Portland has some of the best water anywhere, and all across our city, people are standing up to defend it. Dozens of community organizations that you know and trust are helping to get the word out: Portlanders MUST reject this risky and dangerous takeover of our water and sewer system.

The initiative would transfer $15 billion in public assets, including control of the Bull Run water supply, to an unproven board with no water or sewer experience, and susceptible to corporate influence. An anti-environment measure funded by polluters and large industrial water users, it would do nothing to lower water and sewer rates.

Stop the Bull Run takeover.

Vote NO on Measure 26-156.

Some of the community groups that oppose the water takeover:

Audubon Society of Portland

Oregon Wild

Oregon Nurses Association

Portland Firefighters Association

East Portland Action Plan

League of Women Voters of Portland

Sierra Club

Oregon State Council for Retired Citizens

Coalition of Communities of Color

Jobs With Justice

Willamette Riverkeeper

International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, Local 48

WaterWatch of Oregon

OPAL Environmental Justice

Oregon Progressive Party

Lents Neighborhood Association

Climate Solutions

Friends of Trees

Portland Police Association

Oregon Consumer League

Trust for Public Land


Coalition for a Livable Future

Elders in Action


Urban Greenspaces Institute

Oregon Environmental Council

Oregon League of Conservation Voters

Food and Water Watch

Columbia Pacific Building Trades Council

Friends of Gateway Green


AFSCME Local 189

Northwest Environmental Advocates

Friends of Zenger Farm

Oregon AFL-CIO

LIUNA (Laborers) Local 483

Northwest Oregon Labor Council

AFSCME Local 328

AFSCME Local 3336

AFSCME Local 88 – Multnomah County

Professional & Technical Employees, Local 17

Alliance for Democracy

Onward Oregon

Hayden Island Livability Project

Democratic Party of Multnomah County


District Council of Trade Unions – City of Portland

AFSCME Local 3135

Sandy River Basin Watershed Council

Common Cause of Oregon

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