Save Chehalem Mountain

Weekly Newsletter Update 8/13/21

Good evening neighbors,

IMPORTANT NOTICE:  WAG Holdings, LLC (18505 NE Jaquith Road) Water Application #G-18843 request to drill a well & irrigate over 20+ acres of cannabis was on a second hold at the Oregon Water Resources Dept.  The Administrative Hold expired on 7/5/21. It has been (5) weeks since the expiration and there has been no change nor activity from OWRD.  Thanks to our Water Team who are monitoring the situation daily, keeping us updated and are in contact with OWRD & our Water Attorney.

View application: HERE.  View Resident’s comments: HERE.

WATER RELATED:  

“Yamhill declares water emergency, increases restrictions for all users”:  https://newsregister.com/yamhill-declares-water-emergency

Thanks to resident Rich T. for sharing: “Officials have formal reports of 117 empty wells but suspect more than 300 have gone dry in the past few weeks as the consequences of the Klamath River basin’s water scarcity extend far beyond farmers’ fields.” https://www.usnews.com/trying-to-survive-wells-dry-up-amid-oregon-water-woes

Thanks to resident Charlie S. for sharing: Oregon non-profit conducts survey of water management issues including ag usage & well monitoring. The study can be found here:  https://oregonvbc.org/agricultural-water-management/

A good summary of the study can be found here:  https://survey-most-oregonians-concerned-about-water-management

Zoom Meeting: County Water Task Force:  MON AUG 23RD 10:00 – Noon. This public meeting will be held in person (location to be determined) hosted by Yamhill County Commissioner Casey Kulla.  It is intended to identify problems and brainstorm solutions regarding usage of water in our area.  We have requested this meeting also be available by Zoom.  Stay tuned for more info as we expect updates on that shortly.

Per Casey, We will be dedicated to ground water discussion, centered around a presentation by Justin Iverson of Oregon Water Resources Dept. on groundwater quality and quantity, monitoring, water rights, the designations for different groundwater areas mean, and more. Please be prepared with questions, from “does my pond improve ground water supply?” to “can the county deny land use applications due to lack of water?” to “what recourse do I have if my well runs dry after others install new wells?”

WILD FIRE SEASON:

When to Flee a Wildfire: A New Interactive Map Ranks Rural Communities in Washington & Oregon for Wildfire Evacuation Vulnerability.

Read the Story here:https://www.forbes.com/when-to-flee-a-wildfire-new-interactive-tool

Find the Map here: https://usfs.maps.arcgis.com

Thanks to a resident for sharing her story about chainsaws and a fire that broke out on Chehalem Mtn:

One year in mid-July, a local resident on Chehalem Mountain was clearing land for their building site. He was cutting some underbrush with his 2-cycle gas powered chainsaw and was cutting close to the ground and the heat and sparks coming from the muffler (exhaust) caught the underbrush on fire.  He learned that first year that you don’t cut brush or log or any type of clearing with a chainsaw when it’s summer & fall and so bone-dry outside. Loggers can’t work in dry weather for a reason.  If you don’t see “sparks” coming out of the chainsaw exhaust, they are there, you can see them at night.  People moving up and living on Chehalem Mountain need to be extremely careful EVERY year.

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: 8/19 & 9/16 both at 7:00pm.

Email:       SaveChehalemMountain@gmail.com

Website:  www.SaveChehalemMountain.com

Mailing Donations: 

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

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Weekly Newsletter Update 8/7/21

DONATION RELATED:

Thank you to those who have donated recently it is greatly appreciated!  Your donation will go directly to Attorney Fees.  All others working for Save Chehalem Mountain to protect our home values, our water, the environment & businesses are 100% volunteer and have always been unpaid.

IMPORTANT NOTICE:  WAG Holdings, LLC (18505 NE Jaquith Road) Water Application #G-18843 request to drill a well & irrigate over 20+ acres of cannabis was on a second hold at the Oregon Water Resources Dept.  It has been (4) weeks since the Administrative Hold expired and there has been no change (hold expired on 7/5/21). Thanks to our Water Team who are monitoring the situation daily, keeping us updated and are in contact with OWRD & Water Attorney.

