Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Letter Wins Sweeping Community Support

August 8, 2012
(updated Sept 5, 2012 with new signatories)

Mayor Adams and Commissioners
1221 SW 4th Avenue
Portland, OR 97204

Dear Mayor Adams and Commissioners,

We support a change to the City's LT2 compliance strategy for open reservoirs. We support the City submitting to the Oregon Health Authority a new reservoir compliance strategy which involves Hypalon-like covers at Reservoirs 1 and 5 (Mt. Tabor) and Reservoirs 3 and 4 (Washington Park).
We support this Hypalon-like, cover compliance strategy because it protects the recent $40 million ratepayer investment in open reservoir upgrades and would provide the greatest opportunity for Portland to benefit from the LT2 rule revision process currently underway. This is the only option that preserves the functionality of our historic open reservoirs. This option also provides the best opportunity for the Mayor and Commissioners to actively engage in discussions with our federal representatives to secure permanent relief from onerous LT2 requirements for Portland's open reservoirs and our Bull Run source water.

This new Hypalon-like cover compliance strategy will save ratepayers upwards of $138 million in the near term and much more in the long term when debt service is considered.

Please connect community will to LT2 compliance strategies.


Stephanie Stewart for Mt. Tabor Neighborhood Association                                       
Jeff Boly for Arlington Heights Neighborhood Association

Further Supported By:
Floy Jones for Friends of the Reservoirs

Peter Stark and Barbara Schwartz - Members, Hillside Neighborhood Association Board

Regna Merritt for Oregon Physicians for Social Responsibility

Kent Craford for Portland Water Users Coalition Members:
   ALSCO, American Linen Division
   American Property Management
Ashland Hercules Water Technologies
   The Benson Hotel
   BOMA Portland
   Harsch Investment
   The Hilton Portland and Executive Tower
   Mt. Hood Solutions
   New System Laundry
   Portland Bottling
   SAPA Inc.
   Siltronic Corp.
   Sunshine Dairy Foods
   Vigor Industrial
   Widmer Brothers Brewing

Juliana Lukasik for Central Eastside Industrial Council
Portland Business Alliance
Mayor’s Small Business Advisory Committee
Thomas T. Ward, M.D.
Alissa Keny-Guyer, State Rep District 46
Bob Sallinger for Audubon Society of Portland
Sean Stevens for Oregon Wild
Olivia Schmidt for BARK
Maxine Wilkins & Michael Meo for Eastside Democratic Club
David Delk for Alliance for Democracy
Julie DeGraw for Food & Water Watch
Ron Carley for Coalition for a Livable Future
Andy Maggi for Oregon League of Conservation Voters

Anne Dufay for SE Uplift Neighborhood Coalition:
   North Tabor Neighborhood Association
   Mount Tabor Neighborhood Association
   Montavilla Neighborhood Association
   Sunnyside Neighborhood Association
   Buckman Neighborhood Association
   Hosford Abernathy Neighborhood Association
   Richmond Neighborhood Association
   South Tabor Neighborhood Association
   Foster Powell Neighborhood Association
   Creston - Kenilworth Neighborhood Association
   Brooklyn Neighborhood Association
   Reed Neighborhood Association
   Eastmoreland Neighborhood Association
   Sellwood Moreland Neighborhood Association
   Woodstock Neighborhood Association
   Mount Scott Arleta Neighborhood Association
   Brentwood Darlington Neighborhood Association
   Ardenwald - Johnson Creek Neighborhood Association
   Kerns Neighborhood Association
   Laurelhurst Neighborhood Association

Scott Fernandez for Citizens for Portland's Water
Franklin Gearhart for   Citizens Interested in Bull Run, Inc.               
Nancy Newell for Oregon Green Energy Coalition