Friday, October 26, 2012



WHEN: This Sunday, October 28  3 - 4 pm
WHERE: Mt Tabor Park
Mt Tabor Reservoir 6 (Tabor's Lower Reservoir) located on SE 60th near Hawthorne

Hope to see you there!

google Mount Tabor Reservoir 6

Saturday, October 20, 2012

Rochester, NY gets reprieve while Portland, OR plows ahead

WOW - take a listen to this great story on KBOO!

Then join hands around the reservoirs on Oct. 28, 2012    3 pm

For more information about this important event see this page at

Friday, June 15, 2012

KBOO Update on WATR Litigation

Listen here to today's KBOO interview and update on litigation related to misuse and abuse of ratepayer dollars by the Portland Water Bureau.

Friday, June 1, 2012

Developments, drama with Portland Water Bureau budget

The Portland City Council approved higher water rates this week.
Read Oregonian article of May 31, 2012 here
Read the Oregonian article of May 30 here.
Heard on Lars Larson here.

Read the Portland Tribune article here and please note:

"At the request of Commissioner Amanda Fritz, the council has agreed at hold a work session on the controversial projects required by the U.S Environmental Protection Agency to cover or replace the city’s five open reservoirs."  We have important work ahead of us!

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Commissioner Fritz Speaks Out

Listen to today's story by KBOO's Joe Meyer about the proposed increase in Portland water rates here.

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Portland City Council Elections May 2012

Today the Portland Water Users Coalition and Friends of the Reservoirs released responses to Water Issues Questionnaire sent to some key candidates for Portland City Council.
This is an important reading assignment for you!

Because of my desire to protect clean, affordable water and the amazing Bull Run watershed, I support (as an individual and not on behalf of any organization):

Eileen Brady for Mayor
Amanda Fritz for Commissioner Position 1
Steve Novick for Commissioner Position 4

Ballots will arrive soon. Please return them by May 15 (Election Day and my Earth Day). 

Thursday, March 15, 2012

Why Our Work Is Not Done

Listen to this OPB interview with Portland Water Bureau administrator David Shaff  this morning.  He confirms that the variance announced yesterday can be easily revoked because the state will not attempt to distinguish between types of cryptosporidium.  MOST are not infectious to humans yet any detection of any type will count against us. He characterizes the conditions set by the state as "3 strikes and you're out."   Yet another reason why we must act quickly to change the LT2 rule now under review by the EPA.
Relevant discussion starts at minute 35:19 

Please take a moment today to thank Senator Jeff Merkley for helping us get this far in our efforts to protect the Bull Run and affordable, pure water.  His dedication and hard work has made a world of difference and will continue to be critical. Call his office and leave a message for him with his great staff.  

Portland office:  503.326.3386
DC office:         202.224.3753
or email by visiting 

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Hurray! Bull Run variance secured!

Today the Oregon Health Authority (OHA) announced that a variance has been approved.

Click here for OHA webpage on the subject.   Click here for Oregon Public Health Division Press Release.    Click here for the final Order.  Click here for coverage by The Oregonian.  Click here for Commissioner Randy Leonard's blog on the subject.

Huge thanks to each of you who have fought consistently to protect the Bull Run from pollution, contamination and human disturbance. You have also protected rate-payers, for now, from the unnecessary, huge expense of a new treatment plant.  Click here for a partial list of those who supported the variance request to the OHA.  Congratulations!

While we've made significant progress, our work is not over...

The state can revoke this variance with future detections of cryptosporidium. The only EPA- approved method for detection of cryptosporidium is notoriously faulty, and the rule itself is not based on sound science.  This is why it is still so important to secure a permanent change in the federal LT2 rule, now under review by the EPA.

We also await news from OHA on the request from the Portland Water Bureau and our diverse coalition for an extension of the timeline for unnecessary burial and construction of in-town reservoirs.   Stay tuned!

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Round #2 on Bull Run source water treatment variance

Today a broad and diverse coalition submitted our second round of comments to the Oregon Health Authority in support of that agency's notice of intent to grant Portland a variance from LT2 requirements to additionally treat Bull Run source water. We should know in March, 2012 what the final decision is. Deep thanks to all of you who have participated in this difficult process! Read our letter here.

Wednesday, February 1, 2012


Our coalition is celebrating a victory today. The Portland City Council, in an unanimous vote this morning, agreed to request a 5 1/2 year delay in the EPA-approved LT2 construction schedule for burial and/or covering of our in-town open reservoirs.

Huge thanks go to to Commissioner Amanda Fritz for helping secure this well-deserved delay in expensive, unnecessary construction. (Remember: we just paid $40 million to upgrade our reservoirs in order to secure their safety through year 2050.) 

Also big thanks go to Senator Jeff Merkley for his engagement and commitment to help stave off LT2 requirements that threaten our Bull Run drinking water - the best in the nation!  Read about today's hearing in the Oregonian article here.

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Save the Date: City Council Hearing February 1, 2012

Good News!

Yesterday we sent a letter to Commissioner Randy Leonard requesting that that he move immediately to schedule a City Council hearing before the Portland Water Bureau submits the City’s revised LT2 open reservoir compliance timeline to the Oregon Health Authority. Ratepayers and the Portland City Council deserve a transparent public engagement process to discuss this important issue, rather than allowing the Water Bureau to unilaterally make a decision on this controversial $400 million issue.

He responded that he will schedule a Council hearing next Wednesday (February 1). The agenda will be posted this Friday afternoon so we will not know until then whether it will be in morning or afternoon. Please stay posted for timeline and points to consider in preparing in your testimony. Thank you!

Friday, January 20, 2012

Bull Run Water - the most protected in the nation

While we await the results of further tests of Bull Run water, it’s important to review the basic facts. Portland has the most protected drinking watershed in the country. It’s specifically protected from infectious sources of Cryptosporidium (humans and domestic animals). The most expensive, intensive monitoring in the nation revealed zero Cryptosporidium in our water over the last ten years. Though there has been evidence of some oocysts (likely non-infectious to humans) in the past, there has never been, in over 100 years, any evidence of cryptosporidiosis infection originating in Bull Run water.  Regardless of the outcome of genotyping (which we support), there is no evidence that the single oocyst found at the intake was capable of infecting anyone. So long as protections remain in place, Bull Run water is the safest in the nation.  A treatment plant constructed to deal with a theoretical risk of cryptosporidiosis originating from this source would be a huge waste of precious and limited public resources.

Thursday, January 5, 2012

Comments Submitted to OHA from Diverse Coalition

Our group letter containing comments on the proposed variance from the LT2 Bull Run source water treatment requirement was submitted to the Oregon Health Authority on January 3, 2011. Huge thanks to everyone who worked on the letter! View this link to see signees.
The final decision on the variance and conditions will be announced January 31, 2012.
Stay posted...

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