March 17th, 2014
What's Next for Asheville's Water?
A forum featuring Esther Manheimer, Katie Hicks and Barry Summers
A public water forum to update citizens on the developments surrounding the legislation to seize the Asheville water system and the ensuing lawsuit filed by the City will be held on Monday, March 17 from 6 to 7:30 pm. The discussion will feature Asheville Mayor Esther Manheimer, Barry Summers of Save Our Water WNC and Katie Hicks of Clean Water for North Carolina.
The free event will take place at Lord Auditorium, located in the lower level of Pack Library, 67 Haywood Street in downtown Asheville.
“Water is not just a natural resource needed to keep us alive,” said Summers. “It's also an increasingly scarce, valuable commodity. Who controls the flow of water plays a role in development, industry, energy production, and many other aspects of the economy. We believe that this is at the heart of the Asheville water dispute.”
Summers, founder of Save Our Water WNC, will talk about the history of the attempt to seize Asheville's water, which along with other legislative issues, suggests a broad assault on local, public control of this vital resource.
Manheimer will provide an update on the latest developments in the City's lawsuit against the forced transfer of their water system.
Hicks, assistant director of Clean Water for North Carolina, will summarize the impacts on other communities when citizens have lost a direct voice in drinking water decisions. She'll also share a brief update on recent high-profile toxic spills into the Dan River in North Carolina and the Elk River in West Virginia.
"In addition to highlighting the need for stricter regulations to protect our rivers and streams, these disasters can teach us a lesson about the importance of local, democratic, transparent governance of drinking water supplies when it comes to protecting public health," says Hicks.
The event is co-sponsored by Mountain Voices Alliance, Save Our Water WNC, Clean Water for NC, Asheville PARC and WNC Alliance.
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.