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2012 State Action

Comments on the Integrated Water Resources Strategy December 2011 Discussion Draft - March 15, 2012
On behalf of the Oregon Association of Nurseries I am placing these comments into the record on the progress of the Integrated Water Resources Strategy (IWRS) development process as evidenced by the December 22, 2011 Discussion Draft document (Discussion Draft). These comments supplement our extensive line-by-line evaluation submitted by the association on August 31, 2011 with respect to the initial IWRS Draft Recommended Actions document dated June 23, 2011.  [Read more]


Testimony before the House Energy, Environment and Water Committee - HB 4101 - February 14, 2012
Co-Chairs Bailey and Gilliam, members of the Committee, I am Steve Shropshire, Legal Counsel for the Oregon Association of Nurseries (OAN). I appreciate this opportunity to voice the nursery and greenhouse industry's comments on House Bill 4101, which helps set the State's water policy agenda for the future.  [Read more]

Testimony before the Senate Environment & Natural Resources Committee - SB 1511 - February 2, 2012
Chair Dingfelder, members of the Committee, I am Jeff Stone, Executive Director for the Oregon Association of Nurseries (OAN). I appreciate this opportunity to voice the nursery and greenhouse industry's comments on Senate Bill 1511, which expands state policy on ecosystems.  [Read more]

Comments on the November 29, 2011 Discussion Draft Memorandum of Agreement Between Oregon Department of Agriculture and Oregon Department of Environmental - January 20, 2012
The OAN appreciates the pioneering approach Oregon chose when the legislature adopted the Agricultural Water Quality Management Act in 1993, also known as Senate Bill 1010 ("SB 1010"), and takes great pride in its involvement in passing that landmark legislation. The original Memorandum of Agreement between the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality ("DEQ") and the Oregon Department of Agriculture ("ODA") outlined the creation of the SB 1010 program, which has resulted in the creation and subsequent biennial updating of thirty-nine Agricultural Water Quality Management Area Plans ("Area Plans") that guide resolution of agricultural water quality issues.  [Read more]

Business letter on Federal Transportation Funding - January 25, 2012
As Congress embarks on a new legislative session, we, the undersigned companies and organizations, urge you to Make Transportation Job #1 in 2012 and pass federal highway, transit and safety legislation that, at a minimum, maintains investment levels before the current law expires on March 31. The long-delayed reauthorization of federal highway and public transportation programs is a major piece of unfinished business that can provide a meaningful boost to the U.S. economy and its workers and already has broad-based support.  [Read more]


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