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Public Meeting Notice: Rogue River Draft Navigability Study
For immediate release                                                                   08-08
More information:            Julie Curtis, 503-986-5298
The State Land Board will take public testimony on the second draft navigability study of the Rogue River from Grave Creek to Lost Creek Dam:
Wednesday, March 19, 2008
10:00 a.m. – Noon
Ramada-Medford and Convention Center
2250 Biddle Road, Medford
The meeting will be held in a facility that is accessible for persons with disabilities. If you need assistance to participate in this meeting due to a disability, please notify Lorna Stafford at (503) 986-5224 (lorna.stafford@state.or.us) at least two working days prior to the meeting.
The Department of State Lands 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.
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); jeff.kroft@state.or.us.
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.