EPA, DEQ promise much, deliver little protection for river

Commentary by CAG member Barbara Quinn published in Street Roots:

A weak proposed plan is especially harmful to the most vulnerable among us who fish on the lower Willamette for food and as a cultural or family tradition. Those include minorities, houseless people and immigrants who may not know that fish such as catfish, crappie, carp and bass carry harmful carcinogens that have magnified as they’ve traveled up the food chain from small creatures living in the bottom of the river.

The river is the commons and should be safe for all users no matter their circumstances. The Community Advisory Group is asking that the cleanup result in fish no more contaminated than those in the rest of the Portland area. We need a cleanup plan that returns the commons safely to residents. A truly protective plan is a matter of equity. The advisers and other community partners are recommending another option that does that.