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2014 News Releases


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Heavy rain causes sewer overflow to the Willamette River

December 4, 2014

Heavy rain this afternoon caused Portland’s combined sewer system to overflow to the Willamette River. The public should avoid contact with the river from the Morrison Bridge downstream to the Willamette’s confluence with the Columbia River near Kelley Point Park.

As a precaution, the public should avoid contact with river water downstream of the Morrison Bridge until 48 hours after combined sewers stop overflowing. More details are posted at www.portlandoregon.gov/bes/overflow.

It is especially important to avoid recreational activities, such as jet skiing or swimming, during which water could be swallowed. CSOs are contaminated with bacteria from untreated sewage. Environmental Services recommends these precautions to protect public health.

People who fish within 48 hours of a CSO event should wash their hands following contact with river water. Those who choose to eat fish caught in the Willamette River within 48 hours of a CSO event should cook the fish thoroughly to kill bacteria.

Portland’s combined sewer system carries sewage and stormwater runoff in the same pipes. During very heavy rainstorms, the increased stormwater runoff can cause combined sewers to overflow into the Willamette River.

In December 2011, Portland completed a 20-year program to improve the sewer system and reduce Willamette River CSO events from an average of 50 per year to no more than four per winter and one every third summer.

For more information contact Linc Mann, 503-823-5328,

The Bureau of Environmental Services provides city residents with programs to protect water quality and public health, including wastewater collection and treatment, sewer construction and maintenance, stormwater management, and stream and watershed restoration.

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Salmon return to Crystal Springs Creek

News Release

December 1, 2014

Coho salmon are spawning in southeast Portland’s Crystal Springs Creek this fall for the first time in decades. Salmon can find their way farther upstream because of recent projects to remove culverts that prohibited fish passage. Since 2008, Environmental Services has worked with several partners to remove seven Crystal Springs Creek culverts.

In October, Environmental Services fish biologist Melissa Brown used an underwater camera to capture video of a pair of wild coho salmon spawning just upstream from one of the culvert removal projects. The video, including a captioned version, and more information about salmon in Crystal Springs Creek are posted at www.portlandoregon.gov/bes/66158.

“This work has allowed wild salmon to return to the city for the first time in a generation,” said Portland City Commissioner Nick Fish. “Crystal Springs Creek has Portland’s best fish habitat but it’s been inaccessible to salmon for 40 years, until now.”

When the federal government listed Portland salmon and steelhead as threatened species in 1998, the Portland City Council directed Environmental Services to lead salmon recovery efforts. Environmental Services restoration projects not only improve water quality and manage high stream flows to protect public health and safety, but they also create inviting habitat that native salmon require.

Crystal Springs is an important tributary to Johnson Creek, which flows to the Willamette River. Its naturally cool and steady year-round flow provide ideal salmon and steelhead habitat. Native salmon have also been found in Johnson Creek as far upstream as Gresham.

Steelhead trout, coho and Chinook salmon spend part of their life cycle in Crystal Springs Creek. They migrate to the Pacific Ocean then return to their original spawning grounds where they lay and fertilize eggs, then die.

It’s critical that observers keep their distance from spawning areas, keep dogs out of the creek, and do not disturb fish carcasses which provide nutrients essential to aquatic life.

Environmental Services worked with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers on four Crystal Springs Creek culvert removal projects. Partners on the other projects were Metro, the Portland Bureau of Transportation, Portland Parks & Recreation, NOAA-Fisheries, the East Multnomah Soil & Water Conservation District, Reed College and TriMet. Projects to remove the last two culverts on the creek are scheduled next year.

For more information contact Linc Mann, 503-823-5328.

The Bureau of Environmental Services provides city residents with programs to protect water quality and public health, including wastewater collection and treatment, sewer construction and maintenance, stormwater management, and stream and watershed restoration.

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Grant funds available for community projects, pre-applications due February 6

News Release

November 18, 2014

The Community Watershed Stewardship Program (CWSP) is accepting pre-applications for stewardship grants. The deadline to submit pre-applications is 4:00 p.m. on Friday, February 6, 2015. A grant review committee will then invite selected applicants to submit full applications in April.

