Willamette River Proposed Rules for Boating - Meeting Sept 9


Posted on Monday, September 8th, 2008 by Bryan Myss | Posted under Boats, Events, General, Media, Riders

Courtesy of PDXWake.com :

THIS IS OUR LAST CHANCE TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE. IF YOU CARE ABOUT THE CONTINUED USE OF THE WILLAMETTE RIVER FOR RECREATIONAL BOATING, YOU BETTER TAKE SOME TIME TO LET YOUR VOICE BE HEARD. THIS IS A NUMBERS GAME, AND TO THIS POINT, THE PROPONENTS OF REGULATING OUR RIVER ARE THE ONLY ONES BEING HEARD. YOU MUST MAKE YOUR COMMENTS BY 9/9 IN ORDER FOR THEM TO MATTER.

ALSO YOU SHOULD MAKE EVERY EFFORT TO ATTEND THE SEPTEMBER 9 MEETING IN WILSONVILLE TO DISCUSS THIS PROPOSAL. IT IS AT THE CLACKAMAS COMMUNITY COLLEGE (WILSONVILLE CAMPUS) ROOM 111-112. BE THERE BY 6 AS SEATING WILL BE LIMITED.

Please take a few minutes to email comments to the Oregon State Marine Board about their rulemaking proposals for the 17 mile stretch of the Willamette River from Newberg to Canby:

1) Eliminate 180 degree turns under power

2) Require a minimum 200í distance when following a boat towing someone

3) Require boats within 200í of all docks to operate at 5mphs

4) Eliminate the use of ballast and any uneven seating of passengers

These rules donít make sense. Why address river congestion and waves by further limiting and condensing the areas you can recreate? They are also unenforceable as written by the Sherriff patrols. Letís make some useful proposals that allow for a workable solution to the wave issues of the Willamette River. Attached are some examples of alternatives to these proposed rules. Make sure you include your address when you comment, so they can see how widespread this issue is.

Send your emails to: osmb.rulemaking@state.or.us; jo.l.bell@state.or.us; Jessica.hamilton@state.or.us;

Jane.bacchieri@state.or.us; david.vanthof@state.or.us

(this is the Oregon State Marine Board and the Governorís office on Natural Resources)

Also copy your county commissioners: Washington Co. at cao@co.washington.or.us

Clackamas Co. at bcc@co.clackamas.or.us

Yamhill Co. at georgek@co.yamhill.or.us; lewisl@co.yamhill.or.us; sternm@co.yamhill.or.us

Marion Co. at sabrentoano@co.marion.or.us; jcarlson@co.marion.or.us; pmilne@co.marion.or.us

Wilsonville City Council and mayor at charbs51@verizon.net; akirk@orepac.com;

michelle.ripple@verizon.net; celianunez@verizon.net

If you want to use regular mail: June LeTarte, OSMB Governorís Natural Resources Office

PO Box 14145 900 Court Street NE

Salem, OR 97309 Salem, OR 97301

DONíT FORGET TO PASS THIS ON TO EVERYONE YOU KNOW TOO!

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