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Help Stop the Portland Water Treatment Plant!! Call City Commissioners TODAY!

Everyone who drinks Portland city water from the Bull Run Watershed and appreciates the lack of flouridation and chemicals should call City Council members and express opposition to the building of a new water treatment plant.

At the very least the vote should be delayed by a month to allow folks a chance to understand the issues and speak up to the city council.

Treating Bull Run water will mean LESS protection for the watershed, and higher water rates (these have already been raised 18% to start raising funds for this project). Paying for treating water for cryptosporidium with chemicals when uv light does the same thing makes no cents. There is no reason to be starting up such an expensive project right now when we don't have cryptosporidium in the Bull Run water supply.

Please call the following council members before Wednesday's 9:30 am council meeting and let them know you oppose the building of a waste treatment plant in Portland and that the hearing about this should be delayed at least a month.
Sam Adams: (503) 823 4120
Commissioner Fish: (503) 823-3589
Commissioner Saltzman: (503) 823-4151
Commissioner Leonard: (503) 823-4682
Commissioner Fritz: (503) 823-3008

Thanks so much for your help to stop this dangerous and expensive proposal.

The latest article that came out about this (today) is at:

 link to www.oregonlive.com

From Physicians for Social Responsibility 28.Jul.2009 16:01


We did not secure a postponement on the Bull Run treatment decision.

City Council will vote on Bull Run Chemical Treatment Wed AM 7.29.09 in Council Chambers.
Note: There is no "time certain" which makes it even more critical that you attend.
City Hall is located at 120 SW 5TH or MAIN & 5TH (ENTER ON 4TH)

1) Please alert your friends to attend this meeting and contact Council members beforehand.
2) Contact every Council member today at numbers below.*
3) Wear blue or green so that City Council can ID all of us who are opposed to chemical filtration and who support no or minimal additional treatment of Bull Run water.
4) Bring 2-3 minutes of heartfelt testimony
5) Sign up to testify about 9:30 am
6) Bring 8 copies of testimony to hand to Council members if poss.

It's now or never: IF you do not feel sufficiently informed to oppose this Water Bureau resolution which calls for the most costly, unnecessary chemical filtration, please call on Council for a delay in the vote so that you and your organization are given sufficient time to understand this critical issue and take a position on it. I'll call you to check in. Thank you!

Proposed Council Resolution for Chemical Filtration of Bull Run Drinking Water

Public health officials have stated unequivocally that there will be no measurable benefit to public health with additional treatment for cryptosporidium.

Approx $400 million dollars ($800 million with interest payments) capital costs for most expensive treatment option at a time of terrible economic challenges for individuals, families and businesses. With other Bureau costs, new treatment costs will lead to doubling of water rates in four years for zero improvement in public health and safety.

Not sustainable or green:
Increases Portland's carbon footprint and energy costs, creates new waste products.

Changes taste, flavor of our drinking water:
Will change our drinking water forever with addition of unnecessary chemicals like alum, plastic polymers, synthetic sand, real sand ( from where?)

Increases risks to watershed protection:
Once Portland water is run-of-the-mill, with heavily treated water, there will be increasing demands to open the Bull Run watershed to human activities that pollute and increase the risk of fire.

*Mayor Sam Adams
1221 SW 4th Avenue, Room 340, 97204

Amanda Fritz
1221 SW 4th Avenue, Room 220, 97204

Nick Fish
1221 SW 4th Avenue, Room 240, 97204

Dan Saltzman
1221 SW 4th Avenue, Room 230, 97204

Randy Leonard
1221 SW 4th Avenue, Room 210, 97204

Letter by Oregon Wild 28.Jul.2009 16:04


July 22, 2009

We, the undersigned, strongly urge the City Council to immediately take action today to:

1) Delay the July Council hearing and vote on Bull Run treatment until mid-late August and

2) Schedule such hearing for an evening session so that Portland residents and businesses will have a voice in this critical Council decision which will impact our drinking water for generations to come.

While we understand that the Bureau and the City have a clock ticking with the EPA, there has been insufficient time for Portland citizens and businesses to analyze and respond to related materials (including the response to Council questions).

A hearing scheduled from August 12 - August 28 would not jeopardize Portland's standing with the EPA

Thank you for your consideration of this request.

Regna Merritt Executive Director, Oregon Wild
Catherine Thomason, MD Executive Committee, Oregon Physicians for Social Responsibility
Sebastian Pastore VP Brewing Operations, Craft Brewers Guild, Widmer Brothers Brewing Company
Dan W. Bourbonais General Manager Alsco - American Linen
Floy Jones Friends of Reservoirs
Frank Gearhart Citizens Interested in Bull Run, Inc.
Jeffrey Boly President, Board of Arlington Heights Neighborhood Association
Stephanie Stewart Mt. Tabor Neighborhood Association Land Use Chair
Scott Fernandez former City of Portland Water Quality Advisory Committee and PURB
David E. Delk Alliance for Democracy, Portland Chapter
Nancy Matela Food and Water Watch, Northwest Region
Kathy Newcomb Citizens for Safe Water
Alex P. Brown Executive Director, Bark
Meryl Redisch Executive Director, Audubon Society of Portland

first step 29.Jul.2009 17:10

towards flouridation

just think of the day shelter you could build for the burgeoning homeless population, as unemployment in portland hits 17%, with that pile of cash...

sam adams has been effectively castrated by the media, for his dalliance with breedlove

now, he will sign off on whatever the PBA and the various state and local power brokers want...and they're still not content, as the recall pushes forward...my question is: who do "they" have, groomed and waiting in the wings, to inherit the throne?

remember, Arnold was preselected, by Enron, to replace governor Gray in California (before the recall)...and as soon as Arnie was installed as Gov, the 9 billion dollar lawsuit against enron, filed by the state of california, just went away...

and BTW, what ever happened to Sten?

christ, our local government and police are so corrupt...

more pork and free aluminum by-product for the people, well, actually, not so free, as we will have to pay far more for that flouridated water