View application HERE.  View Resident’s comments HERE.

WATER RELATED: Over 150 complaints to OWRD of wells drying up in Klamath Basin.  Officials think that the water level has dropped by as much as 60 feet this year. Domestic wells in particular tend to be shallow, relying on the surface groundwater. https://www.kdrv.com/Historic-drought-leaves-residents-with-dry-wells

Zoom Meeting: County Water Task Force:  MON AUG 23RD 10:00 – Noon. This public meeting will be held in person (location to be determined) hosted by Yamhill County Commissioner Casey Kulla.  It is intended to identify problems and brainstorm solutions regarding usage of water in our area.  We have requested this meeting also be available by Zoom.  Stay tuned for more info.

Per Casey, We will be dedicated to ground water discussion, centered around a presentation by Justin Iverson of Oregon Water Resources Dept. on groundwater quality and quantity, monitoring, water rights, the designations for different groundwater areas mean, and more. Please be prepared with questions, from “does my pond improve ground water supply?” to “can the county deny land use applications due to lack of water?” to “what recourse do I have if my well runs dry after others install new wells?”

WILD FIRE SEASON:

Early start to fire season has departments concerned.  Source: NW Interagency Coordination Center.

A comparison of dates:

July 31st 2020:  23 fires / 40,023 acres burning or lost

July 31st 2021:  50 fires / 820,129 acres burning or lost

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: 8/19 & 9/16 both at 7:00pm.

IN OTHER SAFETY NEWS: 

Thanks to Ken W. for spearheading: please sign the driving Safety Petition located at The Porch food truck at the Laurel Store: 14025 SW Campbell Rd Hillsboro.  Hours: Weekdays 6am-12pm Weekends 7:30am – 12pm.  This comes as a result of reckless driving on Bald Peak Rd and the area with multiple accidents, some requiring Life Flight. When the petition is completed, it will be delivered to all YamCo/Washco County and State Officials. The main focus is overall improved safety with reduced and posted speed limits and specific intersection safety modifications. All improvements will be discussed. Thank you all for our community unity!  Last day to sign is: WED AUG 11th.

Email:       SaveChehalemMountain@gmail.com

Website:  www.SaveChehalemMountain.com

Mailing Donations: 

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

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Weekly Newsletter Update 7/30/21

Email: SaveChehalemMountain@gmail.com

Website:  www.SaveChehalemMountain.com

Mailing Donations: 

Payable to Save Chehalem Mountain

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

DONTATION RELATED:

Thank you to those who have donated recently it is greatly appreciated!  Your donation will go directly to Attorney Fees.  All others working for Save Chehalem Mountain to protect our home values, our water, the environment & businesses are 100% volunteer and have always been unpaid.

IMPORTANT NOTICE:  WAG Holdings, LLC (18505 NE Jaquith Road) Water Application #G-18843 request to drill a well to irrigate over 20+ acres of cannabis was on a second hold at the Oregon Water Resources Dept.  The hold expired on 7/5/21. We are monitoring the situation daily, will keep you updated and are in contact with OWRD & Water Attorney.

View application: HERE.  View Resident’s comments: HERE.

WATER RELATED:

As of July 15, 2021, until further notice, the City of Molalla has issued a Stage 1 Water Alert for its customers due to ongoing drought conditions: https://www.cityofmolalla.com/publicworks/page/water-curtailment-alert-stage-1

Rescheduled: County Water Task Force:  MON AUG 23RD 10:00 – Noon. This public meeting will be held in person (location to be determined) hosted by Yamhill County Commissioner Casey Kulla.  It is intended to identify problems and brainstorm solutions regarding usage of water in our area.  We have requested this meeting also be available by Zoom.  Stay tuned for more info.

