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Boaters Encouraged To Give Feedback To Oregon Marine Board

Do you kayak, canoe or paddle? The Oregon State Marine Board is looking for input from non-motorized boaters. They’ve been on the road since early June and are in Eugene today (Tuesday) and in Bend Thursday.

Scott Brewen is a director with the Oregon State Marine Board. He says for the first time in the state’s history, non-motorized boating is more popular than motor-boating:

Brewwen: “In all different types of boating from flat water to white water, kayaking, canoes, stand up paddleboard, we’re seeing growth in all areas so it’s pretty exciting.”

The Marine Board started a long-term survey of its policies and services in 2012. It hopes to craft a non-motorized boater program using information from the public “listening sessions.” Brewen says meetings in Portland and Medford have been well attended. Most boaters are interested in more and better access to waterways. The results will be compiled and recommendations presented to the board of directors in July of 2015.

Tag: Tonight’s (Tuesday's) meeting is at the Willamalane Center in Springfield from 6 to 8:30. The meeting in Bend is June 19th at the Tumalo Creek Kayak and Canoe Shop also from 6 to 8:30.

Karen Richards joined KLCC as a volunteer reporter in 2012, and became a freelance reporter at the station in 2015. In addition to news reporting, she’s contributed to several feature series for the station, earning multiple awards for her reporting.
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