Weekly Newsletter Update 7/3/21

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Email:       SaveChehalemMountain@gmail.com

Website:  www.SaveChehalemMountain.com

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Payable to Save Chehalem Mountain

15532 SW Pacific Hwy C1B#331, Tigard, OR 97224

IMPORTANT NOTICE:  WAG Holdings, LLC (18505 NE Jaquith Road) Application #G-18843 request to drill a well to irrigate over 20+ acres of cannabis is on a second hold at the Oregon Water Resources Dept.  This hold expires on 7/5/21. To view application: https://OrdWagHoldings.  To view Resident’s comments: https://OwrdResidentsComments

RESCHEDULED DUE TO HEAT WAVE: COUNTY WATER TASK FORCE:  MON JULY 12TH 10:00 – Noon. This public meeting will be held in person (location to be determined) hosted by Yamhill County Commissioner Casey Kulla is intended to identify problems and brainstorm solutions regarding usage of water in our area. Per Casey, “With the extreme heat wave we are all suffering comes an even stronger awareness that we need, need, need groundwater in sufficient quantity and quality. The Legislature adjourned session with a significant investment in water infrastructure, monitoring, and regional water planning. I will ask our Legislative delegation to provide a summary of the funding and new programs, but we’ll also have a discussion about ground water monitoring, ground water recharge, and water rights as they relate to domestic and commercial non-water-rights use of ground water.”

 1) PLEASE HELP!  Since Fall of 2019 there are a few of us who have been working to protect your homes/ businesses/community from the loss of water, fire danger and to spread the news of what all of us are facing with the increased demand on our water supply from cannabis grows in our “Limited Ground Water Area” aquifer.  We need extra hands for easy projects on existing committees. We will help guide you on what needs to be done. To continue this fight, please volunteer some time. Email us: SaveChehalemMountain@gmail.com

2) IN OTHER RELATED NEWS:  thanks to Resident Dawn M. for sharing Deschutes County Planning Commission created expert panel to discuss their County’s hemp industry. Commissioners asked the Planning Commission to explore the topic after receiving input from rural residents. Thanks to Charlie H. for a great re-cap & link: http://DeschutesCountyHempAgenda

3) WILD FIRE SEASON: Monday 6/28/21 we had a bit of a scare with blistering heat then gusty winds and two vegetation fires reports off Hwy 219 on the Washington County side.  Luckily TVFR showed up and EN MASSE…both were contained, with one requiring over night monitoring.  Please hold off on using any equipment that may spark, do not burn anything outside, refrain from fire works and the like.  AG piles can wait for the safety of damp, cool weather.  Download “Pulse Point” app on your smart device and make sure you are following TVFR & receiving alerts.

READY, SET, GO!  Join TVF&R’s online presentations to learn about creating/maintaining defensible space around your home, forming emergency plans and preparing emergency kits.  Visit www.tvfr.com/395 to sign up for one of the scheduled Zoom presentations.  Dates: 7/15 at 7:00pm, 8/19 at 7:00pm & 9/16 at 7:00pm.

4) YAMHILL COUNTY “MARIJUANA TIME, PLACE & MANNER REGULATIONS”: volunteers are working with (3) YamCo Officials: Commissioner Mary Starrett, Planning Director Ken Friday and Attorney, Todd Sadlo.  The volunteers have provided (3) options or courses of action to take for a resolution.  Almost every County in Oregon has adopted these safety measures which are designed to protect your home/business, your home/business values, quality of life, our community, the environment and the lives of First Responders.

WHAT IS….SAVE CHEHALEM MOUNTAIN?: 

A locally organized non-profit public welfare organization established to ensure that the Chehalem Mountain watershed area (see map on our website) provides the quality and quantity of water, environmental stability and fire protection necessary to support the homes/businesses, fish, wildlife, recreation, biological diversity, ecological values, public health and a sound economy.  We are the Residents & Neighbors of this community who are concerned that one industry can have a devastating impact on the entire aquifer & region.  

We are not against the crop of cannabis/marijuana/hemp and do not advocate for the removal of it.  We are concerned about the negative impacts this crop has already had on neighboring properties, the environment and on wildlife with respects to intense odor pollution, diminished quality of life on one’s property, high usage of water in a “Limited Ground Water Area” and an ongoing drought as well as legitimate fire safety concerns.

WE ARE IN FAVOR OF SAFE & RESPONSIBLE BUSINESS OPERATIONS OF THE MARIJUANA/HEMP INDUSTRY:

  1. SAFE: growing / disposal of harmful chemicals / waste water / used debris
  2. PROPER: government oversight and rules with inspections on all growing/processing operations
  3. ADOPTION of “Marijuana Time, Place & Manner” REGULATIONS:  Yamhill County Commissioners/Planning Director & Attorney adopting these regulations.  They are sensible safety guidelines designed to protect property values, quality of life, the environment/wildlife & the lives of First Responders.  To date, Yamhill County has not done so, despite Residents actively working with them for over (2) years.

Please Donate toward Attorney Fees & Volunteer a little time

We NEED your help!

THANK YOU

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