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Public invited to Snake River open house on Dec. 17
12/02/2008
 
For immediate release                                                                                      08-29
 
More information:  Nancy Pustis, 541-388-6355
                                Julie Curtis, 503-986-5298
 
Discussion will involve state ownership of river’s bed and banks in Baker and Wallowa counties
 
Property owners are invited to learn more about state authorizations needed for structures – such as private docks, floats, marinas, riprap and cabins – they currently have or plan to have on the Snake River in Oregon.
 
A public open house will be held on Wednesday, Dec. 17:
5:00 – 7:00 p.m.
Idaho Power Recreation Hall                 
55203 Oregon Hwy. 86                                             
Oxbow, OR 97840                                                               
“At statehood, Oregon was given title to the beds and banks of all navigable rivers below the line of ordinary high water,” said Nancy Pustis, eastern region manager for the Department of State Lands (DSL). “As directed by the State Land Board, we’ve been systematically inventorying structures on and uses of state-owned land along waterways.” 
 
The department recently completed an inventory on the Snake River in the Malheur County area; other recent inventories have been completed on the Siuslaw, Coquille and Alsea rivers, and on Klamath and Agency lakes.
 
Approximately 90 notices were sent out Nov. 24 to local officials and to property owners identified on Baker and Wallowa county tax maps and assessor records as having land adjacent to the shoreline of the Snake, said Pustis. The mailed packets provide information about state-owned “submerged and submersible” land, as well as definitions and state law related to waterway ownership.
 
All revenues generated from DSL’s land management activities are deposited into the Common School Fund (CSF), a trust fund established at statehood. CSF earnings are distributed twice yearly to Oregon’s 198 K-12 public school districts. In 2008, distributions in Baker and Wallowa counties totaled $311,456. Statewide distributions will amount to nearly $100 million in the 2007-09 biennium.
 
More information is available from DSL’s eastern region office, 541-388-6112, and on the DSL Web site: www.oregonstatelands.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.
 
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