Oregon rafters may get a break on permits

MEDFORD, Ore. (AP) — The Oregon State Marine Board is considering a plan that would no longer require people who rent commercial rafts and kayaks to carry Aquatic Invasive Species permits.

The Mail Tribune reports while raft-rental companies still would be required to buy the same permits to outfit their fleets, their customers would not have to physically carry proof while on waterways. Just the company name on the raft would suffice, thereby saving the Marine Board printing costs and reducing water authorities’ need to check for permits.

The Marine Board is taking written public comments through Nov. 30.

Marine Board spokeswoman Ashley Massey says the results will be presented to the board in January, and if it passes, the plan would be in place before next summer’s boating season.