Safe Waters Act Public Hearing

Start: Tuesday, March 12, 2019 1:00 PM

Please come help pass the Safe Waters Act and ensure a clean water future for Oregonians!

The House Committee on Energy and Environment has scheduled a hearing on the Safe Waters Act (HB 2656) for March 12 at 1pm. The bill, recommended to the legislature by the Sustainable Energy and Economy Network and Pacific Rivers, will greatly reduce clearcutting, new logging roads and application of chemical herbicides and fertilizers in our drinking water supplies and help scale up climate smart alternatives to industrial forest practices.

The bill targets the forest management activities in Drinking Water Source Areas that impact drinking water: clearcut logging, roads, and the use of toxic pesticides, herbicides and fertilizers.

The Safe Waters Act will prohibit clearcut logging, with exceptions for ecological forestry or forest carbon storage projects. It will prohibit the application of pesticides and herbicides, keeping these harmful substances out of the water our kids drink.