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AUDIO FILE: Public Meeting on Covering Mt. Tabor Reservoir

Friends of the Reservoirs are putting the word out that Portland City Council will be holding a public meeting on their decision to cover the Mt.Tabor lower reservoir. The meeting is scheduled for this Wednesday, 2/19 at 6:00 pm, at City Hall, SW 4th and Madison.
This decison was made last year on the consent agenda, without public input, so this is an opportunity to let the City know what you think of this issue, and their prior lack of consideration for community opinions.

Did You Know?
We are about to lose our beautiful Mt Tabor reservoirs.
The city plans to replace them with underground tanks.
Construction is scheduled to begin in 11 months (fall, 2003).
Soon trucks hauling dirt and equipment will be crowding our streets.
Mt. Tabor Park will be torn up for at least 3 years.
Our water rates will permanently increase by 7% or more per year!

On the evening of February 11, 2002, following a brief presentation and Q & A by newly elected City Commissioner Randy Leonard, a panel of citizens discussed important water issues affecting Portland area residents.
First to speak was Cascade Geller Anderson, spokesperson for Friends of the Reservoir. She discussed the recent decision by the city to cover the open water reservoirs at SE 60th and Division. This issue was well covered by Portland Indymedia back in early January when citizens gathered to express their desire to save the landmark reservoirs by holding hands and encircling the lower reservoir.

The link provided takes you to a 15 minute audio file from that presentation by Cascade Geller. She provides much good information concerning this project and Portland water issues in general.

Friends of the Reservoir website:
 http://friendsofreservoirs.org

Two articles on Indymedia:
 http://portland.indymedia.org/front.php3?article_id=40268
 http://portland.indymedia.org/front.php3?article_id=40070

Short audio file from the Hands Around the Reservoir event:
 http://www.PhilosopherSeed.org/realaudio/rservoir.ram

homepage: homepage: http://www.PhilosopherSeed.org/realaudio/geller.ram