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How to Do Business with the Marine Board
About Us
Chinook Park Boat Ramp in Josephine County
The Oregon State Marine Board (OSMB) is unique from other state agencies (and many other states) because we were founded to serve recreational boating needs and operate with dedicated funding based on user fees. Our agency does not operate on any general fund dollars. 
The OSMB represents all boaters and their unique boating interests. By statute, the agency is responsible for creating rules and regulations to:
  • Promote safety;
  • Protect water quality;
  • Protect traditional boating uses, and;
  • Prevent user conflict.
We want everyone to enjoy boating safely, with the help of on-the-water law enforcement, boating safety education, and access sites.  The Marine Board encourages boaters to learn proper waste disposal, how to prevent the spread of aquatic invasive species and how to become a steward of the environment.  The Marine Board also provides grants to boating access providers for boat launches, boarding floats, transient tie-ups, floating restrooms and pumpout/dump stations.  The Marine Board also offers maintenance assistance dollars to grant recipients who are eligible.
Oregon has plentiful and diverse waterways for every type of boating activity. Did you know that in Oregon there are:
  • 6,634 lakes and reservoirs
  • 687,870 surface acres of water
  • 75 major rivers
  • 10,000 streams
  • 363 miles of coastline
  • 21 major estuaries
  • 14 coastal bays
Source: Atlas of Oregon Lakes and the Department of Land Conservation and Development.

What the Marine Board Does
  • Enter into Inter-governmental Agreements for Marine Patrol Services with 31 counties and Oregon State Police;
  • Administer the Mandatory Boater Education Program and provide NASBLA -approved boating safety education courses via the Internet, classroom, and equivalency exam options and certify volunteer boating safety instructors;
  • Conduct public outreach campaigns to encourage life jacket wear, discourage drinking and boating, and the importance of boating safety education to reduce accidents and property damage.
  • Award grants to Cities, Counties, Ports, Park Districts, state and federal agencies for boating facility improvements;
  • Award grants to privately operated marinas for marine sewage disposal pumpouts and dump stations;
  • Title and register approximately 170,000 boats, title 2,500 floating properties, register 1,200 outfitters / guides and license 250 charter vessels;
  • Administer the Aquatic Invasive Species Prevention Permits Program;
  • Other revenue sources include federal Clean Vessel Act funds, Boating Infrastructure funds and Boating Safety funds from U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and U.S. Coast Guard.
  • Administer the Adopt-A-River Program; 
  • Administer a voluntary Clean Marina Certification Program that offers boat houses, and floating home moorages best management practices that help protect facilities, boats and waterways. Certified facilities are given an oil spill kit, signage, and a Clean Marina flag;
  • Administer a voluntary Clean Boater Stewardship Pledge. Boaters who participate in this program are given education materials and a "Clean Boater Kit" with supplies to help them get started.

How OSMB Contracts
Foothills Park Boat Dock on the Willamette River
Contracts are established through various solicitation methods including Invitation to Bid (ITB), Request for Proposal (RFP), Request for Quotes (RFQ) and alternate contracting processes such as design/build.

Price Agreements
The Department of Administrative Services State Procurement Office (DAS/SPO) establishes price agreements for use by state agencies and many local governments for goods and services commonly used. Any purchase of these items must be purchased from the price agreement holder. To view current price agreements go to the Oregon Procurement Information Network (ORPIN).
The ORPIN program is Oregon's resource for viewing public agency opportunities.  Most state agencies and many local governments use ORPIN to reach suppliers in order to procure goods and services.  To participate, simply register (or log in if you are already registered) and you will be able to search for opportunities that match your business from: http://www.oregon.gov/DAS/SSD/SPO/eprocurement.shtml.

Goods and Services
Small Procurements $4999 or Less:  OSMB has discretion to purchase/contract without obtaining competitive quotes; however, competition is strongly encouraged.
Intermediate Procurements $5000 to $150,000: OSMB may purchase/contract within these amounts. At least three competitive quotes, and notification to the Oregon Minority, Women and Emerging Small Business (OMWESB), are required. Competition is strongly encouraged.
The Marine Board also maintains a list of contractors that is shared with boating facilty grantees.

How OSMB Contracts for Public Works and Construction
OSMB does not own or operate any boating facilities or property within the State of Oregon.  We do however; provide grant funds for the construction, renovation and repair of publicly owned boating facilities.  In many cases we are the Engineer-of-Record but the procurement process is conducted by the boating facility owner in accordance with their procurement rules and policies for public works and construction.  You may contact them regarding anticipated solicitation timelines.

How Marine Board Contracts for Personal Services
Contracts for Personal Services, Architectural & Engineering and non-Architectural & Engineering, follow both the formal and informal competitive Request for Proposal (RFP) solicitation process. Solicitations are advertised on DAS/SPO´s ORPIN system.

How Marine Board Establishes Intergovernmental Agreements:
Intergovernmental Agreements are legal and binding documents that define the obligations of all parties involved in a project or service.  An OSMB Intergovernmental Agreement is an agreement between OSMB and another party (i.e., County, City, Port, Park District, State or Federal agency).  They affect the public, are binding upon OSMB and the other party, and often involve money and services.

The purpose of an Intergovernmental Agreement is to provide a detailed outline of the responsibilities of the parties involved.  These responsibilities are referred to as “obligations;" Intergovernmental Agreements are used to address funding and cost responsibilities for planning; project development; construction; maintenance and services such as Marine Patrol. Intergovernmental Agreements are also used to establish cooperative partnerships between OSMB and other parties.

General Contracts with OSMB
OSMB contracts for a variety of items.  Depending upon the good, service or trade that is needed will depend upon the frequency of the procurement and duration of the contract. Typical items include:
 Marine Patrol Jet Boat on the Rogue River
·         Graphic Design Services
·         Photography
·         Hotels and Meeting Rooms
·         Structural Engineering
·         Hydrographic Analysis
·         Boats
·         Promotional Items
·         Navigational aids, markers, buoys

"Let's Go Boating"
Education Assistance Program
 Wallace Marine Park Life Jacket Loaner Kiosk
The Marine Board's "Let's Go Boating" Assistance Program provides funds for new, unique or innovative ideas or programs that promote safe boating and increase youth involvement in recreational boating.  Non-profit organizations or corportations with proof of 501(c)(3) and 501(c)(4) IRS tax filing status.

Assistance ranges from $500 - $2500.  The application deadline is April 4, 2011.
For questions, please contact MariAnn Koloszar (503) 378-5158.