Per Casey, We will be dedicated to ground water discussion, centered around a presentation by Justin Iverson of Oregon Water Resources Dept. on groundwater quality and quantity, monitoring, water rights, the designations for different groundwater areas mean, and more. Please be prepared with questions, from “does my pond improve ground water supply?” to “can the county deny land use applications due to lack of water?” to “what recourse do I have if my well runs dry after others install new wells?”

IN OTHER RELATED NEWS:  

Oregon Sending Marijuana Inspectors to Hemp Grows: https://hempindustrydaily.com/oregon-sending-marijuana-inspectors-to-hemp-grows/

OLCC Cracking Down on Illegal Cannabis Grows Backed by New Legislation: https://kobi5.com/news/olcc-cracking-down-on-illegal-cannabis-grows-backed-by-new-legislation-154463/

WILD FIRE SEASON:

Please consider carrying a fire extinguisher in your car.  This simple & easy task could save lives and a wildfire from spreading.  During last year’s Chehalem Mtn fire, a Resident on Neugebauer put out a grass fire with an extinguisher he had in the car.

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: 8/19 & 9/16 both at 7:00pm.

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We NEED your help!

THANK YOU

Water Report 3/23/21

By now most of you know that the application for the well at 18505 Jaquith must satisfy requirements of the Chehalem Mountain Ground Water Limited Area in accordance with Oregon Administrative Rules (OARs) listed under 690-502-0200.  We have included that OAR to familiarize residents with the rules in this week’s Tuesday Report below.

Water Report 3/16/21

This week’s water report courtesy of our Water Committee covers ORS 537.525 (Oregon Revised Statute) which declares that water in the state of Oregon belongs to the public and contains many of the high level phrases, language and descriptions the Oregon Water Resources Department (OWRD) uses when reviewing water rights applications.  You can use this key terminology in correspondence and comments to OWRD.  Next week we will review the Oregon Administrative Rule (OAR) used by Water Resources Department to add detail to enable them to administer the laws set by the Oregon Legislature.

Water Report 3/9/21

This week’s water report highlights the continued importance for fire reservoirs in our region, and explains Water-Use Permit Applications and Processing Steps and where we are in that process with the G-18843 application at 18505 Jaquith. Check out the quick and informative read below! water_report_3-9-21

Water Report 3/2/21

Your Weekly Water Report, courtesy of our hard-working and dedicated Water Committee, is available in the link below. This week’s water report focuses on well monitoring in the area around the proposed well at 18505 Jaquith, as well as some other valuable information regarding measuring your own well water levels. Please take a moment to review these valuable resources and the further readings the Committee has provided for us this week.

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Weekly Newsletter Update 7/23/21

Email:       SaveChehalemMountain@gmail.com

Website:  www.SaveChehalemMountain.com

Mailing Donations:  

Payable to Save Chehalem Mountain

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

IMPORTANT NOTICE:  WAG Holdings, LLC (18505 NE Jaquith Road) Water 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.  The hold expired on 7/5/21. We are monitoring the situation daily, will keep you updated and are in contact with OWRD & Water Attorney. 

View application: https://OrdWagHoldings.  View Resident’s comments: https://OwrdResidentsComments

WATER RELATED: WATER WATCH OF OREGON’S HARD WORK YIELDS SUCCESSES!

Save Chehalem Mountain will be joining forces with Water Watch and they shared good news for our cause.  

OWRD = Oregon Water Resources Dept / ODFW = Oregon Dept of Fish & Wildlife.  Key agency budget highlights include:

OWRD Groundwater Data & Studies: The Oregon Legislature not only rejected a proposed cut in the Governor’s Recommended Budget that would have lost 6 groundwater study positions, but it approved both HB 2018 and Policy Option Package 110, which together bring an additional 16 groundwater staff to the agency. With streams across the state over-appropriated, more and more people are turning to groundwater to serve their needs. Having adequate groundwater data to make sound decisions is one of the most important areas needing attention. We are thrilled with this news.   

OWRD & ODFW Tackling Complex Water Issues: The OWRD Budget includes funding for staff to work on complex water issues in the Deschutes, the Willamette and select other basins. The ODFW budget includes three new staff to work on the Willamette Basin Reallocation.  

