Jetty Creek

The forest surrounding Jetty Creek, the water supply for the town of Rockaway Beach on Oregon's north coast, has been logged heavily. Some residents there say the timber harvests have impacted their water quality, but the forest owners, industry groups and the state's Department of Forestry disagree.

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Oregon’s Department of Environmental Quality drafted a report that identified logging as a contributor to known risks for drinking water quality in communities up and down the Oregon coast.

But the report has never been published.

It was scrapped by the agency after intense pushback and charges of anti-logging bias from the timber industry and the state’s Department of Forestry, according to interviews and public records.

In the summer of 2015, water quality specialists with DEQ finished a draft of a resource guide for 50 public water systems along the coast. It assessed threats to surface water and offered guidance on how to protect it before it reaches treatment systems.

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Are you referring to the sales tax that was defeated? That would have cost us all not just out of state corps. Until ALL property taxes are eliminated I will NOT vote for any type of sales tax. I live on a tiny budget and it does not increase.


Dear Citizen - Remember this article when your water quality comes into question, and you either fear for your health or are forced to buy your water from the corporate water industry. You can't blame your government if the timber industry and water industry can prevent water reports from being completed. Measure 97 would have stood up to industry, but Oregonians let them scare you with pummeling ads filled with false innuendo. Now all of the Oregon people will pay the price we refused to charge the out-of-state multi-million-dollar corporations.

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