Local and county-wide initiatives:
Regional and statewide organizations:
Welcome to WC CAN
Washington County Citizen Action Network (WC CAN) is a coalition of grassroots advocates
(individuals and groups) dedicated to improving quality of life in Washington County by
promoting healthy and sustainable communities, social and economic justice,
and open and responsive government.
Learn more about WC CAN...
Washington County's communities are facing a flood of issues, projects, and challenges as we begin to emerge from the Great Recession.
WC CAN, guided by our 3rd Annual Summit last April, is taking up some of the most urgent,
County Land Use ordinances that would benefit favored landowner/developers (#771, #772),
despite earlier policy decisions that responded to citizen concerns;
A DEQ permit granting Intel significant increases in air-polluting emissions and toxins at new plants being built in Aloha and Ronler Acres,
with minimal self-reporting and no requirement to measure air quality or health impacts in surrounding communities;
Interim preparation of Legislative proposals addressing tax fairness, affordable housing, reduction of homelessness, and environmental concerns;
County and city Transportation System Plan Updates, the $1.5 million Westside Transportation Solutions Study,
and construction projects that impact neighborhood livability and farm/forest/natural area protections.
Continuing pressure for State and local government policy changes to fast-track costly industrial sprawl, short-cut citizen involvement,
and divert taxpayers’ dollars to subsidize huge corporate employers – while ignoring local or homegrown business opportunities
for more sustainable economic growth.
The Tonquin Quarry development application in Clackamas County, which borders and impacts Washington County neighborhoods, roads,
and important natural areas.
Our participants have lead and advisory roles in pursuing these and other issues and projects.
On some – most recently the DEQ/Intel permitting process – WC CAN is facilitating communications among many individuals and groups.
One of our best tools for that is our Google Group, which you can join by contacting us.
We’ll try to keep you updated on our Facebook page,
and on this website as well, adding links to more information about critical, ongoing and long-term issues.
We intend to better empower all of us to improve the quality of life in our communities,
and to build together a more sustainable future for those who follow us and the natural systems on which they will also depend.