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Wake Sports Rules Advisory Committee Meeting April 25 - 04/18/18

The Oregon State Marine Board is holding a Wake Sports Rules Advisory Committee (RAC) meeting on April 25, at the Marine Board office, 435 Commercial St. NE, in Salem.  The meeting will begin at 3 pm.

The RAC is meeting to assist in developing statewide rule proposals to increase safety and reduce boating concerns related to wake sport boat operation within 200 feet of the shoreline and objects in the water.  The committee will also assist in the assessment of a fiscal impact of any proposal.

The public is invited to attend and observe by coming to the agency; however, public comment will not be accepted at this time.  A formal public comment period will be opened at the appropriate time during the rulemaking process.

To view the agenda, or listen to the audio recording after the meeting, visit http://www.oregon.gov/OSMB/info/Pages/Board-and-Public-Meetings.aspx

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Marine Board Meeting April 18, 19 in Salem - 04/11/18

The Oregon State Marine Board will be meeting on April 18 and 19, 2018 at the Marine Board office, 435 Commercial St. NE, beginning at 9 am.  If the Board is able to complete all of its business on April 18, the April 19 meeting day will be canceled.   

The Board will conduct a Rule Hearing for the Fly Creek Inlet on Lake Billy Chinook, consider Cycle Two boating facility grant requests and provide direction to the agency on budget and funding.

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

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Marine Board Seeks Written Comments on Proposed Fly Creek Rules on Lake Billy Chinook - 03/29/18

The Oregon State Marine Board seeks public comment on proposed rules for the Fly Creek Inlet on Lake Billy Chinook.

The Board initiated rulemaking in January 2018 to consider a slow-no wake zone in the Fly Creek Inlet.  At the Board’s quarterly Board meeting held on March 28, in Salem, the Board tabled rulemaking, directed  staff to modify the proposed rule language, and reinitiate rulemaking.

The Marine Board will conduct a public hearing on the revised draft language beginning at 9 am during its April 18, Marine Board meeting.  To ensure the Board has adequate time to review written comments, please submit them by April 16, at 5 pm.

Comments can be submitted via email to .rulemaking@oregon.gov">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 changes, visit http://www.oregon.gov/OSMB/info/Pages/Rulemaking-and-Public-Notices.aspx.

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Marine Board Tables Rule for Fly Creek Inlet, Other Actions - 03/29/18

The Oregon State Marine Board adopted rules for Foam Encapsulation and Mufflers, and accepted a petition for an electric motor only, 5 MPH speed limit for Ford’s Pond in Douglas County.  The Board tabled rule adoption for the Fly Creek Inlet on Lake Billy Chinook in Jefferson County.  Furthermore, agency staff reviewed legislative concepts and solicited Board direction.

The Board repealed the Foam Encapsulation rules in Division 014 and adopted new Foam Encapsulation rules, OAR 250-010-0700 to OAR 250-010-0715, in statewide rules, Chapter 250, Division 10.  The changes include removing treated wood as an approved material and method to encapsulate foam flotation for new construction or additions and increasing the minimum thickness of encapsulation with plastic sheets from 7 mm to 10 mm.  The rules also remove the requirement for individuals to obtain certification to place encapsulated foam flotation on the water.  This rule goes into effect on January 1, 2019.

The Board adopted updates to the Muffler rules, OAR 250-010-0121.  The rule allows for law enforcement to take shoreline sound measurements at a standard of 84 dBA for boats that are underway for violations of the noise standards and being effectively muffled.  The rules also clarify stationary tests already used by law enforcement. 

Additionally, the Board approved a petition to open rulemaking on Ford’s Pond in Douglas County, OAR 250-020-0102, to consider prohibiting the use of motorboats, except those propelled by electric motors, and setting a 5 mph speed limit on the pond. 

The Board tabled rules for boat operations in Jefferson County for the Fly Creek Inlet, OAR 250-020-0161.  The Board directed staff to reinitiate the rulemaking process.  The Board will conduct a public rule hearing for the Fly Creek Inlet at its April 18 Board meeting. 

Agency staff presented the Board with preliminary legislative concepts for the 2019 session and solicited prioritization.  Concepts the Board approved pursuing include: expanding definitions for floating properties, law enforcement authority for the aquatic invasive species program, boater education card exemptions and penalties, livery registration,  updating language for reckless boating and reducing fines for life jacket violations, definitions and program administration updates for the outfitter/guide program, and waterway access account. Staff will continue consulting with Boat Oregon Advisory Teams and other stakeholders to refine the concepts.

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

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Marine Board Meeting in Salem March 28 - 03/23/18

The Oregon State Marine Board is holding their quarterly Board meeting on March 28, beginning at 9 am. The meeting will be held at the Marine Board office, 435 Commercial St. NE, in Salem.

The Board will consider adopting rules for Mufflers (OAR 250-010-0121), Flotation Encapsulation Rules; Definitions (OAR 250-010-0700), Boat Operations in Jefferson County (OAR 250-020-0161) for the Fly Creek Inlet. The Board will also consider opening rulemaking on a petition received on January 11, 2018 for Fords Pond in Douglas County that would prohibit the use of motorboats, except those propelled by electric motors. The proposed rule for Boat Operations in Douglas County (OAR 250-020-0102) would also establish a 5 mph speed limit on the pond. The proposed rule is being sought as a safety measure due to the size and depth of the pond and to protect the pond's earthen dam. The public comment period for these items is closed.

Additionally, staff will update the Board on the discussions from the statewide wake sport rules advisory committee and will ask the Board to consider legislative concepts for the 2019 session.

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

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