Save Chehalem Mountain

Weekly Newsletter Update 7/8/21

How to Reach Us:

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, will keep you updated and are in contact with OWRD & Water Attorney. 

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

WATER RELATED: PROPOSED HEMP FARM 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.” For more: https://apps.wrd.state.or.us/apps/wr/wrinfo/wr_folder_image.aspx?snp_id=199700

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.

For more info & to attend (request by Zoom) email Casey Kulla:  kullac@co.yamhill.or.us

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) WE NEED YOUR INPUT:  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:  

“Cartel Operated Marijuana Grows Taken Down in Antelope Valley as Part of Massive Joint Operation.  Cartel members threatening residents and stealing millions of gallons of water from already limited supply according to Sherriff.  1.19 BILLION worth of Marijuana seized in massive bust.”

https://www.cbsnews.com/news/marijuana-seized-billion

https://valleypostnews.com/cartel-operated-marijuana-grows

“15,000 Plants Seized in Raid of Illegal San Diego County Marijuana Farm.  Illegal Growers were Stealing Millions of Gallons of Water with Illegal Wells or by Taking It Under Cover of Night From Wells Maintained by Local Alfalfa, Potato & Carrot Farmers” https://15000-plants-seized-in-illegal-san-diego-cty-marijuana-farm/

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

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.  They are awaiting the response of Ken Friday on which option the County feels 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.

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

Weekly Newsletter Update 7/3/21

How to Reach Us:

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.  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

Weekly Newsletter Update 6/26/21

1) THIS MONDAY: ZOOM COUNTY WATER TASK FORCE:  JUNE 28TH 10:00 – Noon. This public meeting by Yamhill County Commissioner Casey Kulla is intended to identify problems and brainstorm solutions regarding usage of water in our area. Meeting ID: 856 1330 5886   &    Passcode: 016631

  https://us02web.zoom.us/j/85613305886?pwd=SzhJS2xOUWpNdXhqRjhRTlE4NkJUZz09

2) PLEASE DONATE SOME TIME:  please help us to continue protecting your homes/ businesses/community from the loss of water, fire danger and to spread the news of what all of us are facing.  Volunteers are needed for projects on existing committees. We will help guide you on what needs to be done. We need your assistance to continue, please volunteer some time. Email us: SaveChehalemMountain@gmail.com

3) IN OTHER RELATED NEWS:  thanks to Resident Dawn M. for sharing what other Counties are doing to address problems within the marijuana/hemp industry.  Deschutes County Planning Commission is convening an expert panel to discuss Deschutes County’s hemp industry. Commissioners asked the Planning Commission to explore the topic after receiving input from rural residents. Article link click here: https://ktvz.com/news/deschutes-county/2021/06/18/deschutes-county-convening-expert-panel-to-review-hemp-industry/

4) WILD FIRE SEASON: Friendly reminder burn ban is in effect.  Please hold off on AG burning during this heat wave with wind.  We do not want a repeat of 2020.

5) GOOD NEWS! DONATION GOAL ACHIEVED FOR NEXT RESIDENT MAILER:  Thanks to those who contributed, we reached our goal of $1,122.45.  In the next few weeks, a (3) page mailer will be sent out to 1,859 residents within the Aquifer who will be affected by potential loss of water and legitimate fire dangers, bringing awareness to this issue. If you receive the mailer and already know about our efforts, don’t hesitate to share it with your neighbors!

6) 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.

SAVE CHEHALEM MOUNTAIN: is 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 the Safe & Responsible Business Administration 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 and Volunteer some time

We Need your help!

THANK YOU

Weekly Newsletter Update 6/19/21

1) ZOOM COUNTY WATER TASK FORCE MEETING: June 28 10:00 – Noon. This public meeting is intended to identify problems and brainstorm solutions. Our Water Committee will articulate our concerns and submit questions / suggested actions to Commissioner Casey Kulla before the meeting.  Please submit your thoughts by THIS Monday June 21st to allow time:  Email us. 

