Thursday, June 20, 2024

Citizens concerned over biosolid applications near the Siletz River

By Kiera Morgan:

siletz river
Siletz River

At this weeks county commission meeting, commissioners heard from a group concerned about biosolids that are being applied within 50-feet of the Siletz River. This is the treated sludge that comes from the city’s waste treatment plants.

According to County Commissioner Bill Hall “this sludge can be used for exclusive farm use and according to DEQ rules, it can’t be spread within 50-feet of any ditch, channel, pond, waterway or within 200-feet of a domestic water source or well.”

Commissioner Thompson expressed concern over the apparent lack of inspection by regulators.

Scientist Betty Kamikawa pointed out that the Siletz is a major domestic water source and the biosolids application can’t be within 200 feet of the river. “I believe that the Siletz River is a domestic watersource, which means they should not be applying that 50-feet from the River, it needs to be 200-feet away.” Kamikawa pointed out that the county health department should have a copy of the permits from DEQ. She said the site authorization can be revoked.

The group also expressed concerns that the land where this is being applied is used to grow hay, and that there is cattle close by. Animals eating the plants and hay will be ingesting the toxins. Rain can also cause toxins to flow into the river affecting fish. This is why the group pointed out that the 200-foot buffer needs to be followed. After hearing public comment, Commission President Doug Hunt said they will further investigate the matter and will contact State Representative David Gomberg and State Senator Arnie Roblan to see about making changes at the state level.

Justin Werner
Justin Werner
Justin Werner is the founder and editor of the Lincoln City Homepage, a trusted source of local news and information for residents and visitors of Lincoln City, Oregon. He is also a community leader, entrepreneur, and dedicated advocate for transparency and accountability in local government.


  1. You should be concerned. Here is a partial heads up on what is in this contamination:
    **Every US industry connected to a sewer can discharge any amount of hazardous and acute hazardous waste into sewage treatment plants as long as they report it. Yeow right! There are over 85,000 chemicals in commerce and growing even today. It ends up in biosolids and effluent and even bags taken to the consumer’s home and used in their garden. See ( ) See also the Targeted National Survey of Sewage Sludge 2009 Just Google it.

    **US EPA Office Inspector General (OIG) Report # 14-P-0363 in 09/2014 / Google and read it for yourself. To sum up, industrial pre-treatment is not working and has never worked and nothing has been done about it. It ends up in biosolids and sewage plant effluent. “The priority pollutants list has not been updated since 1981”

    **So when you hear anyone from the multi-billion dollar sewage industry (Ft Worth or Renda) or anyone with monetary ties to any part of the sewage industry say the chemicals in biosolids are minimal and inconsequential or that they support composting with biosolids, ask them for any test showing the degree of hazard and concentrations of 80,000 chemicals that are found in biosolids or a composted biosolids like Milorganite from

    Nearly all chronic diseases result from the cumulative effects of long-term exposure to low levels of environmental contaminants and pollutants, and our air, soil, food and water, which are essential resources that assure the sustainability of human and other life forms, must be protected and preserved at all cost.

    Cancer, Chronic Diseases and Birth Defect. Better Wake up


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