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Rules hearing set Sept. 19 for the newly designated Chetco River State Scenic Waterway

Sept. 13, 2016

The draft rules for a portion of the Chetco River recently designated by Governor Brown as a State Scenic Waterway are the topic of a Sept. 19 hearing hosted by Oregon Parks and Recreation Department (OPRD). The meeting will be at 6 p.m. at the Brookings Public Library, 405 Alder St. The proposed rules focus on classification of river sections and specific management practices to maintain the character of the river in those sections.

A rules advisory committee reviewed the draft management plan and draft rules developed in 2015 for the section of the Chetco between the Steel Bridge and Alfred A. Loeb State Park and provided comments on the effects of those rules on both land managers and the public earlier this summer. Members of the public are encouraged to attend the upcoming hearing to provide feedback on the draft rules. Comments will also be accepted in writing until 5 p.m. Sept. 30 and should be sent to: Oregon Parks and Recreation Department, Attn: Richard Walkoski, 725 Summer St NE, Suite C, Salem OR 97301; or e-mailed to OPRD.publiccomment@oregon.gov . Scenic waterways staff will incorporate comments into the draft rules for OPRD Commissioners to review later this year.

The State Scenic Waterways Program seeks to balance protection of natural resources, scenic value and recreation. Scenic waterway designations do not affect existing water rights. The draft plan, rules and other information are available at http://bit.ly/scenicwaterways. For more information on the rulemaking process, please contact Richard Walkoski at 503-986-0748 or richard.walkoski@oregon.gov.