VOTE: NO – Died In Committee
Status (overview) of bill: https://olis.leg.state.or.us/liz/2019R1/Measures/Overview/SB886
Committee assigned to bill: https://olis.leg.state.or.us/liz/2019R1/Committees/SENR/Overview
This bill limits the amount of water used at confined animal feeding operations and concentrated animal feeding operations, limiting the size of an operation.
Establishes a limit on water use, which allows permitting and fees placed on larger confined animal feeding operations. This won’t reduce the amount of water used, it’s all about permitting to collect fees and raise money, which will drive the market out-of-state.
Even the use of surface water is limited whether or not it comes under a water rights permit, or registration, or certificate that does not require permitting for the use of ground water for stockwatering purposes.
Placing a cost on water increases the cost of the end product on food that we all pay for. As with other agriculture, heavy fees has driven them out-of-state. Livestock is a major piece of Oregon’s economy.