By Stephen Anderson EWEB’s plan for their 11-acre property south of 40th and Patterson, decades in the making, was to build one water reservoir in 2021 and one reservoir a decade or so later, if needed. In the first meeting with EWEB, we had one simple request: Change...
By John Jordan-Cascade There are two aspects to any decision made by public bodies: the process with which it was made and the wisdom or efficacy of the decision itself. On both counts Eugene’s publically-owned and managed energy agency, EWEB, has failed the...
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"A Man is rich in proportion to the number of things which he which he can afford to let alone," Henry David Thoreau, Walden.Despite losing 250 trees last week to chainsaws, most of this forest remains and we still can let EWEB know the two-reservoir plan for site is too much. Contact Info for politicians (local, state, national) over EWEB Forest/40th and Patterson Water Reservoir Issue below"EWEB Commissioners: --John Barofsky-Wards 2 and 3: 541-685-7719. (project located) --Mindy Schlossberg-At Large, President of Board: 541-685-7626.--John Brown-Wards 4 & 5: 541-685-7000 (EWEB # - no personal # listed).--Sonya Carlson, Wards 6 & 7: 541-685-7803.--Matt McRae, Wards 1 & 8: 541-685-7706.Direct email for the commissioners is first name email@example.com (no spaces). For email/comments to all commissioners at once, visit the following: www.eweb.org/about-us/board-of-commissioners/contact-eweb-commissioners see EWEB.org (templates for commissioners). The comments are in box/template system, and are said to go through to GM Frank Lawson. The 541-685-7000 number is EWEB’s general number.--EWEB General Manager Frank Lawson: 541-685-7000. Find his page and he says he welcomes emails – let him know your views. EWEB Mailing Address: 500 East 4th Avenue, Eugene, Oregon, 97401Eugene City Government--Mayor Lucy Vinis: 541-682-5010/541-682-5411/ firstname.lastname@example.org --City Councilor Matt Keating: 541-515-3819 email@example.com (project is in his district).--Other Councilors: General Number; 541-682-5010; Emails -- Emily Semple (firstname.lastname@example.org); Alan Zelenka (email@example.com); Jennifer Yeh (firstname.lastname@example.org); Mike Clarke (email@example.com); Greg Evans (firstname.lastname@example.org), Clair Syrette email@example.com); Randy Groves firstname.lastname@example.org --Fire Marshall (Fire Prevention Division): 541-682-5411 FMOAdmin@co.eugene.or.us.gov State Government: Representative Paul Holvey: 541-342-2447 (Eugene) / 503-986-1408 (Salem) rep.PaulHolvey@oregonlegislature.orgP.O. Box 51048 Eugene, OR 97405Senator Floyd Prozansky: 503-986-1704 (Salem) SenFloydProzanski@OregonLegislature.org P.O. Box 11511, Eugene, OR 97440State Board of Forestry – Call about fire concerns.Eastern Lane Office 3150 Main Street, Springfield, OR 97478541-726-3588/541-726-2501Salem HeadquartersWestern Lane District Office87950 Territorial Hwy, Veneta, OR 97487541-935-2283.State Office2600 State Street, Building C, Salem, OR 97310503-945-7200/503-945-7212National GovernmentRepresentative Peter DeFazio405 East 8th Avenue, #2400, Eugene, Oregon, 97401541-465-6732 / 800-944-9603For email comments, go to defazio.house.gov and find comment/email section; is in formatted section with boxes and you must enter zip code first.**Also go to DeFazio’s Facebook page**Senator Jeff Merkley405 East 8th Avenue, #2400, Eugene, Oregon, 97401541-465-6732 / 800-944-9603For email comments, go to merkley.senate.gov and find comment/email section; is in formatted section with boxes and you must enter zip code first.**Also go to Merkely's Facebook page**Senator Ron Wyden405 East 8th Avenue, Eugene, Oregon, 97401541-431-0229For email comments, go to wyden.senate.gov and find comment/email section; is in formatted section with boxes and you must enter zip code first.**Also go to Wyden’s Facebook page** ... See MoreSee Less
--Urban Forests--“These places are home for many plant and animal species that provide diversity to the urban community. Urban forests have meaning in the daily lives of urban dwellers. These forests are sources of pride, symbols of place, objects of neighborhood attachment, and remarkably in some cases, contested spaces.” Communities and Forests, Field and Lee, 2005.--Some of these trees are no longer standing due to the clearcut of 250 trees in the EWEB Forest last week--contested spaces indeed! ... See MoreSee Less
"We abuse land because we regard it as as a commodity belonging us. When we see land as a community to which we belong, we may begin to use it with love and respect." Aldo Leopold, Sand County Almanac, 1949. ... See MoreSee Less
Friends & Supporters: The largest and oldest fir still stands along with other sentinel trees from this once dense conifer forest - despite the logging by EWEB that occurred Monday, August 2nd. It’s a travesty that most of this forest grove on public land above 40th and Patterson was logged by EWEB last Monday, just hours before an Oregon Land Use Board of Appeal (LUBA) stay on cutting trees went into effect. EWEB accelerated the logging and cut over 250 trees in short order. These noble giants – conifer and deciduous -- were laid helter-skelter across more than an acre of sloping meadow. The average age of the large trees taken down in this clear-cutting debacle is estimated at 130 years. Despite EWEB’s desire to turn this lush forest into bare rock ready to frack for construction, the site is still punctuated with several majestic firs and surrounded by growth of younger co-dominant, once-suppressed trees. This area can be a thriving forest again if left alone. The stay against further cutting or destroying more trees remains in place despite the logging. --TAKE ACTION NOW--Support Save Eweb Forest to continue the LUBA appeal that will determine whether EWEB has authority to construct two giant water reservoirs on site, a deviation from original one-reservoir plan. Despite disappointment at what was lost, this project can still be limited a less impactful one, and EWEB can be sent a message that they must be transparent with the public about their plans.Make checks payable to: Eugene Peaceworks (Save Eweb Forest), P.O. Box 11182, Eugene, OR 97440; or go to GoFundMe.com = Save Our Eweb Forest. Also call or write the EWEB Commissioners to demand they save the remaining trees and limit development at 40th & Patterson to ONE 7.5 million gallon water storage reservoir. Contact EWEB Commissioner John Barofsky 541-685-7719 and the other four commissioners 541-685-7000 / EWEB.Commissioners@eweb.org. ... See MoreSee Less