HB 2705 VOTE: NO – Died In Committee
Status (overview) of bill: https://olis.leg.state.or.us/liz/2017R1/Measures/Overview/HB2705
This bill requires gathering data from tributaries at the point of diversion or appropriation to meter water needs and effectively manage water flow and report measured amounts and allow determination of rate and duty.
Personal Choice and Responsibility
Water right owner is required to install meter and take daily readings of measured amounts and rate of flow at the meter site imposing a responsibility and penalty to owning a water right diversion or appropriation.
The bill proposes to use money from monitoring water use to pay for the implementation of the HB 2705. It places undue financial burden on the water appropriator to install and monitor water flow equipment.
Oregon has no baseline measurements to base management decisions on, but there are other ways to gauge use and needs without burdening the water right owner. This bill expands government into our most valued commodity.
This bill "encourages" federal, state, and local governments to assist with financial support for data collection.