Please do your part and protect our waters from invasive species. Wash your boat and gear everytime you pull out to change waterways.
What is it about the water in this state?
“You and I shouldn’t claim we love Oregon more than anyone else, but that we love Oregon as much as anyone else.” – Oregon Governor Tom McCall
“(Oregon) is the greatest recreational and inspirational playground in America.”- Governor Earl Snell
Since we started Common Waters of Oregon in 2005, one of the political moves that is made every time privatizing or limiting public rivers comes before the state legislature, or the land board, or other committees is calling people who care about public waterways “recreationist”.
Those who would wish to take away or limit your ability travel Oregon rivers often minimize your rights by implying that your need is only recreational, not economic, not fundamental and that somehow their right and need is more legitimate.
Whenever you’re at a public meeting and start hearing “recreationist” (or any form of you only being a fisherman, paddler, a rafter, etc.) being tossed around, understand, someone is trying to paint river travel as unnecessary and frivolous. Don’t let them use that word. Insist you’re just an Oregonian, representing the rights and concerns for all Oregonians.
Well, we’ve finally joined the twenty first century and have a page on Facebook. It certainly is interactive and we hope that you’ll find a minute to stop by and “like” our page there.
Oregon river rights are again being discussed in the legislature. I deeply appreciate the Oregon AG’s opinion on the matter (nav_brochure), but there are landowners who object to it (clinging to illegal deeds), and some resource users who don’t respect private land above the high water mark in the mark. Makes for a volatile mix.
Scott Richmond takes a trip to the John Day river in eastern Oregon and fishes on the Murtha Ranch. This property has been purchased by the Western Rivers Conservancy. Listen to the audio feature and learn why this is good news for fly anglers. (by Scott Richmond)
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Permission by Scott Richmond 14NOV2010.