Klamath Basin Task Force
Senator Ron Wyden, chair of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, held a committee hearing on Klamath Basin water issues on June 20, 2013. At that hearing, the Senator pressed witnesses to state publicly what aspects of a comprehensive Klamath Basin settlement they could support.
Following the hearing, Senator Wyden, together with Oregon Senator Jeff Merkley, Oregon Congressman Greg Walden, and Oregon Governor John Kitzhaber agreed to convene a task force to resolve remaining water and other resource issues in the Klamath Basin. The task force is focusing its work in three areas:
• A comprehensive settlement of water issues in the upper basin;
• Completing development of a program to provide lower cost power to irrigators in the Klamath Irrigation Project, as well as for off-project irrigators who are participating in water resources programs that benefit the basin; and
• Reducing the costs to the federal government of the package of actions designed to restore environmental health and economic stability to the Klamath Basin.
for task force meeting schedule and meeting materials
West Coast Ocean Acidification and Hypoxia Science Panel
Governor Kitzhaber announced August 28, 2013 that Oregon is joining with the state of California to establish a new panel to focus on the extent, causes, and effects of ocean acidification and hypoxia along the Pacific coastline. The West Coast Ocean Acidification and Hypoxia Science Panel will bring together scientists from California, Oregon, Washington, and British Columbia to develop strategic recommendations for researching and monitoring ocean acidification and hypoxia in the Pacific Ocean.
"Scientists are learning that ocean acidification is hitting waters off the West Coast earlier and harder than elsewhere on the planet," said Governor Kitzhaber. "We need a comprehensive and collaborative approach to better understand what this may mean for West Coast fisheries, Oregon's rich natural resources, and the people who live on and visit the Oregon coast."
· Click here for a full press release.
· For a copy of the memorandum of understanding establishing the panel click here.
Governor Kitzhaber's O&C Lands Panel
O&C Lands Panel
Statement from Senator Merkley:
"I want to thank Governor Kitzhaber and his leadership in bringing together diverse interests to find common ground for the management of Oregon's unique O&C lands.
I look forward to working with Senator Wyden and the rest of the Oregon congressional delegation to use these ideas to help craft a way forward to provide economic stability for the O&C counties, create a sustainable timber economy that puts people to work in the woods, and restore the health of our forests for future generations."
Statement from Senator Wyden:
"Oregonians expect a resolution of the issues created by the unique history of the O&C lands. A successful solution will balance economic, recreation and environmental interests, treat federal taxpayers, counties and private landholders fairly, and lay the foundations for growth in Oregon's O&C counties. Governor Kitzhaber deserves credit for bringing stakeholders together and Senator Wyden, as chair of the Senate committee with jurisdiction over federal forest lands, will take a close look at the Governor's report, especially the modeling and data it pulls together. To the extent the report helps in the crafting of legislation that can successfully move through the current House and Senate, as outlined in the principles Senator Wyden released last year, the Governor's efforts have helped move the ball forward."
Statement from Congressman Defazio:
"I want to thank the Governor and the panelists for their hard work -- it is useful, timely, and substantive. After looking over the materials, I'm optimistic. The report confirms that there are shared goals and there is common ground among Oregon counties, environmentalists, and the timber industry. I truly believe a long-term solution is out there. And my bipartisan work with Rep. Kurt Schrader and Rep. Greg Walden -- with some additions from the Governor's panel -- can help get us there."
Growth Management Program
GNRO is working with DLCD, cities, counties, and other interests to streamline Oregon's growth management program. Oregon has been successful in growing in ways that use urban land more efficiently, but there is a broad sense that the urban land use program needs to be less complex and more accessible to citizens who want to participate in decision-making. The following documents describe the initial concepts being developed in this area, and summarize census data from Oregon, Washington, Idaho, and California that show that Oregon is doing a good job of managing growth relative to its neighbors. For more information on this project, contact Richard Whitman at 503-378-6145.
Working with the Oregon offices of the Bureau of Land Management and the Natural Resources Conservation Service, the GNRO is working to develop an "all lands" plan for eastern and central Oregon that addresses all of the relevant factors for the decline identified by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in its decision that a listing of sage grouse under the federal Endangered Species Act is "warranted but precluded." The state is working with private and local partners in this effort, which is being managed through Oregon Consensus. For more information on this project, contact Brett Brownscombe at (503) 373-1680.
Environmental Justice Task Force Gives Voice to All Oregonians
The Environmental Justice Task Force (EJTF) was created by Senate Bill 420, which calls for environmental justice in Oregon by ensuring that all persons affected by decisions of natural resource agencies have a voice in those decisions. The EJTF advises the Governor and natural resource agencies on environmental justice issues in Oregon. Your voice for environmental justice in Oregon! Find it here...