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You can help. SB293 has been nearly killed, but big business and the Senator(s) in their pocket have created another, nearly identical bill - SB928...

Huge public outcry from river users resulted in Legislators getting so many e-mails, calls and letters about SB 293 that, when called, they would say "Oh, THAT BILL, nobody wants to touch it."

Now Sen Ferrioli has introduced a virtually identical bill, SB 928, and is trying to pass it unnoticed simply with a different bill number.

If you, like me, think this is a blatant disregard for the thousands of citizens who, in good faith, went out of their way to participate in the legislative process and expressed their displeasure with a piece of legislation, then take these two simple steps:
1) call your state senator http://www.leg.state.or.us/findlegsltr/findset.htm and,

2) forward this e-mail to people on your e-mail list.

If SB 928 passes, here's what you stand to lose: access up to the high water mark on the majority of Oregon rivers, and navigability studies that were opening up river access to recreational users will be halted.

They will try to tell you this bill is just about the John Day River, but it's not. If this pilot project is "successful," it will be expanded to rivers all over our state. Read the bill; see if you think it is just the John Day. Here's a link to a PDF of the bill: http://pub.das.state.or.us/LEG_BILLS/PDFs/SB928.pdf

For more information go to: http://www.defeat-sb293.org/ or click on the banner!

 

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If you care enough about fishing in Oregon to peruse Ifish, it's worth it to at least click on the link above to the anti-SB 928 site.

This bill is a serious threat to those of us who use Oregon's rivers.
 

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It's really unfortunate that this hasn't hit the newspapers.

Can you imagine the outcry if you tried to close off the ocean beaches?

That's a pretty close analogy to what Ted Ferrioli and his pals in the Oregon Cattleman's Association, along with a handful of landowners are trying to accomplish on Oregon's rivers.
 

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I spent some time in the Capital yesterday and the people I talked to feel there is no-where near the support needed to get this passed.

Let's all do what we can to insure this by writing our elected officials and letting them know our thoughts!

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