PRESS RELEASE: Willis Demands Army Corps of Engineers Commit to Not Draining Detroit Lake


August 13, 2018

CONTACT: Zachary Sielicky
(503) 302-1262

Stayton, OR — Colm Willis, candidate for the Marion County Commission, joined residents of the Santiam Canyon in issuing a sharp rebuke of the current direction of the Detroit Dam & Lake Downstream Passage Project plan laid out by the Army Corps of Engineers at a recent public meeting in Stayton.
“Their tone was very condescending and showed little respect for the residents of Marion County. Members of the community were led to believe that the Army Corps of Engineers would incorporate local feedback into their plan.” Willis continued “It was clear they still favor a plan that drains the lake for at least two years. That is unacceptable.”
“I call on the Army Corps of Engineers to make a public commitment to a plan that doesn’t require the draining of Detroit Lake,” said Willis.
The impact draining Detroit Lake would have on both Marion and Linn County are startling. Detroit Lake is the primary water source for many of the surrounding cities, including Stayton and Salem. Many Marion County farmers depend on Detroit Lake as their water source.
Colm Willis is the Republican and Independent Party nominee for the Marion County Commission. Willis lives in Stayton with his wife and daughters.


Reagan Knopp