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OSMB Interested Parties

Would you like to be included in the agency's rulemaking process?

To receive Oregon State Marine Board Rule Notifications by postal mail, send us your name and mailing address in writing to:  
Oregon State Marine Board Attn: Rules Coordinator, June LeTarte 435 Commercial Street NE, Suite #400 P.O. Box 14145 Salem, OR 97309-5056  
To receive notification by email, send your name and email address to: june.letarte@state.or.us 
Thank you for your interest and involvement in the rulemaking process and helping keep boating safe, clean and fun for everyone.

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Petition Procedures

Any interested person can request that the Marine Board adopt, amend, or repeal a boating regulation through a petition. To be considered, petitions include the following:
(1) Name and address of petitioner(s)
(2) Names and addresses of other interested parties
(3) The proposed language in full (for new rules) or the existing rule language in full with proposed additions and deletions clearly indicated (for rule amendments).
(4) An explanation of the petition that includes facts or arguments in sufficient detail to show the reasons for and effects of adoption, amendment or repeal of the rule.
(5) If the petition requests the amendment or repeal of an existing rule, the petition must also contain comments on:
(a) Options for achieving the existing rule's substantive goals while reducing the negative economic impact on businesses;
(b) The continued need for the existing rule;
(c) The complexity of the existing rule;
(d) The extent to which the existing rule overlaps, duplicates, or conflicts with other state or federal rules and with local government regulations; and
(e) The degree to which technology, economic conditions, or other factors have changed in the subject area affected by the existing rule, since the agency adopted the rule
Petitions not complying with these requirements may be returned by the director.

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Notice of Rulemaking & Public Hearings

Use of PWCs on Salmon River in Lincoln County​​
​On August 5, 2014, the Marine Board received a petition requesting that the Marine Board open rulemaking in OAR 250-020-0040 to: Prohibit the use of personal watercraft within the estuary of the Salmon River in Lincoln County. Comments will be accepted until 5:00pm, Tuesday, September 30, 2014. The Board will decide whether to open rulemaking on this topic at its October 22, 2014 Board Meeting in Astoria.
​Public Meeting ​Tuesday, September 9, 2014
7:00 pm
​Lincoln City Community Center
Meeting Room
2150 NE Oar Place
Lincoln City, OR  97367
​Notice ​Petition Appendix A​ 
Appendix B​ 

Written comments can be submitted via email to osmb.rulemaking@state.or.us or by U.S. mail to June LeTarte, Rules Coordinator, 435 Commercial Street NE, Suite 400, P.O. Box 14145, Salem, OR 97309-5056.  Comments via telephone cannot be accepted.

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Temporary Rules

​Wake Enhancing Device Exclusion Zone on Willamette River​
​A petition was received in March 2013 amend OAR 250-020-0032 and 250-020-0385 - Boat Operations on the Willamette River in Clackamas County and Boat Operations in Yamhill and Marion Counties, to move the western end of the wake enhancing device (WED) exclusion zone to the east approximately 2.5 miles to Champoeg Park, River Mile (RM) 46. The Marine Board approved initiating rulemaking at the June 2013 meeting, and decided to shorten the wake enhancing device exclusion area by moving it from the 219 Bridge to RM 47. The Board will allow this temporary rule to sunset on October 31, 2014 and asked staff to report on the sign placement, boater behavior, law enforcement citations, and the number of structures in the area with any reports of damages.
​​​Public Comment​  ​ ​​Exclusion Location 
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