Ore. Senate says 'yes' to banning gas-powered engines on Waldo Lake

Ore. Senate says 'yes' to banning gas-powered engines on Waldo Lake
Waldo Lake (photo courtesy Wikipedia).

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — The Oregon Senate has voted 18-11 to approve a ban on gas-powered engines on Waldo Lake.

The Register-Guard reports that the ban passed Monday would affect seaplanes, which currently use the lake in central Oregon's Cascade Mountains.

The bill does provide an exemption for boats powered by electric motors if they stay under a 10 mph speed limit.

Eugene Democrat Sen. Floyd Prozanski is the bill's chief backer.

Democratic Sen. Betsy Johnson of Scappoose is a critic. She says not enough work has been done to reach a compromise among different user groups.

SB 602A now heads to the House.

Information from: The Register-Guard

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