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Marine Board Seeks Written Public Comment on Repealing Rule - 07/20/18

The Oregon State Marine Board is seeking written public testimony to repeal OAR 250-010-0315, Issuance and Duplicate Fees, relating to floating home and boathouse title and plate fees.  This rule repeal will ensure consistency with Oregon Revised Statute following a legislative revision to statute numbers ORS 830.850, 830.860, and 830.870. 

Written testimony is submitted by email to .rulemaking@oregon.gov">osmb.rulemaking@oregon.gov  or by U.S. mail to: June LeTarte, Administrative Rules Coordinator, Oregon State Marine Board, 435 Commercial Street NE, Salem, OR 97301.  Testimony will not be accepted by telephone.

To view the notice, visit https://www.oregon.gov/osmb/info/Pages/Rulemaking-and-Public-Notices.aspx.

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2019 Boat Registration Decal image
2019 Boat Registration Decal image
"Operation Ship Shape" Targets Lapsed Boat Registrations (Photo) - 07/20/18

The Oregon State Marine Board, in partnership with 32 county sheriff’s offices and the Oregon State Police will be focusing their enforcement efforts on boaters with lapsed boat registrations during the weekend of August 4-5, 2018 for “Operation Ship Shape.” 

“So far this year, marine law enforcement officers are reporting unusually high numbers of unregistered boats,” says Randy Henry, Boating Safety Program Manager for the Marine Board.  “This means that those registered boaters who are playing by the rules are carrying the load for everyone else.  Without adequate revenue, the agency is forced to cut funds to our law enforcement programs which ultimately mean fewer patrol boats on the water and longer response times in emergency incidents.” 

“We’re at a five year high for fatalities so far this year, and we cannot afford to reduce our agency’s services, so we’re simply making sure that all motorboats –any boat with any mechanical propulsion, whether gas, electric, diesel or solar, and all sailboats 12 feet or longer, are currently registered.”  Henry adds, “The fine for lapsed boat registration is $265, which is far more than the cost of the boat registration itself.  Fines do not come back to the Marine Board.  When collected, those fines go into the state’s general fund.  It’s better for all of us if you register your boat now than wait for a fine.”

Motorboat registrations are $4.50 per foot, rounded to the highest foot plus $5 for the aquatic invasive species prevention program.  For example, a 16 foot outboard motorboat would cost $77.  Registrations are valid for two calendar years. 

Boaters can renew their boat registration online at www.boatoregon.com/store, or can visit their local registration agent.  Boaters can print off a temporary permit after successfully completing their transaction online or will be issued a temporary permit through an agent for an additional fee.  If you need assistance renewing online, please contact the Marine Board at ine.board@oregon.gov">marine.board@oregon.gov or 503-378-8587.

For a list of registration agents, visit http://www.oregon.gov/osmb/title-registration/Pages/Where-to-Register.aspx.

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Temporary Boating Rule for North Turner Lake in Marion County - 07/18/18

The Oregon State Marine Board agency filed a temporary rule for North Turner Lake.  The temporary rule is in effect from July 6, 2018 through January 1, 2019, allowing only electric motors and establishes a speed limit of 5 MPH.  

A lake safety committee created by the City of Turner’s Council determined that boat operation restrictions are needed to promote safety on North Turner Lake.  Infrastructure providing access to the lake is fairly new and the City of Turner requested a temporary rule, due to the 70-acre size of the lake. 

To view the temporary rule, visit https://www.oregon.gov/osmb/info/Documents/Rulemaking/NorthTurnerLakeTempRule.pdf.

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Sheriff's Office Jet Boat Image
Sheriff's Office Jet Boat Image
Marine Patrols Jet Off to the Rogue for On-Water Training (Photo) - 07/17/18

The Oregon State Marine Board will conduct its week-long law enforcement jet boat course on the Rogue River between Gold Beach and Foster Bar during the week of July 23 – July 26.  This intensive course focuses on boat operation, marine law, swift water rescue, and boat trailering.

