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Hearing to amend rules for Upper Deschutes State Scenic Waterway set for October 28 UPDATED

[Note: original release at bottom]

October 20, 2015

Media Contact:
Chris Havel, Director’s Office, Oregon Parks and Recreation Department
Desk: 503-986-0722  //  Cell: 503-931-2590

Meeting materials released for Oct. 28 hearing to amend Upper Deschutes State Scenic Waterway rules

Bend OR – Meeting materials are now available for a previously-announced October 28 public hearing in Bend on a request from Bend Park and Recreation to amend rules covering the Upper Deschutes State Scenic Waterway.

The materials are online at http://bit.ly/deschutes-scenic and include the agenda, background on state scenic waterways in general, and more information on this specific amendment. The change would allow applications for bicycle and pedestrian crossings over the Deschutes River between River Mile 171 and 174.6 [Note: an earlier release did not contain the correct mile markers]. Any future applications would be subject to a standard state review to assure compliance with general scenic waterway standards.

The public meeting will be held at the Bend Park and Recreation District, 799 SW Columbia Street, Bend, OR 97702 on October 28, 2015 from 6-8 p.m. The meeting will include separate information presentations by the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department and the district, followed by public testimony. Public comment will be accepted until October 30 in writing to OPRD, ATTN: Deschutes Rulemaking, 725 Summer St. NE Suite C, Salem OR 97301, or by email to oprd.publiccomment@oregon.gov. All comments must be received by 5 p.m., October 30, 2015.
 

Earlier release: Oct. 7, 2015

Updated to correct an error in the river mile description. The amended rule would allow applications for bike/ped crossings from river mile 171 to 174.6, not 172 to 174.4. Our apologies for the error.

Bend OR - The Oregon Parks and Recreation Department will hold a public hearing October 28 in Bend to present information and take public comment on a proposed amendment to rules covering the Upper Deschutes State Scenic Waterway.

The proposed amendment to Oregon Administrative Rule 736-040-0073 originated with the Bend Park and Recreation District, and would allow the district to eventually apply for permission to erect a bicycle/pedestrian bridge between river mile 171 and 174.6 as a public trail connection. All construction within a quarter mile of the scenic waterway, which covers 28 miles of the Deschutes River upstream of Bend, involves review and a permit from the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department to protect the scenic and recreational value of the river.

Unlike most of Oregon's other 19 state scenic waterways, a specific rule for the Upper Deschutes currently prevents any organization from applying to construct a crossing. Other state scenic waterways allow applications for crossings, which are then reviewed to ensure they meet scenic waterway protection standards. The proposed change is specific to the Upper Deschutes, and would allow applications for bicycle and pedestrian crossings only.

The public meeting will be held at the Bend Park and Recreation District, 799 SW Columbia Street, Bend, OR 97702 on October 28, 2015 from 6-8 p.m. The meeting will include separate information presentations by the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department and the district, followed by public testimony. Public comment will be accepted until October 30 in writing to OPRD, ATTN: Deschutes Rulemaking, 725 Summer St. NE Suite C, Salem OR 97301, or by email to oprd.publiccomment@oregon.gov. All comments must be received by 5 p.m., October 30, 2015.

A copy of the proposed rule text and a map of the affected area are online at http://bit.ly/deschutes-scenic .