Walden water conservation acts, dam safety bill headed to President
Legislation contains identical provisions that already passed House in July 2007 and affects Deschutes, Crook, Jefferson, Wallowa, Jackson counties
The House of Representatives today passed legislation that includes Congressman Walden's Oregon Water Resources Management Act (H.R. 495), which passed the House without objection in July 2007. H.R. 495 addresses four separate water conservation and dam safety projects in southern, eastern, and central Oregon. Similar legislation passed the House in 2006, making this the third time it has passed in three years.
The Consolidated Natural resources Act of 2008 (S. 2739), which contains H.R. 495 and passed the House today, was approved in the Senate on April 10 and now heads to the President for his signature.
"This literally is a watershed event for our state. All across southern, central and eastern Oregon projects are now authorized to move forward that will ensure farmers and ranchers continue to have adequate irrigation supplies while we continue our work to improve instream flows for fish and creekside habitat. Taken together these measures solve a lot of problems we've been working on for years," Walden said.