June 24, 2009 --
Oregon Cattlemen Association
Legislative Update 06-19-09
HB 3369: Funding for Umatilla water development projects. This legislation was originally intended to provide lottery bond financing for grants for water supply projects and to establish Agriculture and Community Water Supply Grant Funds with continuous appropriations to Water Resources Department for the grant program. The bill now includes the funding for Umatilla water development projects plus a lot of pork for a Water Development Fund, a Water Resources Investment Fund, a Water Resources Grant Fund, and a Water Conservation, Reuse and Storage Investment Fund specifically intended to fund a statewide integrated strategy for implementing the state water resources policy.
Many in the Natural Resources community including the OCA have maintained this is not necessary and have successfully opposed any efforts to pass legislation making this possible. Very strategically the combined issues in this bill make it difficult at this late date to successfully separate and eliminate the pork provisions, but the effort is being made.
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