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Activist Alert 7-12-2012

• Springfield’s Clean Water Gardens Program, which encourages homeowners to install rain gardens, naturescapes, pervious surfaces and rainwater harvesting systems in their landscapes, will be on display from 10 am to 4 pm Friday, July 13, at Roger’s Gardens, 1792 N. 42nd St. in Springfield. For more info, call 726-3695.

• A town hall meeting on health care is planned for 6:30 to 8:30 pm Tuesday, July 17, in the main lobby at the Sacred Heart University District, 1255 Hilyard St. in Eugene. The meeting will be hosted by Sen. Lee Beyer and Reps. Phil Barnhart and Paul Holvey, and guest speakers will include  Dr. Bruce Goldberg, director of the Oregon Health Authority, and Rocky King, director of the Oregon Health Insurance Exchange. Free parking will be provided in PeaceHealth parking structures and the small lot at 13th and Alder. 

• The NW Oregon and SW Oregon Regional Forest Practices Committees (RFPC) are planning a joint meeting of the two groups from 9 am to 3 pm Tuesday, July 17, at the USFS Willamette National Forest offices, 3106 Pierce Parkway, Room 145, in Springfield. Public comment will be taken at the beginning of the meeting. The panels advise the Oregon Board of Forestry on current forestry issues and forest management approaches. See http://wkly.ws/1bj for more information.

• An online petition to the Eugene City Council supporting a resolution against coal trains passing through Lane County can be found at http://wkly.ws/1bh The council is currently split on whether to support such a resolution.

Plastic bags will be on the agenda of a work session of the Eugene City Council Monday, July 23, and a draft ordinance can be read at www.Eugene-or.gov Corvallis recently became the second city in Oregon to ban single-use plastic bags at grocery check-out stands. Contact the OLCV at 968-8269 or email Ashley@olcv.org