State may allow ‘human waste bag’ use on the Deschutes
BEND, Ore. The Oregon Parks and Recreation Department said Tuesday it is proposing changes to portable toilet rules for the Deschutes River Scenic Waterway that would allow use of Human Waste Bags as an approved portable toilet.
Current rules require overnight boaters in the Deschutes River Scenic Waterway to use an approved portable toilet or an agency provided toilet facility for all solid human waste.
The proposed rule change is a recommendation from the Lower Deschutes River Interagency Implementation Team and Lower Deschutes River Managers that include representatives from the BLM, Oregon Parks and Recreation Department, Confederated Tribes of The Warm Springs Reservation, Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife, Oregon State Marine Board, Oregon State Police, Sherman, Wasco and Jefferson counties, as well as the City of Maupin.
After reviewing public comments, agency staff plan to present a final recommended rule for consideration by the Oregon State Parks and Recreation Commission at its February 2018 business meeting.