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Marine Board to consider banning jet skis off the lower reaches of the Salmon River Estuary.

Salmon River Estuary ODFW photo

Salmon River Estuary
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The growing popularity of jet skis around Oregon has prompted a request to ban them from the lower reaches of the Salmon River north of Lincoln City.

A number of environmental protection agencies and their supporters see the Salmon River Estuary as in imminent danger of being environmentally de-stabilized after millions of dollars have been spent to bring it back from the 1950’s and 60’s era of damaging human development – including an r/v resort with an amusement park.

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A collection of high powered environmental advocacy groups have filed a petition with the Oregon State Marine Board seeking to declare the lower reaches of the Salmon River off-limits to jet skis. The Marine Board has set a public hearing date of Tuesday, September 9th at 7pm to hear arguments for and against such an action. The meeting will be held at the Lincoln City Community Center Meeting Room at 2150 NE Oar Place.

Advocates for the ban claim that jet ski competitions in nearby Tillamook County and growing enthusiasm for a similar event held annually on Devils Lake in Lincoln City, both are providing a magnet for jet ski use generally in the region, which they contend is, in fact, happening. They also point out that although we could wait until jet skis become a problem in the fragile Salmon River Estuary, the Marine Board well knows that damage aleady done can take decades, in some instances, to repair and/or naturally heal over time. Such bans are common throughout Oregon waterways for that very reason.

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Again, to have your say, give your two cents, or make you feelings known about banning personal watercraft in the lower reaches of the Salmon River, plan to attend the State Marine Board meeting, Tuesday, September 9th, 7pm at the Lincoln City Community Center Meeting Room, 2150 NE Oar Place, Lincoln City.

After the meeting the public hearing will be continued via written comments only to the Marine Board, the closing of which will be at 5pm, Tuesday, September 30th. The board will then review all the information provided and make a decision at its October 22nd meeting in Astoria.

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