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Workshops offer information on rule changes for permits
PUBLIC MEETING NOTICE                                                                     11-02
More information:  Julie Curtis – 503-986-5298; julie.curtis@state.or.us 
                                 Eric Metz – 503-986-5266; eric.metz@state.or.us 
Goal is to simplify process for low-impact projects in wetlands and waterways
Medford – The Oregon Department of State Lands (DSL) will hold an informal workshop to explain and get public input on new administrative rules regarding removal-fill permits. The meeting will be held:
Jan. 26, 2011
3:30-5:30 p.m.
Medford Central Library
205 South Central Avenue
The primary purpose of the rulemaking is to make it simpler to get removal-fill permits for low-impact projects. Restoring wetlands, stabilizing stream banks, placing pilings, and transportation maintenance all would qualify for a new series of "notice-based" general authorizations and permits. "We want to facilitate these types of activities, not require a complicated permit application process," said Eric Metz, DSL's southern region manager.
Other minor changes are being proposed to the rules governing DSL's wetlands and waterways permit program.
More information is available on the DSL Web site: www.oregonstatelands.us.
The department held meetings in various regions of the state, and recently added additional meetings in Medford and Bend. The public may send written comments to:
Elizabeth Bolden
Oregon Department of State Lands
775 Summer St. NE, Suite 100
Salem, OR 97301-1279
Attn: Removal-Fill Rules
The deadline to submit comments on the rulemaking is Jan. 31, 2011. The new rules are expected to be adopted by March 1.
The State Land Board consists of Governor John Kitzhaber, Secretary of State Kate Brown and State Treasurer Ted Wheeler. 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.