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  •  The Willamette was nearly dead in the 1960s* (1+ / 0-)
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    Tom McCall saved the river, literally brought it back to life, by bringing public attention to water pollution caused by paper mills, untreated municipal sewage (including Portland's), and unregulated "septic" tanks that were mostly just pipes going into the river. In 1965 the Willamette was nearly devoid of salmon and even the carp were struggling to stay alive.

    McCall-- and Republican --was elected Governor in 1966. One of the first things he did in office was to appoint himself chair of the Oregon Sanitary Commission, the state body with (modest) regulatory authority over the river. By the time he left office in 1975 he had created the state Department of Environmental Quality, pushed through the Oregon Wild and Scenic Rivers Act, and seen salmon come back to the upper Willamette.

    We desperately need more Republican leaders like Tom Lawson McCall, Governor of Oregon, 1967-1975.

    *Excellent diary! Brought back great memories of watching boats lock through on the Willamette when I was a kid.

    "Take it easy-- but take it!" --Woody Guthrie

    by Mr Green Jeans on Fri Dec 09, 2011 at 05:08:37 PM PST

    •  thanks, just a little production actually (1+ / 0-)
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      but seems to have stirred up some discussion about river use, habitat, etc., all good topics!

      You have exactly 10 seconds to change that look of disgusting pity into one of enormous respect!

      by Cartoon Peril on Fri Dec 09, 2011 at 05:43:26 PM PST

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