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Ballast Water Program
Shipping Transport of Aquatic Invasive Species Task Force

Senate Bill 116 (2013) re-established Oregon’s Task Force on shipping-related transport of aquatic invasive species, which was originally created in 2007 (SB 643). The charge of the task force is to study and report on ways to further combat the introduction of non-indigenous aquatic species from commercial shipping related pathways into the state.

The 2009-10 Task Force developed recommendations to enhance ballast water management program activities by adding an additional half-time position at DEQ dedicated to vessel inspections and compliance verification monitoring. In conjunction with that effort, the group recommended establishing a vessel arrival fee that would generate roughly 50 percent of funds needed to support ballast water management activities at DEQ (Senate Bill 81). These recommendations went into effect Jan. 1, 2012, after endorsement by the Governor and the 2011 Legislature.

Task force members are appointed by the Director of DEQ, and two legislators are designated as non-voting advisors (see Fact Sheet below). The 2013/14 Task Force met four times in order to prepare a report with recommendations for the 2015 Legislature.

Final Report to the 2015 Legislature
    2013-2014 Task Force Schedule

      August 28th "Kick-Off" Meeting - Portland Oregon

      March 14, 2014

    April 23, 2014

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Oregon Department of Environmental Quality
Headquarters: 811 SW Sixth Ave., Portland, OR 97204-1390
Phone: 503-229-5696 or toll free in Oregon 1-800-452-4011
Oregon Telecommunications Relay Service: 1-800-735-2900  FAX: 503-229-6124

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