Mid-Session Update: Sustainable Water Management
Oregon must catch up to our neighbors and start accounting for how much water we have and how quickly it is being consumed. These bills offer the solutions. For more details, visit our Smart Water Management page.
HB 2705: Measure our water use.
Status: Passed out of House Energy & Environment to the House Rules Committee.
Upcoming Action: A work group of conservation and water user groups is meeting to refine the requirements for measuring water use to broaden support for the bill. This is the first time such a conversation has happened in many years and we’re feeling optimistic.
HB 2706: Ensure stable funding for critical management services.
HB 2707: Identify where and how much groundwater is available.
Status: Both passed out of House Energy & Environment Committee to Ways & Means Committee.
Upcoming Action: A fee for water rights management and new funding for groundwater studies will be considered as the state budget is debated.