Malheur County commissioners oppose new conservation legislation covering streams

The sun reflects off the surface of the Malheur River on a smoky Friday, earlier this month. The Malheur County Court recently voiced opposition to a plan by two Oregon lawmakers to create new conservation restrictions on local streams and rivers. (The Enterprise/AUSTIN JOHNSON).

VALE – The Malheur County Court believes a plan by two Oregon senators to add safeguards to Oregon’s rivers and streams will damage the local economy, is too sweeping and doesn’t count the views of local officials.

The county commissioners declared their opposition recently to the River Democracy Act, sponsored by U.S. Sen. Jeff Merkley and U.S. Sen. Ron Wyden.

Wyden and Merkley, both Oregon Democrats, introduced the bill in February. The legislation aims to protect nearly 4,700 miles of rivers and streams in Oregon as part of . . .