2013 Regular Session
|At the request of:|
|Regular Sponsors:||Environment And Natural Resources|
|Bill Title:||Relating to water; appropriating money; and declaring an emergency.|
|Catchline/Summary:||Establishes Water Supply Development Account.
Continuously appropriates funds in account to Water Resources Department to make loans and grants for qualifying projects and for providing funding support for studies and paying cost of administering loan and grant program. Establishes criteria and conditions for projects to qualify for grants and loans from account and for selection of projects receiving funding. Establishes net environmental public benefit requirements for critical ground water storage projects in Umatilla Basin. Creates work group to review loan and grant program. Sunsets work group on date of convening of 2014 regular session.] Requires Governor to appoint task force to review loan and grant program. Sunsets task force on date of convening of 2015 regular session. Requires Governor to appoint task force in consultation with certain members of Legislative Assembly and Water Resources Commission. Requires that task force be composed of two subgroups and specifies duties of subgroups. Sunsets task force on date of convening of 2016 regular session. Directs Water Resources Commission, assisted by task force acting as advisory committee, to adopt rules establishing methodology for determining seasonally varying flows for certain specified projects. Requires that rule must become effective January 1, 2015. Prohibits making loans or grants for certain specified projects before January 1, 2015. Appropriates moneys from General Fund to Water Resources Department for 2013-2015 biennium to support work of task forces. Repeals temporary provisions relating to grants and loans for Columbia River Basin project, including Water Investment Grant Fund. Revises financial qualification, fees and loan terms for Water Development Fund borrowers. Revises criteria and requirements for projects receiving moneys from Water Development Fund. Makes repeals and revisions operative on July 1, 2015. Declares emergency, effective on passage.
|Fiscal Impact:||Fiscal Impact Issued|
|Revenue Impact:||No Revenue Impact|
|Measure Analysis:||Staff Measure Summary / Impact Statements|