OWRD Field Staff For On-the-Ground Water Management: The OWRD budget includes 6 new Watermaster positions to help with on-the-ground management, including managing for instream water rights.  

ODFW Water Program: The ODFW Water Quality and Quantity Program is one of the most important programs across agencies for protecting and restoring instream flows. Bolstering this program has been a priority of WaterWatch for the last several biennia. The legislature added 5 new positions to this program in the 2021-23 budget, and we couldn’t be more excited!

OWRD Water Measurement Cost Share Fund: The Legislature dedicated $1 million dollars to the Water Measurement Cost Share fund. This fund helps water right holders pay for water use measurement devices. We are hopeful this will help incentivize increased measurement and reporting of water use across the state.

OWRD Data Collection: The OWRD received $3 million dollars to purchase and deploy data collection devices to document both surface and groundwater (e.g. gages to measure streamflow and groundwater levels).  

ODFW Habitat Division: The legislature established and funded the newly formed Habitat Division within ODFW to elevate the land and water issues facing fish and wildlife and to allow the agency to more effectively work with other agencies to promote habitat health, protection, and restoration, and focus resources on challenges presented by climate change.

Groundwater: In addition to agency budget attention to groundwater data, a number of bills passed that will help not only with critically needed data gathering (HB 2018) but also on the ground repair of wells to help protect our groundwater resources (HB 2145), funding mechanisms to help domestic well owners address water shortages due to over-appropriation of groundwater and large agricultural wells (HB 3092, HB 2145), and other provisions to help the state better manage groundwater.

RESCHEDULED: COUNTY WATER TASK FORCE:  MON AUG 23RD 10:00 – Noon. This public meeting will be held in person (location to be determined) hosted by Yamhill County Commissioner Casey Kulla.  It is intended to identify problems and brainstorm solutions regarding usage of water in our area.  We have requested this meeting also be available by Zoom.  Stay tuned for more info.

Per Casey, We will be dedicated to ground water discussion, centered around a presentation by Justin Iverson of Oregon Water Resources Dept. on groundwater quality and quantity, monitoring, water rights, the designations for different groundwater areas mean, and more. Please be prepared with questions, from “does my pond improve ground water supply?” to “can the county deny land use applications due to lack of water?” to “what recourse do I have if my well runs dry after others install new wells?”

IN OTHER RELATED NEWS:  Home Owner’s wells drying up in Central & Southern Oregon

https://www.oregonlive.com/environment/2021/07/wells-run-dry-in-many-klamath-basin-homes.html

WILD FIRE SEASON: 

Excellent tip submitted by neighbor Kerry S. “Carry a fire extinguisher in your car.  This simple & easy task could save lives and a wildfire from spreading”.  During last year’s Chehalem Mtn fire, a Resident on Neugebauer put out a grass fire with an extinguisher he had in the car.

Please Donate toward Attorney Fees & Volunteer a little time

We NEED your help!

THANK YOU

Water Report 12/15/20 (Archive)

Water Report for 12/15/20:

Thank you to the Water Committee for monitoring surface water levels and continuing to research the impacts to our groundwater levels! WAG Holdings, the business that operates the marijuana farm and chemical refinery, has applied to Oregon Water Resources Dept. (OWRD) for a permit to drill a well, so that it can irrigate its 21 acres of hemp and marijuana.  If OWRD approves the well application, it could mean that WAG could take nearly 7 million gallons of water each year from the Chehalem Mountain Ground Water Limited aquifer which extends from Sherwood to Newberg, Hillsboro, Scholls up to Gaston The next step in this process is for OWRD to issue a proposed final decision on whether to approve the well.  That proposed decision might come as early as Dec. 23 (expiration date for current status of a 6 month Administrative Hold). Before the decision is made, WAG must address several issues, the major ones being: 1) Where/how They will obtain water during critical summer months, July 1 – September 30. 2) The impact on fish and streams that rely on water from the same aquifer as WAG’s well would be tapping into.  OWRD relies a recommendation from a committee of federal, state, local and tribal governmental entities, including Oregon Fish and Wildlife. Once OWRD issues a proposed final decision, WAG and the public have 45 days in which to contest the decision before OWRD finalizes it.  If the decision is to approve the well permit, then Save Chehalem Mountain would need to hire a water expert and a lawyer to contest the decision.

