SB 47 – Navigation Fees Become Law
Senate Bill 47 was been signed into law on June 25th by the governor, and will come into effect this fall, with consequences to follow. Despite its being guaranteed by the terms of Oregon’s statehood, the right to freely navigate Oregon’s waters has come to an end.
It remains to be seen if the federal government will choose to defend the terms of the Admission Acts. At this point it looks unlikely that anyone will be held to account for the agency’s willful disregard for the law, and the deliberate circumventing of its intent.
North Santiam River Floats
Zach Urness at the Statesman put together some articles on floating various stretches of the North Santiam. Here are the links:
Finally, while the article misidentified the trip as the North Santiam, when in fact it is on the main stem Santiam, here’s a trip from Jefferson to I-5: https://www.statesmanjournal.com/picture-gallery/travel/outdoors/2019/06/10/north-santiam-river-float-jefferson-5/1413299001/
Top Flat-Water Paddleboarding Destinations
Zach also put together a list of the top 5 flat water venues, in Oregon, suitable for paddleboarding, here: https://www.statesmanjournal.com/story/travel/outdoors/2019/06/20/top-5-places-flat-water-paddleboarding-oregon/1371235001/
The Wooden Canoe Heritage Association
The WCHA, an organization dedicated to the preservation of the wood canvas canoe, held its annual confab in Ontario, last July, and Paddling Magazine was there to cover it. Their account of the event, along with rich photographs of beautiful canoes, can be found here: https://paddlingmag.com/stories/behind-40-years-of-the-wooden-canoe-heritage-association/