By Nicole Montesano • Staff Writer • 

DEQ issues three fines over river water quality concerns

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David S. Wall

Whereas, all the environmental issues raised in this article have legitimate concerns, the most serious issue local governments should focus on is the following;

From the article,

["Because the Willamette River is considered to have impaired water quality, cities that discharge treated sewage effluent into it are required to have plans in place for reducing pollutants and controlling water temperature.

Cool water temperatures are essential for juvenile salmon and trout to survive the summer months."]

"Controlling the temperature of final effluent" should be of major concern to everyone who pays a "Sewer Service and Use Charge."

I suggest discussing the formation of a "Joint Powers Authority (JPA)" to examine the feasibility and cost sharing for; the creation of a consolidated pipeline of all jurisdictions, who discharge their treated final effluent into the Willamette River.

The final effluent would be pumped into a "consolidated pipeline " and discharged into a "Deep water outfall."

The length of the "consolidated pipeline" to the Deep-water outfall could be all the way into the ocean, as a cost-effective way to solve the "cooling" issue.

The consolidated pipeline and Deep-water outfall is an acceptable Federal infrastructure expenditure.

David S. Wall