HOUSE COMMITTEE ON STREAM RESTORATION & SPECIES RECOVERY

 

 

January 10, 2001†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Hearing Room E

1:00 PM†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Tapes1 - 2

 

MEMBERS PRESENT:†††††††† Rep. Bob Jenson, Chair

Rep. Jan Lee, Vice-Chair

Rep. Randy Leonard, Vice-Chair

Rep. Jeff Kruse

Rep. Patti Smith

Rep. Al King

Rep. Carolyn Tomei

Rep. Kelley Wirth

 

MEMBER EXCUSED:††††††††† Rep. Tim Knopp

 

STAFF PRESENT:†††††††††††††††† Sandy Thiele-Cirka, Committee Administrator

Linda K. Gatto, Committee Assistant

 

ISSUES HEARD:†††††††††††††††††† Organizational Meeting

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† †††† Adoption of Committee Rules

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† †††† Introduction of Committee Members and Staff

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Informational Meeting

†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Invited Testimony - Oregon Plan Overview

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Governorís Natural Resources Office††††††††††††††††††††† ††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††

†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Oregon Watershed Enhancement Board

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These minutes are in compliance with Senate and House Rules.Only text enclosed in quotation marks reports a speakerís exact words.For complete contents, please refer to the tapes.

 

TAPE/#

Speaker

Comments

TAPE 1, A

 

004

Chair Jenson

Calls meeting to order at 1:05 p.m.

ORGANIZATIONAL MEETING Ė ADOPTION OF COMMITTEE RULES††

009

Rep. Kruse

MOTION: Moves to ADOPT the proposed Committee Rules dated 01/10/01 (EXHIBIT A).

022

Ramona Kenady

Chief Clerk, Oregon House of Representatives.States the House of Representative has adopted the consent calendar into rule.Explains the procedure.

073

Rep. King

Clarifies that it takes four members to remove something from the consent calendar.

 

Rep. Kruse

Asks if the four members who are objecting can write one note.

 

Kenady

Answers that separate notes or one note with four signatures are acceptable.

 

Rep. King

Clarifies that a minority report has to be filed by 5:00 p.m. the same day as the committee meeting.

088

Chair Jenson

Responds that is correct.

 

 

VOTE: 8- 0

AYE: In a roll call vote, all members present vote AYE

EXCUSED: 1 Ė Knopp

100

Chair Jenson

The motion CARRIES.

INTRODUCTIONS

115

Rep. Patti Smith

District 56.States her background is in agriculture and timber.

120

Rep. Al King

District 44.

125

Rep. Jeff Kruse

District 45. States he has been involved with the salmon issue since 1995.

130

Rep. Randy Leonard

District 21.States he is interested in the hazardous waste deposits and sewer overflow issues.

142

Rep. Jan Lee

District 10.States her background is in water, fish, and agriculture issues.

150

Rep. Carolyn Tomei

District 25.States her interest is in protecting the Willamette River and other waterways.

157

Rep. Kelley Wirth

District 35. States her background is in planning and her interest is in the Willamette River and species recovery.

164

Chair Jenson

District 57. States the importance of water in eastern Oregon.Proclaims the goal of institutionalizing the Oregon Plan.Closes the organization meeting and opens informational meeting.

INFORMATIONAL MEETING

OREGON PLAN OVERVIEW

276

Louise Solliday

Governorís Assistant, Governorís Natural Resources Office (GNRO).Submits (EXHIBT B).Provides an overview on the oversight groups, state agencies, local groups, outreach teams, and monitoring teams that are involved in the Oregon Plan.

TAPE 2, A

 

023

Roy Hemmingway

Governorís Policy Advisor for Salmon and Energy, GNRO.Overhead presentation outlining the Oregon Plan, (EXHIBIT C).†††

 

 

         SB 924 (1997)

         HB 3225 (1999)

         Measure 66 (1998)

         4(d) rules, effective January 9, 2001

         Agency actions and local actions

         Watershed Councils and Soil and Water Conservation Districts

         Forest industry

         Independent Multidisciplinary Science Team (IMST)

         Outreach teams

399

Rep. Kruse

Comments that Soil and Water Districts are locally elected bodies that have statutory oversight over some state natural resource agencies and have Memorandums of Agreement, (MOA) that give them access to most federal resource agencies.Questions does National Marine Fisheries Service, (NMFS) differentiate between hatchery salmon and wild salmon.

