CLACKAMAS, Ore. -- The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife is considering a proposed alcohol ban on the Sauvie Island Wildlife Area.

The proposal would prohibit the possession and use of alcoholic beverages on wildlife area beaches from May 1 through Sept. 30 each year.

ODFW says there has been an increase in alcohol-related problems on the Sauvie Island beaches, despite increased law enforcement and patrols. Last year, police arrested 17 people for DUII as they were leaving the beaches.

ODFW will hold a public meeting Thursday, Feb. 22, to discuss the proposed ban. The meeting will go from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Sauvie Island Grange Hall.