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State Lands Informational Meeting Scheduled

For immediate release                                                                                       
More information:     Eric Metz; 503-986-5266; eric.metz@state.or.us 
                                   Nancy Pustis; 503-986-5308; nancy.pustis@state.or.us 
Agenda includes program overviews and 2011 legislation
Astoria – The Oregon Department of State Lands (DSL) will hold a meeting to inform the public of two programs at DSL concerning wetlands and waterways:
Tuesday, April 3
5:00 – 7:00 p.m.
Judge Guy Boyington Building
857 Commercial Street
Representatives from the department’s land management and removal-fill programs will discuss the basics of both programs, as well as bills passed in the 2011 legislature and how they will affect each program. An hour is set aside for discussion after the presentations.
Senate Bill 600 added additional waterway leasing exemptions and enabled the department to issue a general permit facilitating drainage in agricultural land. Other legislation made changes to statutes governing general permits (SB 518); surface water withdrawal (House Bill 2189); linear removal-fill projects (HB 2700); and the Economic Recovery Review Council (HB 766).
Draft administrative rules will be available May 1, 2012. A public rule hearing is scheduled for Astoria on June 5, 2012 from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. at the Judge Guy Boyington Building, 857 Commercial Street, Astoria.
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.