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Marine Board Analyst Receives Waterways Management Award
For Immediate Release -9/15/11
OSMB Operations Policy Analyst, Randy Henry
MILWAUKIE, WI (SEPT. 14) -During its 52nd annual meeting, being held in Milwaukiee this week, the National Association of State Boating Law Administrators (NASBLA) presented Randy Henry, Operations Policy Analyst with the Oregon State Marine Board, with its esteemed Waterways Management Award for his prolific work in improving waterways for varied users.
The Waterways Management Award arose as a way to recognize and honor exemplary commitment and best practices by an individual or team effort by a federal, state or local government or an organization that facilitated navigation, public safety or access in ways that reduced conflicts, enhanced the recreational boating experience for waterway and shoreline users or minimized the risks to natural resources through education, technical assistance, regulation, enforcement or other policies or programs.
As the operations policy analyst for the Oregon State Marine Board, Henry is involved in numerous high-profile and controversial issues, of which his experience, level head, strong work ethic, and genuine concern have been instrumental in moving the agency forward. 
Henry played a major role early on in the planning and implementation of the Aquatic Invasive Species Prevention (AIS) Program. He also served as the agency liaison with the Oregon Invasive Species Council and chaired the Diamond Lake AIS Prevention Committee, a committee dedicated to educating boaters and anglers to not reintroduce invasive species back into the lake. Henry’s foreknowledge helped the agency to successfully respond to House Bill 2220, which applied a boater fee and mandated an education and enforcement program for invasive species prevention. He spearheaded the implementation of the program in 2010 and the transfer of duties to a full-time coordinator. He continues to serve as a resource and advisor to this program.
Henry is the principal advocate for dealing with waterway user conflict in Oregon. He is involved in landowner versus boater issues, and motorized versus non-motorized issues. One of the most controversial issues for the Marine Board in the past decade revolved around motorized and non-motorized conflict around Ross Island in the Willamette River in Portland. The conflict resulted in a request from paddlers to establish a slow-no-wake zone for the lagoon within the island, and the secondary channel of the Willamette River to the East of Ross Island. Henry held highly publicized, well attended public meetings, facilitated numerous working group sessions, and made recommendations to the Board for Oregon Administrative Rules in that area.
This issue rose to such a level that it received attention in the Oregon Legislature and is still being monitored by specific legislative committees. Henry worked closely with both user groups throughout the process, obtained consensus on a number of important areas, and eventually made a recommendation to the Board that was adopted. His recommendation provided the best possible alternative for this issue. In addition to working on a handful of other user conflict issues around the state, Henry continues to monitor and advise users on the Ross Island issue.
Leading the way, once again, Henry is at the forefront of the agency’s efforts to better serve the needs of the non-motorized boaters and establish them as an important customer. He has attended numerous meetings of canoe, kayak and rafting associations and is continually looking for opportunities for the Marine Board to better serve this user segment. 
The National Association of State Boating Law Administrators is a national nonprofit organization that works to develop public policy for recreational boating safety. NASBLA represents the recreational boating authorities of all 50 states and the U.S. territories. NASBLA offers a variety of resources, including training, model acts, education standards and publications. Through a national network of thousands of professional educators, law enforcement officers and volunteers, the organization affects the lives of over 83 million American boaters. To learn more about how NASBLA continues to make the waterways safe, secure and enjoyable, visit http://www.nasbla.org.