CWSP provides stewardship grants of up to $10,000 for projects that help Portlanders make improvements in their neighborhoods and communities, while improving watershed health. Projects funded by CWSP grants include replacing pavement with native plants; adding plants and trees to neighborhoods; and cleaning up and restoring streams.

CWSP has scheduled three grant-writing workshops to answer questions and provide help writing applications:

Saturday, December 6, 2014
1:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Midland Library, 805 SE 122nd Avenue

Tuesday January 6, 2014
6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
Holgate Library, 7905 SE Holgate Boulevard

Saturday January 17, 2014
4:00 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.
St. Johns Library, 7510 N Charleston Ave

For help developing project ideas and putting together an application, contact CWSP Coordinator Rosa Lehman at rosa.lehman@portlandoregon.gov or 503-823-7917 or go to www.portlandoregon.gov/bes/CWSP.

CWSP encourages applications for projects that involve the leadership and meaningful participation of people of color, immigrants, elders, youth, those with disabilities, low-income residents, and other under-represented groups.

CWSP is a partnership between Environmental Services and Portland State University. Since it began in 1995, CWSP has granted more than $1 million for watershed projects and helped organize more than 40,000 volunteers to work on community projects.

For more information contact Linc Mann, 503-823-5328.

The Bureau of Environmental Services provides city residents with programs to protect water quality and public health, including wastewater collection and treatment, sewer construction and maintenance, stormwater management, and stream and watershed restoration.

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Treatment plant effluent released to the Columbia Slough

News Release

October 24, 2014

A faulty air pressure valve on a pipeline that carries treated effluent from the Columbia Boulevard Wastewater Treatment Plant to the Columbia River malfunctioned on Wednesday, October 22 and released treated effluent into the Columbia Slough. Engineers discovered the problem and repaired the valve on Thursday, October 23 to stop the effluent release.

The Columbia Boulevard plant cleans about 25 billion gallons of wastewater annually and discharges treated, disinfected water to the Columbia River. The malfunctioning valve released an estimated 300,000 gallons of fully treated, disinfected effluent into the Columbia Slough before engineers repaired it on Thursday afternoon.

Because the slough is a slow-moving waterway and is much smaller than the Columbia River, the public should avoid contact with water in the slough in the area around N Portland Road through tomorrow afternoon.

For more information contact Linc Mann, 503-823-5328.

The Bureau of Environmental Services provides city residents with Clean River programs including, water quality protection, wastewater collection and treatment, and sewer installation.

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Sewage release on NW Westover Road

October 23, 2014

City maintenance crews responded to a report of sewage flowing from a manhole last night in the 2800 block of NW Westover Road. At about 6:00 p.m. yesterday, crews confirmed that sewage was overflowing into the street, draining into a downstream catch basin and flowing back into the sewer system.

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A buildup of rocks and gravel in the manhole caused the overflow. Maintenance crews cleared the blockage at about 8:30 p.m. and stop the sewage release. From the time crews confirmed the release until the time they stopped it, an estimated 900 gallons of sewage overflowed from the manhole.

The area is posted with sewage release warning signs and the public should avoid the area until warning signs are removed.

For more information contact Linc Mann, 503-823-5328.

The Bureau of Environmental Services works with Portland residents and businesses to protect water quality, public health, and the environment through wastewater collection and treatment, sewer construction and maintenance, stormwater management, and stream and watershed restoration.

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Heavy rain causes sewer overflow to the Willamette River

CSO Advisory

October 23, 2014

Wednesday's rainstorm caused Portland’s combined sewer system to overflow to the Willamette River. The public should avoid contact with Willamette River water from just south of the Sellwood Bridge downstream to the Willamette’s confluence with the Columbia River near Kelley Point Park for 48 hours after the combined sewer overflow (CSO) event ends.

