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That led to a backlash and the Corps
to present all of the options it is still
considering, including constructing the
temperature control tower underwater.
“Building under 300 feet of water is
very costly and dangerous,” said Kelly
Janes, Corps Environmental Resource
Specialist. “It’s the highest risk and
highest cost, but we’re going to look at
How will the project be funded?
Tom Conning, public aﬀairs special-
ist with the U.S. Army Corps of Engi-
neers, said when the 13 dams – includ-
ing Detroit Dam – in the Willamette Val-
ley were built in the 1950s, 15 dams had
been approved to be built.
Two never received funding.
“If they never fund it, you can’t do
that,” Conning said.
The research monitoring and evalu-
ation budget for the Corps for the Wil-
lamette Basin is about $10 million each
year, including the Detroit eﬀort.
The two-year drawdown plan is de-
scribed as the most cost-eﬀective solu-
tion; building the cooling tower in the
wet is the most expensive option.
The estimated cost of the project is
between $100 million and $250 million.
Ultimately the money comes out of
the federal budget so the President and
Congress have the ﬁnal say.
The Corps will ask for the money to
complete whichever option it decides
as a Preferred Plan from the federal
budget in 2019.
Lawsuits, and possibility of more
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is
The 2008 Biological Opinion stipu-
lated the Corps needed to make tem-
perature control corrections by 2018;
the current plan is to complete that by
The BiOp also stated the down-
stream ﬁsh passage corrections were to
be made by 2023; the plan is to com-
plete that by 2028.
As the Corps will miss their original
deadlines, there are currently two law-
suits – each involving multiple environ-
mental groups – against the Corps.
“Already we’re being sued because
we’re not moving fast enough,” project
manager Jeﬀ Ament said.
Marion County Commissioner Sam
Brentano threatened the Corps with
more litigation if it moves forward with
a plan that draws down the water of De-
“You don’t factor the human need as
the No. 1 need,” Brentano said at a De-
troit project presentation. “Factor in
your costs the injunctions because
we’re going to do everything possible to
Depending on which plan the Corps
uses, it could have vast impacts on the
economy of everyone who lives be-
tween Detroit and Salem.
Most businesses in Detroit rely
heavily on tourism in and around De-
Detroit Lake has been through a lot
in recent years with drought, wildﬁres
and cyanotoxins found in the lake.
But the project also could have wide-
ranging impacts on cities that get their
drinking water from the North Santiam
River like Salem and Stayton.
“And not only each town, but also the
farmers and the irrigators,” said Jessie
Mizic, a sociologist with the Corps.
“We are taking all of these things into
consideration when we’re developing
work, Codner said, "the cool thing is
about food co-ops is that each one is
unique to its community; the people,
the farms, the landscape, the vibe of Sil-
verton. We hope to incorporate all of
that into the store."
The next step will be to ﬁnd an appro-
priate location and to launch a capital
campaign wherein "owners loan the co-
op money at a small interest rate." An in-
vestment in addition to the one time
$150 household membership fee (which
members can make in monthly pay-
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farmers, business owners, community
members," Codner said, "we want to be
a place that people could walk or bike to,
or drive and ﬁll the car up with grocer-
While most food co-ops follow the
same set of principles and maintain a
worldwide aﬃliation and support net-
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“Unfortunately, despite earlier re-
strictions, we continue to see illegal
and abandoned ﬁres,” deputy forest su-
pervisor Holly Jewkes said in a news
“Given the abundance of wildﬁre ac-
tivity, the relative shortage of re-
sources, and the increasingly hot and
dry weather, we are going a step further
and ban the use of campﬁres in wilder-
The action follows ﬁre restrictions
already in place that limit campﬁres to
developed campsites in metal or con-
crete ﬁre rings. There’s a blanket ban on
campﬁres in Oregon’s state parks, ex-
cept on the Oregon Coast.
Smoking is not allowed, except
within an enclosed vehicle or building,
or a developed recreation site.
Generators are permitted only in
areas devoid of vegetation, such as a
paved area or developed campsite.
Motorized vehicles may operate only
on designated trails and roads. San-
tiam and Huckleberry OHV areas re-
main open but riders are cautioned to
park in areas devoid of vegetation for 10
feet around any vehicle.
List of the wilderness areas where
campﬁres are now prohibited
܂ Diamond Peak Wilderness
܂ Three Sisters Wilderness
܂ Mount Jeﬀerson Wilderness
܂ Mount Thielsen Wilderness
܂ Mount Washington Wilderness
܂ Opal Creek Wilderness
܂ Middle Santiam Wilderness
܂ Menagerie Wilderness
܂ Waldo Lake Wilderness
Zach Urness has been an outdoors
writer, photographer and videographer
in Oregon for 10 years. He is the author
of the book “Best Hikes with Kids: Ore-
gon” and “Hiking Southern Oregon.” He
can be reached at zurness@Statesman-
Journal.com or (503) 399-6801. Find
him on Twitter at @ZachsORoutdoors.
“Building under 300 feet of
water is very costly and
dangerous. It’s the highest
risk and highest cost, but
we’re going to look at all
Tracy Loew Salem Statesman Journal
USA TODAY NETWORK
Corps Environmental Resource Specialist
these alternatives and we are docu-
menting all of these steps one by one.”
The plan will have to be narrowed
signiﬁcantly before the potential eco-
nomic impacts will be predictable, and
those numbers will be in the ﬁnal plan,
Who will make the decision?
The Corps expects to present its pre-
ferred plan for the project in the spring
or summer of 2019, but the ﬁnal deci-
sion won’t be made until 2020.
There will be a public comment peri-
od after the preferred plan is made pub-
lic of at least 30 days, though Janes said
the period could be extended to 60
days, as was the case when the initial
plan was revealed in November of 2017.
Conning said Northwest Division
commander Colonel Peter Helmlinger-
will make the ﬁnal decision, although
he could delegate that to Portland dis-
trict commander Col. Aaron Dorf.
But funding for the project will be the
ultimate level of approval.
“They also will have to go to our
headquarters, our division and eventu-
ally Congress makes the ultimate deci-
sion,” Janes said.
ments of $15).
"When the co-op opens we'll pay our
member-owners back, " Codner ex-
plained, "it's a good way for you to invest
in something ... (in) helping build your
Once the store opens it will operate
as a for-proﬁt business, and proﬁts will
be reinvested in the Silverton communi-
ty in the form of low-interest loans to
small business owners and farms.
"We have real potential, as we pro-
gress, to encourage small farmers to
Oregonians have sent 23 million
pounds of recyclables to landﬁlls in the
months since China began turning
Salem’s Garten Services is among
those that have dumped the most,
throwing away 2.6 million pounds of
mixed paper and certain plastics col-
lected in Marion County residents’ big
On Jan. 1, China stopped allowing
many materials to be imported for re-
cycling, saying contamination levels
were too high. China was the world’s
largest importer of recycled paper and
plastic, and took most of Oregon’s re-
About half of Marion County’s recy-
cling goes to Salem’s Garten Services,
with the rest going to Pioneer Recy-
cling Services in Portland.
Representatives of both companies
participated in a recent stakeholder
meeting, led by the state Department
of Environmental Quality, aiming to
ﬁgure out how to deal with the new re-
It’s against Oregon law for garbage
haulers to dump recyclables in land-
ﬁlls. DEQ has given 26 companies spe-
cial permission do so for the time be-
But that can’t continue forever, Pe-
ter Spendelow, a DEQ natural resource
While most Portland-area and Sa-
See RECYCLABLES, Page 3A
take more risks and continue to grow
and expand and strengthen."
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