Depave Opposes Water District Initiative

Depave Opposes Water District Initiative

November 1, 2013  |  News  |  Share

Protect Portland’s Clean Water

Depave urges you to VOTE NO on the Portland Public Water District Initiative on the May 2014 ballot.


A diverse coalition of community groups is coming together to encourage Portlanders to vote NO on a May 2014 initiative to strip control of the water and environmental services from Portland City Council and give them to a new special district.

To learn more about this coalition and join the campaign, see the campaign website here.

stop the Bull Run takeover

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Please consider supporting the Stop the Bull Run Takeover Political Action Committee by donating!Your financial support of $5, $10, or more will make a huge impact on the campaign’s ability to combat this corporate-funded initiative. Donate here.

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Why vote NO?

We don’t need another layer of government. Accountability and transparency will decrease, not increase. The new 7-member board will be elected on 3-year terms, some during off-year elections. How many people know their library, utility, and conservation district commissioners?

It is risky and there is too much uncertainty. Some $15 billion in public assets – including control of the precious Bull Run watershed – will be transferred to the new special district. Are we ready to give away control of our public water to a faceless commission with no track record? The cost burden for Superfund cleanup of Portland Harbor could shift to the City’s general fund and some fear this will jeopardize the City’s municipal bond rating.

Your water and sewer rates may go up even more. Initiative backers want to reduce the water and sewer rates for large industrial customers and shift the cost burden onto small businesses and residential customers. Initiative backers have raised at least $155,000 in cash from big water users and polluters like Siltronic, Portland Bottling Company, and rental property managers.

The proposal is flawed and confusing. The initiative proposes new water district board member zones that exclude east Portland, disenfranchising about 20% of water-sewer customers. East Portlanders would not be able to vote on their new water district commissioners but would be subject to water and sewer rates set by the new board. Many individuals would be banned from election to the new board, including: anyone who has ever worked or volunteered with the City on water or environmental issue, individuals previously elected to the board, or anyone with a paid job!

Portlanders are proud of our clean water. These same initiative backers are suing the City and have attacked the City’s innovative clean water programs. They refuse to acknowledge that these programs are cost effective and sometimes cheaper than traditional water and sewer pipe systems. They continue to falsely allege that the City wants to give away its water system to private corporations. Portlander’s are proud of the City’s history of innovative watershed management and we can demand greater fiscal responsibility without this faulty proposed fix.

Groups Opposing the Water District Initiative

Audubon Society of Portland
Oregon Wild
East Portland Action Plan
League of Women Voters of Portland
Sierra Club
Oregon State Council for Retired Citizens
Willamette Riverkeeper
WaterWatch of Oregon
Lents Neighborhood Association
Climate Solutions
Portland Firefighters Association
Friends of Trees
Trust for Public Land
Northwest Environmental Advocates
Coalition for a Livable Future
Urban Greenspaces Institute
Oregon Environmental Council
Oregon League of Conservation Voters
Food and Water Watch
Friends of Gateway Green
Northwest Environmental Advocates
Zenger Farm
Oregon AFL-CIO
LIUNA (Laborers) Local 483
Northwest Oregon Labor Council
AFSCME Local 328
AFSCME Local 3336
AFSCME Local 88-Multnomah County
Onward Oregon
Professional & Technical Employees, Local 17, City of Portland Professional Employees Association
Oregon Consumer League
Hayden Island Livability Project
District Council of Trade Unions- City of Portland
AFSCME Local 3135
Sandy River Basin Watershed Council
AFSCME Local 189


Want to get involved? Email Ted

To learn more, see:

Portland Water/Sewer District Overview from the Audubon Society of Portland

The Intertwine Alliance Blog – Outside Voice – Don’t sign that petition!

Portland water, sewer spending would have new oversight model under 2014 ballot initiative

City water rate fight turns green

Who will represent east Portland in proposed utility district? Judge doesn’t know

KBOO Interview with Bob Salinger and Mike Houck



Community + Design Pecha Kucha Oct 10

Community + Design Pecha Kucha Oct 10

September 16, 2013  |  News  |  Share

We’ve teamed up with the American Society of Landscape Architects for the Portland Design Festival happening during October. We’re showcasing and celebrating local efforts to integrate Design and Community by hosting a series of seven minute “pecha kucha” style presentations.

What is Pecha Kucha? It’s the art of concise presentations. A pecha kucha presentation is 20 slides that advance automatically every 20 seconds for a fast-paced, fun, presentation. It is about the project and the delivery! Find out more here.

Please Join Us!

When: Thursday October 10th, 5:30-7pm

Where: The Jack London Bar – 329 SW 4th Avenue, PDX, OR 


The evening will include presentations by the following:

Dan Jenkins, Public Realm Designer at SERA Architects 
- Presentation: Hillsdale Mainstreet
BD Wortham-Galvin, Portland State University and the Center for Public Interest Design
- Community Activism and how that shapes public space
Ben Johnson, Greenworks
- Cully Neighborhood
Jason King, Herrera and owner of TerraFluxxus
- Cully Park
Miriam Gee, Landscape Architect
- AVL Design Build Studio – a footbridge in the River Arts District
Kerry Langford, Langford Designs
- OSHU’s Sam Jackson Accessible Pathway
Terah Beth, Our Happy Block
- Our Happy Block



Accepting Proposals for 2014!

Accepting Proposals for 2014!

May 26, 2013  |  News  |  Share

We’re on the hunt for great candidates to depave and regreen.

Depave-lead projects typically take about a year to plan, fund and implement, so we are now seeking sites for the summer of 2014.

If you know of a place badly in need of more greenspace, and you have permission to depave from the property owner, please tell us about your vision for the space.

The first step is to fill out our Site Assessment Form.

Click here to learn more and submit your site!


Seeking Board Members

May 25, 2013  |  News  |  Share

 We’re looking for new members for our Board of Directors!


Depave is led by a hard-working band of volunteer Board Members, and is looking to add a few more. Do you want to use your skills, connections, and ideas to help the organization thrive and evolve in the coming years?

This is a working board, with members doing much of the core work of the organization, and only limited support from part time staff.  In order to advance our mission (education, policy work and projects, all “to overcome the social and environmental impacts of pavement”) and to sustain our organization, we need more help!

The board is deeply involved in all aspects of the organization, including:

  • Site selection, project planning, event coordination
  • Education (presentations, material development, etc.) and media coordination
  • Policy advocacy
  • Financial management
  • Fundraising

Interested candidates should submit their application by August 31st September 15th.

Find out more about the role and get the application here.

Measure 26-152 Passes!

May 21, 2013  |  News  |  Share

Restore Our Natural Areas Local Option Levy Passes!

This five-year levy will improve water quality in local streams and rivers, and restore 16,000 acres of our region’s natural areas, and will only cost $20 per household per year and.

Learn more about Measure 26-152.

Restore Our Natural Areas

Thanks for Bowling!

January 2, 2013  |  News  |  Share

It was a blast to get together with our favorite depavers on the lanes again for our fourth annual bowling fundraiser. The proceeds from this event go a long way toward helping Depave to operate during the summer depaving season when we have a lot of material expenses for multiple projects.

A very special THANKS to all the generous businesses who supported the raffle and auction – we hope everyone is enjoying their prizes! See you out on the asphalt this summer.



The Friends of Trees gang representing

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