Presented by Steve Shropshire and David Bowser
At the recent 2022 Oregon Water Resources Congress annual meeting in Hood River Oregon, Jordan Ramis shareholders David Bowser and Steve Shropshire presented on the topic of Oregon public contracting. Irrigation districts across Oregon are in the process of spending millions of dollars to modernize and upgrade their water delivery infrastructure through the replacement of open canals with pressurized pipelines.
These are complicated engineering and construction projects with many moving parts. David and Steve led the attendees through a discussion of the relevant public contracting laws, their requirements, and the legal traps awaiting the unwary. They provided practical advice for how public agencies must procure design/engineering services, labor, and materials for major projects such as these. They also discussed the option of self-performance as a way for public agencies to save money on piping project labor.
Over the last several years, our firm has worked with several Oregon irrigation districts on their system piping projects, advising on public contracting, environmental permitting, easement acquisition, water conservation, and related matters. We are committed to helping Oregon’s irrigation industry meet the challenges of drought and climate change by efficiently managing water supplies needed grow food and fiber in an environmentally conscious manner.