Join Zoom Meeting: June 28th 10:00am – Noon

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/85613305886?pwd=SzhJS2xOUWpNdXhqRjhRTlE4NkJUZz09

Meeting ID: 856 1330 5886 & Passcode: 016631

2) PLEASE HELP!  We NEED your help protect to continue protecting your homes/ businesses/community from the loss of water, fire danger and to spread the news of what all of us are facing.  Volunteers are needed for existing committees. We will help guide you on what needs to be done. We need your assistance to continue, please volunteer some time. Email us.

3) IN OTHER RELATED NEWS:  Southern Oregon problems: Residents take concerns over illegal Marijuana grows in Josephine to State officials.  Area Tri-County Commissioners discuss declaring a State of Emergency. https://ktvl.com/news/local/residents-take-concerns-over-illegal-marijuana-grows-in-josephine-to-state-officials

4) WILD FIRE SEASON: Thanks to Jon S. for passing along information regarding PGE “Public Safety Power Shutoffs” or PSPS.  Summer may bring proactive shutoffs.  Learn about PSPS, see whether you’re in a high-risk area and get ready for wildfire season. https://portlandgeneral.com/outages-safety/wildfire-outages

5) DONATIONS NEEDED FOR NEXT RESIDENT MAILER:  Thanks to those who have contributed, we are halfway to our goal of $1,122.45.  Please contribute via the website utilizing PayPal.  Large donations payable to “Save Chehalem Mountain” would be appreciated via check to avoid processing fees. Email us for details.

6) 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.  Unfortunately, they have run into a snag with Ken Friday and are trying to work out 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.

SAVE CHEHALEM MOUNTAIN: is 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 the safe and responsible aspects affecting 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. Yamhill County Commissioners/Planning Director & Attorney adopting “Marijuana Time, Place & Manner Regulations”.  These regulations are sensible safety guidelines designed to protect property values, quality of life and the environment.  To date, Yamhill County has not done so, despite Residents actively working with them for over (2) years.

Please Donate and Volunteer…We Need your help!

THANK YOU

Weekly Newsletter Update 6/11/21

1) Zoom County Water Task Force Meeting: June 28 10:00 – Noon.

This public meeting is intended to identify problems and brainstorm solutions. Our Water Committee will articulate our concerns and submit  questions / suggested actions to Commissioner Casey Kulla before the meeting.  Please submit your thoughts by Monday June 21st to allow time:  Email us.

Join Zoom Meeting: June 28th 10:00am – Noon

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/85613305886?pwd=SzhJS2xOUWpNdXhqRjhRTlE4NkJUZz09

Meeting ID: 856 1330 5886

Passcode: 016631

2) HISTORY REPEATING ITSELF

In 2010 residents of Grand Island Farms (including current County Commissioner Casey Kulla) fought a Yamhill County approval of a gravel mine.  The arguments AGAINST the mine are exactly the same arguments Chehalem Mountain Residents voiced at County Hearings regarding the property at 18505 NE Jaquith Road (chaired by Commissioner Kulla) from Fall 2019-Winter 2020: dramatically increased traffic, dust and noise, concerned impacts to agriculture, water quality/quantity & quality of life for residents of this community.  Luckily for Grand Island Residents, they prevailed.  As for our situation, we are still fighting.  To read more about the parallels of our stories:

https://crag.org/victory-for-grand-island-farms/

https://crag.org/grand-island-farmland-protected-from-gravel-mine/

3) PLEASE HELP! 

We are a small & we need more of you to get involved to help protect your homes/ businesses/ community from the loss of water, fire danger and to spread the news of what all of us are facing.  Volunteers are needed for existing committees related to fire, water, Yamhill County Time/Place & Manner Regulations. We will help guide you on what needs to be done. We need your assistance to continue, please volunteer. Email us.

