HOUSE COMMITTEE ON STREAM RESTORATION

& SPECIES RECOVERY

 

 

January 12, 2001                                                                                                     Hearing Room E

1:00 P.M.                                                                                                                          Tapes 3 - 5

 

 

MEMBERS PRESENT:         Rep. Bob Jenson, Chair

Rep. Jan Lee, Vice-Chair

Rep. Randy Leonard, Vice-Chair

Rep. Al King

Rep. Tim Knopp

Rep. Jeff Kruse

Rep. Patti Smith

Rep. Carolyn Tomei

 

MEMBER EXCUSED:          Rep. Kelley Wirth

 

STAFF PRESENT:                 Sandy Thiele-Cirka, Committee Administrator

Linda K. Gatto, Committee Assistant

 

ISSUES HEARD:                   Oregon Plan Overview:

                                                   Oregon Department of Fish & Wildlife

                                                   Department of Environmental Quality

                                                   Division of State Lands      

                                                   Department of Forestry

                                                   Water Resources Department

 

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

 

TAPE/#

Speaker

Comments

TAPE 3, A

022

Chair Jenson

Calls the meeting to order at 1:05 p.m. as a subcommittee for the purpose of resuming the Oregon Plan overview. Opens informational meeting.

INFORMATIONAL MEETING – OREGON PLAN OVERVIEW

038

Bruce McIntosh

Oregon Plan Monitoring Coordinator, Oregon Department of Fish & Wildlife (ODFW).  Submits (EXHIBIT A) and provides an overview of ODFW’s role in the Oregon Plan.

089

Chair Jenson

Closes subcommittee and opens as a full committee.

090

McIntosh

Continues to discuss items on page two, (EXHIBIT A).

203

Rep. Kruse

Questions if ODFW is developing a plan that addresses pinnipeds preying on salmon.

236

Roy Elicker

Legislative Coordinator, ODFW.  Offers to provide information on the pinnipeds at a future date.

252

Chair Jenson

Notes there are ten biologists working in western Oregon and questions what is being done in eastern Oregon.

305

Rep. King

Suggests that ODFW update the House Stream Restoration & Species Recovery Committee on the progress of those programs that were developed from HB 3225 and funded by BM 66 at a future meeting.

350

Karen Tarnow

Assistant to the Administrator Water Quality Division, Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ).  Submits (EXHIBIT B) and explains   DEQ’s role in the Oregon Plan.  Provides an overview of DEQ’s involvement with watershed councils on water quality issues.

432

Tarnow

Continues testimony on the Clean Water Act and TMDL’s. Refers to the last page of (EXHIBIT B).

TAPE 4, A

070

Tarnow

Continues with testimony on funding.

108

Tarnow

Continues with testimony on laboratory work.

127

Rep. Tomei

Questions what criterion is used to establish a standard.

128

Tarnow

Responds the information and data is assembled to establish a criterion that supports the goal.

140

Rep. Tomei

Questions if the standard varies.

144

Tarnow

Answers that the standards apply to waterways throughout the state.

156

Rep. Tomei

Questions if the funding for sewage treatment is for new plants.

164

Tarnow

Answers the funding requests are prioritized by how water quality will be affected.

171

Rep. Kruse

Notes there is not a consensus on how the standards are established.  Comments on the fee increase.

200

Rep. Leonard

Asks what operations are being charged fee increases.

202

Tarnow

Responds the increases are applied to the permit program for waste water discharges.

224

Rep. Jenson

Notes that the area of TMDL’s needs to be presented as a step by step introduction. Requests information that is specific to the Oregon Plan.

265

Jeannette Holman

Assistant Director, Division of State Lands, (DSL). Submits  (EXHIBIT C) provides overview on the history and role of DSL.

350

Rep. King

Questions precedent for state lands being used for schools.

352

Holman

Responds it originated from the Northwest Ordinance of 1787 that set aside a certain amount of land for schools.

380

Holman

Continues overview.

TAPE 3, B

025

Rep. Kruse

Inquires if DSL is the state authority on wetlands.

027

Holman

Responds that DSL has the primary responsibility for wetland regulation and restoration.

057

Holman

Continues testimony on wetland restoration programs.

113

Holman

Refers to page three, (EXHIBIT C) discusses regulatory activities and projects.  

200

Ted Lorensen

Forest Practices Program Director, Department of Forestry (DOF). Submits (EXHIBIT D) and provides an overview on the Forest Practices Program.

296

Lorensen

Continues overview.

355

Lorensen

Continues overview.

TAPE 4, B

022

Chair Jenson

Questions what incentives are needed.

027

Lorensen

Responds that family forestland owners need capital to do road restoration work, and incentives to leave riparian areas.

037

Chair Jenson

Questions if the family forestland owners have provided any input.

043

Lorensen

Responds that needs have been identified but a method to attain the solution has not. Concludes presentation.

090

Paul Cleary

Director, Water Resources Department (WRD). Submits       (EXHIBIT E) and reviews departments focus on salmon and watershed restoration.

116

Doug Parrow

Oregon Plan Coordinator, WRD.  Presents a power point overview of stream restoration priorities, page ten, (EXHIBIT F).

235

Chair Jenson

Questions how the expected opportunities are being limited.

239

Parrow

Responds water use is less than anticipated.

261

Parrow

Continues presentation.

272

Rep. Jenson

Requests the number of gauging stations and miles of streams.

282

Cleary

Responds that statewide there is about 115,000 miles of rivers and streams, 50,000 surface water rights and 125,000 diversion points.

310

Parrow

Continues presentation, regulation and distribution.

414

Rep. Jenson

Questions if data is available on water right sales.

427

Cleary

Explains why the customary term is transfer of water rights. Responds there have been 17 transfers since the program’s inception. Provides details on the status of pending applications for in-stream rights.

TAPE  5, A

041

Parrow

Concludes presentation.

080

Chair Jenson

Adjourns meeting at 3:15 p.m.

 

 

 

 

Submitted By,                                                                           Reviewed By,

 

 

 

Linda K. Gatto,                                                                        Sandy Thiele-Cirka,

Committee Assistant                                                                 Committee Administrator

 

EXHIBIT SUMMARY

 

A.     Oregon Plan Overview, written materials, Bruce McIntosh, 14 pp. 

B.     Oregon Plan Overview, written materials, Karen Tarnow, 6 pp.

C.  Oregon Plan Overview, written materials, Jeannette Holman, 19 pp.

D.  Oregon Plan Overview, written materials, Ted Lorensen, 71 pp.

E.     Oregon Plan Overview, written materials, Paul Cleary, 10 pp.

F.      Oregon Plan Overview, written materials, Doug Parrow, 7 pp.