TAPE 1, B

022

Hemmingway

Affirmative.Points out that NMFS does not regard a hatchery raised fish as a listed fish.

025

Rep. Kruse

Asks if NMFS has a wild fish policy.

026

Hemmingway

Answers not that he is aware of.††

039

Rep. Leonard

Comments on the definition of a hatchery fish and a wild fish.

088

Solliday

Notes there are three classifications of these fish and suggests thatIMST discuss the issue with them.

098

Rep. Leonard

Asks if a large run of hatchery fish is considered recovery.

103

Hemmingway

Answers the conditions vary in each watershed so the fish evolve to meet those conditions.

120

Rep. Leonard

Asks why are those stocks distinct from the native fish.

130

Hemmingway

Answers the fish evolve to succeed in the hatchery.

180

Chair Jenson

Closes the informational meeting and re-opens the organizational meeting to introduce committee staff.Reopens informational meeting.

OREGON WATERSHED ENHANCEMENT BOARD (OWEB)

200

Geoff Huntington

Executive Director, OWEB.Submits (EXHIBIT D).

220

Ken Bierly

Deputy Director, OWEB. Presents an overview of†††††††††††† (EXHIBIT D).

         History of how the Governorís Watershed Enhancement Board, (GWEB) evolved into the Oregon Watershed Enhancement Board, (OWEB).

372

Bierly

         Background on how the watershed councils were formulated.

395

Chair Jenson

Requests description of how the OWEB funds are used.

TAPE 2, B

 

 

Bierly

Answers the funds are used toward the salary and benefits of the coordinator, assessment work, monitoring, and on the ground projects.

006

Bierly

Notes the map of watershed councils, page six (EXHIBIT C).

040

Huntington

States he views the Soil and Water Districts, and Watershed Councils as partners.Discusses funding sources.

068

Rep. King

Comments that the Soil and Water Conservation Districts fund some of the Watershed Councils.

077

Huntington

Concurs.Continues testimony on the grant cycles.

118

Huntington

Discusses the membership of OWEB and current activities.

143

Chair Jenson

Asks what is the link between IMST and OWEB.

156

Huntington

Explains that per HB 3225, OWEB is responsible for managing an investment fund that is primary for research activity.The IMST will be releasing a report on the research activities that would be the most useful.The role of OWEB is to prioritize these activities.

186

Chair Jenson

Asks if IMST evaluates the grant applications.

194

Huntington

Answers that there is a process where IMST assists in drafting the proposals.

203

Rep. Jenson

Notes that the IMST is probably devoting more than 30 percent of their time. Expresses a concern about overloading the team.

233

Huntington

Answers the goal is to compliment the IMST and not increase their workload.

240

Chair Jenson

Comments that the IMST is a critical component of the Oregon Plan.

250

Rep. Kruse

Asks how many people from other agencies are involved in the Oregon Plan.

 

Huntington

Answers he does not have that information.

293

Rep. Kruse

Notes that he would like to see the true investment in salmon recovery.

330

Chair Jenson

Concurs there may be hidden costs. Adjourns the meeting at††† 2:45 p.m.

 

Submitted By,†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Reviewed By,

 

 

 

Linda K. Gatto,††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Sandy Thiele-Cirka,

Committee Assistant†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Committee Administrator

 

 

 

EXHIBIT SUMMARY

 

A.Committee rules, 01/10/01, staff, 2 pp.

B.The Oregon Plan overview, printed materials, Louise Solliday, 100 pp.

C.     The Oregon Plan overview, written materials, Roy Hemmingway, 13 pp.

D.    The Oregon Plan overview, written testimony, Geoffrey Huntington, 11 pp.