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Letter to the Editor: Herbicide Spraying Near Big Creek Reservoir

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Protect Newport’s Drinking Water from Toxic Chemicals

City Manager, City Council, please listen to we the people, your constituents, regarding protecting our drinking water from exposure to chemicals used in the Big Creek Reservoir watershed, Newport’s source of drinking water. Don’t abdicate your responsibility to safeguard the public’s health and welfare.

At the April 16th city council meeting medical doctors and concerned citizens presented testimony opposing the draft Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) authored by Hancock Forest Management authorizing them to use toxic chemicals for weed control. The city’s response was condescending and unsympathetic. Instead of advocating for the protection of our drinking water, the city offered to talk to Hancock about revising their MOU and instituting a water sampling program. There is also a mindset among advocates for the timber industry that if chemical trespass does occur the water plant’s filtration system will remove the unwanted contaminates. This assumption ignores the possibility of a mechanical malfunction.

The solution is to reject Hancock’s proposal and ask them to use the chemical-free vegetation control they agreed to with the City of Depoe Bay.

Terry Obteshka
Newport Resident

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