Staff to suggest keeping Waldo Lake motorboat ban

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EUGENE, Ore. (AP) -- The director of the Oregon Marine Board says the staff will recommend keeping a ban on gas-powered boats at Waldo Lake.

The board is scheduled to hold a public hearing Tuesday in Springfield.

Marine Board Director Scott Brewen tells the Eugene Register-Guard (http://bit.ly/HoE5N6 ) that the staff is still trying to figure out a future for seaplanes because the Oregon Aviation Board opposes banning them at Waldo.

Nearly 4,000 people have weighed in on the ban on internal combustion engines, nearly all of them supporting it.

The Marine Board is reassessing its bans on motorboats and seaplanes after a lawsuit claiming the ban is unnecessary and state board doesn't control the lake.

Many hikers and kayakers say Waldo Lake is a haven that should be protected from engine noise and pollution.

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Information from: The Register-Guard, http://www.registerguard.com