Senators Jeff Merkley and Ron Wyden, D-Ore., joined with Crooked River stakeholders Thursday to introduce the Crooked River Collaborative Water Security Act of 2013, which would provide a framework for improving the management of water in the Crooked River while creating opportunities for economic growth and new jobs in Central Oregon.
“This legislation is based on an agreement that the senators facilitated among a broad coalition of stakeholders in the region,” their statement said.
The U.S. House recently unanimously approved similar legislation proposed by Rep. Greg Walden, R-Ore., the second year of House passage for such a bill. A Senate version last year did not come to a vote, leading to negotiations among the various parties this year.
Walden spokesman Andrew Malcolm told NewsChannel 21 Thursday, “We look forward to reviewing the text of the legislation and working with the Senate on finally getting this done for Central Oregon.”
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