The training focuses on honing boat operating skills.  “This is critical training for law enforcement and we’re excited to be returning to Gold Beach,” says Ed Persichetti, Law Enforcement Training Coordinator for the Marine Board.  “We’ve selected this week to hopefully minimize disruption to recreational boaters, but we still request the public’s patience.  The students will need room to work because they will be very focused on reading the river, avoiding other boaters, and navigating whitewater, wind and chop.”  Students who attend the Marine Board’s Whitewater Jet Boat Training bring a range of skills from the novice operator to advanced operator. 

“Boating is an apprenticeship where we’re learning every day.  One of the goals of the training is to pair up an experienced marine deputy with a new jet boat operator.  Incorporating expertise with students new to jet boating is why our Law Enforcement training is such a rewarding experience for everyone,” says Persichetti.  “This is a unique course in that it is the only one in the nation that offers this type of specialized training.”

Signs will be posted at local access sites about the training operations and notices have also been sent to all the registered fishing guides in the area.  In addition to boat handling exercises in whitewater conditions, marine deputies will also learn how to dis-assemble service and reassemble jet pumps, learn anchoring and chocking techniques, and how to navigate all stages of whitewater rapids.  “Fast action and skill are required by marine officers, and this kind of training can mean the difference between a saved life or not,” Persichetti says.

The Marine Board contracts with 32 Sheriff’s Offices and the Oregon State Police for marine law enforcement services, including search and rescue operations, and boating safety education.  Contracts with the County Sheriff’s Offices are paid for through motorboat registrations and titling fees.

For more information about the Marine Board and law enforcement services, visit http://www.oregon.gov/OSMB/info/Pages/AboutUs.aspx.

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The Marine Board is funded by registration, title fees and marine fuel taxes paid by motorized boaters.  No lottery, general fund tax dollars or local facility parking fees are used to support the agency or its programs.  Boater-paid fees go back to boaters in the form of boating safety services (on-the-water enforcement, training and equipment), education/outreach materials and boating access facility grants (boat ramps, docks, parking, construction and maintenance).  The Aquatic Invasive Species Prevention Permit program is dedicated funding to pay for border inspection stations, decontamination equipment, inspectors, and signage/outreach materials.  The Mandatory Education Program is self-supporting and revenue helps pay for education materials and boater education cards.  For more information about the Marine Board and its programs, visit www.boatoregon.com.

 

Attached Media Files: Sheriff's Office Jet Boat Image
Marine Board Approves Ford's Pond Rules, Facilities Grant, Opens Rulemaking - 07/13/18

The Oregon State Marine Board met in Central Point on July 11, and approved a new rule for Ford’s Pond in Douglas County, approved a boating facility grant for Columbia County, and approved opening rulemaking on several items.

The Board approved a 5 mph speed limit and electric motor only regulation on Ford’s Pond in Douglas County.  The operating rules will be effective upon filing.  Ford’s Pond is a 95 acre pond owned by the City of Sutherlin.

The Board also approved a boating facility grant for Columbia County.  The county manages the Gilbert River boat ramp off the Multnomah Channel which is approximately seven miles from the confluence of the Gilbert and Columbia Rivers.  The short term tie-up dock has eight piling, with four that are broken, creating a serious safety hazard to boaters.  The best approach is to install pile sleeves that can be reused for future replacement by welding together additional lengths of piling and then vibrating the piles into the submerged ground.  This approach will extend the useful life of the structure by another 10-15 years while the county plans for future improvements to the dock to improve boater safety.  The county plans on refurbishing the docks by obtaining materials to replace hinge assemblies, rub strips, pile hoops, rollers and bull rails on the concrete docks.  The Board approved $19,000 in federal Boating Infrastructure Grant funds to match $21,613.50 of applicant match (from the county and numerous boating clubs).  The project total is $40,613.50. 

The Board also approved opening rulemaking for the following items:

  • Outfitter and Guides, OAR 250 Division 016
  • Personal Flotation Devices, OAR 250-010-0154
  • Insurance and Duplication of Fees, OAR 250-010-0315

Additionally, the Board elected to keep the existing roles for Board Chair and Vice Chair appointments. 

For more details about the grant applications and meeting materials, visit http://www.oregon.gov/OSMB/info/Pages/Board-and-Public-Meetings.aspx.

