Do Oregon's Clear-Cut And Pesticide Buffers Protect Drinking Water?
"ROCKAWAY BEACH, Ore. -- From her front porch, Nancy Webster has a clear view of the hills just east of the coast highway, a western hemlock forest that's home to Rockaway Beach's water supply."
"The retired social worker, who grew up in a Northwest logging family, worried when she saw patchwork clear-cuts expanding in 2011.
Last summer, she and a friend hiked into the watershed during a storm and saw the creek that feeds Rockaway Beach's water treatment plant "running chocolate brown." In September, she spotted helicopters spraying herbicides, catching distinct whiffs at her house a half-mile away.
Just like that, the latest highly motivated critic of Oregon's Forest Practices Act, which governs private timberlands, was born."Source: Portland Oregonian, 08/21/2013