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Committee to advise Department of State Lands on new administrative rules
11/29/2011
 
PUBLIC MEETING NOTICE
                                           
More information:   Julie Curtis – 503-986-5298; julie.curtis@state.or.us 
 
Portland - A statewide advisory committee will assist in developing rules governing access for environmental remediation and restoration on the beds and banks of state-owned waterways. The first meeting is Friday, Dec. 2, 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., at Gunderson's Training Center, 4350 NW Front Ave.
 
Committee members represent industry, conservation groups, local governments, tribes, interested citizens and recreationists. The 17-member group will provide input to the Department of State Lands and its governing body, the State Land Board, on compensation rates and other details of authorizing access to state-owned lands to conduct remedial clean-ups within state waters.
 
The committee's initial meeting will include an overview of state ownership of the beds and banks of waterways in Oregon, as well as a discussion of the rulemaking process and the scope of the committee's work.
 
The purpose of the advisory committee is to provide a wide perspective on how the Department should authorize access for activities relating to the remediation or restoration of contaminated sites, including:
  • What types of authorizations it should offer to allow remedial activities to occur on these sites.
  • How to establish appropriate levels of compensation to the state for the loss of future revenue that could have been derived from the use of these sites if they were not contaminated.
Developing the new rules will take an estimated six to eight months, with the department seeking Land Board approval in the fall of 2012 at the earliest, said Jim Paul, assistant director of the Land Management Division.
 
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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