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Senate Bill 420

Senate Bill 420, signed into law by Governor Kulongoski in 2007, became effective on January 1, 2008.  SB 420 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 legislation creates a 12-member Environmental Justice Task Force to advise the Governor and natural resources agencies on environmental justice issues.  Information regarding Oregon’s Environmental Justice Task Force can be viewed at: http://archivedwebsites.sos.state.or.us/Governor_Kulongoski_2011/governor.oregon.gov/Gov/GNRO/index.shtml

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WRD Responsibilites

The Oregon Water Resources Department (Department) has two primary responsibilities under SB 420: 
  • Create a citizen advocate position that is responsible for ensuring that the agency encourages public participation, considers environmental justice issues, and informs the agency of the effect of its decision on communities traditionally underrepresented in public processes.
  • Report annually to the Environmental Justice Task Force and to the Governor on the results of agency efforts to:
    • Address environmental issues,
    • Increase public participation of individuals and communities affected by agency decisions,
    • Determine the effect of agency decisions on traditionally underrepresented communities, and
    • Improve plans to further the progress of environmental justice in Oregon.

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Citizen Advocate

Alyssa Mucken, Program Coordinator for the state’s Integrated Water Resources Strategy, is serving as the Department’s Citizen Advocate on environmental justice issues.  The Department welcomes your questions, comments and thoughts regarding environmental justice as it relates to management of Oregon’s water resources.  Please feel free to contact Alyssa Mucken at:
   Oregon Water Resources Department
   725 Summer St. NE, Suite A
   Salem, Oregon 97301-1271 
Telephone:  503-986-0911
Fax:  503-986-0903
E-mail:  alyssa.m.mucken@state.or.us

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