December 10, 2012
For immediate release 12-19
Public testimony invited on adoption of rules governing remediation and restoration on state-owned waterways
North Bend – The public is invited to a hearing to provide comments on proposed new rules governing remediation and restoration projects on submerged land owned by the state of Oregon (Oregon Department of State Lands):
Tuesday, Dec. 18
North Bend Library
1500 Sherman Ave.
The state is the owner of the submerged and submersible lands of navigable waterways, including meandered lakes, tidally influenced waterways and the Territorial Sea. The Oregon Department of State Lands (DSL) manages these navigable waterways by authorizing certain uses and structures on them.
A committee representing a wide variety of interests and geographic locations worked with the agency for more than a year on rules for remediation and restoration on contaminated waterway land. The draft rules propose how DSL should authorize access to and use of state-owned land for remedial activities or habitat restoration; types of authorizations; and appropriate levels of compensation.
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.