|Pristine 22,000 acre watershed, owned by the People of the City of Asheville. Soon to be seized by the State? photo courtesy David Oppenheimer|
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Save the Date!! June 24th Save Our Water WNC goes to Raleigh, to join the NC NAACP Moral Monday protest in front of the NC General Assembly!! Tell our legislators Hands Off Our Water!! Download the flyer with all details here.
ATTENTION! Both our buses are now filled. There's a chance that some seats may open up on the bus, but from this point on, we are no longer taking payments for the round-trip to Raleigh. Come to the departure point at Innsbruck Mall on Tunnel Rd. at 10 am. Monday to see if bus seats have become available, or to arrange carpool/caravans. Questions? Contact us at email@example.com
June 6th: E-mails released by the City of Asheville show that NC Reps. Moffitt, McGrady, and Ramsey (sponsors of H488, the bill seizing Asheville's water), have been secretly pressuring the City to, in the words of the Vice-Mayor, "settle the lawsuit or else". Threats reportedly include legislation delaying scheduled 2013 City Council and Mayoral elections for a full year.
June 4th: The General Assembly passes H252, the "Asheville Tranfers" bill. This legislation repeals the City of Asheville's ability to use water revenues to repair streets and sidewalks related to water system maintenance. This takes that amount off the ledger of costs/savings resulting from a merger of the water system with MSD. The last veil is pulled aside: the merger will lead to higher costs and eventually higher rates for water.
May 20th: City of Asheville petitions NC Superior Court Judge Howard Manning Jr. for a preliminary injunction to halt implementation of H488 during trial of civil lawsuit. Read the City's suit against the State of North Carolina and the Metropolitan Sewerage District here.
May 14th: H488, the "Regionalization of Public Utilities" becomes law without the Governor's signature. The City of Asheville has filed suit, and has been granted a Temporary Restraining Order to block implementation of the forced transfer of their water system.
May 7th: Asheville City Council passes resolution authorizing legal action if water/sewerage merger bill should become law.
April 24th 1 pm. Listen to the NC Senate Finance Committee discussion of H488, "The Regionalization of Public Utilities" here.
The State seizure of Asheville's water: What can you do?
- Learn about the issue. Background/Summary here - current situation, recent updates here.
- Sign the petition Opposing the Forced Taking of Municipal Water Systems! Forward to friends, family & co-workers.
- Share the radio ad. Embed it in your blog, & link back to this site.
- Contact your NC State Representative and NC State Senator. Tell them you oppose the State arbitrarily stepping in to strip a City of it's well-run public utility.
- Contact Governor Pat McCrory. Remind him that he is a former Mayor, and that he would be violently opposed to having the State seize control of Charlotte's infrastructure, only to be given to an unelected Board dominated by people who have no love for his City.
- Contact your local City Council. Ask them to adopt the NC League of Municipalities Resolution Opposing the Forced Transfer of Municipal-run Water Systems. Towns that so far have placed the League resolution on the agenda and/or passed it:1 Albemarle, City 15,903 01/07/20132 Asheville, City 83,393 12/11/20123 Bald Head Island Village 162 01/18/20134 Banner Elk, Town 1,046 01/14/20135 Bessemer City, City 5,340 01/14/20136 Black Mountain 7,848 01/25/20137 Bladenboro, Town 1,627 01/14/20138 Blowing Rock, Town 1,241 01/08/20139 Boiling Spring Lakes, City 5,506 03/05/201310 Burgaw, Town* 3,898 02/12/201311 Butner, Town 6,344 01/03/201312 Carrboro, Town 19,582 01/15/201313 Carthage, Town 2,269 01/15/201314 Chadbourn, Town 2,117 01/08/201315 Chapel Hill 57,233 02/27/201316 Claremont, City 1,114 01/07/201317 Concord, City 79,066 01/10/201318 Conover, City 8,165 01/07/201319 Elkin, Town 4,211 01/14/201320 Foxfire Village 572 01/08/201321 Franklin, Town 3,882 01/07/201322 Goldsboro, City 36,437 01/07/201323 Greensboro, City 273,425 04/03/201324 Havelock, City 20,735 01/14/201325 Haw River, Town 2,052 01/14/201326 Henderson, City 15,386 01/28/201327 Hendersonville, City 13,137 Tabled on 01/03/201328 High Point, City* 105,753 On 04/15/2013 Agenda29 Jacksonville, City 70,145 01/07/201330 Kannapolis, City 44,104 01/15/201331 Kill Devil Hills, Town 6,683 01/14/201332 King, City 6,599 01/07/201333 Kure Beach, Town 2,200 01/15/201334 Lexington, City 18,931 01/14/201335 Maggie Valley 1,152 02/12/201336 Maiden, Town 3,433 01/07/201337 Matthews, Town 28,634 01/28/201338 Montreat, Town 714 Tabled on 01/10/201339 Mooresville, Town 32,711 01/07/201340 Murphy, Town 1,632 01/07/201341 Newton, City 12,968 01/08/201342 North Wilkesboro, Town 4,176 01/08/201343 Ocean Isle, Town 564 01/08/201344 Oxford, City 9,426 01/08/201345 Ramseur, Town 1,702 02/04/201346 Reidsville, City 14,473 03/13/201347 Rutherford College, Town 1,305 01/07/201348 Seven Devils, Town 146 01/08/201349 Smithfield, Town 10,966 01/03/201350 Spindale, Town 3,865 01/21/201351 Statesville, City 24,532 01/14/201352 Tarboro, Town 10,383 01/14/201253 Topsail Beach, Town 374 02/13/201354 Troutman, Town 2,392 01/10/201355 Winston Salem, City 299,617 03/25/2013*Pending City Clerk confirmation
- Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
- Contribute to cover the cost of more radio and print ads. So far, we are covering all of this out of our own pockets, and there is much more to be done. Mail checks to: PARC, PO Box 8052, Asheville NC, 28814. Write "Saveourwater" in the box at the bottom. Or, see the Paypal button at the top right.
- Look to Clean Water for North Carolina and Food & Water Watch to learn about the bigger issues surrounding our water, and how you can get involved.