Locus Focus on 01/11/10
DOES PORTLAND NEED TO COVER ITS RESERVOIRS?
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'll also talk about the filtration system and underground water storage facility that are under construction and why these steps are being taken now.
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. Floy Jones has volunteered as the Friends of the Reservoirs research analyst and organization spokesperson. She has helped organized a number of community events around our water system, served on the Water Bureau's budget committee for four years, and served as a community representative on the LT2 stakeholder committee formulated by Mayor Potter in 2004 to address the negative impacts of the negotiated EPA regulation, the Long-Term 2 Enhanced Surface Water Treatment Rule (LT2)
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.