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EWEB commissioners will discuss possible McKenzie “territory transfer”

High algae levels found at Walterville Pond in Lane County

Walterville PondA health advisory is being issued today due to high levels of blue-green algae in Walterville Pond, located off Oregon Route 126, five miles east of Springfield. The pond is adjacent to the Eugene Water & Electric Board (EWEB) Walterville Power Canal, a half-mile northeast of Walterville.
Water monitoring has confirmed the presence of blue-green algae that can produce toxins. These algae levels are likely associated with dangerous cyanotoxin concentrations in the water that can be harmful to humans and animals.

Carmen Smith generatorsMCKENZIE BRIDGE: Changes in the power market will likely impact plans for major upgrades at the Eugene Water & Electric Board’s Trail Bridge Dam.

Lane Electric service mapThe Eugene Water & Electric Board and Lane Electric Cooperative are exploring a possible service territory transfer of EWEB’s McKenzie River Valley territory to Lane Electric.
Representatives of the Eugene-based public utilities have been in preliminary discussions about a potential service territory transfer for several months.

 

Image shows Lane Electric's current service area.

 

Log truck at Leaburg LakeLEABURG: Passersby may have been surprised to see a logging operation underway on the banks of Leaburg Lake last Wednesday.

Leaburg Dam construction

Pile drivers are part of the equipment being used to bolster the base of a concrete fish ladder at the Leaburg Dam.

LEABURG: A Eugene Water & Electric Board contractor mobilized equipment in late February to begin a project to reinforce the fish ladder on the south side of Leaburg Dam on the McKenzie River. The area beneath the structure’s concrete foundation has been scoured out and eroded since it was built in the late 1960s, requiring substantial reinforcement to prevent the ladder from tipping.

 

EWEB logoEugene Water & Electric Board customers should be wary of a “phishing” scam that attempts to convince people to wire money to a bogus business to avoid interruption of electric or water service.

Scuba diver's boat in Leaburg LakeScuba divers from Northwest Underwater Contractors did an underwater survey of the Leaburg Dam’s fish ladder last April that revealed erosion has undermined the structure’s concrete foundation.

LEABURG: Scuba divers inspecting Leaburg Dam’s left bank fish ladder had bad news after an underwater inspection of the structure last summer. They reported that some seventy feet of the concrete foundation had been undermined.

The fish ladder, constructed in the 1960’s, was poured directly on the river bottom, which is comprised of cobbles, sand, and gravel. Riprap was placed adjacent to the fish ladder in an effort to prevent erosion. Divers found the undermining ranged from four feet to more than fifteen horizontal feet, measured from the riverside foundation to the face of the fish ladder.

Costs of Utility Mandate Ultimately Borne by Consumers

by Eric Revell, Cascade Policy Institute

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