Wednesday, June 2, 2010

"Got Water?" AfD Portland sponsors a forum on Oregon's water supply

On Friday and Saturday, June 4 and 5, Alliance for Democracy's Portland, OR, chapter will sponsor a forum entitled "Got Water? Managing It for the Future." The forum promotes actions by opening our eyes to the fact that our water, our most precious natural resource, could be in danger if decisions aren't made today.

A complete agenda for the forum is available here, and background is available here on the Portland chapter's website.

The forum will be held at the First Unitarian Church, 12th and Salmon, Portland. Events begin Friday evening, and end Saturday evening with a screening of the film Liquid Assets: The Story of our Water Infrastructure. Here's the trailer:

Representatives of Oregon's water resource management bureau will be represented at the forum--they're in the process of writing the state's first water plan. Regional experts will attend the conference to help work through hard questions and provide an informed basis for planning. What are the non-negotiables with respect to water? How do we protect regional water What should the long-term vision be? Is water a human right? What is the role of for-profit companies in water use? Should we allow spring water to be bottled--or used by brewers--or shipped out of the watershed for metropolitan use or for agriculture?

The forum is free, but preregistration is required. Please email Nancy Matela at to preregister or to volunteer. Sack lunches are available for $10--please specify vegetarian or meat. There are no restaurants close to the church.

No comments: