Bend's City Manager tells us how they are addressing environmental concerns with the city's stalled Surface Water Improvement Project, or SWIP.
Eric King was on 1110 KBND's morning news Thursday.
"the preliminary injuction just put it on hold so the judge can hear the merits of the case-which is scheduled to take place in a few months - we're working with the forest service right now on what a process might look like to address the judge's concerns. the issues that were raised focused on temperatures and flows in lower reaches of tumalo creek - they were concerned about that so we're working with the forest service to address that."
Central Oregon Landwatch filed a lawsuit against the US Forest Service saying the project could harm fish in Tumalo Creek. Several City council candidates just elected on Tuesday ran on a campaign platform of being skeptical of the projected 68 million dollar project.
"as far as the new council coming on board- i couldn't guess what that would look like- they've have an opportunity to shape policy- and if there's a different direction they would like to take they'll have an opportunity to do that- and my guess is that we'd begin discussions after the first of the year when they take office."
The complaint from Landwatch contends the Forest Service didn't adequately evaluate the effects the Bridge Creek Water Project would have on wetlands and fish. A judge ruled in favor of Landwatch and stalled the project until more details could be evaluated.