It is total bull shit. They want to charge us $17 per non-motorized craft to fund a program to increase waterway access. For example, we float the Wallowa-Grande Ronde about every year. The put in is a gravel lot with unimproved gravel ramp. The takeout we use is the same. We actually launch on private land. Typically we have 4 IKs and 2 oar rigs on our family trip. The Iks are generally slightly over 10' so would have to pay the fee. that is a total of $102 bucks, an increase of a total of $60 (over the current invasive species $7 permit) just to float the same river.
Another example of a river we boat, the lower Owyhee from Rome to Birch Creek. Put in and takeout is on land owned and managed by BLM (federal). The ramps are unimproved dirt and work just fine. No facility upgrades are needed to improve access at the ramp sites. But under the new law we need a $17 permit to run this section with IKs. Is the state of Oregon going to give this money to the federal government to improve access on their lands?
How about a river that already has user fees to cover access and management, like the Deschutes River. So someone has to pay a fee to buy the daily permits to float the Deschutes, the fees also fund maintenance of the access facilities, and they need an additinoal $17/year per each boat? Last year I gave the state of Oregon about $16K in income and property tax. Now they want to charge me an additional $100/year just to be able to use all of my boats on any water way to use some unknown unplanned facilities that may never materialize and I would imagine if they are built, will be in areas I don't use near urban centers.
Who are these ass holes that we pay to work for us, then turn around and take more. This whole oregon state bull shit is caused by the Public Employees Retirement System out of control shit storm mandatory budget obligation.
The agency asked for the following concepts to be considered by the Board and the Governor, which were approved in December 2018:
Waterway Access Account (SB 47): Creates a dedicated account to increase waterway access to all of Oregon’s waterways. The permit that funds this account would be required on all boats 10’ and over except motorboats and sailboats with valid registration decals. This is identical to the current requirement for non-motorized boats to carry the Aquatic Invasive Species Permit (AIS permit), and in this concept, the Waterway Access Permit would replace the AIS permit for non-motorized boats. Permits would be transferable to other non-motorized boats and children under 14 would not need a permit. Revenue will be used to support boating facility grants for state, local governments, park organizations and tribal governments for the acquisition of property, leases, or easements in order for the public to access waterways and construction and maintenance of boating access facilities. Funds would also be available for public bodies and non-profit entities to develop safety education courses and to purchase boating equipment to reduce barriers for underserved communities who wish to recreate on Oregon’s waterways.