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Marine Board Opens Rulemaking, Other Items
For Immediate Release -1/17/12
The Oregon State Marine Board adopted rules for the Adopt-A-River Program and the Aquatic Invasive Species Prevention Program at their quarterly board meeting, held on
January 12 at the Portland Expo Center.  The Board also approved opening up the rulemaking process for boat operations in Multnomah County.
 The Board approved rules amending the Adopt-A-River program to improve clean-up activities and allow for removal of invasive species.  The Board also approved rules in the Aquatic Invasive Species Prevention program that clarify the requirement for a boater to produce the AIS permit on request, remove violation language, and adopt new rule language in response to legislation setting procedures for inspections of recreational and commercial watercraft.
The Board approved opening two proposed regulations in Multnomah County for public comment in the early spring:
·       Removal of an exemption for inspected commercial passenger vessels less than 100 gross tons from the Slow-no-wake zones within the Holgate Channel and Ross Island Lagoon on the Willamette River;
·       A temporary exclusion zone and 5 mph slow-no-wake zone at the Sellwood Bridge construction site during the work period of December 2011 through 2015.
To view the staff report and meeting agenda from the January 12 meeting, visit http://www.boatoregon.com/OSMB/admin/members.shtml