The two bills, HB 2320 and HB 2321, put forth by the Oregon State Marine Board, seem to be progressing at very different rates. HB 2321, the bill to extend invasive species permits to all boats, has progressed with numerous hearings and work sessions over the past few months. In comparison, 2320 – intended to place fees on any boat used to navigate Oregon’s waters – shows no activity since the beginning of March. This may only be because it has been referred to a backlogged committee, Ways and Means. On the other hand, we might hope that some legislators have come to realize the folly 2320 is and the price the state will pay if it is passed. But that’s probably just wishful thinking.
Guided Willamette Tour June 17
Oregon Parks and Recreation in conjunction with the Willamette Riverkeeper will be hosting a free, guided tour of the Willamette from Salem to Wheatland. Even those without boats will be accommodated, as some canoes are available, without charge. The Statesman Journal elaborates: http://www.statesmanjournal.com/story/travel/outdoors/2017/05/30/free-guided-canoe-and-kayak-tour-willamette-june-17/102270492/
New Hazards Await on Area Waterways
As evinced by hazard advisories from the OSMB regarding the Willamette and McKenzie Rivers, the high water we experienced earlier in the season moved wood around, creating new hazards and challenges on familiar runs. Go forth informed and go forth wary, in this budding, summer paddling season. The water is still cold and strainers are still unforgiving. The marine board hosts a page listing reported hazards, here: http://www.oregon.gov/OSMB/Pages/Reported-Obstructions-Alerts.aspx