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Meeting Notice: Rogue River Draft Navigability Study
02/25/2008
 
For immediate release                                                                 08-07
 
More information:   Jeff Kroft,503-986-5280
                                Julie Curtis, 503-986-5298
 
Public invited to informal discussion on second draft study
of the river from Grave Creek to Lost Creek Dam
 
Staff from the Department of State Lands (DSL) will hold an informal question and answer session in Medford:
Wednesday, March 5, 2008
7:00 – 9:00 p.m.
McKenzie Room, Ramada-Medford and Convention Center
2250 Biddle Road
“This is an opportunity for the public to meet with us in an informal setting to ask questions and receive more information about the study and the process to determine waterway navigability in Oregon,” said Steve Purchase, assistant director of DSL’s Land Management Division. There will not be a formal presentation.
 
DSL has made an initial determination that the 89-mile segment of the Rogue is navigable, meaning the public has the right to use its beds and banks for fishing, navigation, recreation and commerce.
 
Between September and November 2007, DSL released the first draft study, and solicited comments at a public hearing in Grants Pass and through email and U.S. mail. Using the 191 comments received, DSL produced the second draft of the study, which is now available.
 
Approximately 3,000 notices were sent on Feb. 13 to adjacent property owners, elected officials and others in the region to inform them about the second draft of the study and the next steps in the process for determining the river’s navigability.
 
On March 19, the State Land Board will receive additional public input at a special meeting in Medford at the Ramada-Medford and Convention Center, from 10:00 a.m. to noon. Comments at this meeting should relate to:
  1. The accuracy of the data presented in the report.
  2. Any additional information concerning the historical uses and condition of the river that could be used to support or refute the information presented in the report.
The public may submit additional comments until 5:00 p.m. on March 26, after which time a third draft of the report will be prepared. The Land Board is tentatively scheduled to make a final decision at their June 10 public meeting in Salem.
 
Copies of the study, a summary of the public comments to date, and a Q and A fact sheet are available on the DSL Web site: www.oregonstatelands.us or by contacting Jeff Kroft at DSL (503-986-5280).
 
The State Land Board consists of Governor Theodore Kulongoski, Secretary of State Bill Bradbury and State Treasurer Randall Edwards. The Department of State Lands administers diverse natural and fiscal resources. Many of the resources generate revenue for the Common School Fund, such as state-owned rangelands and timberlands, waterway leases, estates for which no will or heirs exist, and unclaimed property. Twice a year, the agency distributes fund investment earnings to support K-12 public schools. The agency also administers Oregon’s Removal-Fill Law, which requires people removing or filling certain amounts of material in waters of the state to obtain a permit.
 
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