Walden Announces House Subcommittee Hearing Date on DRC Reauthorization Legislation
April 8, 2006 -
Madras, OR -
At a meeting today in Madras with members of the Deschutes River Conservancy (DRC) Board of Directors and local water users, U.S. Congressman Greg Walden (R-OR) announced that the House Subcommittee on Water and Power, of which he is a member, has scheduled a legislative hearing for the Deschutes River Conservancy Reauthorization Act of 2006 for Wednesday, April 26, 2006 at 3:00 PM EDT. The Act, S. 166, would reauthorize the DRC and authorize annual funding of $2 million through 2015.
"The Deschutes River Conservancy plays an important role for water management in the Deschutes River Basin and they have done a fine job coordinating efforts between the various irrigation districts and water users throughout the area. Their reauthorization is a necessary step toward advancing projects in the Basin that will continue to improve water delivery and conservation efforts," said Walden. "I'm grateful that the Subcommittee has scheduled a hearing on the DRC Reauthorization Act and I look forward to working with the DRC Board of Directors, irrigators, the Senators and my colleagues as we advance this legislation through the House and onto the President."
"We are very grateful to Representative Walden for supporting the work of the DRC over the past ten years. The job of the DRC is not complete, however, and we thank Rep. Walden for his efforts to reauthorize the DRC for another ten years. The DRC has an excellent track record using federal dollars to catalyze localize solutions; for every three dollars the federal government has invested, the DRC has invested another seven. The DRC is committed to achieving even larger successes over the next ten years with the same financial model," said Tod Heisler, executive director of the DRC.