The Oregon Aviation Board heard public comment Thursday night as it considers banning sea planes from the lake. Most of the 80 people who spoke seemed to be in favor of a ban.
The Oregon Marine Board recently got rid of motorized boats from the lake. The Aviation Board is tasked with determining whether float planes should follow suit.
“Over the last few years there’s been a lot of attention to Waldo Lake,” Mark Gardiner, Oregon Aviation Board Chair said. “Even though there haven’t been a lot of float planes landed there over the years, there was a desire in the public to have some clarity on what was and wasn’t allowed.”
Many are concerned the planes would bring invasive species to the pristine waters of Waldo Lake. The board won’t rule before March.