Free the River

Citizen activism works!   Environmental and social justice victories in 2015.  Every victory brings another.  Let's carry it on.

We won this battle !!!

On July 2, 2015, the Oregon State Legislature rejected the scheme to fund the new dam.

"Every victory brings another."  

Let's carry it on.

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Citizen action no longer needed to defeat passage of HB 3283.


Text below is from the call to action before HB 3283 died.

Within the next few days, the Oregon legislature in Salem will be voting on a Knute Buehler-sponsored bill that would grant 5 million dollars to green-light the new Mirror Pond Dam.  This bill faces a precarious fate and, if enough of us contact the legislature, we should be able to defeat it.

Please e-mail the lawmakers listed below.  (Simply copy and paste the addresses to your To: box.)  Let them know you are from Bend and Central Oregon.  

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Sample message:

Please vote NO on passage of HB 3283 for these reasons:
1--The Measure Description is misleading.  It will not result in dam "removal," as it claims.  Instead, granting $5 million in public funds will greenlight construction of a new dam at the present location of Mirror Pond on the Deschutes River in Bend.
2--The repercussions of global climate change are now hitting the West Coast and Oregon with significant impact.  We have seen unprecedented accelerated warming of the Willamette River--a 5 degree rise in a recent week.  A recent salmon, sturgeon, and steelhead die off in the Portland Harbor area may be related to river temperatures that are now at August levels.  
For the State of Oregon to commit $5 million in precious public funds to rebuild a structure that will artificially raise water temperatures--as all dams do--seems to me to be the height of absurdity.
ODFW has determined the impoundment behind Mirror Pond to be impaired in terms of being oxygen starved, too warm, and too laden with sediment.  A new dam would only perpetuate these problems. 
3--The citizens of Bend have never been asked if they want to preserve Mirror Pond.  There has not been one statistically valid survey to ascertain public sentiment.  Despite calls to do so by the Bend Bulletin, no public referendum has ever been conducted.
4--To use Lottery funds, originally meant to be used for education spending, for such a purpose seems counterproductive in a State which ranks abysmally low in high school graduation rates.
Thank you, as always, for your service and your ability to weather messages from irate citizens, such as myself.,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,

Text below is from the call for citizens to attend the March 18, 2015, City Council meeting.

The Bend power elite is moving quickly to seal the deal on a brand new Mirror Pond dam.  The Bend City Council will be voting on the new dam on March 18.  This is a critical vote, because its outcome  will probably determine whether the State of Oregon hands over $5 million for this project.  Please contact the Bend City Council to express your opposition to the new dam:

Or attend the March 18 Council meeting at City Hall.  Anyone who so chooses can request 3 minutes to speak before the Council during the Visitors' Section starting at 7 P.M.