Oregon Marine Debris Prevention

Victory | July 20 2015

Clean Water

Surfrider chapters in Oregon have been working with state agencies since last year's Lighthouse Beach disaster on a legislative concept, HB 2463 also known as the Submerged Land Enhancement Fund, to help prevent inland marine debris from reaching our ocean waters and soiling our beaches. The bill would establish a fund to help clean up inland waterways from derelict boats, docks and other marine-bound debris that we are constantly removing from our beaches. Surfrider volunteers and chapters will be working throughout the 2015 legislative session to help get this initiative passed. Read the bill in it's entirety and learn more here.


On July 20th, 2015 Oregon's Governor Brown signed HB 2463, establishing a Submerged Land Enhancement Fund and prescribing authority for removal of priority derelict structures and marine debris on our inland waterways and estuaries. A big thank you to all that supported this campaign effort, from it's inception in Coos Bay from documentation and stewardship actions at Lighthouse Beach to folks from the Newport Chapter coming to the Capitol to visit with their legislators...we even got to help author Oregon's first statutory definition of marine debris!

This legislation established a Submerged Land Enhancement Fund for removal of derelict structures and marine debris on inland waterways and estuaries. Introduced by the Department of State Lands, HB 2463 sets aside a portion of the revenues collected from leases, easements and registrations on state-owned waterways and makes those funds available for cleaning up state-owned waterways and the territorial sea as well as doing other enhancement projects.

Our thanks to State Representative David Gomberg, who helped pushed this bill through committee. “If there is abandoned debris in the riverways we want to get it out of there. We don’t want debris clogging up the rivers and ending up on our beaches," Gomberg said. "This is a step to clear debris out of our public waterways.  What comes downstream especially after big storms has an impact as it eventually comes to the ocean and to the beaches." - via Lincoln County Dispatch.

Surfrider chapters in Oregon see a unique opportunity within the fund to address marine debris on inland waterways before it makes its way to the beaches and ocean environment. It's rare that we  get the occasion to work on sources of marine debris through legislation. Over 80 percent of ocean debris comes from land based sources. The House bill and related funds are an opportunity to keep rivers, beaches and oceans cleaner and prevent disasters like the one at Lighthouse beach from happening in the first place!

Clean Water

Everyone should have access to clean water to surf, swim and play in. The Surfrider Foundation is taking a multi-tiered approach to tackle ocean pollution problems. We are testing the waters for bacteria and toxins, raising public awareness and finding real solutions to ocean pollution; solutions that restore healthy watersheds, protect local water supplies and keep pollution from reaching the ocean.

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Charlie Plybon

Oregon Policy Manager