SENATE COMMITTEE ON

AGRICULTURE AND NATURAL RESOURCES

 

 

January 29, 2003                                                                                              Hearing Room HR B

8:30 A.M.                                                                                                                        Tapes  7 - 8

 

MEMBERS PRESENT:         Sen. Frank Shields, Chair

Sen. Roger Beyer, Vice-Chair

Sen. Tony Corcoran

Sen. Bill Fisher

 

STAFF PRESENT:                 Judith Callens, Committee Administrator

Patricia Nielsen, Committee Assistant

 

MEASURE/ISSUES HEARD:           Informational meeting

      Parks and Recreation Department overview

      Oregon Watershed Enhancement Board (OWEB) overview

      Association of Conservation Districts comments

 

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 7, A

005

Chair Shields

Calls meeting to order at 8:35 a.m.  Opens informational meeting.

INFORMATIONAL MEETING

Parks and Recreation Department overview

010

Michael Carrier

Parks and Recreation Department Director.  Presents overview of department mission.  Submits written material (EXHIBITS A, B, C).  Describes funding sources.  Discusses 2001-03 biennial report, agency goals.  Explains legislative concepts for consideration by the committee.

080

Carrier

Continues and discusses issue over use of Lower Deschutes river.

120

Sen. Corcoran

Asks about Tribes’ position.

125

Carrier

Explains.

130

Sen. Corcoran

Urges the agency to give serious and respectful consideration to Tribal proposals.

135

Carrier

Responds.

150

Carrier

Continues and discusses permitting issue relating to recreational placer mining.

185

Carrier

Discusses agency plan to develop comprehensive management plan for Oregon ocean shores.

205

Chair Shields

Refers to biennial reports on placer mining.  Asks for more detailed report on the current review.

210

Carrier

Responds.

225

Sen. Fisher

Asks about cost to change the name of the Oregon Pioneer Cemetery Commission.

230

Carrier

Explains.

275

Vice-chair Beyer

Refers to proposed fee waiver and asks about statutory authority.

280

Carrier

Responds.

300

Sen. Fisher

Comments on project at Garrison Lake.

Oregon Watershed Enhancement Board (OWEB) overview

340

Geoff Huntington

OWEB Director.  Presents overview of agency activities.  Refers to submitted written report (EXHIBITS D, E).

TAPE 8, A

005

Huntington

Continues and discusses use of Measure 66 funds used for watershed enhancement.  Describes grant program (EXHIBITS F, G, H).

100

Huntington

Continues and describes individual grant projects in Oregon counties (EXHIBIT I, J).

200

Huntington

Continues and discusses Secretary of State audit report (EXHIBIT K).  Describes charges to OWEB by legislature under the Oregon Plan for Salmon and Watersheds (Oregon Plan).  Refers to biennial report (EXHIBIT L).

300

Chair Shields

Asks about Oregon Plan biennial report.

305

Huntington

Responds.

310

Chair Shields

Asks about investments in specific counties.

315

Huntington

Provides estimates and examples.

370

Chair Shields

Inquires about volunteer efforts and in-kind investments.

375

Huntington

Discusses.

TAPE 7, B

005

Jay Mower

Columbia Slough Watershed Council.  Provides follow-up comments responding to OWEB presentation.  Describes watershed area and council activities.  Submits written material (EXHIBIT M).

075

Jackie Hastings

Rickreall Watershed Council Coordinator.  Presents overview of watershed council program.  Refers to submitted brochure (EXHIBIT N).

Association of Conservation Districts comments

200

John McDonald

Oregon Association of Conservation Districts, Washington County Conservation District, Tualatin River Watershed Council.  Discusses activities of conservation districts and provides written material (EXHIBIT O).

300

McDonald

Continues and discusses powers and authorities of conservation districts.

400

McDonald

Continues and discusses conservation district customary functions.

TAPE 8, B

035

Shields

Asks about concerns over grant applications.

040

McDonald

Responds.  Continues and discusses funding sources.

100

McDonald

Continues and discusses information sharing issues.

140

McDonald

Summarizes and concludes.

165

Chair Shields

Asks about development of conservation districts from watershed councils.

180

McDonald

Explains.

190

Chair Shields

Closes informational meeting.  Adjourns meeting at 10:12 a.m.

 

 

EXHIBIT SUMMARY

 

A – Parks and Recreation, biennial report, M. Carrier, 16 pp

B – Parks and Recreation, goals and strategies, M. Carrier, 6 pp

C – Parks and Recreation, legislative proposals, M. Carrier, 1 p

D – OWEB, graphic overview booklet, G. Huntington, 36 pp

E – OWEB, article, G. Huntington, 2 pp

F – OWEB, grant application summary, G. Huntington, 1 p

G – OWEB, land acquisition grants, G. Huntington, 2 pp

H – OWEB, Investments in Oregon’s Future booklet, G. Huntington, 48 pp

I – OWEB, county project listing, G. Huntington, 74 pp

J – OWEB, article on project assessment, G. Huntington, 1 p

K – OWEB, audit report, G. Huntington, 6 pp

L – OWEB, Oregon Plan biennial report 2001-03, G. Huntington, 60 pp

M – Watershed councils, written report, J. Mower, 2 pp (1 oversize)

N – Watershed councils, booklet on Rickreall Creek, J. Hastings, 12 pp

O – Conservation districts, written report, J. McDonald, 8 pp