OCN chose three Priorities for a Healthy Oregon this session. Thanks to our pro-conservation champions in the Oregon Legislature and the hard work of our coalition partners, all three were victorious.
Marine Reserves (SB 1510)
This legislation designates marine reserves at three locations off of the OregonCoast: Cape Falcon (near Manzanita), Cascade Head (near Otis), and Cape Perpetua (near Yachats). The addition of these three sites to the marine reserves established in 2009 is an essential step in this decade-long process to conserve habitats and marine life for generations to come. This bill passed on a bipartisan vote in the House and Senate.
Protecting Oregon’s Renewable Energy Standard
Oregon’s Renewable Energy Standard (RES) is critical in fighting climate change and driving the transition to our clean energy future. The RES and other renewable energy programs have attracted over $5.4 billion of renewable industry investments to Oregon, creating living-wage jobs and adding opportunities in some of Oregon’s hardest hit communities. Bills that would have weakened the RES did not receive hearings this session.
Reinvesting in Oregon’s Natural Resources
The Oregon Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) is responsible for protecting natural resources that are critical to the state’s high quality of life and economic prosperity. The agency has recently endured a string of disproportionate cuts which have limited DEQ’s ability to protect public health and our environment.
This session, OCN successfully worked to hold the line on DEQ’s budget.