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Speaking for the River Born at 6:51 p.m., March 4, 2012

Portland Mayor Joseph K. Carson, Jr. (center), and other Portland citizens demonstrating during the "Demand Clean Rivers" campaign, early Nov. 1938. Their efforts were in support of both the City of Portland's sewer funding mechanism and a citizen's initiative to create the Oregon State Sanitary Authority. Both measures passed two-to-one on November 8, 1938. (Oregon Historical Society Research Library, CN 0012453a.)

This Sunday evening, I finished my manuscript for the book that is tentatively titled Speaking for the River: Confronting Pollution in Oregon’s Willamette Valley. The book began life as a thirty-page graduate school seminar paper in 2008, grew into a hefty 140-page Master’s Thesis in 2009, and exists now as about 85,000 words of text. The book now has to go through review, and will likely be reduced and refined as a result of this process, but it’s been a long time in coming and it’s great to have finished this stage! More and positive news to follow, I do hope!

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