HOUSE COMMITTEE ON STREAM RESTORATION

 & SPECIES RECOVERY

 

 

February 26, 2001                                                                                                   Hearing Room E

1:00 P.M.                                                                                                                     Tapes  42 - 43

 

MEMBERS PRESENT:         Rep. Bob Jenson, Chair

Rep. Jan Lee, Vice-Chair

Rep. Jeff Kruse

Rep. Patti Smith

Rep. Al King

Rep. Carolyn Tomei

Rep. Kelley Wirth

 

MEMBERS EXCUSED:        Rep. Randy Leonard Vice-Chair

Rep. Tim Knopp

 

STAFF PRESENT:                 Sandy Thiele-Cirka, Committee Administrator

Linda K. Gatto, Committee Assistant

 

MEASURES/ISSUES HEARD:        

                                                Public Hearing

                                                   SB 214 A

                                                Introduction of Committee Bills

                                                   LC 3194

                                                Informational Meeting

                                                     Northwest Power Planning Council

                                                     Oregon Building Industry Association

Public Hearing and Work Session

   SB 302

 

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 42, A

005

Chair Jenson

Calls the meeting to order at 1:05 p.m. opens the public hearing on          SB 214 A.

PUBLIC HEARING – SB 214 A

008

Sen. Jason Atkinson

Senate District 25. Summarizes SB 214A.

039

Rep. Kruse

Comments in support of the program.

034

Kay Brown

Oregon Department of Fish & Wildlife (ODFW). Submits and presents written testimony (EXHIBIT A). Requests changing the reporting period from every three months to every six months.

075

Chair Jenson

Questions if this request was presented to the Senate committee.

076

Brown

Responds affirmatively. Notes that no action was taken.

077

Chair Jenson

Closes the public hearing on SB 214 A and opens a work session for the purpose of introduction of committee bills.

INTRODUCTION OF COMMITTEE BILLS

087

Sandy Thiele-Cirka

Administrator. Summarizes LC 3194 dated 2/19/01 (EXHIBIT A).

094

Rep. Smith

MOTION: Moves LC 3194 BE INTRODUCED as a committee bill.

097

Rep. Kruse

Questions if modifying the bill to change the term limit to four years could be considered.

100

Chair Jenson

Notes the goal is to bring the bill to the committee for discussion.

114

Chair Jenson

Hearing no objection the motion CARRIES.

100

Chair Jenson

Closes work session on introduction of committee bills and opens informational meeting.

INFORMATIONAL  MEETING

113

Eric Bloch

Representing Northwest Power Planning Council, (NPPC). Provides the history and mission of NPPC.

150

Bloch

Discusses the new fish and wildlife program.

212

Bloch

Discusses the biological opinion of National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) on the hydropower operations. Explains the conditions for project approval and funding.

350

Bloch

Continues discussion on the projects and funding processes.

TAPE 43, A

006

Chair Jenson

Clarifies that the Independent Science Review Panel (ISRP) is not the same as the Independent Multidisciplinary Science Team (IMST).

048

Bloch

Responds that they are not the same entity. Discusses the areas being emphasized:

·         Science guidance;

·         Project opportunities;

·         Funding opportunities;

·         Compatibility with the Oregon Plan.

127

Rep. King

Questions the budget projections for salmon recovery projects and the potential low water crisis.

137

Bloch

Responds that the $130 million figure placed in the Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) is scheduled to expire in October 2001. The expectation is $130 million will be available for the direct program. Defines the direct program.

162

Rep. King

Questions the period of time the funding will cover.

166

Bloch

Responds the MOA is for a five-year period and BPA would like to see a renewal MOA for another five-year period.

175

Rep. Kruse

Questions if itemizing a portion of the power bill, which is allocated for fish recovery, has been considered.

180

Bloch

Responds the funding for fish and wildlife benefits comprises approximately 15 to 18 percent.

190

Rep. Kruse

Questions if people are aware of the amount of money being spent on salmon  recovery and if draw-downs have been effective in fish passage.

201

Bloch

Responds in 1992 it was done on an experimental basis, he is unaware of the outcome.

220

Chair Jenson

Requests clarification of draw-downs.

228

Bloch

Responds with explanation. Notes the two types that benefit salmon migration: 1)spill and 2) flow augmentation. Explains the relationship to survival benefits.

290

Rep. Kruse

Questions the effectiveness of barging.

296

Bloch

Responds that barging is an option.

321

Rep. Tomei

Questions if the fish being barged are hatchery or wild fish.

326

Bloch

Answers that all fish are collected and barged for transportation.

352

Rep. King

Questions if the barge traffic is aware of when the spills are occurring.

381

Bloch

Responds there is a documented routine on a project by project basis.

TAPE 42, B

008

Jon Chandler

Representing Oregon Building Industry Association (OBIA). Submits  (EXHIBIT C). Discusses salmon recovery issue and urban development.

068

Chandler

Discusses OBIA objectives.

076

Ernie Platt

Representing OBIA, Outlines the contents of (EXHIBIT C). Refers to page seven and eight.

101

Platt

Reviews the sixteen activities listed on page five (EXHIBIT C).

155

Platt

Refers to Washington County’s Goal 5.

215

Platt

Refers to the published document (EXHIBIT C).

240

Chandler

Summarizes testimony noting there are significant regulatory components in the urban areas. 

376

Chair Jenson

Closes informational meeting and opens public hearing on SB 302.

PUBLIC HEARING – SB 302

385

Thiele-Cirka

Administrator. Summarizes SB 302.

398

Jeannette Holman

Assistant Director, Division of State Lands (DSL). Submits  (EXHIBIT D) and provides background on the bill. Notes the public activities that are less than on cubic yard.

TAPE 43, B

012

Rep. Kruse

Comments on the bill.

024

Chair Jenson

Closes the public hearing on SB 302 and opens the work session on

SB 302.

WORK SESSION SB 302

027

Rep. Kruse

MOTION:  Moves SB 302 to the floor with a DO PASS recommendation.

045

 

VOTE:  7-0

AYE:               7 - King, Kruse, Lee, Smith P, Tomei, Wirth, Jenson

EXCUSED:     2 - Knopp, Leonard

051

Chair Jenson

The motion CARRIES.

REP. TOMEI will lead discussion on the floor.

055

Chair Jenson

Submits written testimony by The Confederated Tribes of the Warm Springs Reservation of Oregon in support of SB 302 (EXHIBIT E). Closes the work session on SB 302 and adjourns the meeting at       2:30 p.m.

 

Submitted By,                                                                           Reviewed By,

 

 

 

Linda K. Gatto,                                                                        Sandy Thiele-Cirka,

Committee Assistant                                                                 Committee Administrator

 

EXHIBIT SUMMARY

 

A. SB 214, ODFW, written testimony, Kay Brown, 1 p

B. LC 3194 draft dated 2/19/01, staff, 4 pp.

C. Oregon Building Industry Association, written & published materials, Jon Chandler,

53 pp.

D. SB 302, DSL, written testimony, Jeannette Holman, 1 p

E. SB 302, Confederated Tribes of the Warm Springs Reservation of Oregon, written testimony, Louie Pitt Jr., 1 p