At last week's press conference at Trump Tower, President Donald Trump hit the nail on the head when he said, "You really have to ask yourself, where does it stop?"
Unfortunately, he was not looking into a mirror at the time he said it.
Kudos to Rep. Johnson on statewide water issue
I am writing to express the League of Oregon Cities' appreciation for Rep. Mark Johnson's efforts during the 2017 legislative session to protect the existing and future drinking water supply for Oregon communities across the state.
He showed considerable care and leadership as he worked to help advance legislation to protect public infrastructure investments and ensure certainty for communities as they work to plan for short-term and long-term drinking water supply needs.
Because of a court decision in 2013, a number of Oregon communities will have their existing drinking water supply, including water they have been relying on for up to 20 years, reduced despite growing populations and investments made to increase the capacity of water treatment and delivery systems.
The city of Sandy was one of those communities at risk of having its water reduced significantly.
Fortunately, as a result of the efforts of Rep. Johnson and several other legislators, the city of Sandy's existing drinking water supply will continue to be available to the residents and businesses in that community.
Unfortunately, due to the timing of the city of Hood River's improved and expanded water distribution system, the legislation passed this session will not have the same result, meaning a reduced quantity of water available now and in the future.
Rep. Johnson was steadfast in his efforts to protect existing and future water supply for all Oregon communities, and in particular those he represents.
Despite those efforts, however, legislative hurdles resulted in a partial fix that will significantly help some communities but leave others facing an uncertain water supply future. Oregon's land-use system requires cities to plan for 20 years of growth, including plans for required utility services such as water.
Rep. Johnson recognized the importance of these planning requirements and worked diligently to ensure adequate drinking water for all Oregonians and to protect public taxpayer investments made in water-related infrastructure.