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Who Are We?

Waste Not of Yamhill County Board of Directors

Waste Not of Yamhill County, a 501(c)(4) organization, is the official arm of the Stop the Dump Coalition. We raise the funds and hire the lawyers. Waste Not was born in 2009 when farmers, neighbors, and local businesses joined together to stop expansion of Riverbend Landfill. Our membership has changed over the years but our purpose and dedication have remained constant.

Clarke Ellingson, farmer. Clarke farms several hundred acres within sight and smell of the dump, raising cattle, grains, and grass seed. He and wife Diane, a McMinnville schoolteacher, have two adult children. Son Mitchell dreams of farming the family lands one day and hopes he won't have to be the next generation to fight dump expansion.

Lillian Frease, farmer. Lillian and husband Larry grow hazelnuts on the flat, fertile soils that surround the dump. Their property borders the Schmidt farm, which the landfill owns. If the dump expands onto the Schmidt property, Freases' land will be worth nothing and their nuts may not be saleable.

John McGhehey, retired forester. John and wife Patty live on her family's Century farm next to McCabe Chapel. Son Johnny and daughter Julie live nearby. All have great views of the dump. The so-called "No Name Creek" has its roots on McGheheys' land.

Gary Langenwalter, sustainability expert. Gary's consulting business focuses on the "triple P bottom line": Planet, People, Profit. Gary is also a fourth P, Pastor of McCabe Chapel United Methodist Church, founded in 1846. The Chapel boasts has a fine view of the dump

Susan Meredith, winegrape grower. Susan and husband Frank Mitchell grow some of the finest winegrapes in Yamhill County. These are vinified into world-class wines. As a farmer and member of the Oregon wine industry, they and Coalition Partner Willamette Valley Wineries Association strongly oppose a mountain of waste in the heart of the premier wine region in Oregon. Its continued presence poses a significant economic threat to the local wine tourism industry.

Ilsa Perse, artist and land use activist. Ilsa raises chickens miles away from the dump, but she understands the impact an ever-expanding landfill will have on land uses in the region below McMinnville. The dump has already depressed property values to the point where productive farms and beautiful homes near the dump can't be sold despite their good soils and magnificent settings.

Susan Watkins, lawyer and tree farmer. Susan and husband Arnie have a small Christmas tree farm surrounded by acres of young Douglas fir and oak forest, but they can still see and smell the dump from their home. A branch of "No Name Creek" winds out of the hills through their woods. They work hard to protect this creek, which used to be home to salmon and trout, but no fish enter the creek near the landfill today.

Become a Stop the Dump Coalition Partner

As a Partner you assume one obligation only: Your willingness to stand up and be counted. Your only duty as a member of the Coalition is a willingness to say to the community that you believe there is a better way to handle our solid waste than to store it for millennia in a huge, unsightly, smelly, vector-prone heap in the floodplain of the South Yamhill River adjacent to the busiest tourist highway in Oregon.

Our goal in forming the Coalition is twofold: to provide individuals, businesses, and organizations a way to show their support for the Stop the Dump movement and to demonstrate to the County that the idea that the landfill should close on schedule in 2014 has broad community support. To these ends, we ask members to allow us to list them as our Coalition partners in press releases and other mailings and on this website.

Coalition partners tell their friends and colleagues that they oppose the landfill's expansion; they agree to distribute pertinent information (such as dates of upcoming hearings, fund-raisers, and the like) to their mailing lists; they participate in public hearings and, where appropriate, join us as co-petitioners on our legal appeals. We do not require any monetary donation from Coalition members, but we definitely appreciate whatever is given!

Our partners have offered their businesses as fund-raising sites, donated their products (eg, wine, auction items) for fund-raisers, donated cash, written letters to the editor, testified at hearings, talked to Commissioners, and joined us as petitioners in court.

From the donations we receive, we pay ALL legal costs for the lawsuits we have been forced to file to prevent the dump from expanding. Partners who join a legal action agree to be represented for the purposes of that action by our attorney, Bill Kabeiseman of Garvey Schubert Barer, but Waste Not and the Stop the Dump Coalition pick up 100% of the legal tab; we do not contract for legal services we cannot pay for.

Our Partners include the amazing businesses and individuals in Yamhill County, listed to the right.

Contact us here to join. We look forward to your participation.

Our Amazing Volunteers

Kris Bledsoe, farmer. Kris is a former Waste Not Director who lives on Grand Island where she raises sheep, turkeys, and chickens and fights both dump expansions and gravel quarries that threaten prime Yamhill County farmlands.

Sid Friedman, land use expert. A former spokesman for 1,000 Friends of Oregon, Sid has brought his expertise in land use law to the debate over whether high-value farm soils on the banks of a river used for irrigation and drinking water is an appropriate place to locate a garbage dump that will still exist a century from now.

Arnie Hollander, planning expert. When Waste Management wanted to build its new dump twice as high as the current one, Arnie put together a slide show to show the Planning Commission and Board of Commissioners exactly what that would mean (for one thing, a dump that big would swallow downtown Portland!). WM immediately dropped the height of the proposed dump.

Richard McJunkin, hydrogeologist. Richard has extensive experience monitoring landfills. He understands how water and earth move and is helping us model potential problems at Riverbend.

Ramsey McPhillips, farmer. A former Waste Not Director, Ramsey lives beside the dump on the 150-year-old McPhillips family farm and wants to live there forever. But the smell is ridiculously intense, and the litter is almost as bad. Ramsey refuses to give up, however, and tries continually to persuade regulatory agencies to do their job and reign in WM's grandiose riverside expansion plans.

Moe Momtazi, winemaker. Moe and his family own and manage a biodynamic vineyard and winery. As ardent supporters of the Stop the Dump Coalition, the Momtazis have testified at public hearings about the deleterious impacts an expanded landfill could have on their vineyard and the County's wine industry, and they have generously donated wine to support our fund-raising efforts.

Leonard Rydell, professional surveyor and engineer. Leonard helped design the original dump parameters. Now he's helping us.

The "Garbage Grannies," Molly McPhillips, Helen Pritchett, and Cleo Westphal, have been battling the dump for 32 years. They've watched their children wage this fight and don't want their grandchildren to have to fight the same battles over again. It's time to let the landfill close!

These are just a few of the great people who have stepped forward to help stop the dump's expansion. Please "Join us!"