority for those targeting medium- to large-scale debris, including derelict fishing gear and abandoned and derelict vessels.
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Marine Board Meeting in West Linn January 12 - 12/30/16

The Oregon State Marine Board will meet in West Linn on January 12, 2017 for their quarterly Board meeting. The meeting will be held in the Grand Fir Room at the West Linn Adult Community Center, 1180 Rosemont, in West Linn, beginning at 8:30 am.
The Board will consider the following agenda items:

* Contract terms for the Duckworth Dock in Downtown Portland
* Reconsider the petition decision for rulemaking on the Lower Willamette River
* Consideration of a petition for rulemaking for boat operations in Clatsop County
* Presentation: Sea Grant Clean Vessel Act outreach training videos
* Boating Facility Grant --Klamath County, Wocus Bay
* Program reports
* Strategic plan report

The meeting is accessible for persons with disabilities. For a communication aid request or agenda questions, please contact June LeTarte, Executive Assistant, at 503-378-2617 by Monday, January 9. The Board will accept public comment during the designated period at the beginning of the meeting on only those agenda items which did not have a pre-noticed comment closing date.

To view the agenda and staff report, visit http://www.oregon.gov/OSMB/info/Pages/Board-and-Public-Meetings.aspx.
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