Weekly Newsletter Update 7/18/21

Email:       SaveChehalemMountain@gmail.com

Website:  www.SaveChehalemMountain.com

Mailing Donations:  

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.  The hold expired on 7/5/21. We are monitoring the situation daily, will keep you updated and are in contact with OWRD & Water Attorney. 

View application: https://OrdWagHoldings.  View Resident’s comments: https://OwrdResidentsComments

WATER RELATED: A PROPOSED HEMP FARM OFF HWY 240 RECEIVED WATER DENIAL

Oregon Water Resources Dept Water Right Application #G-18837 at 22745 NE Highway 240, Newberg (next to Chehalem Creek) for growing Hemp was issued a Proposed Final Order denying the application because: “the appropriation will have the potential for substantial interference with surface water and surface water is not available for the entire period of use requested.” This application has taken another step towards closure ultimate DENY status.  For more: https://apps.wrd.state.or.us/apps/wr/wrinfo/wr_folder_image.aspx?snp_id=199700

WATER RELATED: “Oregon Governor Directs State Agencies to Conserve Water Amid Statewide Drought Concerns”

https://kpic.com/news/local/oregon-governor-directs-state-agencies-to-conserve-water-amid-statewide-drought-concerns

RESCHEDULED: COUNTY WATER TASK FORCE:  MON AUG 23RD 10:00 – Noon. This public meeting will be held in person (location to be determined) hosted by Yamhill County Commissioner Casey Kulla.  It is intended to identify problems and brainstorm solutions regarding usage of water in our area.  We have requested this meeting also be available by Zoom.  Stay tuned for more info.

Per Casey, “We will be dedicated to ground water discussion, centered around a presentation by Justin Iverson of Oregon Water Resources Dept. on groundwater quality and quantity, monitoring, water rights, the designations for different groundwater areas mean, and more. Please be prepared with questions, from “does my pond improve ground water supply?” to “can the county deny land use applications due to lack of water?” to “what recourse do I have if my well runs dry after others install new wells?”

1) DO YOU VALUE THIS COMMUNITY?:  If so, please volunteer to help.  There are a few of us who have been working to protect your homes, businesses and our 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 your help to contribute around 10 hours a month in order for us to keep bringing you this newsletter and keeping you informed.  We will help guide you on what needs to be done. 

Email us: SaveChehalemMountain@gmail.com

2) IN OTHER RELATED NEWS:  Oregon House & Senate Pass HB3000.  Some important parts of this bill include: 

Section 18.c: Hemp enforcement

Section 39: Illegal Marijuana Market Enforcement Grant Program funding $750,000

Section 40: Enforcement of industrial hemp

Section 41: Marijuana or industrial hemp that is unlawfully produced is considered contraband and may be destroyed by a law enforcement agency

Click here for full details of this bill: https://olis.oregonlegislature.gov/HB3000/

3) WILD FIRE SEASON: Full Burn Ban in effect. NO AG Burning (slash, crops, field, stump, waste debris, branches, yard) Click here for more: https://www.tvfr.com/CivicAlerts/BurnBan

Did you receive a large packet in the mail from TVF&R?  READY, SET, GO!  Excellent advice was listed in the packet.  Also 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: 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.  There was a County meeting on 7/7 to discuss courses of action and we are awaiting the response from the County on scheduling a work session with the Board of Commissioners (to work out which option they feel they would be able to accomplish).  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.

OF GREATEST CONCERN: having a Regulation in place that does NOT allow flammable/combustible cannabis processing in rural areas.  This particular activity belongs in the safety of industrial zones with closer access & better infrastructure to fight explosions and fires.

JUST FOR FUN: A History of Yamhill County Road Names

https://yamhillcountyhistory.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/12/YAMROADS.doc.pdf

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