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"Spring Aboard" and Learn Boating Safety (Photo) - 03/13/18

It may still feel like winter, but spring is right around the corner. The Oregon State Marine Board encourages boaters and their passengers to take a boating education course before the boating season gets underway. The Marine Board is teaming up with other states to promote the Spring Aboard -- Take A Boating Education Course campaign before the boating season begins. The Marine Board also encourages having a "second in command" in case of an emergency, as an important safety intervention. Many online course providers are offering a 50% off discount for their boating safety courses and many Oregon classroom providers are offering free classes or discounts during the week of March 18-24.

"Educated boaters are safer on the water," says MariAnn McKenzie, Boating Education Coordinator for the Marine Board. "There are no lanes to follow, so it's important to know what to do if a boat is coming at you head on or what to do in an emergency," McKenzie adds. "What's not unique to Oregon is the need to have more than one person on board who can take immediate control of the boat if something happens to the operator. We're hoping that more than one family member or friend can step in and get educated about safe and responsible boat operation and fill the role of a second in command. This campaign incentive is a great way to get started." Education courses not only teach safety and what equipment to carry, but also cover launch ramp etiquette, courtesy, navigation rules of the road, and highlight the needs of different water recreationists so everyone can safely share the water. McKenzie adds, "Education is the best preparation -and the more the merrier."

Fifty (50) states and U.S. territories require some form of mandatory education courses for operators of some powered boats . For more information about the Marine Board's available courses visit:www.boatoregon.com.

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Marine Board Convenes Marine Sewage Disposal Rule Advisory Committee - 02/27/18

The Oregon State Marine Board will hold the first meeting of the Marine Sewage Disposal Rule Advisory Committee on March 1, at the OSU Extension Service Education Center, 1815 NE 169th Pl., Bldg. 1, Suite 1000, in Beaverton. The meeting begins at 8 am.

The rule advisory committee is comprised of members from Oregon Sea Grant, private certified Clean Marina Owner/Harbor Master, Department of Environmental Quality, and the Columbia River Yachting Association, in addition to staff from the Marine Board's Environmental Section. The initial meeting will explore agency authorities and review existing state and federal laws.

The goal of this committee is to sync federal and state rules for on-board sewage holding tanks with an emphasis on Type I Marine Sanitation Devices (toilet system) for recreational boats under 65 feet in federally navigable waters.

The public is invited to attend the meeting; however, public comment will not be accepted.

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

Marine Board Holding Public Hearing on Lake Billy Chinook Fly Creek Inlet Slow-No Wake Zone - 02/23/18

The Oregon State Marine Board will hold a public hearing to accept testimony on a proposed rule for a slow-no wake zone in the Fly Creek Inlet on March 5, at 11 am. The meeting will be held at the Jefferson County Annex Commissioners Room, 66 SE D Street, in Madras.

The proposed rule amendment would establish a slow-no wake zone within the Fly Creek Inlet on Lake Billy Chinook, to support safety.

Written comments will be accepted until March 9, 2018 by 5 p.m. 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, Salem, OR 97301. Comments via telephone will not be accepted.

To view the proposed language, visit http://www.oregon.gov/OSMB/info/Pages/Rulemaking-and-Public-Notices.aspx.