Newport City Councilors had a meeting agenda as long as a Chinese Dragon Monday….but they managed to survive it and got home before 10pm. But just barely.
It appears that the long back-and-forth between the city and Rogue Brewery is about to be settled not only appropriately but finally. Rogue some time back was called on the carpet for sending less than adequately treated brewing waste liquids into the city’s sewer treatment plant which pushed the plant’s capacity, on occasion, to its upper limits. After long months of deep discussions Rogue is in the final stages of upgrading their filtration facilities there at South Beach. You could almost see the City Council’s collective exhale as they realized that this multi-year saga is coming to an end in a couple of months as Rogue installs more effective filtration equipment. Still great beer but now higher quality wastewater being processed – less abrasive on the environment…starting October 1st according to Rogue Brewery.
City Councilors also went back up memory lane remembering all the dreaming out loud when years ago the Big Creek Dam was built – which today is a sitting duck for a major earthquake – which will fail and send thundering water down stream into the ocean. Lots of houses in its path. There has been a lot talk for years about strengthening Big Creek Dam by building a new dam-face just downstream. It’s caused the city council and the Lincoln County Commission to scramble for money that so far has been hard to raise. It’s prompted the council to begin coveting a new larger dam on Rocky Creek just up the coast that could be situated in a more rugged mountain cradle capable of withstanding a strong earthquake. City Councilors seemed interested in exploring the idea of building a big reservoir tucked in the coastal mountains near Depoe Bay. It could provide a lot of water for a growing Central Coast. City Councilors winced at the thought of how much a new big dam would cost – some councilors hoping that big bucks from Uncle Sam may some day make it real. The coast IS growing.
The City Council also spent some time talking about the big earthquake that hits the Oregon Coast just like clockwork. The last quake was a brutal monster as the Native North Americans rode out a 9+ Richter shaker on January 26, 1700. The Native Americans wrote down the date – in their terms. Modern geologists predict another Cascadia Subduction Zone earthquake will strike soon because the offshore zone slips every 250 to 350 years. If you do the calendar math we’re due anytime. Therefore local land use planners are hoping to get the neighborhoods eventually moved up the hillsides and the commercial businesses just underneath them – still out of reach of the merciless surge of 50 to 100 foot waves. But that’s Mother Nature for ya.