Metro has been hiding behind confidential cleanup agreements and its attorneys in explaining why it cannot support a more aggressive cleanup of this site. This Thursday, December 10, at 2 p.m., the Metro Council will hear a resolution on Willamette Cove. The resolution does some good things but it misses on the most important point, agreeing to remove all contaminated waste that exceeds human health risk levels from the site. Please help us send Metro Council a strong message!
There are two ways you can make your voice heard. See talking points below.
- Email Comments: To Submit Written Testimony, send to: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Testify at the Hearing: The hearing is on Thursday, December 10 at 2 p.m. (RESOLUTION 20-5149) To sign-up to testify orally send an email request to speak on Willamette Cove : email@example.com or just go to the virtual hearing and “raise your hand” when they ask if anybody wants to comment.
Anyone can view the Hearing by either of the following methods: https://zoom.us/j/615079992 or 888-475-4499 (toll free)
Please let the Metro Council know:
- Willamette Cove should not be used as a contaminated waste dump. Metro Council should amend the resolution to explicitly support a cleanup alternative which removes all contaminated soils that exceed human health risk levels from Willamette Cove.
- Cleanup of public sites should not be governed by secret agreements. Metro should be completely transparent about all aspects of the Willamette Cove Cleanup.
- The commitments in the resolution to engage in a robust public process regarding the future of Willamette Cove and making Willamette Cove eligible for 2019 greenspace bond measure funding are positive steps forward but they are not enough—Metro must also commit to a full cleanup of the site.
Thank you for advocating for the health of the Willamette River and the Willamette Cove.