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State Lands to Hold Hearings on Dredging, Leasing on Water

Posted on May 16, 2016

The Department of State lands will hold two hearings on maintenance dredging and waterway rules Wednesday in Astoria and Tillamook.

From 5 to 6 p.m. Wednesday in Suite 209 of the Port of Astoria’s newer offices, 10 Pier 1, the state will discuss and take public comment on the issue of maintenance dredging, specifically about creating a removal-fill permit for routine dredging of existing marinas, boat basins, terminals and access channels for navigational access.

From 4 to 6 p.m. Wednesday in the Tillamook County Commissioners Conference Rooms A and B, the state will cover waterway programs, specifically about leases, licenses and registrations for structures and uses of state-owned submerged and submersible land. The meeting will also cover the submerged lands enhancement fund enacted by the state Legislature last year. The fund allows the state to seize buildings or other structures over state-owned lands, if the Department of State Lands determines they are abandoned or derelict. The fund can also be used to clean up marine debris.

People who cannot attend the meetings can email comments to, or mail them to: Sabrina Foward, Rules Coordinator, Department of State Lands, 775 Summer Street NE, Suite 100, Salem, Oregon 97301-1279. Comments are accepted until May 31 on maintenance dredging, and until June 7 on waterway rules.

For more information on the rule-making, visit

Source: The Daily Astorian

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