Clackamas County's board of commissioners agreed to address safety, litter, and violence along the Clackamas River, but didn't take action at their meeting Thursday.

County commissioners have learned of littering, fights, and drunken behavior, after visiting a problematic five-mile stretch of the river, and hearing from nearby property owners.

County chair John Ludlow notes many people who drink while floating or swimming in the Clackamas live outside the county.

"This isn't just a Clackamas County issue, this is also a Multnomah County issue. I think undersheriff Ellington will also mention the disparity of tickets, and the location of people who are issued those tickets. If he won't, I will," Ludlow said.

Sheriff's officials don't have data on where offenders are from, but a spokesman said "anyone who works the area will tell you, we encounter few locals any more."

County commissioners may soon grant deputies the power to search coolers for alcohol -- which is prohibited in the county parks floaters often use to get on the river.

A permit system is also under discussion.

This story originally appeared on Oregon Public Broadcasting.

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