HOUSE COMMITTEE ON WATER

 

 

January 23, 2003   Hearing Room B

8:30 A.M.      Tapes 5 - 6

 

MEMBERS PRESENT:            Rep. Jackie Dingfelder, Vice-Chair

Rep. Jeff Kropf, Vice-Chair

Rep. Linda Flores

Rep. Jeff Kruse

Rep. Mike Schaufler

Rep. Carolyn Tomei

 

MEMBER EXCUSED:            Rep. Bob Jenson, Chair

 

STAFF PRESENT:                  Pete Test, Committee Administrator

Mike Reiley, Committee Assistant

 

MEASURE/ISSUES HEARD:  Informational Meeting – Oregon Watershed Enhancement Board

                                                     Geoff Huntington, Director

 

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 5, A

003

Vice-Chair Kropf

Calls meeting to order at 8:37 am. Opens informational meeting.

INFORMATIONAL MEETING

024

Geoff Huntington

Executive Director, Oregon Watershed Enhancement Board (OWEB). Submits and summarizes prepared information regarding relationship of OWEB to Oregon Plan for Salmon Recovery (EXHIBIT A).

TAPE 6, A

001

Huntington

Continues presentation. Explains development of OWEB.

057

Rep. Schaufler

Asks for clarification of economic stimulus regarding OWEB.

058

Huntington

Responds and summarizes prepared information regarding economic stimulus. Continues presentation.

109

Rep. Dingfelder

Asks for clarification of grant review process.

120

Huntington

Explains grant program.

150

Rep. Dingfelder

Asks who is eligible for grants.

153

Huntington

Explains grant eligibility. Continues presentation.

305

Rep. Schaufler

Asks if there is information regarding the outcome and implementation of individual plans under OWEB.

314

Huntington

Explains that OWEB monitors plans to determine effectiveness.

382

Vice-Chair Kropf

Asks how to justify OWEB without quantifiable evidence that it is working.

410

Huntington

Responds that there is evidence for various projects.

TAPE 5, B

021

Rep. Kruse

Asks how to define success regarding water quality and salmon recovery.

037

Huntington

Answers that there is a tie between water quality and fish which OWEB addresses.

058

Rep. Kruse

Asks if Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) water quality monitoring is included in OWEB equation.

072

Huntington

Responds that it is all part of a collective effort to achieve their goals.

080

Rep. Kruse

Asks if OWEB works with other groups and agencies to avoid duplicative work and conserve resources.

092

Huntington

Responds that OWEB works with other groups for monitoring.

113

Rep. Kruse

Requests monitoring information regarding OWEB.

122

Vice-Chair Kropf

Makes additional request for monitoring information.

129

Huntington

Continues presentation.

160

Rep. Kruse

Asks about payment requests timing.

161

Huntington

Explains timing for payment requests and grant process. Continues presentation.

234

Rep. Dingfelder

Asks about Oregon State Parks sub-account regarding acquisitions and Measure 66.

251

Huntington

Responds that he is unsure.

262

Rep. Dingfelder

Asks if there are funds in OWEB sub-account for acquisition.

267

Huntington

Responds yes. Explains role of OWEB in land acquisition.

421

Vice-Chair Kropf

Asks about OWEB’s organization.

440

Huntington

Explains that OWEB is still small enough and there is contact with all staff.

TAPE 6, B

007

Vice-Chair Kropf

Asks about attribution of matching federal funding and OWEB.

029

Huntington

Clarifies that 2:1 matching fund ratio is for grants only. Explains funding requirements.

098

Vice-Chair Kropf

Asks if grants are made to cities to upgrade infrastructure to comply with mandates.

107

Huntington

Responds that it is out of OWEB’s niche. Explains partnerships regarding watershed management.

132

Rep. Dingfelder

Asks about Oregon Garden and tertiary water treatment.

148

Huntington

Answers that OWEB occasionally gets involved in similar issues.

152

Vice-Chair Kropf

Cites similar example in Lebanon. Asks about conservation easements.

166

Huntington

Explains issues regarding conservation easements. Summarizes what OWEB will discuss in later meetings.

235

Vice-Chair Kropf

Closes informational hearing. Discusses Committee Rules. Adjourns meeting at 10:16 am.

 

 

 

 

 

EXHIBIT SUMMARY

 

A – Informational, Geoff Huntington, OVERSIZED EXHIBIT (see archives)