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Saving Oregon's Salmon
Saving Oregon's Salmon
Restoring Oregon's Salmon and Watersheds
No single agency can make Oregon's watersheds healthier for salmon and steelhead - it takes a broad, cooperative effort of citizens, volunteers, private organizations, the business community, and state, tribal and federal governments. The Oregon State Marine Board is one of many dedicated to restoring the health of our rivers and streams. We invite you to become involved and help keep fish habitat healthy and robust. By keeping rivers clean, we are protecting juvenile salmon and steelhead smolts, which must migrate a gauntlet of obstacles - natural and man-made - on their way to the ocean.
Here are some simple ways to get involved:

Oregon Adopt-A-River
This program helps families, groups, individuals and businesses adopt their favorite section of Oregon waterway. Volunteers receive support and free materials (handbook, garbage bags, t-shirt, etc.) for use in planning and carrying out their cleanup projects. For more information about Oregon Adopt-A-River and other waterway activities, call (800) 322-3326.

Clean Boating
Practice "nothing overboard" when boating. Use proper waste disposal facilities for sewage, litter, and plastics. Check the Marine Board web site at www.boatoregon.com, or call (503) 378-8587, for locations of pump-outs and dump stations. Call (888) 854-8377 and ask for the boater's packet for more good ideas.
Also see:
Clean Boating Program

Pumping Gas? Changing Oil?
Gas and oil are highly toxic to fish and all aquatic life! Use care in fueling your boat; fill trailer boats on land whenever possible. When on water, keep an oil absorbent pad close to the nozzle to catch drips, and fuel extremely carefully. Remember: fuel expands as it warms, so a full tank can overflow on a warm day. Changing your oil? Use a drip pan and oil-absorbent pads to prevent oil from getting into the bilge. Clean your bilge on land away from waterways and keep your engine well tuned and oil-free.

Upgrade Your Outboard
In order the meet new federal pollution guidelines, outboard motor manufacturers are producing a new generation of clean-burning, fuel-efficient marine engines. Traditional carbureted two-stroke outboards expel relatively large amounts of hydrocarbons into the air and water, producing roughly 14 times more ozone-forming pollution than 4-stroke engines. With a new four-stroke, direct-inject or other EPA 2006 compliant engine, you'll enjoy fewer fumes, better fuel economy and a cleaner environment, too.

For Future Generations
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The Oregon Plan
The Oregon Plan for Salmon and Watersheds  seeks to restore Oregon's waterways to healthy conditions for wild salmon and trout. A cooperative effort of citizens, businesses private organizations and government, the Oregon Plan has a strong foundation of protective regulations, yet is nonregulatory. The Oregon Plan depends on cooperative and voluntary activities to succeed. Getting involved in your local watershed council is an effective way to support recovery efforts.
Many are contributing in the effort to bring back salmon and trout, and restore watersheds. Commercial and sport fishing industries have been heavily affected by complete or partial fishery closures. Forest, agriculture and mining industries contribute to salmon recovery by funding restoration projects. Urban areas are developing water conservation programs, improving wastewater treatment facilities to reduce pollution and reducing activities that degrade riparian areas. Citizens are being asked make changes in how they work, play and live. We are making progress, but we have much to do.
Information on how to get involved in the Oregon Plan is available free of charge by calling the Oregon Watershed InfoLine, (888) 854-8377.

The Oregon State Marine Board's Role
As the state's recreational boating agency, the Marine Board invites boaters to join our efforts in preserving Oregon's waterways.
  • Support Oregon Adopt-A-River. The Marine Board is one of the original sponsors and partners of this program.
  • Follow polystyrene foam regulations. The most heavily used foam in marine construction, polystyrene foam eventually breaks off, clogging waterways and injuring fish and waterfowl. The white-bead foam used for dock and building flotation must be encapsulated (covered) to prevent polluting leakage. Call the Marine Board for the required permit to use this material.
  • Use clean boating practices. The Marine Board contributes to vessel waste disposal facilities and encourages boaters to use other water-friendly practices.
As a boater, you can make a significant contribution to clean water. Contact us for more information: (503) 378-8587, or via e-mail at marine.board@state.or.us.