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Advisory: Upcoming public hearings on proposed Columbia River restrictions, Oregon Ocean Science Trust funding rules  - 06/12/20

SALEM, Ore. – The Oregon Department of State Lands (DSL) next week will hold two virtual public hearings to receive comment on proposed rule changes.

Oregon Ocean Science Trust Rule Hearing
The proposed rule changes would allow the Oregon Ocean Science Trust to partner with private nonprofits for fundraising purposes. Read the full news release on the proposed changes.

Tuesday, June 16
4:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Zoom Meeting
The meeting link, call-in information, and testimony signup instructions are available on the DSL website.


Columbia River Use Restrictions Hearing 
The proposed rule would restrict camping, campfires, and overnight use along several stretches of the Columbia River in Portland. Read the full news release on the proposed changes.

Wednesday, June 17
4:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Zoom Meeting
The meeting link, call-in information, and testimony signup instructions are available on the DSL website.


Written comments accepted until July 1, 2020 at 4 p.m.
The public comment period for both proposed rules will be open until 4 p.m. on Wednesday, July 1, 2020. Comments must be received by this date and time to be considered. Written comments may be submitted on the DSL website by online form, by email to rules@dsl.state.or.us, or by mail to Rules Coordinator, 775 Summer St. NE, Suite 100, Salem, Oregon 97301.

When the public comment period closes, DSL will consider any comments received and revise the rule drafts as needed. The earliest the permanent rules would go into effect is August 1, 2020.

For additional information about the proposed changes
Visit the DSL website to review the draft rules, see a map of the proposed Columbia River closure areas, and for additional information related to these rule changes.

State seeks comment on temporary closure of Willamette Cove - 06/08/20

Sediment and water samples to inform future cleanup efforts will be collected during the closure, which would be in effect from mid-August through October

PORTLAND, Ore. – ­ A proposed temporary closure of Willamette Cove would support future environmental cleanup efforts.

The Oregon Department of State Lands (DSL) today opened a public comment period on the proposal, which would close the cove to boating and other river uses from mid-August through October 2020 to allow sediment and water samples to be collected.

Part of the Portland Harbor Superfund Site, Willamette Cove previously housed a lumber mill and other industrial activities. The state, the City of Portland, and the Port of Portland are working to determine how to implement the Environmental Protection Agency’s approved cleanup plan in the cove. Sampling data is needed to inform where cleanup will be necessary and how it will be done. Temporary closure of the in-water project area will allow that data to be collected. See a map of the proposed closure area.

Comment period open now through July 8
The comment period is open June 8 through July 8. Comments must be received by this date to be considered. Written comments may be submitted to DSL’s Richard Fitzgerald by email at ichard.w.fitzgerald@dsl.state.or.us">richard.w.fitzgerald@dsl.state.or.us, or by mail at 775 Summer St. NE, Suite 100, Salem, Oregon 97301.