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The Marine Board is funded by registration, title fees and marine fuel taxes paid by motorized boaters.  No lottery, general fund tax dollars or local facility parking fees are used to support the agency or its programs.  Boater-paid fees go back to boaters in the form of boating safety services (on-the-water enforcement, training and equipment), education/outreach materials and boating access facility grants (boat ramps, docks, parking, construction and maintenance).  The Aquatic Invasive Species Prevention Permit program is dedicated funding to pay for border inspection stations, decontamination equipment, inspectors, and signage/outreach materials.  The Mandatory Education Program is self-supporting and revenue helps pay for education materials and boater education cards.  For more information about the Marine Board and its programs, visit www.boatoregon.com.

 

Marine Board to Hold Public Hearings on Wake Sports, Solicits Public Comments - 07/03/18

The Oregon State Marine Board staff will be holding a rule hearing on July 10, at 6 pm to gather testimony on proposed statewide rules of operation for wake sports.  The hearing will be held at the Jackson County Parks building, Auditorium Room, located at 7520 Table Rock Rd., in Central Point. 

Oral testimony may be limited to two minutes per speaker.

The Marine Board will be holding its quarterly Board meeting the following morning, on July 11, at the same location beginning at 8 am.  As the rulemaking process is ongoing, public comments regarding wake sport operations will not be accepted at the Board meeting. 

The July 10 rule hearing is in addition to two further rule hearings scheduled in different areas of the state:

  • Clackamas Community College, McLaughlin Auditorium (M-121), 19600 Molalla Ave., in Oregon City on July 18 at 6 pm; and,
  • Oregon State Marine Board, Conference Room, 435 Commercial St. NE in Salem on August 15, beginning at 6 pm.

The proposed rule language amends OAR 250-010-0010 Definitions, to include terms used in Chapter 250 of Oregon’s Administrative Rules for wakeboarding and wake surfing; and adopts a new rule, OAR 250-010-0026 Wake Sport Operations, prohibiting wakeboarding and wake surfing within 200 feet of a dock, float, floating home, boathouse, designated boat moorage, floating restroom, or person in the water.  The rule also prohibits wakeboarding and wake surfing within 100 feet of a non-motorized boat. 

Written comments will be accepted until August 31, 2018 by 5 pm and can be submitted via email to .rulemaking@oregon.gov">osmb.rulemaking@oregon.gov  or by U.S. mail to: June LeTarte, Administrative Rules Coordinator, Oregon State Marine Board, 435 Commercial Street NE, Suite 400, Salem, OR 97301.  Comments via telephone will not be accepted. 

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

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Marine Board Meeting in Central Point July 11 - 07/03/18

The Oregon State Marine Board will hold its quarterly Board meeting on July 11, at the Jackson County Parks Auditorium Room, 7520 Table Rock Rd., in Central Point.  The meeting will begin at 8 am.

The Marine Board agenda includes the following items:

  • Boat Operations in Douglas County, OAR 250-020-0102 –Ford Pond, option to adopt rule to prohibit motorboats except for electric motors;
  • Review and identify local waterbody rules (excluding the Willamette River) regarding proposed rulemaking for wake sport operations. Update from meeting with Legislative Willamette River Work Group;
  • Consider initiating rulemaking for OAR 250 Division 016, Outfitter and Guides; 
  • Consider initiating rulemaking for OAR 250-010-0750 -Marine Sanitation Devices;
  • Consider initiating rulemaking for OAR 250-010-0154 –Personal Flotation Devices;
  • Consider initiating rulemaking for OAR 250-010-0315 –Insurance and Duplication Fees.  Repeals rule already in statute;
  • Approval of Facility Grant Requests for: Columbia County, Gilbert River piling repair;
  • Informational updates on legislative concepts.

The Board will move into executive session per ORS 192.660(2)(i).  At the conclusion of the executive session, the Board will reconvene into its regular session. 

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

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Guide Advisory Committee Meeting July 10 in Bend - 06/29/18

The Oregon State Marine Board will be holding a Guide Advisory Committee meeting on Tuesday, July 10, at the US Forest Service Building, 63095 Deschutes Market Rd., in Bend. The meeting begins at 2 pm. 

The committee will discuss TIP program participation, new rule changes and public hearing procedures.

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

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