Ten years ago I moved to Tacoma against my will. To my mind it was a foul smelling, heavy industry, toxic blight on this coast. Since that time I have come to love the new flourishing Tacoma. I love its livable size, sense of community, diversity, robust arts scene, fine museums, historical flavor, great events, Commencement Bay and the Rainiers.
When I learned of the nightmare of the proposed methanol refinery looming over this city, I felt angry, scared, and powerless. I was alarmed that in addition to threatening serious toxins, explosion and fire, it projected using (without any citizen input) fourteen million gallons per day of our fresh water.
In response, the Save Tacoma Water organization has developed Amendment 5 and Initiative 6 which, with enough petition signatures, will appear on the November ballot. We Tacoma citizens will then have the opportunity to vote ourselves into a position of power concerning use of our diminishing water supply, as well as the type of industry entering the city.
I’m grateful to the originators of this movement and to each voter who signs the petitions. It’s a true pleasure to volunteer in support of Save Tacoma Water.