By Nicole Montesano • Staff Writer • 

Low summer flows worry Water & Light

About 60 percent of the time, summer flows drop so low in May or June that Water & Light and its prospective partners, the cities of Carlton, Dayton and Lafayette, would not be able to draw water those months. A series of abrupt and prolonged seasonal cutoffs could cause problems, the staff noted.

Water & Light’s governing commissioners spent some time Tuesday discussing that and other concerns related to development of the Willamette as a future water source. In the end, they decided to ask staff to draw up a proposal for the hiring of a consultant to conduct a study for them.

In other business, the commission:

* Held two executive sessions, one to consult on litigation and one to consult on labor negotiations. It took no action on either matter in open session.

* Agreed to schedule a work session on a water transmission tunnel it has planned. The time and date have yet to be determined.

* Scheduled public hearings for the setting of a private street lighting rate and a green power rate for Aug. 20.

Utilities in Oregon are required to offer customers the option of purchasing renewable energy through a green power rate. Previously, Water & Light had gone through the Bonneville Environmental Foundation, but that service is no longer being offered, so it has to establish a program of its own.

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