Oregon Conservation Network announces 2013 priorities
By Ben Jacklet
Business Journal staff writer
Environmental groups plan to collect water rights fees to pay for conservation programs for Oregon rivers such as the Rogue.
The Oregon Conservation Network announced its top legislative priories for the 2013 session at a press conference in Salem this morning.
- Extending a clean fuels program that encourages sustainable biofuels, natural gas and propane to reduce air pollution.
- Collecting fees on water rights to pay for conservation efforts on Oregon rivers.
- Setting high standards for energy efficient home appliances including battery chargers, outdoor lights and televisions.
- Expanding "scenic waterway" protections to Oregon rivers to block suction dredge mining projects and other potentially harmful industrial uses.
The conservation network is composed of more than 40 environmental groups including 1,000 Friends of Oregon, the Bicycle Transportation Alliance and Willamette Riverkeeper that collaborate on statewide issues.
In past sessions the network has lobbied successfully for renewable energy standards, marine reserves and land use planning.
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