Newport Water Remains at Risk.
Last week three Newport residents met with Spencer Nebel, Newport City Manager, to learn more about the status of plans to spray pesticides above the reservoir. We would like to thank Mr. Nebel for a candid and informative conversation.
Hancock Timber Management has offered a test of limited spray with water testing for chemicals and would like a written agreement with the city. This agreement, or memorandum of understanding (MOU), will be presented to the City Council on May 7th (next Monday) and consideration will begin. The MOU will be available to the public on May 3rd in the agenda packet found on the City website:
Hancock Timber Management has stated it will not spray until an agreement is in place. There is still an opportunity to have a voice and see our watershed remain pesticide free. The doors to a deal with Hancock Timber Management are not yet closed. It is imperative that we, the citizens, have a voice at the table. We suggest:
* A Newport policy on water quality be established before any proposals from timber interests are considered. * A committee be formed which includes well-informed members of the community.
* A presentation of current scientific evidence about pesticides and no-spray alternatives be part of any consideration.
* Information about no-spray alternatives be included with the agenda packet for the May 7th meeting.
Now is the moment to have your voice heard. It has an impact. Call 541-574-0603 or write a comment at www.newportoregon.gov/common/contacts.asp. Say you want your water pesticide free. Say you want citizen representation in all deliberations. And join us at the next Newport City Council meeting, May 7th, 6 PM.
Thank you to everyone making this effort. Your individual voice helps to protect us all.
Jan Kenyon Maria Sause Rio Davidson
Members of Lincoln County Community Rights