Novick and his chief engineer are WRONG, for one simple reason: studded tires.
why does it seem like everyone in Portland expects to be able to get something for nothing?
Where are specific aquifers named? All I see named are the Bull Run, Columbia and Willamette rivers. Furthermore, what constitutes 'full or partial' jurisdiction of the City of Portland when it comes to water? In general public waters are owed and regulated by the state. At best, Portland may have water rights or other permits granted by the state, which allow it limited authority to either beneficially use or discharge to those waters.
One final comment - It appears that the people who drafted this proposal only considered surface waters, and not hydrologically connected and economically/environmentally important groundwaters in the Portland area, which is a fairly large oversight on their part.
Still, Randy Leonard and Sam Adams are gone from city council now, and it seems most of the activist's beefs were with them, so now what's the point? Any system of checks and balances you can dream up is going to be subject to manipulation by those wanting to do so badly enough. Plus, there are already restrictions in place at the city regarding so-called 'revolving door' employees and contracts. Even if We the People became a lot more careful at selecting our elected officials, you're never going to please everyone all the time.
Whatever, I still fail to see how a bunch of hippies and malcontents will do a better job of managing the Water Bureau than the local government does.
FWIW, there are only so many qualified scientific and engineering consultants and contractors locally available to work on these issues, and things like the Harbor Superfund site(s) are not under the purview of the Portland Water Bureau, they are under the purview of BES and ODEQ.
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