4) IN OTHER RELATED NEWS:  

ODFW wasone of the biggest help in putting out the fires up here because the local First Responders weren’t prepared to fight wildfires on steep terrain to the extent that we had. “Oregon Department of Fish & Wildlife braces for drought: fish stocking changes and possible emergency regulations are expected.” Click here for ODFW Article

5) DONATIONS NEEDED FOR NEXT RESIDENT MAILER: 

December 2020 we sent out a post card alerting 1,859 residents.  This is how you found out about the dangers of what your home/business faces.  There are still thousands of residents (many who received the postcard) who are unaware. It costs $1,122.45 to cover postage & supplies for a 3 page flyer to raise awareness to another 1,855 residents.  Please contribute via the website utilizing PayPal.  Large donations would be appreciated via check to avoid processing fees. Email us.

6) DROUGHT & MEGA FIRES MENACE THE US:

Thanks to Residents Frosti M. & Jon S. for submitting information.

Media Article:Click here for Mega Fires Article

Oregon Drought Monitor: Click here for Oregon Drought Map

7) YAMHILL COUNTY “MARIJUANA TIME, PLACE & MANNER REGULATIONS”: 

Volunteers continue to work with the Yamhill County Leaders (Commissioners/Planning Director/Attorney) to consider formally adopting safety measures.  Under HB 3400 County Commissioners have the authority to adopt sensible guidelines to protect citizens, the environment, quality of life, home values and the lives of First Responders.  Almost every other County in Oregon has adopted these measures. YamCo Planning Director Ken Friday has given a copy of a draft to his senior planner, next it goes to YamCo Attorney, Todd Sadlo for review and then to our group.

By example this is Clackamas Cnty MJ TPM Regulations: https://www.clackamas.us/planning/marijuana.html

Thank you for getting the word out.

Please donate and volunteer…we need your help!

Weekly Update Newsletter 6/4/21

Good Evening, Neighbors!

Here are a few key points and interesting news updates for the week:

1) COUNTY WATER TASK FORCE-ZOOM MEETING:

June 28 10:00 – Noon. This public meeting is intended to identify problems and brainstorm solutions. Our Water Committee will articulate our concerns and submit  questions / suggested actions to Commissioner Casey Kulla before the meeting.  Please submit your thoughts by Monday June 21st to allow time:  Email us. 

Join Zoom Meeting: June 28th 10:00am – Noon

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/85613305886?pwd=SzhJS2xOUWpNdXhqRjhRTlE4NkJUZz09

Meeting ID: 856 1330 5886

Passcode: 016631

2) DONATIONS NEEDED FOR NEXT RESIDENT MAILER: 

December 2020 we sent out a post card alerting 1,859 residents.  This is how you found out about the dangers of what your home/business faces.  There are still thousands of residents (many who received the postcard) who are unaware. It costs $1,122.45 to cover postage & supplies for a 3 page flyer to raise awareness to another 1,855 residents.  Please contribute via the website utilizing PayPal.  Large donations would be appreciated via check to avoid processing fees. Email us. 

3) HELP! 

We are a small group of volunteers & we need more of you to get involved to help protect your homes/businesses/ community from the loss of water, fire danger and to spread the news of what all of us are facing.  Volunteers are needed for existing committees related to fire, water, Yamhill County Time/Place & Manner Regulations. We will help guide you on what needs to be done. We need your assistance to continue, please volunteer. Email us.

5) IN OTHER RELATED NEWS:

Calif, Sonoma County’s conversation over commercial cannabis hit a big reset May 17, when Sonoma County Board of Supervisors voted unanimously to require themselves to conduct a full-blown programmatic environmental impact report (EIR) prior to completing any updates to the current commercial cannabis cultivation ordinance first adopted in 2018.  “I think we owe an apology,” said Supervisor David Rabbitt. “We haven’t been doing any favors for the (cannabis) industry, neighbors or the county. It’s time to hit a reset. I think we failed.” Board chair Lynda Hopkins agreed, “Yes, I think we owe an apology and admit we have learned a lesson.”  Lawsuits are being threatened by Rural Residents who are concerned over loss of water, endangered species and conservation/protection of the Mark West Creek and Watershed.

