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Marine Board Seeks Public Comment on Waldo Lake Rules
For Immediate Release -2/28/12
The Oregon State Marine Board seeks comment on OAR 250-020-0221 and OAR 250-030-0030, prohibiting internal combustion motorboats and floatplanes on Waldo Lake in Lane County.  These rules are open to correct alleged procedural irregularities related to their previous adoption.
The public is invited to provide written comment beginning March 1 through the end of a public hearing scheduled for April 10, where the Board will have the opportunity to listen to public comment.  At the meeting’s conclusion, the Board may make a motion regarding the rules. The Board may re-adopt the rules, repeal the rules, or amend the rules with new language.  The existing rules implement the Oregon Scenic Waterway Act by prohibiting internal combustion motorboats and floatplanes on Waldo Lake, a statutorily designated state scenic waterway, in order to preserve the natural setting of Waldo Lake, minimize disturbance of its natural beauty, protect its aesthetic values, and provide an unimpaired quality of recreational experience. An exception is provided in the rules for official governmental use and emergency landings of floatplanes.
The public meeting will be held at the Willamalane Center (Ken Long Room), 250 South 32nd Street, in Springfield.  The meeting will begin promptly at 6 p.m.
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.
To review the existing rules, visit http://arcweb.sos.state.or.us/pages/rules/oars_200/oar_250/250_020.html and http://arcweb.sos.state.or.us/pages/rules/oars_200/oar_250/250_030.html.