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From Katherine Lehman regarding Mondays HB2564 water meters.
Call your legislators now! 4/27/07

We heard from Rep. Jenson's office this afternoon that H.B. 2564 is going before the House Environment and Energy Committee this coming Monday. If you've forgotten, H.B. 2564 will require every Oregon resident who uses a well or who uses groundwater for any other purpose to install a meter at the wellhead and report the water use to a state bureaucracy.

We need to put enough pressure on so this bill dies in committee. Please contact every committee member and tell them, politely, but firmly, that you OPPOSE H.B. 2564.........unless, of course, the state wants to buy your well and your water, and then they'll be free to do what they wish.

If we can kill H.B. 2564, YOU get to keep control of your private well, and the private water it provides for whatever you do with it that is also your private affair. YOU won't have to pay for the meter. YOU won't have to pay to install the meter. YOU won't have to make reports to the government of your private water use. And YOU won't have to pay maintenance and repair costs of the meter. And MOST IMPORTANT, YOU WON'T HAVE TO LIE AWAKE WONDERING WHAT THE STATE WILL DO WITH THE KNOWLEDGE OF THE AMOUNT OF WATER YOU USE. Now, that's what I call a win-win!

PLEASE distribute this as far and wide as possible. We need to flood the committee members' offices on Monday. It's always best to call or fax, as emails are too easy to delete and ignore. But many legislators don't make their fax numbers known, so make your own choice. But it's imperative you make contact. If we cannot stop this nastiness from coming out of committee, we may well (no pun intended) not stop it on the floor.

I've attached a copy of H.R. 2564 below, and the names and contact numbers, both their Capitol and Interim phones (as available), for the committee members.

Let's rock and roll on this one!

Kathy Lehman PFUSA Grange #835 CAPITOL INTERIM

Jackie Dingfelder (D - Portland), Chair (503) 986-1445 503-493-2804 Email: rep.jackiedingfelder@state.or.us Ben Cannon (D - Portland), Vice-Chair (503) 986-1446 none avail. Email: rep.bencannon@state.or.us Bob Jenson (R - Pendleton) (503) 986-1458 541-276-5821 Email: rep.bobjenson@state.or.us Terry Beyer (D - Springfield) (503) 986-1412 541-726-2533 Email: rep.terrybeyer@state.or.us Chuck Burley (R - Bend) (503) 986-1454 541-480-8007 Email: rep.chuckburley@state.or.us Greg MacPherson (D - Lake Oswego) (503) 986-1438 503-635-2648 Email: rep.gregmacpherson@state.or.us Greg Smith (R - Heppner) (503) 986-1457 541-676-5154 Email: rep.gregsmith@state.or.us


http://www.leg.state.or.us/07reg/measpdf/hb2500.dir/hb2564.intro.pdf NOTE: Matter in boldfaced type in an amended section is new; matter [italic and bracketed] is existing law to be omitted. New sections are in boldfaced type.

74th OREGON LEGISLATIVE ASSEMBLY--2007 Regular Session House Bill 2564 Sponsored by COMMITTEE ON ENERGY AND THE ENVIRONMENT SUMMARY The following summary is not prepared by the sponsors of the measure and is not a part of the body thereof subject to consideration by the Legislative Assembly. It is an editorĘs brief statement of the essential features of the measure as introduced. Requires all water users to measure amounts of water withdrawn or stored. Applies to new water users on and after effective date of Act. Applies to existing water users on and after January
1, 2012. Allows Water Resources Commission to require water users to report water use measurements. Declares emergency, effective on passage. A BILL FOR AN ACT Relating to measurement of water use; and declaring an emergency. Whereas the measurement and reporting of water use benefits all water users and is critical to the effective management of the water resources of this state; and Whereas the promotion of measurement and reporting of water use by all water users is a valuable public policy; and Whereas local, state and federal cooperation and coordination should be encouraged in order to provide financial support for water use measurement and reporting; now, therefore, Be It Enacted by the People of the State of Oregon: SECTION 1. Section 2 of this 2007 Act is added to and made a part of ORS chapter 537. SECTION 2. (1) As used in this section, "water user" means any person who:
(a) Holds a water right permit issued under ORS 537.211 or a water right certificate issued under ORS 537.250;
(b) Holds a reservoir permit issued under ORS 537.400 or a water right certificate for a reservoir issued under ORS 537.407, or who stores water in a reservoir otherwise exempt under ORS 537.405;
(c) Holds a ground water certificate of registration issued under ORS
537.610, a ground water permit issued under ORS 537.625 or a ground water right certificate issued under ORS
537.630;
(d) Uses water pursuant to a registration statement filed under ORS 539.240 or holds a water right certificate issued under ORS 539.140;
(e) Uses water under a limited license issued under ORS 537.143; or
(f) Uses water otherwise exempt under ORS 537.545.
(2) All water users shall install water measurement devices that provide for measurement of the amount of water withdrawn or stored at the point of diversion and that allow for the determination of the rate and duty of water appropriated. The requirement imposed by this subsection is in addition to any requirement to measure the amount of water used that is imposed pursuant to ORS 390.835, 537.099 or 540.435.
(3) Any water user required to install a water measurement device under this section shall:
(a) Maintain the device in good working order for the period of water use; and
(b) Report water use to the Water Resources Department, in the manner prescribed in rules adopted by the Water Resources Commission. SECTION 3. (1) The requirement to install water measurement devices imposed by section
2 of this 2007 Act:
(a) Applies on and after the effective date of this 2007 Act to water users, as defined in section 2 of this 2007 Act, who first withdraw or store water on or after the effective date of this 2007 Act; and
(b) Applies on and after January 1, 2012, to water users, as defined in section 2 of this
2007 Act, who first withdraw or store water before the effective date of this 2007 Act.
(2) Notwithstanding subsection (1) of this section, the Water Resources Commission may require any water user to install water measurement devices on and after the effective date of this 2007 Act. SECTION 4. This 2007 Act being necessary for the immediate preservation of the public peace, health and safety, an emergency is declared to exist, and this 2007 Act takes effect on its passage. [2]
 
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