Full Article here: https://www.sonomawest.com/CountyCannabis

See what another group like ours is doing to protect their homes/businesses/environment: Friends of Mark West Water Shed (similar to Save Chehalem Mountain): https://www.markwestwatershed.org/about-fmww

6) YAMHILL COUNTY “MARIJUANA TIME, PLACE & MANNER REGULATIONS”: 

volunteers continue to work with the Yamhill County Leaders (Commissioners/Planning Director/Attorney) to consider formally adopting safety measures.  Under HB 3400 County Commissioners have the authority to adopt sensible guidelines to protect citizens, the environment, quality of life, home values and the lives of First Responders.  Almost every other County in Oregon has adopted these measures. YamCo Planning Director Ken Friday has given a copy of a draft to his senior planner, next it goes to YamCo Attorney, Todd Sadlo for review and then to our group.

By example this is Clackamas Cnty MJ TPM Regulations: https://www.clackamas.us/planning/marijuana.html

Thank you for your support and for getting the word out.  

Please donate and volunteer We need your help.

Have a wonderful and sunny weekend!

Weekly Update Newsletter 5/28/21

Good Evening Neighbors, and Happy Memorial Day Weekend!

We took last week off so there are a few extra items to make you aware of this week. Thank you for taking a look!

1) Zoom County Water Task Force Meeting: June 28 10:00 – Noon.

This public meeting is intended to identify problems and brainstorm solutions. Our Water Committee wants to articulate our concerns and submit with questions and suggested actions to Commissioner Casey Kulla before the meeting.  Please submit your thoughts by Monday June 21st to allow time:  Email us: SaveChehalemMountain@gmail.com.

Join Zoom Meeting: June 28th 10:00am – Noon

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/85613305886?pwd=SzhJS2xOUWpNdXhqRjhRTlE4NkJUZz09

Meeting ID: 856 1330 5886

Passcode: 016631

2) DONATIONS NEEDED FOR NEXT RESIDENT MAILER: 

In December 2020 we sent out a post card alerting 1,859 residents.  This may be how you found out about the dangers your home/business faces.  There are still thousands of residents (many who received the postcard) who are unaware. We need $1,122.45 to cover postage & supplies for a 3 page flyer to raise awareness to another 1,855 residents.  Please contribute via the website utilizing PayPal.  Any large donations would be appreciated via check to avoid processing fees. 

3) RE-DRILLED / DEEPENED YOUR WELL? 

The Water Attorney needs a list to present to OWRD in our fight. We have only heard from 4 of you. Email: SaveChehalemMountain@gmail.com

4) HELP!  We need more of you to get involved to help protect your homes/businesses/ community from the fire danger, loss of water and to spread the news of what all of us are facing.  Volunteers are needed for existing committees related to fire, water, Yamhill County Time/Place & Manner Regulations. We will help guide you on what needs to be done. We cannot do this alone with our current small group.

Email us: SaveChehalemMountain@gmail.com

5) WILD FIRE SEASON:

Volunteers on our Fire Committee are working with TVFR to get this area designated as “Firewise”. Homeowners sign up as a group for advice, informational classes & potential funding assistance programs associated with costs to create defensible spaces. 

