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Multnomah County Sheriff's Office receives State Land Board Award
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More information:
Nate Reaver, Multnomah County Sheriff's Office: 503-988-4407; nate.reaver@mcso.us
Julie Curtis, State Lands: 503-986-5298; julie.curtis@state.or.us
River Patrol honored for assistance on state waterways in county
Salem – The State Land Board on April 12 recognized the Multnomah County Sheriff's Office-River Patrol in an awards ceremony honoring exemplary partnerships with the board and Department of State Lands (DSL).
In presenting the award, State Treasurer Ted Wheeler, a member of the Land Board and former Multnomah County chair, praised the River Patrol for their "years of outstanding assistance in a wide range of situations occurring on state-owned land."
Specifically, the unit has helped clean up illegal activities and derelict vessels on state-owned waterways; provided boat trips for staff to inspect land from the water; and conducted multi-agency sweeps of illegal camps on state- and federally owned land at the Sandy River Delta.
"Their work on the Sandy is exemplary for their inclusion of social service agencies to assist the homeless in finding permanent housing," Wheeler said.
The River Patrol was formed in 1960 to help decrease the number of thefts from boats and marinas, as well as to provide search and rescue operations. It is now the largest marine enforcement unit in Oregon.
"We're honored to receive this award from the State Land Board," said Sheriff Daniel Staton. "While we consider it a part of our job to help, the Land Board's recognition of our River Patrol is a nice endorsement of the good work this unit does in keeping Oregon rivers safe and clean."
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.