|Salem's claim to water from the Willamette River|
execute a Purchase and Sale Agreement with the City of Hillsboro for the sale of 56 cubic feet per second of the City of Salem's Willamette River water right.The Staff Report says "go ahead" and claims that
In addition to the 200 cfs water right on the Willamette River, the City holds a total of 239 cfs in water rights on the North Santiam River. The most recent long-term water demand forecast indicates that for the next 100 years or more, the water rights on the North Santiam River alone will be sufficient to meet the water needs of City customers. [italics added]
Remember that report on water flows, snowpack, and ways our drinking water will be impacted by climate change from a few years back?
|Creeks feeding the Santiam and Willamette will be low in 2040!|
At the very least, we should see the report and evidence for this claim.
Selling off water rights like this probably needs a whole lot more scrutiny. Maybe it's just a fine idea, but the Staff Report seems awfully cavalier about it, especially about our North Santiam supply. (I really don't want to have to drink water from the Willamette.)
|Revised Concept Map for Fairview Park, February 2016|
The Hearing on the CIP was kept open to receive more public comment (see previous round here), and without any further changes, Council looks to adopt it.
Since we are talking about water, it is at least a little interesting that the prospect of redeveloping the old mushroom plant out on Cordon Road north of State Street, is getting an extension for water and sewer, from 2018 to 2020. I'm not sure the exact details are important here, but here's what's involved:
- A new pump station and 6 inch force sewer line
- A 24 inch and 12 inch set of water mains