"I am pleased that the Marine Board has taken action to protect the Ross Island Lagoon," said Nick Fish, Commissioner-in-Charge of Parks. "The lagoon provides a safe place for Portlanders to experience this unique wetland habitat in the heart of our urban landscape."
An earlier proposal to create a no-wake zone for the lagoon and Holgate Channel failed by a 3-2 Marine Board vote in July. After the vote, Commissioner Fish conferred with stakeholders, elected officials, and Marine Board officials to explore options for putting the issue back on the table.
The City Council unanimously endorsed a proposal for a no-wake zone for Ross Island lagoon and Holgate Channel in March of this year. Co-petitioners of the original proposal include Willamette Riverkeeper, Urban Greenspaces Institute, and the Audubon Society of Portland.
Later, the City supported the Marine Board's staff report, which recommended that the southern half of Holgate Channel become a no-wake zone (a no-wake zone requires motorized boats to travel at a speed no greater than 5 miles per hour, with an exemption for commercial craft).
On the compromise reached by the Marine Board yesterday, Fish stated that "we are making progress in restoring Ross Island's natural habitat."