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SB 839 (2013) Science Sub-Task Force

Synopsis: 

Senate Bill 839 (2013) calls for the creation of a Task Force that shall by consensus develop a recommended methodology for determining seasonally varying flow requirements related to the operation of publicly funded water storage projects.  This Sub-Task Force will be responsible for determining the functional needs for seasonally varying flows, given the biological, ecological, and physical functions in watersheds during periods of water storage. For more information please click here.

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SB 839 (2013) Economic Sub-Task Force

Synopsis: 

Senate Bill 839 (2013) calls for the creation of a Task Force that shall by consensus develop a recommended methodology for determining seasonally varying flow requirements related to the operation of publicly funded water storage projects.  This Sub-Task Force will be responsible for considering the financial feasibility of new water storage projects, given the practical aspects of developing and operating such projects. For more information please click here.

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SB 839 (2013) Seasonally Varying Flows (SVF) Task Force - Under Construction

Synopsis: 

The two sub-task forces above shall report their findings and recommendations to the full SVF task force by February 1, 2014. The full task force shall submit a report to the Governor, an interim committee of the Legislative Assembly related to natural resources, and the Water Resources Commission no later than July 1, 2014.  Subsequently, the Water Resources Commission shall adopt rules to establish a methodology for use in determining the seasonally varying flows for a stream of interest.

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SB 839 (2013) Governance Task Force - Under Construction

Synopsis: 

Senate Bill 839 (2013) calls for the creation of a Task Force composed groups with an interest in water resources development, to review the structure established for water development project loans and grants in SB 839.  The Task Force should develop any proposals it determines warranted, related to: (a) the appropriate role of the state in providing loan and grant funding for multipurpose water resource development; and (b) the decision-making process for the allocation of newly developed water from projects for which the uses of the water were not specified in the funding application. The resulting report, due by July 1, 2014, should contain any recommendations for legislation.

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Ecological Flow Technical Advisory Group (EFTAG)

Synopsis:

EFTAG was a technical workgroup made up of scientists that study instream ecological flows. The committee’s task was to write a background White Paper regarding Ecological flows to be used to help set policy for both approving Ecological flow studies and for setting ecological flows in regards to Grant and Loan Programs established by HB 3369 (passed by 2009 Legislature). White Paper December 2010 [PDF 4 MB]

Make up of the EFTAG [PDF 40 KB]

Special Issue: Freshwater Biology

Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife Guidance for determination of elevated ecological flows:
http://www.dfw.state.or.us/fish/water/docs/ODFW_Guidance_on_Allocating_Peak_Flows.pdf

U.S. Forest Service Paper on determining Channel Maintenance flows for gravel bed streams:
http://www.fs.fed.us/rm/pubs/rmrs_gtr128.pdf

Maintaining Instream Flows In Northern California Coastal Streams
http://www.waterboards.ca.gov/waterrights/water_issues/programs/instream_flows/
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