2017 ORS 777.120¹
Port’s authority over harbors, wharf lines and navigation

(1) To the full extent the State of Oregon might exercise control or grant to ports the right to exercise control, a port has full control of all bays, rivers and harbors within its limits, and between its limits and the sea. As convenient, requisite or necessary or in the best interests of the maritime shipping and commercial interests of the port, a port may, within its limits:

(a) Make, change or abolish wharf lines in bays, rivers and harbors.

(b) By ordinance make, modify or abolish regulations for the use of navigation, or for the placing of obstructions in or the removal of obstructions from bays, rivers and harbors.

(2) A port shall have the authority to engage in the control and prevention of river and stream bank erosion, and the prevention of damage from floodwater and sediment, and to make, establish, change, modify or abolish such rules and regulations to preserve natural resources and prevent estuary and stream pollution within the boundaries of the district. [Amended by 1971 c.268 §20; 1971 c.691 §2; 1971 c.728 §140]

Notes of Decisions

Grant to local port districts of authority to regulate naviga­tion and naviga­tional structures did not constitute surrender of state’s authority, as trustee for public, to charge rental for port’s use of submerged and submersible lands. Brusco Towboat v. State Land Board, 30 Or App 509, 567 P2d 1037 (1977), aff’d as modified 284 Or 627, 589 P2d 712 (1978)

Port district’s power to formulate rules and regula­tions to prevent estuary and stream pollu­tion within its boundaries did not give it standing to object to power supply contract betweenBonneville Power Administra­tion and proposed aluminum plant. Port of Astoria v. Hodel, 595 F2d 467 (1979)

Atty. Gen. Opinions

Limita­tions on port’s powers to fill tidelands, (1971) Vol 35, p 844

Atty. Gen. Opinions

The port’s authority to interfere with the state’s proprietary rights in its submerged or submersible lands, (1972) Vol 36, p 150

Law Review Cita­tions

51 OLR 53 (1971)

Chapter 777

Notes of Decisions

Port district’s power to formulate rules and regula­tions to prevent estuary and stream pollu­tion within its boundaries did not give it standing to object to power supply contract between Bonneville Power Administra­tion and proposed aluminum plant. Port of Astoria v. Hodel, 595 F2d 467 (1979)

1 Legislative Counsel Committee, CHAPTER 777—Ports Generally, https://­www.­oregonlegislature.­gov/­bills_laws/­ors/­ors777.­html (2017) (last ac­cessed Mar. 30, 2018).
 
2 Legislative Counsel Committee, Annotations to the Oregon Revised Stat­utes, Cumulative Supplement - 2017, Chapter 777, https://­www.­oregonlegislature.­gov/­bills_laws/­ors/­ano777.­html (2017) (last ac­cessed Mar. 30, 2018).
 
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