College Hill Reservoir Watch
In 2013 the Eugene Water and Electric Board (EWEB) considered closing or restricting public access to the College Hill Reservoir in response to the discovery that the seams atop the College Hill Reservoir were leaking and that contaminants could wash through those seams into the water supply.
The Friendly Area Neighborhood created the College Hill Reservoir Watch team to keep our water safe and keep the reservoir top open to the public.
The agreement between FAN and EWEB stated that EWEB would erect gates and install signage that dogs are not permitted on the reservoir, and FAN would patrol the surface of the reservoir on a daily basis. The Eugene Astronomical Society also provides support and volunteers to patrol. Any contaminants such as dog waste, litter, fireworks, or anything else that shouldn't be left on the surface is removed.
Our collective goal is to prevent anything from seeping through the joints during rainstorms, to maintain the beauty of the area for those who enjoy using it, and to provide EWEB with assurance that public use of the reservoir will reduce rather than increase any danger to the water supply caused by the leaking seams.
The committee has set up an online calendar where volunteers can sign up ahead of time and report the completion of their patrol, ensuring that the reservoir will be patrolled at least once per day and providing documentation of that patrol. The College Hill Reservoir Subcommittee members will monitor this calendar to make sure the patrol does in fact happen daily. They have volunteers who will fill in for anyone who misses. EWEB is invited to monitor this calendar as well.