The public can check the status of current CSO advisories at www.portlandoregon.gov/bes/overflow or call the River Alert hotline at 503-823-2479.

It is especially important to avoid recreational activities, such as jet skiing or swimming, during which water could be swallowed. CSOs are contaminated with bacteria from untreated sewage. Environmental Services recommends these precautions to protect public health.

People who fish within 48 hours of a CSO event should wash their hands following contact with river water. Those who choose to eat fish caught in the Willamette River within 48 hours of a CSO event should cook the fish thoroughly to kill bacteria.

Portland’s combined sewer system carries sewage and stormwater runoff in the same pipes. During very heavy rainstorms, the increased stormwater runoff can cause combined sewers to overflow into the Willamette River.

In December 2011, Portland completed a 20-year program to improve the sewer system and reduce Willamette River CSO events from an average of 50 per year to no more than four per winter and one every third summer.

For more information contact Linc Mann, 503-823-5328.

The Bureau of Environmental Services provides city residents with programs to protect water quality and public health, including wastewater collection and treatment, sewer construction and maintenance, stormwater management, and stream and watershed restoration.

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City Commissioners Join OpenFest! To Celebrate Successful Division Streetscape Project

October 21, 2014

This Friday, October 24, at 10 a.m., Portland City Commissioners Nick Fish and Steve Novick will celebrate the completion of the Division Streetscape Project with local neighbors and business owners at SE 31st and Division.

Division Street neighbors and businesses are marking the end of the Division Streetscape Project with OpenFest!, a day-long celebration of the Division Street re-opening. The celebration will include special offers from businesses and live music, and will continue until 9 p.m.

The $6.4-million Division Streetscape Project began in May 2013 and has successfully replaced 4,900 feet of sewer pipes and repaved Division from SE 11th to SE Cesar Chavez Boulevard.

“When we invest in green streets, we save our ratepayers money,” said City Commissioner Nick Fish. “By replacing pipes and planting trees, Portland manages its stormwater in a cost-effective manner while increasing the livability of our neighborhoods.”

The streetscape project was conceived in 2001, when neighborhood and business owners formed the Division Vision group to explore ways to make Division a street that better serves both residents and businesses. That effort led to the 2005 Division Green Street/Main Street Plan.

“This has been a community led project from the beginning and we appreciate everyone’s patience throughout construction,” said Commissioner Novick. “Thanks to coordination between PBOT, BES and community partners, Division is a bustling destination main street that is safer, more accessible and fully open for business.”

More information about the Division Streetscape Project is available at www.portlandoregon.gov/bes/Streetscape and the Division/Clinton Business Association has posted OpenFest! information at divisionclinton.com/OpenFest.

Project Highlights Include:

  • Replacing 4,900 feet of sewer pipes and 32 sewer access structures that were in poor condition;
  • Adding curb extensions, new crosswalks and streetlights, and improving signalization to increase safety, access and visibility for pedestrians, cyclists and motorists;
  • Planting 150 street trees and constructing 68 green street planters to manage stormwater runoff; and
  • Repaving SE Division from SE 10th Avenue to SE Cesar Chavez Boulevard.

For more information contact:
Linc Mann, Environmental Services, 503-823-5328, linc.mann@portlandoregon.gov
Diane Dulken, Bureau of Transportation, 503-823-5552, diane.dulken@portlandoregon.gov

Environmental Services and the Portland Bureau of Transportation worked together to improve the Division Street transportation corridor, repair and replace older sewers, add green infrastructure to manage stormwater and make sewers work more efficiently, and improve watershed health.

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Overnight lane closure on Interstate 5 southbound

Traffic Advisory

October 17, 2014

Work on a stormwater management project will close one southbound traffic lane and the right shoulder on Interstate 5 Monday night through Tuesday morning. The I-5 southbound shoulder and lane closure will start about one mile north of exit 295, the Capitol Highway exit.

The closure will begin at 8:00 p.m. on Monday, October 20. The southbound lane and shoulder will re-open by 5:30 a.m. on Tuesday, October 21.

