Below you'll find a list of comprehensive research studies currently in progress or soon-to-be launched ballot measure study committees seeking volunteers. Click on the study committee title link to learn more.
Portland’s water and sewer rates continue to climb in spite of promises from public officials to reduce or even roll back recent increases and significant conservation efforts by its citizens. This year, City Council announces a 3.7% increase for 2013 on top of what some pundits have said is an almost 50% increase in the last three years.
This spring Portland experienced one of the most contentious special elections in recent memory over water fluoridation. While voters disagreed on fluoridation, members from both sides recognized that heightened public awareness of dental health issues provided a rare opportunity to make a difference in Portland.
Together with City Club of Portland, some of the key leaders of Portland’s fluoridation debate announced that they are creating a special task force that will bring together both sides of the fluoride debate in the name of children’s dental health. The task force is funded and led by major water fluoridation proponents Northwest Health Foundation and Kaiser Permanente along with Daniel Deutsch, the largest in-state donor for the anti-water-fluoridation campaign. The task force will study the most workable solutions for improving dental health outcomes for children in Multnomah County.