Ore. board may rethink Waldo Lake motorboat ban

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BEND, Ore. (AP) -- A state agency may reconsider its ban on motorboats on Waldo Lake, a clear and deep body of water in the Cascade Range about 40 miles southwest of Bend.

Two years ago, after more than a decade of debate, the Oregon Marine Board barred gas-driven motor use on the lake. It cited the values of quiet and protecting the lake from spills.

The Bend Bulletin reports (http://bit.ly/w50cGy ) that a group advocating the use of low-horsepower, four-stroke gas motors has appealed the decision to the State Court of Appeals. They're supported by a group representing float plane owners.

An advisory committee to the Marine Board is reviewing the decision and its impact on businesses. A hearing could be held in April, with a board decision made before the summer boating season.

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Information from: The Bulletin, http://www.bendbulletin.com