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Here is an interesting letter with a link that tells about Cadmus.

From: WALTZ David
Sent: Thursday, March 24, 2011 6:10 PM
To: STEBBINS Adam
Cc: PREAMEL@aol.com ; VERRET Greg J ; apk1944@gmail.com
Subject: RE: Recommendation for Mid-Coast TMDL Technical Advisory Committee

Hi Adam-
Thanks for the information and referral.

Here’s a brief update on the MidCoast TMDL Stakeholder process: DEQ received confirmation from EPA-Region 10 are supporting our proposal for Facilitation and Mediation activities, through their National Watershed Contract. They identified a primary contractor (the Cadmus Group) who will manage the project in collaboration with DEQ.

DEQ is in the early stages of working with Oregon Consensus (OC) on gathering background information and lists of stakeholders for Phase 1 of the project (OC’s initial assessment). Once we get a contract for Phase 1 in place (optimistically, end of April), they will interview a representative sampling of stakeholders (and potential advisory committee members) and develop a facilitation process. Those interviews could be with either individuals or organizations (public, non-profit or private). We will include information in our next update on the TMDL (April).

I will put Mr. Kingsbury on that contact list, along with Benton County and the Alsea Watershed Council. However, we can’t ask OC to do anything specific, including contacting prospective advisory committee members, until they are under contract for Phase 1.

After Phase 1 is complete, we plan to work with Cadmus to develop a scope of work and budget for Phase 2 and a FINAL contract that will fund OC as the subcontractor for the stakeholder process, hopefully through summer 2012. Of course, after Phase 1, OC will have the option whether or not to take this project on.

Here’s a link to OC’s website: http://www.orconsensus.pdx.edu/

Please let me know if you have questions.

Cheers,

R. David Waltz

TMDL Basin Coordinator
Oregon Dept. of Environmental Quality
165 East 7th Ave.-Suite 100
Eugene, OR 97401

Phone:541-687-7345
Fax: 541-686-7551

From: STEBBINS Adam [mailto:Adam.Stebbins@CO.Benton.OR.US]
Sent: Thursday, March 24, 2011 5:16 PM
To: WALTZ David
Cc: PREAMEL@aol.com; VERRET Greg J; apk1944@gmail.com
Subject: Recommendation for Mid-Coast TMDL Technical Advisory Committee

WHO IS WATCHING THE HEN HOUSE

My campaign for Benton County Commissioners, Position 1 is going well. My staff has been working hard gathering information to keep you informed. Some of this information will only be available by paying the county for the time it takes to provide the data. Oregon Statute does allow this and we will pay the funds if necessary. It is vital to the campaign and for you the taxpayers to know where funds are being spent. We need your campaign donations to insure you do receive this data.

It is apparent Benton County and the City of Corvallis are combining funds to operate both agencies. Is this in the best interest of the taxpayers? The county has made purchases based on long-term plans for both to build a building together. I have suggested Benton County take advantage of space available at the HP Campus. Commissioner Jay Dixon was the only one to respond from the board. His answers were weak and lacked factual information. Basically, the message was they do not want to interfere with the integrity of the plans to build the civic center building. Our campaign efforts will show the facts and full accounting of both choices. Timing is everything as the leases are due for the current space in 2010.

Benton County has taken an effort to improve the process of maintaining the roads by receiving a permit from the US Fish & Wildlife Department and wasted nearly a million dollars of Federal, State and local funds to turn the permit into a full scale effort to manage the endangered Species act. The answer to the cost of just the development of this plan was to say the money would have been spent somewhere else anyway. This shows a lack of concern with accountability to the taxpayers. I will make sure you know where the money came from and where it is being spent.

Questions we need answered now by the Benton County Commissioners:

Why is the Benton County Prairie Species Habitat Conservation Plan being submitted to USF&W without showing the funding which is one of the criteria to have it approved?
How many people do you plan on hiring (including contracts) to enforce the plan?
How are you going to pay for a Biologist?
What companies are being hired to maintain the plan?
How much private land do you plan to purchase and with what money?

These are just a few issues on the hot plate for early 2010.

http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/businesstechnology/2010525948_apusoregonforestsbill.html?prmid=obnetwork

http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/businesstechnology/2010525948_apusoregonforestsbill.html?prmid=obnetwork.

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