HOUSE COMMITTEE ON STREAM RESTORATION

& SPECIES RECOVERY

 

 

March 28, 2001                                                                                                       Hearing Room E

1:00 P.M.                                                                                                                     Tapes 69 – 71

 

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

Stephen Kosiewicz, Committee Assistant

 

MEASURE HEARD:            

                                                HB 3638 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 69, A

003

Vice Chair Lee

Calls the committee to order at 1:06 p.m. as a subcommittee for the purpose of hearing public testimony. Opens a public hearing on        HB 3638.

HB 3638 PUBLIC HEARING

026

Ron Graves

Representing Wasco County Soil and Water Conservation District. Submits written material (EXHIBIT A) and presents a PowerPoint presentation providing background information on conservation districts.

111

Graves

Continues presentation.

170

Rep. King

References the flowchart and questions if there is output coming from the soil and water conservation districts.

183

Graves

Explains that the box in the upper left-hand corner represents the NRCS and conservation district planning process. Notes that the output from the water districts would be down to the diamond-shape decision box in the lower part of the graphic.

191

Rep. King

Asks if there is any output to area wide conservation plans or agricultural land use plans.

195

Graves

Responds that they are not trying to show all of the input.

208

Rep. King

Comments that input into the conservation plans is important and that the districts should be involved with the final conservation plans.

218

Graves

Indicates that Rep. King is correct. Continues presentation.

322

Graves

Continues presentation.

353

Jim Carpenter

Carpenter Design Inc. Submits and reads written testimony in support of HB 3638 (EXHIBIT B).

TAPE 70, A

 

005

Rep. Lee

Comments in support of district accomplishments.

016

Rep. Tomei

Asks Mr. Carpenter if he has seen the amendments to HB 3638.

018

Carpenter

Responds that he has received them but has not reviewed them.

026

Jeff Rolá

Representing Wy’East RC & D Council. Testifies in support of         HB 3638 and reviews the work being done by the Wy’East RC & D Council in the basin.

075

Rep. Lee

Asks how long it took to obtain the $9 million.

077

Rolá

Responds that it was within the last year.

086

Louise Solliday

Governor’s Assistant for Natural Resources. Testifies on the concept and why there may be value to the structure outlined in HB 3638.

168

Chair Jenson

Questions if the local areas would be further ahead if they designed their own plans rather than giving them a standard model.

175

Solliday

Responds that a balance of both would be the most effective.

191

Chair Jenson

Notes that there would be some flexibility on the part of the Governor’s Office if they came up with a bill in relation to this.

195

Rep. Wirth

Asks how HB 3638 relates to SB 433.

197

Solliday

Responds that SB 433 has a section that deals with regional bodies. Notes that it focuses on the Willamette.

218

Monte Graham

Representing Marion Soil and Water Conservation District. Submits written material (EXHIBIT C) and presents the annual report of the Marion SWCD.

338

Graham

Continues discussing successes of the Marion SWCD.

390

Rep. Lee

Asks how many water quality management plans will be implemented in the Willamette Basin.

396

Graham

Responds that he believes there will be nine.

TAPE 69, B

 

015

Rick Bastasch

Executive Director, Willamette Restoration Initiative (WRI). Submits and reads written testimony in support of HB 3638 (EXHIBIT D).

055

Chair Jenson

Asks when WRI’s recommendations will be presented to the Governor and the legislature.

058

Bastasch

Responds that their recommendations will be sent out next week.

065

Helen Berg

Mayor, City of Corvallis, and member WRI Board of Directors. Testifies in support of HB 3638.

109

Sara Vickerman

West Coast Office Director, Defenders of Wildlife, and member WRI Board of Directors. Testifies in support of HB 3638 and the proposed amendments.

150

John McDonald

Member, WRI Board of Directors. Testifies in support of HB 3638 and notes some concerns.

258

Rep. Lee

Comments on a meeting that was held with watershed councils and districts. Asks for Mr. McDonald’s opinion on the concept of a regional body resources and accomplishments.

276

McDonald

Responds that this is a concept that deserves development.

299

Chair Jenson

Asks Mr. McDonald if the WRI is a bottom-up approach.

306

McDonald

Responds that it involves local stakeholder groups that are assembled to be representation on the WRI.

324

Berg

Notes other entities that were involved in the WRI process.

352

Chair Jenson

States that he sees the WRI as a top-down approach.

365

McDonald

Comments that when he was appointed to the WRI Board of Directors, he felt the same way initially.

TAPE 70, B

 

001

Rep. Kruse

Comments that HB 3638 is not the right approach to the issue.

015

Rep. Wirth

Asks Mr. McDonald if he has seen the amendment and is he supportive.

017

McDonald

Responds affirmatively and notes that it is an improvement to the bill. Comments that there is not universal excitement about having a regional body throughout the state.

056

Berg

Comments on the urgency of what the citizens of Oregon need to do.

078

Rep. Kruse

Comments that there has been tremendous success in restoring the environment in Oregon over the last 30 years.

099

Debrah Marriott

Director, Lower Columbia River Estuary Program. Submits and reads written testimony on the estuary program (EXHIBIT E).

196

Marriott

Continues reading testimony.

286

Marriott

Continues reading testimony.

329

Geoff Huntington

Executive Director, Oregon Watershed Enhancement Board. Submits written testimony (EXHIBIT F) and testifies on the role regional watershed entities play in helping Oregon achieve healthier watersheds and recover at-risk fish stocks.

400

Chair Jenson

Asks Mr. Huntington to explain what top-down versus bottom-up.

TAPE 71, A

 

002

Huntington

Responds that top-down is when an agency, the legislature, or the Governor’s Office looks at a watershed and tells them what they need to do and how to do it.

005

Chair Jenson

Asks if the bill as originally written is a top-down approach.

010

Huntington

Indicates that this was one of his initial thoughts, but that the proposed amendment addresses bottom-up approach.

030

Chair Jenson

Comments on the need to come up with some language to change the top-down approach that seems to be inherent in the bill as written.

059

Huntington

Notes that it is important to have a clear understanding as a group about what needs to be accomplished and how it fits with other entities that are working in the same area.

074

Chair Jenson

Closes the public hearing on HB 3638 and adjourns the committee at 3:00 p.m.

 

Submitted By,                                                                           Reviewed By,

 

 

 

Stephen Kosiewicz,                                                                  Sandy Thiele-Cirka,

Committee Assistant                                                                 Committee Administrator

 

EXHIBIT SUMMARY

 

A – HB 3638, written material, Ron Graves, 17 pp.

B – HB 3638, written testimony, Jim Carpenter, 1 p

C – HB 3638, written material, Monte Graham, 90 pp.

D – HB 3638, written testimony, Rick Bastasch, 1 p

E – HB 3638, written testimony, Debrah Marriott, 5 pp.

F – HB 3638, written testimony, Geoff Huntington, 1 p