What's Happening with Portland's Water?

Locus Focus
program date: 
Mon, 01/11/2010

What's going on with Portland's water? In light of the Thanksgiving weekend e coli outbreak in one of the Washington Park Reservoirs, we look at arguments for and against covering Portland's famously open-air reservoirs. We also talk about the underground water storage facility under construction on Powell Butte and the status of Portland's request for a variance from the EPA for its open reservoirs.

Our guests are David Shaff with the Portland Water Bureau and Friends of the Reservoirs representatives Floy Jones and Scott Fernandez.

Floy Jones is a founding member of the grassroots organization Friends of the Reservoirs. Friends of the Reservoirs organized in 2002 with citizens joining together to protect Portland's historic reservoirs and Bull Run water system. 

Scott Fernandez  is a microbiologist who is very active with Friends of the Reservoirs. He has served on Portland's Water Quality Advisory Committee and the Portland Utility Review Board.


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