Posted: February 22, 2013
In reality, the two agencies left to deal with complaints of increasing numbers of transient boaters lack the personnel and financial resources to effectively implement the rule, which took effect Jan. 1.
But the Multnomah County Sheriff's Office's River Patrol unit nonetheless cites the rule as a main factor in the sharp drop of live-in boaters since summer.
"There was a high point when we knew of between 41 and 45 boats we considered transient in our area," said Lt. Travis Gullberg. "That's now down to the mid- to high 20s. People on the water know about the rule, and I think a lot of them are saying it's not worth the risk or bother."
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