RiverAction Alert: LCDC Metolious Hearings – 2/2009

RiverAction Alert: LCDC Metolious Hearings – 2/2009

Courtesy of Central Oregon Land Watch:

Help prevent destination resorts from spoiling one of Oregon’s greatest natural treasures!

Hearings Scheduled For Central Oregon on Feb 11th and 12th!

The State Land Conservation and Development Commission has scheduled two hearings in Central Oregon to address a plan to designate the Metolius Basin as an Area of Critical State Concern.

The first hearing will be held on Wednesday at 5:00 pm, February 11th at the Sisters High School, 1700 W McKinney Butte Rd. Sisters, OR 97759.

The second hearing will be held on Thursday at 5:00 pm, February 12th at the Madras Senior Center at 860 SW Madison, Madras, OR 97741.

Testimony provided at these hearings will help guide the Governor and DLCD in their efforts to protect the Metolius. Their plan is to take your public input, draft a management plan, and seek legislative approval for the plan.

Initial reports however indicate that the management plan would not prevent the siting of a proposed 2 golf course, 2500 residential unit development within 4 miles of the majestic headwaters. The developers have applied for the rights to drill 10 wells to pump 2.5 million gallons of groundwater PER DAY. We need your public input and thenreal legislative leadership to save the Metolius. The hearings on the 11th and 12th are the first steps in the public process.

LandWatch continues to work with supportive legislators on a forthcoming separate bill to provide the protections that the Metolius deserves. When legislative counsel releases that draft and legislative sponsors are formalized, we’ll be asking for as many people as possible to support that specific bill to truly save the Metolius.

In the meantime, we need your help to ensure that the process sets off down the right path. By attending the upcoming public hearings and providing them with compelling testimony, you will send a strong message to the Governor and the State Land Conservation and Development Commission. We need them to hear that Oregon citizens want the strongest possible protections for the Metolius. We need them to hear that destination resorts are simply inappropriate in or near the basin. You’ve written many powerful letters (Please continue to forward them to us at metolius (at) centraloregonlandwatch (dot) org and visit our site online here.) and already given tremendous voice to this important issue. Now it’s time to put as many faces as possible to this effort.

Thank you for all your support!!

Jonathan Manton
Campaign Manager for Central Oregon LandWatch
jmanton2008 (at) gmail (dot) com

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