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Press Release: April 3, 2012

Governor Kitzhaber designates Columbia River Water Supply Effort as Oregon Solutions Project


(Boardman, OR) — Today Governor Kitzhaber designated the Columbia River Water Supply Program as an Oregon Solutions Project. In the near term, Oregon Solutions will bring together key interests to develop several specific proposals that can be carried out over the next two to three years. The proposals will both support expanded agriculture and benefit fisheries and other in-stream uses.
“I appreciate the work already being done by the agricultural community, the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation, and conservation interests to pursue responsible water projects in the basin, and I support future efforts that will build on this foundation,” said Governor Kitzhaber.
The Oregon Business Plan identified Columbia River water as an economic development opportunity that could create a significant number of new jobs, help our state’s important agricultural industries, and provide new benefits for the environment.
The team will be formed over the next few weeks.

Media Contacts:
Tim Raphael, 503-689-6117
Amy Wojcicki, 503-689-5324


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