SJM 10 designates National Heritage Area and funds Willamette Falls Locks

03/30/2015
SJM 10 VOTE:NO
Filed With Secretary of State

 

SJM 10 urges Congress to designate Willamette Falls and surrounding communities as National Heritage Area and increases land use bureaucracy and decreases property rights. Requests funds to restore and open Willamette Falls Locks.

Personal Choice and Responsibility: The Heritage Area proposed has far reaching boundaries, and it has definite consequences for folks who reside within them. What happens when a Heritage Area bill passes is that a management entity is tasked with drawing boundaries around a particular region (out of Oregon’s control) and then coming up with a management plan for the area. When Heritage Areas are established, it invites them to oversee our land use decisions.

In 2009 the National Heritage claimed to have resolved complaints, but in 2012 reports show further abuses of land rights.

Free Markets: As proposed, to open the Willamette Falls Locks with Federal Tax dollars, is this an economically feasible option rather then a Private option should be explored.

Fiscal Responsibility: Bill requests appropriate funds necessary to restore and open the Willamette Falls Locks to once again bring upriver navigation and commerce to the communities along the Willamette River. All reports indicate the locks were use primarily for pleasure and the US Army of Corp Engineers closed the locks for safety reasons and didn’t fund repairs for insignificant use for the amount need to make repairs.

Designation of the National Heritage Area does not mean the locks would be funded.

Limited Government: Some of the boundaries include historic areas of Lake Oswego, West Linn, Oregon City, the Willamette River communities, and the Champoeg State Heritage Area, etc.

Urges Congress to pass legislation to create the Willamette Falls National Heritage Area.

Without approval of funds for the locks, we would end up with a Heritage Area that would be managed by a collaborative that could oversee local jurisdiction.

Local Control: Once a Heritage Area is accepted by the federal government, it includes inventories of all property within the boundaries that the Park Service and Green groups want preserved, managed, or acquired because of their so-called national historic significance. What they do is go to local boards and local legislators and deem insignificant and harm to properties in the Heritage Area and urge laws be made to receive federal money. When Heritage Areas come to regions, it invites groups in to oversee our land use decisions – taking control away from Oregon and local communities.