Those of you in Bend have probably heard of the proposed Surface Water Improvement Project (SWIP). Preliminary work shut down the road to Tumalo Falls and some of our trails last year.
It is an enormous ($70 million) project to make the antiquated surface water portion of the Bend water supply permanent. It will raise our water rates considerably and insure we never have trails in the area.
The last City Council and the city employees tried to rush it through, but it was shut down on environmental grounds, protecting Tumalo Creek. Now they have asked the Forest Sevice to do a new Impact Statement based on taking less water. No cheaper, just less water.
The truth is that we already have enough well water to supply the city 100%. It could easily be doubled. The wells are not as affected by fires, cryptosporidium, or dry winters. (I didn't want to get involved with this, but I've had graduate training in hydrology, and when I dug into it, I couldn't believe the thing. Developers and environmentalists alike oppose it.
If we were to just use our wells, we could open up the 12 mile-square sections now closed or partially closed to bikes.
Any comments you can submit to the FS by Tuesday, 1/22 would be great! Send to
We have also new City Council, lead by Mayor Jim Clinton. He consistantly voted against the project, but was outvoted by the old council. Send your opinion to them as well.
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