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SB 839 Seasonally Varying Flows (SVF) Task Force


Katie Fast 
Oregon Farm Bureau 

Teresa Huntsinger 
Oregon Environmental Council 

Richard Kosesan 
Water for Life 

Mark Landauer 
Special Districts Association of Oregon

Kimberley Priestley 
WaterWatch of Oregon 

Eric Quaempts 
Confederated Tribes of the
Umatilla Indian Reservation 

Gil Riddell 
Association of Oregon Counties 

Tracy Rutten 
League of Oregon Cities 

April Snell 
Oregon Water Resources Congress 

Jeff Stone 
Oregon Association of Nurseries

Curtis Martin
Oregon Cattlemen 

Joe Whitworth 
The Fresh Water Trust 

JR Cook
Northeast  Oregon Water Association

3 Economic Subgroup Members:

Dr. Bill Jaeger
Professor of Economics
College of Agricultural Sciences
Oregon State University

Paul Matthews
Chief Financial Officer
Tualatin Valley Water District

Dawn Wiedmeier
Deputy Area Manager
Bureau of Reclamation

3 Science Subgroup Members:

Dr. Leslie Bach
Director of Freshwater Programs
The Nature Conservancy

Dr. Tim Hardin
Instream Flow Specialist
Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife

Dr. Valerie Kelly
Hydrologist, Oregon Water Science Center
U.S. Geological Survey

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Purposes and Outcomes

Purpose:  SB 839 directs the Governor to appoint a task force to develop a recommended methodology for determining seasonally varying flows that optimize functional benefits, while considering that benefits will not occur unless new water storage projects are financially feasible and that such projects might not be appropriate or feasible in many locations.

Outcome:  The task force must submit its report to the Governor, Legislature and Water Resources Commission, and the Water Resources Commission must subsequently adopt rules to establish the seasonally varying flows methodology.
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Task Force


Meeting Materials​



Room Location

Combined  Kick-Off Agenda​ Handout​ MP3 ​Fri, Aug. 15, 2014 ​Room 124 - 1st floor lobby
​Meeting Minutes
​SVF ​Agenda Handout ​MP3 ​Fri, Sep. 5, 2014 ​3rd Floor - Check-in with Receptionist

SVF Overall Presentation

Intro to SVF Presentation

In-Depth Framework Method Presentation

Percent of Flow Method Presentation
Meeting Minutes
​SVF Agenda ​1 Econ Overview - Bateman MP3 ​Fri, Sep. 19, 2014 ​3rd Floor - Check-in with Receptionist
2 Econ Report - Jaeger
​3 Penciling Out - Moore
​4 Storage Permitting - Stahr
​Meeting Minutes
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​SVF ​Agenda 1 Reservoir Fill Methods & Rates - Moore & Lovellford ​MP3 ​Fri, Oct. 10, 2014 ​3rd Floor - Check-in with Receptionist
2​ Baseflow and Division 33 - Hardin and Faucera​
3 ​Observations - Bruce McGurk​​
​​Q and A Handout
Meeting Minutes - Lite
​SVF ​Agenda ​1 Water Diversion Engineering - Moore MP3 ​Wed, Oct. 15, 2014 ​3rd Floor - Check-in with Receptionist
​2 Reservoirs Rights above Bonneville - Stahr
​3 Ag Reservations - MMatter
Meeting Minutes - Lite
​Combined Agenda Matrix​​ ​Thu, Oct. 30, 2014 ​3rd Floor - Check-in with Receptionist
Cost Table - Moore
Meeting Minutes - Lite
​SVF Agenda ​Matrix ​MP3 ​Mon, Dec. 1, 2014 3rd Floor - Check-in with Receptionist​
Matrix Narrative​ ​1 p.m. - 2 p.m.
SVF​ Agenda​ ​Matrix MP3 Mon, Dec. 15, 2014 ​3rd Floor - Check-in with Receptionist
​Matrix Narrative ​8 a.m. - 9 a.m.
Meeting Minutes ​                        


All meetings will be located:

The Oregon Water Resources Department
North Mall Office Building
725 Summer St. NE, Suite A
Salem, Oregon 97301

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