The email below is in regards to the proposal to cap the Mt. Tabor and Washington Park Reservoirs and build an unnecessary filtration plant. This would in all likelihood increase water rates and there is also a great deal of concern over how fair and open the public process has been around this issue with the city council. City council is holding a hearing at 10 AM on Thursday to look further into this issue and possibly make a decision. Please consider attending if you are able, this affects all the neighborhoods in Portland.
I am writing to request that you or someone from your N.A. attend a city council hearing this Wednesday, July 29, 2000 in that your neighborhood wrote to the congressional delegation requesting their assistance in legislating protections for Bull Run. The Portland Water Bureau is pushing for a $385 million filtration plant that will forever negatively alter our drinking water, adding new unnecessary chemicals to our water and creating new risks.
We would very much appreciate your coming to this meeting and reading (or commenting on) the letter you sent to the congressional delegation. Community stakeholders want to keep the legislative option alive. More than 20 groups have written to the delegation seeking their assistance and you may have heard that Portland’s many craft brewers have recently gotten on board in that filtration will unnecessarily change the way our water tastes and in general will degrade our historically pure water for no public health benefit.
I’ve attached the Friends of the Reservoirs recent letter to City Council. You can find the Widmer Bro. letter to City Council at our website at www.friendsofreservoirs.org where you can also click on the background section to learn the sad history of PWB/corporate involvement in this extremely flawed negotiated EPA LT2 rulemaking process.
You might also receive an e-mail on the same issue from Oregon Wild. Many groups and businesses are working together to protect our water, but with the Water Bureau pushing hard for a filtration plant as was recommended by a 2002 corporate-led Bull Run Treatment Panel (Montgomery, Watson, Harza Global 4-year Bull Run Treatment panel consultant contract)
Please feel free to contact me with questions.
> THE FUTURE OF YOUR DRINKING WATER IS AT STAKE
> THE PORTLAND WATER BUREAU AND THEIR POWERFUL ASSOCIATES CONTINUE TO PUSH HARD FOR AN EXPENSIVE BULL RUN FILTRATION PLANT THAT WILL ADD MORE CHEMICALS AND CREATE MANY MORE RISKS.
>RISKS INCLUDE OPENING UP THE WATERSHED, GIVING AWAY OWNERSHIP OF BULL RUN SYSTEM, AND BLENDING BULL RUN WITH TOXIC WILLAMETTE AND COLUMBIA RIVER WATER. WITH FILTRATION COMES BACKWASHING, SLUDGE REMOVAL AND DUMPING, SLUDGE REMOVAL COSTS, INCREASED STAFF AND RELATED COSTS, INCREASED RISK OF OPERATOR ERROR.
> We need YOU to come to City Council on Wednesday, July 29 at 10a.m. to speak out against selecting a filtration plant as the LT2 compliance option and speak in support of alternative compliance. Legislated watershed protections are in place precisely so we can avoid building a filtration plant and the degradation of our water that comes with adding chemicals on top of chemicals on top of chemicals. (Portland meets the federal criteria for filtration avoidance, something we are very proud of)
> This is the defining moment. Will Bull Run water continue to be “the best from forest to faucet” or will the PWB force an unnecessary filtration plant, adding unnecessary chemicals, unnecessary costs, creating massive additional debt (much of the PWB budget is debt service), doubling your water bill in four years, adding new risks to the watershed and ultimately to our water, allowing the wholesale customers to become Bull Run owners as discussed in recent PWB/ wholesale customer closed-door meetings and outlined in the PWB/ Montgomery, Watson Harza Global document
Regional Transmission and Storage Strategy – (Regional Water
>> Providers Consortium.) http://www.portlandonline.com/shared/cfm/image.cfm?id=91392 . See page 6-2 Inter Gov. Agency Cooperative Agreement/ NO PUBLIC VOTE (recommended option) that would allow ownership to transfer and private company to operate, this sad document supports blending Bull Run water with the toxic river water from the Columbia or Willamette.)
>> HOW YOU CAN HELP
>> Alert others, anyone who cares about protecting and preserving our
>> pure Bull Run water. This is the most critical action with regard
>> to the future of our Bull Run water.
>> 1) Write to City Council now. It is important that you write to
>> the Mayor and City Commissioners and their staff now and say NO to
>> a filtration plant. Tell them you do not want the taste of your
>> water to change and you do not want chemicals added to your water.
>> Tell them you do not want any other entity to own Bull Run. Tell
>> them to vigorously pursue protective legislation such that all of
>> the ills of an additional Bull Run treatment plant can be avoided.
>> Tell them that you want your water to stay naturally pure,
>> unfiltered, inexpensively available and sustainably safe, as it
>> has been for over a hundred years, with our present Bull Run system.
>> 2) Attend the City Council meeting at City Hall on July 29 at 10
>> a.m, note that this is not a time certain hearing so there might be
>> a waiting period. Bring 8 copies of any written testimony or
>> information (for the record and to hold the city council
>> accountable) and note on the top of the document(s), Council Agenda
>> Item 1071 Tell Council to uphold their commitment to support a
>> legislative option (more on this later) and not thwart community will.
>> Sam Adams firstname.lastname@example.org
>> Tom Miller Tom.Miller@ci.portland.or.us
>> Catherine Ciarlo email@example.com
>> Randy Leonard firstname.lastname@example.org;
>> Ty Kovatch email@example.com
>> Amanda Fritz firstname.lastname@example.org;
>> Tim Crail email@example.com
>> Tom Bizeau firstname.lastname@example.org
>> Nick Fish email@example.com ; Sam Chase
>> George Hocker George.Hocker@ci.portland.or.us
>> Dan Saltzman <firstname.lastname@example.org
>> 3) Visit www.friendsofreservoir.org to read our letter to city
>> council and see the letter from Craft Brewers Alliance
>> 4) Thank Senator Merkley for his efforts at (503) 326-3386. He is
>> working on securing an extension for EPA timelines while seeking a
>> sensible plan that would avoid unnecessary costs of treatment (and
>> burying, covering and additionally treating the open reservoirs).
>> Many groups including businesses, neighborhood coalitions,
>> environmental groups and democracy groups have written Senator
>> Merkley in support legislating alternatives that will allow us to
>> retain our open reservoirs and protect our source water from the
>> unnecessary degradation of these LT2 projects.
>> Don’t let big money, big bureau construction plans and big budgets
>> undercut citizen involvement, double water rates and rob us of our
>> pure Bull Run water!
>> If you love Portland’s pure water and want to protect it, please
>> act now to help us keep it naturally pure, unfiltered,
>> inexpensively available and sustainably safe, as it has been for
>> over a hundred years, with our present Bull Run open reservoir system.