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Change the time and distance restrictions in the definition of "Transient Use" in OAR 141-082-0265 to "2 months, 2 miles"

 

Two years ago, an Oregon rule (OAR 141-082-0265) regarding use of the public waterways was revised for clarity. Effective January 1st, 2013, the new rule defines "transient use" of a public waterway as "any non-commercial use of state-owned submerged and/or submersible land which occurs for less-than or equal-to thirty (30) calendar days during any contiguous 12-month time period, within a distance of five miles."

With this wording, the rule becomes an effective ban, forcing boats to leave entire river systems within a few months, and denying lawful Oregon citizens reasonable access to public lands.

In an attempt to remove problem and derelict boats from public waterways, this rule is currently being enforced by State authorities, who are delivering trespass warnings and threats of seizure to all boats who do not comply. Unfortunately, this includes otherwise law-abiding boaters.

Any rule that was intended to remove potentially hazardous boats from the river should not extend to boats that pose no such threat. We believe that this rule in its current form is not commensurate with the identified problem, as many of the boats and boaters now affected by this rule do not pose a significant risk of harm or damage to the natural and cultural resources of the land or to the public, and do not prevent other persons from enjoying state-owned land. Therefore, this rule extends beyond the limited area, duration and scope that is necessary to address the identified need for the restriction, i.e. problem boaters.

In Article 8, section 5, The Oregon Constitution states "The Governor, Secretary of State and State Treasurer shall constitute a State Land Board for the disposition and management of lands" and that "the board shall manage lands under its jurisdiction with the object of obtaining the greatest benefit for the people of this state, consistent with the conservation of this resource under sound techniques of land management."

We are asking Oregon State Governor Kate Brown, and members of the Department of State Lands, to revise the wording of rule OAR 141-082-0265 to allow all Oregon citizens reasonable access to public land, replacing the current wording with this alternative:

     "Transient Use” means any commercial use of state-owned submerged and/or submersible land which is of a short or intermittent duration, and not more than fourteen (14) consecutive days in any one (1) location or area; or any non-commercial use of state-owned submerged and/or submersible land which occurs for less-than or equal-to thirty (30) calendar days during any contiguous two (2)-month time period, within a distance of two (2) miles.

Support the "2 month, 2 mile" rule for Oregon boaters. Sign our petition, and help us show State Governor Kate Brown that the citizens of Oregon want to preserve the lawful enjoyment of our beautiful waterways, with fair and equal access for everyone.

This petition was delivered to:
  • Oregon Governor
  • Nancy Pustis
  • Chris Castelli


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