Oregon Governor Plans to eliminate DOGAMI!
Mike Marshall, chapter board of the Oregon Chapter of the Association of Environmental and Engineering Geologists (AEG), recently emailed the membership with what most Oregon environmental professionals would consider very worrisome news: Oregon Governor Kate Brown's new state budget proposes the elimination of the Oregon Department of Geology and Mineral Industries (DOGAMI). "One of DOGAMI’s core missions is to develop maps, reports, and data to help Oregon manage natural resources and prepare for natural hazards," Marshall wrote.
Marshal continued, "In addition, DOGAMI develops the lidar coverage for Oregon that is key in identifying geologic hazards. Many of us use the data provided by DOGAMI in our regular practice. The proposed budget will result in significant cuts in personnel and dramatic changes to the structure of the organization. More specifically, it will cut the Geological Survey and Services (GSS) program. The proposed reorganization places the Mineral Land Regulation & Reclamation (MLRR) (DOGAMI’s Albany office) with the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) and GSS (in a reduced capacity) within the Department of Land Conservation and Development (DLCD). The Governor’s budget notes that administrative positions will be eliminated during the reorganization. However, it provides no concrete information on which geoprofessional positions will be eliminated, which makes the long-term impact on public safety difficult to determine."
DOGAMI's entire purpose is to provide regulation and oversight in the geosciences community, so that all Oregonians can be protected from unscrupulous or incompetent professionals. Preserving DOGAMI's budget may be Oregon's most important measure this year in allowing the agency to continue its long, honorable history of being on the frontline of mitigating Oregon's potential geologic hazards such as earthquakes, tsunamis, landslides, and flooding.
Follow this link to contact Governor Brown and voice your concern.
Thanks from AAI and AEG!