The second meeting of Scott Fernandez’s group [yet to name itself officially, but Bull Run Waiver does it], whose stated goal is to obtain a waiver for the Bull Run reservoir water system, took place last night, and your intrepid Green activist was in attendance.
Emma Allen, of the Women’s Freedom Socialist Party, also attended, sitting right to my left; she recalled how we had met one another last fall, when I appeared on the program of a Peace-and-Justice-Works forum together with her colleague on the WFSP.
More people attended the second session than attended the first: at least 50, less than 100, were there last night (there being Mount Tabor Presbyterian Church, 5441 S.E. Belmont, starting at 7 pm and lasting until around 9). Jesse — Biblically the father of David, of him whose army the Bible gives the oldest extant detailed command description — was also there, and I spoke with him after the close of the meeting.
Scott Fernandez between 7 and 7:15 welcomed the new attendees, and spoke somewhat of the recent history of the effort to retain our supply of safe, pure water. A “grass-roots organization,” is going to be “meeting regularly” — and, at the end, the group decided this meant every two weeks, and at Mount Tabor Presbyterian — “over the next few months.” Scott also shared that he yesterday had contact with United States Senator Jeff Merkley’s office. He has agreed to provide the Senator’s staff with further scientific detail on the inapplicability of EPA Rule LT2 to Portland’s water supply, and for our part, he asks all of the audience to keep up the daily phone calls to all office holders in general, but to Sen. Merkley’s in particular, for which purpose Scott provides us with a handout:
We want EPA LT2 waiver; relief from a public health problem that does not exist
Retain our pristine, safe, healthy Bull Run drinking water
Without a waiver water will degrade — radon
Following these points came the non-negotiable stances
No toilet to tap — use Bull Run water only
Bull Run Reservoir system is a proven low-technology solution to the needs of our city for pure, safe water, and one that is sustainable
Following extensive discussion of the dangers of closed reservoirs (Scott recalled Alamosa, Colorado in 2009 and Gideon, Missouri a few years before that as examples of deaths caused by closed reservoirs) and of radon (Scott recalled that this year for the first time the EPA has withheld its report of the level of radon in our metropolitan area), a speaker at 8:35 volunteered to meet with others after the meeting to craft a concise, memorable message to encapsulate our efforts.