SENATE COMMITTEE ON

 TRANSPORTATION AND ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT

 

 

February 05, 2003                                                                                                   Hearing Room C

8:00 AM                                                                                                                         Tapes 19-20

 

MEMBERS PRESENT:         Sen. Rick Metsger, Chair

Sen. Bruce Starr, Vice-Chair

Sen. Ryan Deckert

Sen. David Nelson

 

STAFF PRESENT:                 Amy Joyce, Committee Administrator

Annastasia Suess, Committee Assistant

 

MEASURE/ISSUES HEARD: SB 180 - Work Session

Informational meeting - Invited testimony on the Columbia River water use for irrigation and industry                        

                                                                                                                                       

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 19, A

002

Chair Metsger

Calls the committee to order at 8:02 a.m. and opens an informational meeting.

INFORMATIONAL MEETING

040

Sen. Nelson

Explains the reason he has invited testimony on Columbia River water use.

050

Chair Metsger

Closes informational meeting with intent to re-open, and opens work session on SB 180.

SB 180 - WORK SESSION

060

Monica Brown

Legislative Fiscal Office. Explains the purpose of the bill.

062

Vice Chair B. Starr

MOTION:  Moves to ADOPT SB 180-2 amendments dated 2/3/03.

065

 

VOTE:  4-0

 

Chair Metsger

Hearing no objection, declares the motion CARRIED.

070

Vice Chair B. Starr

MOTION:  Moves SB 180 to the floor with a DO PASS AS AMENDED recommendation.

075

 

VOTE:  3-1

AYE:            3 - Sen. Deckert, Sen. Metsger, Sen. Starr

NAY:            1 - Sen. Nelson

092

Chair Metsger

The motion CARRIES.

SEN. METSGER will lead discussion on the floor.

095

Chair Metsger

Submits a packet of testimony of constituent cities. (EXHIBIT A).

099

Chair Metsger

MOTION: Moves that the SUBSEQUENT REFERRAL to the committee on Joint Ways and Means BE RESCINDED.

 

 

VOTE:  4-0

100

Chair Metsger

Hearing no objection, declares the motion CARRIED.

110

Chair Metsger

Closes work session and re-opens an informational meeting.

INFORMATIONAL MEETING

115

Paul Cleary

Water Resources Department. Begins discussion on Columbia River’s current water rights. Provides written testimony (EXHIBITS B, C).

175

Cleary

Continues discussion on water rights:

·         Current irrigation rights

·         Geographical and physical access to the main-stem

·         Salmon runs

·         Current surface water rights

 

315

Sen. Ted Ferrioli

District 30.  Provides testimony of concerns on water usage along the Columbia:

400

Sen. Ferrioli

·         Sustainability of Oregon agriculture

·         Sustainability of transport capacity

·         Sustainability of irrigated agriculture

TAPE 20, A

030

Chair Metsger

Comments on testimony.

035

Vice Chair B. Starr

Asks about water temperature changes myth.

040

Sen. Ferrioli

Answers and provides clarification on surface cooling of waters.

050

Bob Levy

Governor Kulongoski’s Transition team. Begins discussion on Columbia River water availability. Provides written testimony (EXHIBIT D).

100

Levy

Continues discussion on Columbia River water availability

·         Background

·         Recommended actions

·         Tri-city Herald articles

160

Darryll Olsen, PhD

Pacific Northwest Project, Regional Planner/Resource Economist. Begins discussion on Columbia River water management. Provides slide show material (EXHIBIT E).

200

Olsen

Continues discussion on water management:

·         Flow targets on the Columbia River Basin

·         Survival rates for juvenile Spring Chinook release groups

·         2001 water conditions at the McNary Dam

TAPE 19, B

020

Olsen

Continues discussion on water management:

·         Economic benefits

·         Columbia-Snake River Irrigators Association (CSRIA) vs. Washington State Department of Ecology (WADOE) litigation

·         Northwest Power Planning Council

125

Sen. Nelson

Asks what the cost is to the state.

130

Olsen

Answers.

140

Sen. Deckert

Asks what the circumstances of the Klamath water fish deaths were in regards to California.

155

Olsen

Answers.

165

Sen. Deckert

Comments on the need to view each circumstance separately.

175

Olsen

Agrees, and provides further comment on water temperatures and habitats.

180

Sen. Nelson

Asks about the differences in using 10-acre feet of water versus 3 feet, and why it changed.

185

Levy

Answers and elaborates.

210

Sen. Deckert

Asks what percentage would qualify as efficient.

215

Levy

Answers and elaborates.

225

Chair Metsger

Asks if there is a comparison of water irrigation acres on the south side versus the north side of the basin.

235

Levy

Answers.

240

Olsen

Elaborates.

255

Gary Neal

Manager of the Port of Morrow. Provides testimony on economic component to the Columbia water usage.

 

Neal

·         Describes Port of Morrow duties

·         Cites a 1997 study on alternative water supply

·         Critical ground water concerns

·         Competitors influence on Morrow

TAPE 20, B

020

Neal

Concludes.

030

Sen. Nelson

Comments on the food processing industry in Morrow, and asks what other industries will assist Morrow.

035

Neal

Answers and provides information on projects pending in Morrow.

045

Sen. Nelson

Asks for elaboration on further expansion of the food processing industry in Morrow.

050

Neal

Answers and comments on the food processing industry in the US.

055

Roger Martin

Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation (CTUIR). Begins with historical impact of Columbia River fisheries.

120

Martin

Continues testimony.

175

Chair Metsger

Asks about specific data provided in testimony.

185

Martin

Clarifies testimony, and suggests a written response from the Tribe.

210

Sen. Nelson

Asks for if there is a potential that the use of the Columbia water would be helpful to increase the flows to the Umatilla.

230

Martin

Answers.

240

Sen. Nelson

Comments on Wallawa run.

251

Chair Metsger

Closes the informational hearing and adjourns the committee at 9:45 a.m.

The following prepared testimony is submitted for the record without public testimony.

 

Karen Russell

Submits written testimony (Exhibit F)

 

 

 

 

EXHIBIT SUMMARY

 

A – Informational, written testimony, Sen. Rick Metsger, 7 pp

B – Informational, written testimony, Paul Cleary,  2 pp

C – Informational, written testimony, Paul Cleary, 2 pp

D – Informational, written testimony, Roger Levy, 11 pp

E – Informational, slide show, Dr. Darrell Olsen, 44 pp

F – Informational, written testimony, Karen Russell, 5 pp