Betty Kamikawa for Lincoln County Commissioner
We started Save Our Siletz River in May, 2018 this where we first met Betty Kamikawa. The first Lincoln County Commissioner’s meeting we attended, Betty was there waiting for us! Betty became Save Our Siletz River’s Soil Scientist and a lead member. Together and individually we have continued to work to Save Our Siletz River. Over 2 years plus years of VOLUNTEER work, meetings (Commissioners, City Meetings,), biosolids summit, workgroups, DEQ hearing, letters written, and more. Save Our Siletz River works to save the Siletz River. A major concern is the spreading of toxic sewage sludge on a few farms along the Siletz River, particularly above the water intake for the Cities of Siletz, Toledo, Newport and Seal Rock. Due to Save Our Siletz River efforts the City of Newport is the only remaining municipal to land apply above the water intake, despite all evidence presented and shared with them on the potential serious adverse to human health and the environment. The EPA, DEQ, nor anyone else to assure the safety of this practice.
Betty has and continues to educate the residents of Lincoln County on alternate disposal methods for biosolids other than land applications.
She works towards Save Our Siletz River’s goal to obtain collaborative effort among Lincoln entities to build a plant which supports environmental and sustainable benefits to the area by processing biosolids into clean renewable energy, stopping this practice.
We have learned what a wonderful and giving person Betty Kamikawa is and what she does and has done for Lincoln County!! Some her volunteer work for the Citizens of Lincoln County:
* Since 2003 Betty has been the leader of Girl Scout Troop 10099 in Toledo and has held the positions of Service Unit Manager, Registrar and Product Manager for Girl Scout Service Unit 27 that encompasses all of Lincoln County Recently she obtain plots where the Girl Scouts were able to plant gardens and grow food for them and the local community.
- Betty took on the role of Chairperson for the Newport Childcare Committee in 2000 and served in that capacity until 2014. She also became a member of the Lincoln County Association for Family and Community Education (FCE) in 1999 serving as President from 2001-2014. Having worked with the Early Childhood Coordinating Council for many years, Betty and the FCE along with other community members opened the non-profit Central Coast Child Development Center in Toledo that operated from 2008-2014.
* Betty is an advocate for the homeless in Lincoln County becoming President of the Board of Directors for Grace Winds Haven, a Day Resource Center for the Homeless located on 1st street in Newport in April of 2019. Also in the winter of 2019-2020 Betty assisted in the day to day operations of the winter overnight shelter at the Lincoln County Commons.
* She is a Toledo City Council Member
* Betty advocates for those in need and works hard to save our environment for future generations.
* And of course, SAVE OUR SILETZ RIVER!
All of this for NO PAY!! Betty does this for the love of the local community and our environment, while working a full time job for Pacific State Marine Fishiers Commission, contractor for NOAA’s Northwest Fisheries Science Center.
Betty strongly supports our local veterans and proposes that a portion of the transient room tax should be utilized to help and support Lincoln County Veterans. As a Veteran, Alan supports and recommends Betty Kamikawa for Lincoln County Commissioner to Lincoln County Veterans.
Anyone who works so hard, again for no pay, is someone to have working for Lincoln County as Commissioner!!
Alan & Kayleen Davis
Save Our Siletz River
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