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Marine Board Seeks Written Public Comment on Ford's Pond Petition - 01/17/18

On January 11, 2018, the Marine Board received a petition requesting the Marine Board consider rulemaking for Boat Operations in Douglas County for Ford's Pond.

The proposed rule would prohibit the use of motorboats, except those propelled by electric motors, on Ford's Pond. It would also establish a 5 mph speed limit on the pond. The new rule is being proposed as a safety measure due to the size and depth of the pond and to protect the pond's earthen dam.

Written comments are being accepted through February 28, 2018 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, Salem, OR 97301. Comments via telephone will not be accepted.

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


Marine Board Approves Rules, Opens Rulemaking - 01/12/18

The Oregon State Marine Board approved rules and opened rulemaking for wake sports during their quarterly Board meeting held on January 10, at the Department of Fish and Wildlife office, in Salem.

The Board adopted rules for: Visual Distress Signals to match federal regulations at the mouth of the Columbia River; Hunt Tag Program Fees that revert to the previous fee schedule; and, Fees for Furnishing Information in public records requests to be in line with Department of Administrative Services guidelines.

The Board approved opening rulemaking for Division 10, statewide rules and Division 20, local rules and directed staff to convene a Rules Advisory Committee to assist in drafting a fiscal impact statement and propose rule language addressing wake sport activities within 200 feet of the shoreline.

The Board also interviewed four candidates for Marine Director. The Board directed Human Resources to complete reference and background checks. Once a candidate has been offered the position and accepted, the agency will issue a press release announcing the new director.

Link Correction: Guide Advisory Committee Meeting January 16 - 01/11/18

The Oregon State Marine Board will hold a meeting of the Guide Advisory Committee (GAC) on Tuesday, January 16, at the Marine Board office, 435 Commercial St NE, in Salem beginning at
3 pm.

The committee will review the following:
* Registration renewal status
* Motorized Passenger Boat Operator's Certification program roll out
* Enforcement Update
* Safety Equipment Requirements
* Legislative concepts and potential rule changes

The meeting details listed above can also be viewed at http://www.oregon.gov/OSMB/info/Pages/Board-and-Public-Meetings.aspx

Marine Board Meeting in Salem January 10 - 01/02/18

The Oregon State Marine Board is holding their quarterly Board meeting on January 10, beginning at 9 am. The meeting will be at the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife Office, Commission Room, 4034 Fairview Industrial Drive SE, in Salem. No food or drink is allowed in the Commission Room.

Public comments will be accepted at the beginning of the meeting; however, due to time constraints, comments will be limited and will conclude no later than 10 am to ensure adequate time for other agenda items.

The Board will consider adopting rules for Visual Distress Signals, Hunt Tag Program Fees, and Fees for Furnishing Public Record Information. The public comment period for these items is closed.

Additionally, staff will present a statewide report on wake sports which includes information on wake activities, boat models, waterbody use and education. The number of people participating in wake sports in Oregon is growing, and so is the concern about safety and user conflicts. The Board, by vote, may direct staff to initiate the rulemaking process to discuss possible statewide boat operation safety rules. If the Board votes to open rulemaking, a public comment period and public hearings to gather testimony will be scheduled and announced. The Board will not be making any decisions at this meeting to ban wake boats, create exclusion zones or restrict any river use.

The Department of Administrative Services Human Resources will facilitate the candidate interviews for Marine Director. Following the interviews, the Board will enter into executive session to discuss the candidates. Afterward, the Board will reconvene into open meeting session to make a motion to hire a Marine Director.

For more information and to view the staff report, visit http://www.oregon.gov/OSMB/info/Pages/Board-and-Public-Meetings.aspx.


Marine Board Holding Foam Encapsulation Hearing, Accepting Written Public Comment - 12/29/17

The Oregon State Marine Board seeks written public comment to repeal rules in OAR 250-014 governing Foam Encapsulation and to adopt new rules in OAR 250-010-0700, statewide rules for Foam Encapsulation. The proposed rule changes will update the foam encapsulation standards and remove a requirement for the public and businesses to submit paperwork when installing foam flotation.

The Board will also be holding a public meeting to discuss the proposed rules on February 21, 2018 beginning at 12:30 pm at the Marine Board office, 435 Commercial Street NE, in Salem. The public is invited to attend to learn more about the proposed rules and to provide testimony on the draft language.

Written comments are being accepted through February 28, 2018 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, 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.