HOUSE COMMITTEE ON STREAM RESTORATION

& SPECIES RECOVERY

 

 

April 11, 2001                                                                                                         Hearing Room E

1:00 P.M.                                                                                                                     Tapes  89 - 91

 

MEMBERS PRESENT:        

                                                Rep. Bob Jenson, Chair

Rep. Jan Lee, Vice-Chair

Rep. Randy Leonard Vice-Chair

Rep. Tim Knopp

Rep. Jeff Kruse

Rep. Patti Smith

Rep. Al King

Rep. Carolyn Tomei

Rep. Kelley Wirth

 

STAFF PRESENT:                 Sandy Thiele-Cirka, Committee Administrator

Linda K. Gatto, Committee Assistant

 

MEASURES HEARD:          

                                                HB 3547 – Public Hearing

                                                HB 3334 – Work Session

HB 3711 – Public Hearing

HB 3637 – Public Hearing

 

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 89, A

004

Chair Jenson

Calls the meeting to order at 1:04 p.m. as a subcommittee and opens the public hearing on HB 3547.

HB 3547 – PUBLIC HEARING

013

Sandy Thiele-Cirka

Administrator. Summarizes HB 3547.

020

John McDonald

1st Vice-President, Oregon Association of Conservation Districts. Reads prepared testimony in opposition to HB 3547, (EXHIBIT A).

105

Glen Stonebrink

Executive Director, Oregon Cattlemen’s Association. Testifies in support of HB 3547, submits (EXHIBIT B).

144

Stonebrink

Summarizes that HB 3547 establishes acceptable TMDL’s at the same time a stream is listed.

170

Rep. Smith

Questions if agricultural lands are less regulated.

175

Stonebrink

Responds that if a pollution source can be identified, agriculture would respond to correct the problem.

191

Jim Welsh

Representing Oregon Family Farm Association. Questions why regulate rural properties that are already regulated by DEQ’s clean water restrictions. Testifies in support of HB 3547.

303

Chuck Craig

Deputy Director, Oregon Department of Agriculture (ODA). Testifies in opposition to HB 3574, reviews specific concerns submitted in (EXHIBIT C).

451

Scott Ashcom

Representing Oregon Association of Nurserymen. Interprets that the opponents of SB 1010 view the federal Clean Water Act as unable to regulate non-point pollution. Testifies in opposition to HB 3547.

TAPE 90, A

060

Chair Jenson

Closes the public hearing on HB 3547 and opens the work session on HB 3334.

HB 3334 – WORK SESSION

065

Rep. Ben Westlund

District 55. States there is a fiscal impact and suggests that HB 3334 be referred to the Committee on Ways and Means (EXHIBIT D).

098

Chair Jenson

Closes the work session on HB 3334 and opens the public hearing on HB 3711.

HB 3711 – PUBLIC HEARING

113

Thiele-Cirka

Summarizes HB 3711.

135

McDonald

Submits and reviews (EXHIBIT E) in support of HB 3711.

240

Geoff Huntington

Executive Director, Oregon Watershed Enhancement Board (OWEB). Submits prepared testimony (EXHIBIT F).

260

Mike Barsotti

Forestry Assistance Policy Manger, Department of Forestry. Summits prepared testimony in support of HB 3711(EXHIBIT G), and recommends that the legislature establish a task force to develop a statewide strategy that provides technical assistance for landowners.

310

Stonebrink

Testifies in support of HB 3711.

362

Rep. Kruse

HD 45. States full support of watershed councils and comments on the competition for funds among the watershed councils and the Soil and Water Conservation Districts. Proposes the need to provide funds for both, noting, this also needs to be a collaborative effort.

TAPE 89, B

052

Chair Jenson

Closes the public hearing on HB 3711 and re-opens the work session on HB 3334. Comments on the Umatilla Hatchery (EXHIBIT H).

HB 3334 – WORK SESSION

100

Rep. King

Comments on hatcheries.

124

Roy Elicker

Legislative Coordinator, Oregon Department of Fish & Wildlife, (ODFW). Submits and summarizes (EXHIBIT I).

172

Rep. King

Asks for a breakdown of the $2.61 per pound cost.

185

Elicker

Clarifies that (EXHIBIT I) shows personnel services, services, supplies, and capital expenses.

187

Rep. Kruse

Notes hatcheries that are running at less than capacity.

195

Kay Brown

Policy Coordinator, ODFW. Clarifies that in order to fund the trout bill it would require the closure another hatchery.

222

Elicker

Continues review of the costs in (EXHIBIT I).

288

Elicker

Notes that the Governor’s recommended budget call for the closure of the Rock Creek, Butte Falls, and Trask hatcheries.

