(1) The Oregon Watershed Enhancement Board is created. The board shall consist of 17 members as set forth in subsection (2) of this section. The chairperson shall have such powers and duties as are provided by the rules of the board.
(2)(a) The 11 voting members of the board shall be knowledgeable about natural resource issues, represent all geographic regions of this state and include at least one representative of a tribe. The board shall consist of the following:
(A) Each of the following boards or commissions shall designate one member of their board or commission to serve on the Oregon Watershed Enhancement Board:
(i) The Environmental Quality Commission;
(ii) The State Fish and Wildlife Commission;
(iii) The State Board of Forestry;
(iv) The State Board of Agriculture; and
(v) The Water Resources Commission; and
(B) Six public members appointed by the Governor and confirmed by the Senate in accordance with ORS 171.562 (Procedures for confirmation) and 171.565 (Vote required for confirmation). Each public member shall serve for a term of four years. A member shall be eligible for reappointment, but no member shall serve more than two consecutive terms.
(b) In addition to the voting members, the director of the Oregon State University Extension Service, or the directors designee, shall serve as a nonvoting member of the board and shall participate as needed in the activities of the board.
(c) In addition to the voting and nonvoting members designated in paragraphs (a) and (b) of this subsection, representatives of the following federal agencies shall be invited to serve as additional nonvoting members of the board:
(A) A representative of the United States Forest Service.
(B) A representative of the United States Bureau of Land Management.
(C) A representative of the Natural Resources Conservation Service of the United States Department of Agriculture.
(D) A representative of the United States Environmental Protection Agency.
(E) A representative of the National Marine Fisheries Service of the United States Department of Commerce.
(3) The voting members of the board shall select a chairperson from among the voting members of the board.
(4) At least eight voting members of the board must be present to take action to award grant funds under ORS 541.926 (Duties of board). If three or more voting members object to an award of grant funds, the board shall reject the proposal and direct the applicant to revise the proposal to comply with the requirements of ORS 541.947 (Watershed Conservation Grant Fund), 541.956 (Watershed Conservation Grant Fund purposes) and 541.958 (Criteria for project receiving moneys from Watershed Conservation Grant Fund) and resubmit the proposal. [Formerly 541.360]
Note: See second note under 541.890 (Definitions for ORS 541.890 to 541.969).