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Tuesday, November 6, 2007

Portland loses major court case on water supply

Throw another $200 million on the credit card bill, boys. The court's decision is here.

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Does this mean the City will finally stop caving in to neighborhood groups?

Can't say that I am surprised by the ruling since the cities case seemed to be based on a wish and prayer. Wonder what they will do now...

The headline/article mistakenly implies the court case was about reservoir covers when (in fact) the EPA's mandate is for cryptosporidium treatment.

The likely cost of cryptosporidium treatment or filtration for Portland's water supply is (per Randy Leonard) much higher than $200 million.

Rather than wasting time fighting the EPA's clean water requirements, we could have been working on the most efficient methods and an implementation timeline.

Oh well.

I suspect there is federal money to pay for much of this, especially if we're in the same boat as New York (maybe take the pork bridge money from Alaska, now that that project is dead?)

If the feds want us to have these covers so badly,let the feds pay for them.

200 million is chump change when you consider what the Willametee Superfund Cleanup will cost us.. remember superfund is broke and dead. And we will be too, after the Feds get done with us as a City.

Probably payback for getting into DaddyGeorges face too often.

I wouldn't blame Bush for this one. This is something that should have been planned for -- kind of like not dumping poop into the river, or paying really spendy police and fire pensions. Portland's not real good about putting money away for obvious future needs.

Go by streetcar!

Ol' Crypty the Cryptosporidium can't get a break.

http://www.theonion.com/content/node/38753

I wonder if the COP population growth projections will prove out when our city utility bills hit $500 per month?

Better make that $201 Million as now there is a need to re-sign Interstate Ave.

The upside of this ruling is that a filtered water system will eliminate the need to keep people out of the Bull Run watershed. Bull Run is the closest unspoiled old-growth forest to Portland. Camping, hunting, fishing, hiking, water-skiing up there is going to be fantastic!!

Wrong.

Don't be such a Grinch!

bilbo,

you left out logging, which is what this is likely really about.

Bilbo brings up a good point. I with they WOULD open Bull Run to hiking. Do it on a permit system... only so many allowed in a year, charge a fee for the priviledge. No vehicles, etc, just hike-in camping. I think that could be accomodated without jeopardizing our water supply.


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