351

Rep. King

Questions what is meant by the closure of hatcheries.

315

Brown

Responds the closure is of the entire hatchery. Notes the personnel and facility costs.

331

Elicker

Reviews the overall cost of $4.57 per pound and the $2.61 direct cost.

371

Rep. Lee

Questions how difficult is it to restart the hatchery.

399

Brown

Responds there would be an expense but it has not been evaluated.

408

Rep. Lee

MOTION: Moves HB 3334 to the floor with a DO PASS  recommendation and BE REFERRED to the committee on Ways and Means.

394

Rep. Tomei

States in the last legislative session a program raised the hatchery funds going to private hatcheries at ten percent and would prefer that program finish before extending it to 25% and declares she will be a no vote.

434

Rep. Wirth

States she will be a no vote for the reason stated by Rep. Tomei

 

 

VOTE:  6-3

AYE:               6 - King, Knopp, Kruse, Lee, Smith P, Jenson

NAY:               3 – Leonard, Tomei, Wirth

 

Chair Jenson

The motion CARRIES.

463

Chair Jenson

Closes the work session on HB 3334 and opens the public hearing on HB 3637.

HB 3637 – PUBLIC HEARING

468

Thiele-Cirka

Summarizes HB 3637.

TAPE 90, B

043

Chair Jenson

Reviews the –1 through –9 amendments (EXHIBIT J).

055

Rep. Krieger

HD 48. States the bill requires commission members to represent areas of interest. Explains why this knowledge is critical.

125

Rep. Kruse

Comments that most commission terms are at the pleasure of the governor.

140

Rep. Wirth

Discusses the current selection process.

182

Roy Hemmingway

Governor’s Salmon and Energy Advisor, Governor’s Natural Resources Office. Explains the current appointment requirements and process.

270

Hemmingway

Reviews the population of the districts are being represented. States the current statute provides adequate geographic distribution.

331

Rep. Lee

Comments that the Water Resources Commission changed from congressional districts to basin groups.

340

Hemmingway

Responds that of the seven on the commission only two would come from the Willamette Valley.

364

Rep. Lee

Notes that the Water Resources Commission also has only two from the Willamette Valley.

397

Chair Jenson

Discusses testimony regarding governor appointments.

TAPE 91, A

014

Hemmingway

Responds that one of the governor’s principal duties is to appoint his staff and agency heads.

061

Hemmingway

Describes and reviews the events of the last two years.

075

Jim Myron

Representing Oregon Trout. Comments on the concern of appointing interest groups to the commission. Refers to the –3 amendments (EXHIBIT J).

100

Phil Donovan

Representing Oregon Guides and Packers Organization. Reviews prepared testimony in support of HB 3637, (EXHIBIT K). Refers to the -1, -4, and -5 amendments (EXHIBIT J).

196

Chair Jenson

Reviews the legislative concept:

·         The commission will appoint the chair with the approval of the governor and confirmation of the senate.

·         Two-year sunset.

States the purpose is to establish credibility of the agency, director, and commission between the executive and legislative branch.

209

Donovan

States preference for the -6 amendments.

223

Steve Byland

Resident of Gold Beach. Comments on the reasons he believes the commission is inefficient.

318

Chair Jenson

Closes the public hearing on HB 3637 and adjourns the meeting at   3:15 p.m.

 

Submitted By,                                                                           Reviewed By,

 

 

 

Linda K. Gatto,                                                                        Sandy Thiele-Cirka,

Committee Assistant                                                                 Committee Administrator

 

 

EXHIBIT SUMMARY

 

A.     HB 3547, prepared testimony, J. McDonald, 2 pp.

B.     HB 3547, printed materials, G. Stonebrink, 18 pp.

C.     HB 3547, prepared testimony, C. Craig, 4 pp.

D.    HB 3334, Legislative Fiscal Office statement, Staff, 1 p

E.     HB 3711, prepared testimony, J. McDonald, 8 pp.

F.      HB 3711, prepared testimony, G. Huntington, 1 p.

G.    HB 3711, prepared testimony, M. Barsotti, 2 pp.

H.    Umatilla Hatchery, fact sheet, Rep. Bob Jenson 1 p.

I.       HB 3334, Organizational & Fiscal Impacts report, R. Elicker, 16 pp.

J.      HB 3637, -1 amendment dated 03/27/01; -2 amendment dated 4/9/01; -3 amendments dated 4/9/01; -4 amendments dated 4/11/01; -5 amendments dated 4/11/01; -6  through  – 9 conceptual amendments, staff, 19 pp.

K.    HB 3537, prepared testimony, P. Donovan, 2 pp.