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Public invited to Devils Lake workshop on July 20
07/18/2011
 
For immediate release                                                                                            11-23
 
More information:  Nancy Pustis – 503-986-5308; nancy.pustis@state.or.us
                            Julie Curtis – 503-986-5298; julie.curtis@state.or.us
        
Structures on state-owned property is main topic
 
Lincoln City - Lakefront property owners with structures such as docks, boathouses and jet-ski ramps, are invited to attend an informational workshop on state ownership of the beds and banks of Devils Lake:
July 20
3:00 – 6:00 p.m.
Lincoln City Community Center
2150 NE Oar Place
In 1921, the Oregon Legislature declared that all meandered (surveyed) lakes in Oregon are "navigable and public waters" which gives the state title to the submerged and submersible lands of such lakes. The Oregon Department of State Lands (DSL), as the administrative arm of the State Land Board, oversees these lands.
 
During the summer of 2010, DSL completed an inventory of all structures and uses on Devils Lake to update the department’s files. Many lakefront property owners have structures authorized by DSL; however, some are unaware of the need for an authorization from the department (typically a registration or lease).
 
All revenue from waterway leasing is deposited into the Common School Fund, a trust fund established at statehood for public education, overseen by DSL and the Land Board.
 
At the workshop, DSL staff will answer questions, and help property owners fill out application forms. More than 450 letters were sent to property owners in early July informing them of the meeting.
 
More information about state waterway authorizations is available on the DSL website.
 
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.
 
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