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Water rights and quality is one of the main environmental concerns we face today. In the Pacific Northwest, data shows and scientists believe that we will experience more extremes in weather conditions and climate over time. This will change our relationship with water here, and requires that we be extremely mindful in our use of this natural resource. We should be working to maintain and improve the quality of our water for future generations to enjoy and use.
This entails supporting the Clean Water & Air Acts and strengthening incentives that encourage the preservation of our clean environment. Part of that is moving to an economy not reliant on fossil fuels, you can read more about my plan here.
I am against fracking, as it is not a sustainable way to fuel economic growth, and poses threats to our environment. We stand to incur many forms of destruction to our environment if water resources are not prioritized, including the loss of species. Many animals and plants vital to life in the Pacific Northwest will be jeopardized even more so than they are now if water quality declines. The cold water salmon require are disappearing, estimates are that more than a quarter million salmon died because of this in 2015. This will only get worse, and that is just one example of the catastrophic loss we stand to induce.
The intersection of all of these issues lies with indigenous tribes. Prohibiting further destruction of native species and water resources is a top concern for indigenous tribes. Preserving this resource will help preserve the culture and knowledges tribes have. We need to have meaningful dialogue and cooperation with the governments of these tribes to develop the best environmental plans possible. I do not support construction projects such as the Jordan Cove LNG pipeline and the Dakota Access pipeline that would damage water supplies and harm the livelihood of Native American tribes. The Jordan Cove project is one close to our hearts in Southern Oregon, and we cannot let the promise of a few jobs allow us to make unsustainable decisions. I stand with local people and groups who oppose the development of this project.