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Just wondering

What did people do back before the news media reminded everyone to stay hydrated on hot days by drinking a lot of water?

I guess everyone must have died.


Bonner PRC Rejects Water Protection

As Bonner County Property Rights Council member Tom Cleveland explained, the whole idea behind drinking water protection in Bonner County was “with the blessing of the EPA” which he called a “Gestapo agency” and “out of control.” He followed with an ominous non-sequitur, warning that “people should start thinking about where their food is coming from.” And when his tirade was completed, the PRC unanimously* voted down the proposed watershed protection ordinance on Monday evening. Even setting aside Cleveland’s obscene Gestapo comment, and setting aside the fact that the EPA really has nothing to do with this proposed ordinance, logic and legal acumen was not exactly on display at the PRC Monday night/KEA Blog. More here.

Question: Do you envision the possibility of a Property Rights Council for Kootenai County someday?

An ally for the public works department: foes of bottled water…

Gov. Gregoire on Monday announced $38 million in proposed federal dollars for about two dozen drinking-water projects, including a couple in Ferry and Pend Oreille counties.

Normally, such grants are little-noticed except by public works officials and local folks who no longer have rusty or boiled water to drink. These are not the sorts of things that have people chanting on the capitol steps.

Now they do. The nationwide “Think Outside the Bottle” campaign is visiting Olympia this week to urge Gregoire to push for yet more federal drinking water dollars. Why? Because good drinking water from the tap means fewer bottled water bottles clogging landfills.

The group also wants the state to stop buying bottled water. And it’s tired of seeing all those little plastic bottles sitting beside government officials at meetings.

“When our public officials are drinking bottled water themselves, it really sends a contradictory message,” said the group’s Carolyn Auwaerter.

Earlier this session, state Rep. Maralyn Chase, D-Shoreline, proposed HB 1859, which would have banned any state agency from buying small petroleum-based plastic beverage bottles for use in state buildings or at state-sponsored events. And by 2012, the bill would have banned anyone in Washington from selling or distributing such bottles, unless they were compostable. The bill died in committee.