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Marine Board Meeting in Coos Bay October 22-23 - 10/15/18

On October 22, the Board will hold a work session at 1 p.m. with invited testimony to discuss various aspects of statewide and local boat operations on waterways, including the Willamette River.  This is an information-gathering session and no decisions will be made. In the evening at 6:30 pm, agency staff will hold an open house to discuss 2019 legislative concepts.  The work session and open house are being held at Southwestern Oregon Community College, Empire Hall, Lakeview E & F, 1988 Newmark Ave., in Coos Bay. 

The Oregon State Marine Board will hold their quarterly Board meeting on October 23, beginning at 8 am.  This meeting will be held at the Coos History Museum, Sprague Gallery, 1210 N. Front Street in Coos Bay.

The following are agenda items for October 23:

  • Director’s Report;
  • OAR Temporary Rule adoption per Director Authorization; Legislative Policy Concepts;
  • Option to repeal rules for Insurance and Duplication Fees (OAR 250-010-0315);
  • Option to accept a petition to initiate rulemaking for Turner Lake, Boat Operations in Marion County (OAR 250-020-0259);
  • Option to adopt Statewide Rules –Definitions (OAR 250-010-0010) for Wakeboarding and Wake Surfing, and Statewide Rule for Wake Sport Operations (OAR 250-010-0026);
  • Option to adopt Local Waterbody Rules (Division 020) that would define “towed water sport” (Division 010), amend rules to include water sport regulations and consolidate local waterway rules;
  • Option to repeal stand-alone local waterway rules (Division 020);
  • Option to adopt rulemaking for Outfitter and Guides (OAR 250, Division 016);
  • Option to initiate rulemaking (OAR 250-020-0032 and OAR 250-020-0385) Boat Operation on the Willamette River –Local Rules for Newberg Pool;
  • Option to initiate Rulemaking for Marine Sanitation Devices (OAR 250-010-0750), and;
  • Executive Session per ORS192.660(2)(h)

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


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, restrooms and 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 Hosting Open House in Redmond to Discuss 2019 Legislative Concepts - 10/04/18

The Marine Board will be hosting an open house on October 16, to discuss the agency’s legislative concepts.  The open house will be held at Eagle Crest Resort, 1522 Cline Falls Rd. in Redmond, beginning at 7 pm.  Recreational boaters are encouraged to attend and ask questions.  Agency staff will be on-hand to provide background and answers.

The Oregon State Marine Board has an ambitious plate of legislative concepts for 2019.  The concepts aim to improve efficiency and safety while adapting to changing boat use and increasing costs to serve Oregon boaters.    

“The agency has eight concepts and many came about based on feedback from stakeholders over the last couple of years and are woven into the agency’s strategic plan.  It’s a lot to hoist, but the Board is very responsive to the needs of recreational boaters, stakeholders, and partners and we’re always looking for ways to improve our services,” says Larry Warren, Director of the Marine Board.  “These concepts get the agency closer to fulfilling our mission; serving Oregon’s recreational boaters through education, enforcement, access, and environmental stewardship for a safe and enjoyable experience.”   

For legislative concept details, visit https://www.oregon.gov/osmb/info/Pages/Legislative-Concepts.aspx.