To Sign Up email: Cheryle.Douglas@comcast.net 

Thanks to Neighbor Jon S. for submitting data regarding Oregon fires.  There are (2) new articles: “A summary of the 2020 Fire Season” & “The Dangerous Fire Season that Looms in the Drought Stricken Western US as We head for a Water Crisis”.  To read them click here: https://savechehalemmountain.com/local-wildfires/

6) IN OREGON NEWS: “Residents Take Concerns over Illegal Marijuana Grows in Josephine County to State Officials asking for Declaration of State of Emergency.” They are experiencing rural loss of water, depleting streams, infected salmon, destroyed riparian habitat, land clearing and increases in crime.  We are trying to avoid this in our area! Worth a read at: https://ktvl.com/news/local/residents-take-concerns-over-illegal-marijuana-grows-in-josephine-to-state-officials

From now on, weekly water reports will be kept in a separate location on our website. Once that is established and organized for reading, we will post the link to it. Stay tuned!

Thank you for getting the word out. 

Please donate and volunteer…we need your help!

Have a safe and fun holiday weekend!

Weekly Update 5/8/21

Good Evening, Neighbors!

WAG Holdings LLC Application to drill a well remains on Administrative HOLD until 7/5/21 

https://apps.wrd.state.or.us/apps/wr/wrinfo/wr_details.aspx?snp_id=200506

In other news: 

1) WEBSITE UPDATES: check out the Media Tab for information about more explosions from chemical processing plants, wildfires and effects on drinking water and a collection of Rules & Regulations regarding this problem.  We have also added a glossary page that we will continue to update with relevant terms and acronyms found throughout our site.

2) DONATION UPDATE: the pay portal is up and running.  Please donate to the Attorney & Professional fees via the website utilizing PayPal.  Any large donations would be appreciated via check to avoid processing fees.  (Note: all Board of Directors, our Water Committee, Fire Committee & YamCo Time/Place Manner Committee are 100% unpaid & volunteer). 

3) RE-DRILLED / DEEPENED YOUR WELL? The Water Attorney needs a list to present to OWRD in our fight. We have only heard from 2 of you. Please email us: SaveChehalemMountain@gmail.com 

4) WE NEED VOLUNTEERS: We need more bodies to help protect our homes & community from the fire danger, loss of water and to spread the news of what all of us are facing.  Volunteers are needed for existing committees related to fire, water, Yamhill County Time/Place & Manner Regulations. Email us at: SaveChehalemMountain@gmail.com 

5) WILD FIRE SEASON: is upon us early this year. TVFR is offering a series of Zoom calls here:  https://www.facebook.com/140450022633294/posts/4256648787680043/?d=n 

Also, volunteers on our Fire Committee are working with TVFR to get this area designated as “Firewise” by having Homeowners sign up as a group for advice, informational classes and potential funding assistance programs associated with costs to create defensible spaces.  With last year’s blaze, it is important that we take precautionary measures.   

To Sign up, email: Cheryle.Douglas@comcast.net   

To Read more, click here: https://www.nfpa.org/Public-Education/Fire-causes-and-risks/Wildfire/Firewise-USA 

6) YAMHILL COUNTY “MARIJUANA TIME, PLACE & MANNER REGULATIONS”: volunteers continue to work with the YamCo Commissioners/Planning Director/YamCo Attorney to formally adopt safety measures.  Under HB 3400 County Commissioners have the authority to adopt these sensible guidelines to protect citizens, the environment, quality of life, home values and the lives of First Responders.  Almost every other County in Oregon has adopted these measures. Example from Clackamas County:  https://www.clackamas.us/planning/marijuana.html 

Thank you, and keep getting the word out.  Many neighbors still have not heard about this and we are trying to expand our reach to everyone who may be affected.

Forward this to your friends and neighbors and encourage them to sign up for our updates and easy access to the information and resources we use. If this has been forwarded to you, receive your own updates by entering your email address below.

Weekly Update 4/30/21

Hello Neighbors!


Attached right below is an informative update on the Weekly Water Report, thanks to our excellent Water Committee.


We have other great information to share with you, and remind you of!


1) WEBSITE UPDATE: The website has been updated with additional information and tabs for you to learn more about local issues.  www.SaveChehalemMountain.com.  Here you will also find every past weekly report. Check out our sections on water issues, volunteer opportunities, and more!


