News Release Portland Water Bureau Contact:
For Immediate Release Terry Black (503)823-1168
December 12, 2007 Community Involvement & Information
Sandy Basin Representative
Mt. Hood National Forest Contact:
Rick Acosta, (503)668-1791
Public Affairs Officer
A Toast to Tap Water: signing of the Bull Run Watershed Management Unit Agreement
Portland, OR - A toast with pure Portland tap water will culminate nearly a decade of collaboration between members of the public, the Portland Water Bureau, and the Mt. Hood National Forest in efforts directed toward stewardship of the Bull Run watershed. At 4:00 p.m. on December 17, City Commissioner Randy Leonard, Forest Service Regional Forester Linda Goodman, and Mt. Hood National Forest Supervisor Gary Larsen will sign the Bull Run Watershed Management Unit Agreement at Portland City Council Chambers.
The new agreement serves as a guide for the Portland Water Bureau, the Mt. Hood National Forest, and interested members of the public to promote long-term stewardship of the Bull Run watershed, the source of Portland’s drinking water, said to be among the purest in the nation.
“This agreement is vital to the continued stewardship of our pristine watershed,” said Commissioner Leonard, “I could not be more pleased with the efforts of the Portland Water Bureau and the Forest Service in developing a thoughtful approach to managing one of our most treasured resources.” Gary Larsen, Forest Supervisor of the Mt. Hood National Forest added, “We begin a second century of Bull Run stewardship, and we welcome members of the public interested in helping us continue this legacy in the future.”
The event, planned for December 17, will celebrate key provisions of the new agreement, some of which include
a future vision for stewardship of the Bull Run watershed which promotes the continued production of pure, clean, raw, potable water, and protection of forested ecosystems.
a framework which clarifies roles and responsibilities of the Portland Water Bureau and the Mt. Hood National Forest.
establishment of citizen participation processes in future stewardship of the Bull Run Watershed Management Unit.
Several individuals and groups who collaborated or provided leadership in the stewardship of the Bull Run watershed over the years are expected to attend the December 17 event. Members of the public, especially those interested in participating in future stewardship and collaboration, are also invited to attend the celebration.