4 arrested at Portland protest over reservoirs

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PORTLAND — Four people have been arrested after 75 to 100 gathered at Portland’s Mount Tabor Park to protest the city’s decision to follow a federal requirement that the city’s open water reservoirs be closed.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency years ago made the rule to prevent contamination by a parasite that killed more than 100 people in Milwaukee in 1993.

The demonstrators say covering the reservoirs isn’t necessary and want the city to press the federal government to make an exception.

Police say the four were arrested early Tuesday after refusing to leave after closing time. All were charged with trespassing, three with interfering with a police officer.

Police say they range in age from 19 to 30, one was reported missing from Rhode Island, and none gave a Portland address.

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