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NCCWP to present on community rights: what they are and where did they go?


Do you think you can have an impact on how the environment around your home, or the water and air quality in your neighborhood, are impacted by industrial uses of forestlands? You can learn from Lincoln County citizens who passed a measure that banned aerial spraying of pesticides in their county in a presentation at 6 p.m. March 12 at the North County Recreation District gallery: Community Rights: What they are and Where did they go?
Presenters Barbara Davis and Debra Fant are mothers, nurses and board members of Lincoln County Community Rights, which brought Measure 21-177 to the May 2017 ballot and banned aerial spraying of pesticides in Lincoln County. Measure 21-177 was the first measure in the United States to ban aerial spraying of pesticides by a vote of the people and remains the law today.
As first-time activists Barbara and Debra have become vocal advocates for the rights of people, communities and nature as well as the right to local decision-making by the people who live in those communities.
North Coast Communities for Watershed Protection, previously known as Rockaway Beach Citizens for Watershed Protection, meets at NCRD the 2nd Tuesday of every month. This is the first educational presentation of “Speak Truth to Power” series of talks.
NCRD is located at 36155 9th Street, Nehalem, one block off Hwy. 101 and up the hill from Nehalem Lumber.
Rockaway Beach Citizens for Watershed Protection started in 2011 when a group of neighbors in Rockaway Beach, Oregon watched as the Jetty Creek watershed, the source of their drinking water, was clearcut logged at an alarming rate and then aerial sprayed with pesticides. In the last decade, about 90 percent of that watershed has been clearcut, thereby causing highly detrimental effects on the drinking water and natural habitat.
We have now grown to represent other communities up and down the North Coast of Oregon that face similar difficulties; therefore, our new name, North Coast Communities for Watershed Protection, reflects our working together on a regional basis to insure that the air we breathe and the water we drink are safe.



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