Rep Reschke seeks comments on three water bills
according to Reschke
3/25/17, "The hearing for these three bills
was last week and is over. However I would still
recommend you send your comments to the committee
members as it has not yet been scheduled for a committee
— In response to a series of three water-related bills, Rep.
Reschke, R-Klamath Falls, is calling for comments from local
landowners and water users.
bills are sponsored by Rep. Ken Helm, D-Portland, Chair of
the House Energy & Environment Committee and scheduled for
hearings on Wednesday, March 22.
Bill 2705 would require measurement and annual reporting of
all diversions of water after 2020; HB 2706 would impose an
annual $100 “management fee” on each water right
certificate, permit, decree, or groundwater registration;
and HB 2707 would appropriate general fund dollars for
ground water investigation and study.
concerns are that rural districts will pay a
disproportionate unfair amount of tax for groundwater
research that these bills propose,” said Rep. Reschke.
concern that Oregon is suffering from a shortage of water
has lead Rep. Helm to introduce these bills. Sadly, two of
these bills (HB 2705 and HB 2706) as currently drafted, do
little to help except increase water user’s costs.
“Installation of measuring devices on streams can cost tens
of thousands of dollars. Daily maintenance can add up to
thousands of dollars in additional labor costs. The annual
reporting, and more often if the Oregon Water Resources
Department requests, of “water amount, rate, and duty” will
add thousands of more dollars, annually, in time and
additional out-of-pocket expense.
inclusion of a $500 civil penalty for each day of violation
of the act, creates the threat of financial disaster for
those who make innocent errors while trying to comply with
the reporting requirements in HB 2705 because those errors
might not be discovered for months after the reports are
strongly suggest that those who have water rights email,
write, or call, the members of the Energy & Environment
Committee to share their thoughts and suggestions. If
possible, attend the hearing on March 22nd, in Salem (900
Court St. NE, Hearing Room-D), at 3:00 p.m. (PDT),” said
of these bills can be found on the Oregon Legislative
Information System (OLIS) at:
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