On Thursday, October 17 from 6:30-8:30 pm, there will be a forum to present various perspectives on the proposed regionalization of Portland's Bull Run water supply. The forum will take place in the U.S. Bank meeting room in the downtown Multnomah County Library at SW 10th and Taylor. The event is being organized by the Portland Metro Chapter of the Pacific Green Party to educate the public on the pros and cons in regard to this important decision, as well as its current status. Panelists will include Mark Knudson from the City of Portland's Water Bureau; Edward Campbell, a Water Resources Staff Assistant; Scott Forrester from Friends of the Clackamas River; and John Wish of the Portland Public Utilities Review Board.
Currently, the City of Portland controls the water supply from the Bull Run watershed and sells it to twelve other local municipalities. The Portland Water Bureau, in conjunction with these municipalities, is in the process of considering the formation a Title 190 Intergovernmental Agreement to establish one joint entity to manage and distribute this water supply. This decision has the potential to impact water rates and influence the spread of new development throughout the Portland Metro area, as well as alter the balance of power between Portland and local municipalities. Concerns have also been raised about the governing structure of the proposed new entity, as well as the possibility of Portland's water supply being sold to a private company.
The forum will provide local residents with the opportunity to learn more from both sides about this extremely important issue, which has received little coverage in the local press. Citizens will also have the opportunity to address questions and concerns to panel participants. If you have any further questions regarding the forum, please call (971) 244-0128.