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Representative Gene Whisnant says he's crossed a major hurdle in a bill that is his top priority this session. House Bill 3623 "The Deschutes Basin Water Mitigation Bill" would extend the water management agreement to the year 2029. It was due to sunset in 2014. Whisnant says the agreement is important because local cities, farming and others need the stability in knowing what their water resources will look like for many years. “This Bill would re-authorize the successful mitigation conservation program we've had for over 15 years. As anything, you think everyone’s for it; but we ran into some roadblocks. But yesterday, I think we crossed the last roadblock and the bill should move forward. “ It passed out of the Ways and Means Subcommittee on Natural Resources and now moves to the full committee and then the House and Senate. He says at the end of the day, they had support from Water Watch, Water for Life, Friends of the Metolius and the Water Resource Department. With this hurdle out of the way, Whisnant believes the Bill has a good chance of making its way thru the session.





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Jones Road, full road closure between Bennington Lane and NE Butler Market Road. May 18 – August 18, local access only.


Orion Drive closed in two locations for sewer work; at the intersection with Avery Lane and between Desert Woods Drive and King Hezekiah Way.  From July 11 to Sept. 6. Detours marked.


Valhalla Sewer Relocation Project, Mt. Washington Drive at Shevlin Park Road intersection and North to Regency Street. Nighttime closures with detours marked during roundabout construction. Daytime closures for construction towards Regency Street.    7 p.m. – 7 a.m., July 11 – November.

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