2) DONATION UPDATE: We have updated our pay portal.  Now you may donate to our Attorney & Professional fees via the website utilizing PayPal HERE.  Any large donations would be appreciated via check to avoid processing fees.  (Note: all work on the Board of Directors & our Water Committee, Fire Committee is 100% unpaid & volunteer).


3) RE-DRILLED YOUR WELL?   Our Water Attorney would like a list to present to OWRD in our fight.  Email us at:  SaveChehalemMountain@gmail.com.


4) NEED VOLUNTEERS: We need more bodies to help us protect our homes & community from the fire danger & loss of water.  We need volunteers to get the word out and work on existing committees related to fire, water, etc.  For example: right now we are working on getting this area designated “FireWise”.  With last year’s blaze, it is important that we take precautionary measures. Firewise USA® – How to become a Firewise USA® site (nfpa.org).  Stay tuned for more.


5) HOUSE BILL 3239: No flammable chemical cannabis processing in Rural Oregon.  114 of you wrote letters, THANK YOU!  This Bill has been moved to the short session and a work group has been organized to push this effort forward.  The following groups were AGAINST this bill: 1,000 Friends of Oregon, OLCC, Oregon Industrial Hemp Farmers Assoc, Oreon Farm Bureau.


6) YAMHILL COUNTY “MARIJUANA TIME, PLACE & MANNER REGULATIONS”: thank you to the volunteers working with Yamhill County Commissioners/Planners/Attorney to formally adopt safety measures called Marijuana Time, Place & Manner Regulations.  These are sensible guildlines County Commissioners are given the authority to adopt under HB 3400 designed to protect citizens, the environment, quality of life, home values and the lives of First Responders.  Almost every other County in Oregon has adopted these measures.  Example Clackamas County https://www.clackamas.us/planning/marijuana.html


Thank you for continuing to get the word out.  As always we appreciate your attention and support. We are strongest when we work together. Let’s continue to stay aware and up to date about the issues in our immediate area. Have a fantastic weekend!

Weekly Update 4/26/21

Status: G-18843 remains on Administrative Hold with OWRD as the weather improves and the 2021 planting season gets underway.

This week’s report takes a look at the initial review, which is the official report to the Applicant and Agent regarding the findings from the Public Interest Review we featured in our last post.  Looking back at the Permit Application Process flow chart (Aquabook Pg 17), OWRD issues a Proposed Final Order (PFO) and Public Notice to either APPROVE or DENY the application.  The normal status at this point in the process is PROPOSE TO APPROVE the application with any CONDITIONS and/or gather additional information necessary to allow appropriation of ground water for WAG Holdings.

If and when WAG Holdings decides they can proceed given the required conditions and submits the requested supplementary information, the application could be moved to a status of PROPOSED FINAL ORDER and PERMIT.

It is at this stage of the process where anyone opposing the order can file a PROTEST.  If the protest cannot be resolved, a CONTESTED CASE is initiated to resolve the dispute.

A side note to the last posted Tuesday Water Report.  The water committee has learned of a technical video which explains how the Public Interest Review or engineering technical report is completed.


Link to Aquabook:https://www.oregon.gov/owrd/WRDPublications1/aquabook.pdf
Link to Technical Video:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pbkVp0yFYBQ#action=share

As always, a very hearty THANK YOU to the group who is dedicating so much time to these water issues and sharing it with all of us!  


In website news updates, we are now pleased to offer a volunteer page. If you have interest or expertise in any of the areas listed on the volunteer page, please use the links provided to get in touch with us via email to discuss where you may be able to direct your efforts. Topics include fire, media, and threatened species, among others!

VOLUNTEER PAGE

Thank you for your support, keeping our neighbors informed and engaged, and of course for your donations. We have made great progress in our fight for sustainable use of resources, but our work isn’t over. We plan to stay vigilant and continue to work hard to protect our homes and businesses.

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