RiverPAC of Oregon
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Robert Van Dyk
Jef A Green
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RiverPAC of Oregon Supported
the following 13 Candidates and Causes in 2016:
Rep. Ken Helm
Salmon champion leading the effort for sustainable water use and Chair of the House Committee on Energy and the Environment; represents House District 34 (Beaverton).
Sen. Arnie Roblan
Founding Coastal Caucus member from the South Coast and leader in the effort for Trust Land Transfer legislation. Represents Senate District 5 (Coos Bay).
State Treasurer Tobias Read
Member of the State Land Board and former sponsor of legislation to help protect the Elliott State Forest.
Governor Kate Brown
Proposed budget allocates $100 million to protect the Elliott State Forest and increases funding for sustainable groundwater use
Rep. Ann Lininger
Strong voice for public health and stream protection on multiple fronts including aerial spraying of forest chemicals and landslide risk reduction; founder of the Legislative Environmental Caucus focused on toxics, fracking, electric vehicle advocacy and phasing out Styrofoam. Represents House District 38 (Lake Oswego).
Sen. Michael Dembrow
Member of Senate Ways and Means Committee and Senate Environment and Natural Resources Committee; founding member of Legislative Environmental Caucus. Represents Senate District 23 (east Portland).
Commissioner Annabelle Jaramillo
Progressive Chair of the Benton County Board of Commissioners dedicated to sustainable development.
Sen. Chuck Riley
Returning Senator from western Washington County, elected Assistant Senate Majority Leader. Represents Senate District 15 (Hillsboro).
Rep. David Gomberg
Small business owner from Otis and strong voice for integration of conservation and economic development within the Coastal Caucus. Represents House District 10 (Central Coast).
A collaborative campaign supporting Oregon House Democrats
Yes for Clean Water and Healthy Soil (Washington County Measure 34-269)
Important local conservation initiative passed in November 2016; funded the Tualatin Soil and Water Conservation District through a new tax levy for up to $5 million annually to expand current watershed conservation efforts.
Pro-conservation candidate for House District 24 (Yamhill).
Pro-conservation candidate for Secretary of State; former legislator and Secretary of Labor.
Priority Issues for RiverPAC in 2017 include:
1) Keep the Elliott State Forest in public ownership and permanently protect its old growth forests and streams;
2) Protect streamflows by improving water management through measurement of stream and groundwater withdrawals;
3) Strong, permanent regulation of suction dredge mining.
4) Balanced representation of conservation interests on Boards and Commissions.
5) Adequate funding for natural resource agencies responsible for setting and attaining minimum water quality standards on state and private forestlands that provide salmon habitat and drinking water.
Wins for Oregon Rivers in the 2017 Legislative Session
1. Ban on Suction Dredge Mining
Legislators passed a bi-partisan bill to ban suction dredge mining in streams with key habitat for salmon or Pacific lamprey. Suction-dredge mining vacuums gravel from streams in search of gold, causing well documented harm to salmon habitat. Discussion of a ban has been before the legislature for at least six years, so we were very happy to get this across the line.
LINKS to more on the suction dredge bill
- Miners Critique New Law Banning Suction Dredging Permanently
- Oregon Senate Passes Suction Dredge Reform Bill
2. Elliott State Forest and its salmon watersheds will stay public
Three legislative actions will help the South Coast’s 82,500 acre Elliott State Forest stay in public ownership and be managed to meet federal conservation mandates:
- A bipartisan Trust Lands Transfer bill (SB 847) will conserve the South Coast’s Elliott and other "Common School Fund” state lands by making it legal to buy them out of their mandate to generate revenue from timber production. This will not help the Elliott directly but will also be a model for other critical places under extractive pressure across Oregon.
- $100 million in bonding was authorized for the Elliott as part of a larger bill (SB 5505) to buy out part of the Elliott’s obligation to the Common School Fund.
- $1.5 million was appropriated to Oregon Department of State Lands for Habitat Conservation Plan development.
LINK to more information on the Trust Lands Transfer Bill
LINKs to more information on $100 million bond
- Lawmakers back $100 million for Elliott State Forest
- Lawmakers Advance $100 Million in State Bonding Revenue to Keep the Elliott State Forest Public
LINK for more on the $1.5 million HCP funding
LINK to why the Elliott needed to stay in public ownership
3. Some Key Natural Resource Agency Staff Cuts Avoided
Cuts to vital programs in the departments of Forestry, Environmental Quality, and Fish Wildlife were avoided, as funding was added back into budgets late in the session.
Losses for Oregon Rivers in the 2017 Legislative Session
- No action on Water Use Package: groundwater study, water use measurement and new fees all died. Oregonian article: Draining Oregon: Water bills dry up in Legislature
- No action on Aerial Spraying
- No action on reform the Oregon Forest Practices Act