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On April 22 citizens around the world observe Earth Day, a celebration that originated in 1970 to demonstrate the need to protect our natural environment and to conserve our finite resources. Our precious planet is still assaulted by pesticides, plastics, and pollution.
Relating to a local cause, I ask that the City of Newport manager, mayor, and city councilors follow Depoe Bay’s example and insist that Hancock Timber Company does not contaminate Newport drinking water. Do not allow Hancock to aerial or backpack spray the property around Big Creek reservoir, our watershed, because seepage and runoff can contaminate our water with toxic chemicals. Encourage Hancock Co. to use sustainable forestry methods rather than clearcutting (which erodes the soil, decimates wildlife habitat, and uses poisonous chemicals to control competing vegetation). Hire humans to reduce unwanted competing plants, thus providing employment for people.
I appreciate the time and dedication of our elected and appointed officials and ask that they listen to, respect, and protect the needs and wishes of We, the People, who make up their constituency.
Janet Elizabeth Johnson, M.Ed.
556 NE 20th Pl.
Newport, Oregon 97365