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EWEB Continues With Water Storage Project In South Eugene

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Rachael McDonald
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KLCC

Crews are excavating a property in south Eugene where Eugene Water & Electric is constructing a water storage site

  

The project got delayed for a couple of weeks in August when the Land Use Board of Appeals issued a temporary stay due to a complaint about erosion control measures. Joe Harwood with EWEB told KLCC the stay was lifted on August 18th. They have since completed tree removal.

 “The last couple weeks we’ve been kind of preparing the site for excavation,” Harwood said. “And excavation is now underway. And we wanted to let people know, vehicles and cyclists using Hilyard Street, especially as it goes by Tugman Park, should be really cautious because dump truck traffic is increasing as part of the project.”

The utility plans to put two 7.5 million gallon water tanks mostly underground at the 10 acre site near 40th and Patterson. They will then decommission their other two water reservoirs in South Eugene as required by the state due to their age.

A spokesperson for the city says the appeal of the project is proceeding at the Land Use Board of Appeals. A briefing is expected in October and a hearing date could be set for late November or early December. 

Note: EWEB is a KLCC underwriter.

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Rachael McDonald is KLCC’s former News Director. Rachael has a BA in English from the University of Oregon. She started out in public radio as a newsroom volunteer at KLCC in 2000. After reporting for the Northwest News Network and KAZU, Rachael returned to KLCC in 2007 as Morning Edition host and a general assignment reporter covering politics, the environment, education, and the arts. She was hired as KLCC News Director in 2018. Rachael departed KLCC in June, 2022.
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