A Better Way for BPA
Purpose and Resolution
A Better Way for BPA non-profit has been established to provide a citizen-based forum for stakeholders -- landowners, local and state officials/agencies and advocacy groups – to work together in opposition to the construction of a new transmission corridor in the Cascade foothills of southwest Washington by Bonneville Power Administration’s I-5 Corridor Reinforcement Project. The proposed new routes in the Cascade foothills of southwest Washington would have a negative impact economically, environmentally, and aesthetically. This non-profit prefers that Bonneville Power Administration utilize their existing corridors when reinforcing the power grid and to consider underground installation of their 500 kV power lines in populated areas. The non-profit's efforts will work toward protecting landowners' rights in the face of eminent domain and maintaining a healthy and diverse environment in the Cascade foothills of southwest Washington; the preservation of native flora and fauna; and the preservation and protection of pristine lands and waterways, recreational areas, historic sites, tree farms, forest land, and wetlands.
Who We Are
A Better Way for BPA is a WA State Non-Profit Corporation. We are an organized group of rural landowners encompassing Clark and Cowlitz counties. We chose to live away from infrastructure. We like electricity. We are not against Bonneville Power Administration. However, we are against BPA creating a new transmission corridor for their I-5 Corridor Reinforcement Project. We say BPA should run their 500 kV transmission lines on their own land the West Alternative where they planned for expansion 70 years ago.
~We agree that~
- Any route that is not built on the government owned infrastructure that is already in place is government waste
- Any route that is not built on the government owned existing transmission corridor is anti-property rights
- Asking citizens to shoulder the burden and pay any more in rates for this project than it would otherwise cost if built on existing government land is irresponsible, and would amount to a completely un-warranted rate increase.
- Building an additional new 70-mile trans-mission corridor would be a threat to private wells, while unnecessarily increasing the contamination to groundwater, rivers, streams, and wetlands from the herbicides BPA uses containing scientifically proven cancer-causing compounds.
A Better Way for BPA is now a non-profit corporation!
Read our story below:
A Better Way For BPA formed in late October 2009 with 3 people taking on the task of representing routes 26 and 27. Our goal was to unite to show strength in numbers and unity with impacted rural landowners. A Web site was created at that same time and a small number of immediate neighbors attended several meetings in one of our homes.
Around the end of November 2009, we asked several people from other routes in the Dole Valley, Camas, Hockinson, and Cowlitz areas to join our group and a steering committee was formed under our name and using our Web site. Again, with the common goal of Strength in Numbers and unity.
In late December 2009, route 27 and several other routes were dropped.
After Christmas 2009, a route 26 membership drive was conducted with the help of a team of hard working volunteers. That drive contacted approximately 400 landowners on route 26 alone!
In March 2010, we did another membership drive with the Green Mountain area with former routes 17, 18, 23 and 24, and routes 28 and 29. We also helped with a meeting in the Yale area with former routes 11, 19, 20, 21, and 22.
Today, our goal has not changed from its original intent, which is pulling together all our neighbors affected by this project and conducting informational meetings, with the goal of showing strength and unity to the BPA. We encourage you to join us in this goal. Join us to show the BPA we mean business and we do not want these towers and lines on our properties or in our area!