The work is part of a project to collect and treat stormwater runoff from the freeway to protect Tryon Creek water quality. Environmental Services is working with the Oregon Department of Transportation on the stormwater management project.

For more information contact Linc Mann, 503-823-5328.

The Bureau of Environmental Services works with Portland residents and businesses to protect water quality, public health, and the environment through wastewater collection and treatment, sewer construction and maintenance, stormwater management, and stream and watershed restoration.

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Overnight lane closure on Interstate 5 northbound

Traffic Advisory

October 8, 2014

Work on a stormwater management project will close one northbound traffic lane and the right shoulder on Interstate 5 this Friday night through Saturday morning. The I-5 northbound shoulder and lane closure will start about three quarters of a mile north of exit 295, the Taylors Ferry Road exit.

The closure will begin at 8:00 p.m. on Friday, October 10. The northbound lane and shoulder will re-open at 5:30 a.m. on Saturday, October 11.

The work is part of a project to collect and treat stormwater runoff from the freeway to protect Tryon Creek water quality. Environmental Services is working with the Oregon Department of Transportation on the stormwater management project.

For more information contact Linc Mann, 503-823-5328.

The Bureau of Environmental Services works with Portland residents and businesses to protect water quality, public health, and the environment through wastewater collection and treatment, sewer construction and maintenance, stormwater management, and stream and watershed restoration.

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Sewage release on Swan Island

News Release

September 29, 2014

City maintenance crews responded to a reported sewage leak Sunday night near 6221 N Basin Avenue on Swan Island and found sewage overflowing through a vault cover in the street. Sewage from the vault was flowing across the pavement, and an unknown amount of sewage flowed into the Swan Island Basin of the Willamette River just north of the Swan Island Boat Ramp.

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Maintenance crews closed a leaking valve and cleaned out the vault with a vactor truck to stop the leak at about 8:00 p.m. on Sunday, September 28. The public should avoid contact with water in the Swan Island Basin today and tomorrow because of increased bacteria in the water.

For more information contact Linc Mann, 503-823-5328.

The Bureau of Environmental Services works with Portland residents and businesses to protect water quality, public health, and the environment through wastewater collection and treatment, sewer construction and maintenance, stormwater management, and stream and watershed restoration.

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Lane restrictions on NE 47th Avenue south of Buffalo Slough

Traffic Advisory

September 15, 2014

Construction is closing one traffic lane on NE 47th Avenue just south of Buffalo Slough during construction hours, 8:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. on weekdays and 7:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. on Saturdays. During work hours, flaggers direct traffic through the construction area. Both lanes are open to traffic after work hours.

The daytime lane restrictions will last until mid-October. Construction crews are installing a green street planter, new curbs and sidewalks, and a street tree. The work is the final part of a project to connect about 100 homes and businesses that have been using septic systems to the public sewer system.

For more information contact Linc Mann, 503-823-5328.

The Bureau of Environmental Services works with Portland residents and businesses to protect water quality, public health, and the environment through wastewater collection and treatment, sewer construction and maintenance, stormwater management, and stream and watershed restoration.

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Lane restrictions on SE 112th Avenue postponed one day, construction hours revised

Traffic Advisory (update)

September 11, 2014

A project to remove soil from the Foster Floodplain Natural Area that was scheduled to begin Thursday, September 11 was postponed and will begin Friday, September 12. The work will restrict traffic lanes on SE 112th Avenue at SE Cooper Street during work hours.

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Work hours have also been revised and there will be lane restrictions from 7:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. on weekdays and on Saturdays during the same hours. The project will take about two weeks to complete.

Environmental Services will remove a large stockpile of soil left from natural area construction. Flaggers will temporarily stop traffic on SE 112th in both directions as trucks leave the natural area on SE Cooper Street. Motorists should expect delays during work hours.

For more information contact Linc Mann, 503-823-5328.

The Bureau of Environmental Services works with Portland residents and businesses to protect water quality, public health, and the environment through wastewater collection and treatment, sewer construction and maintenance, stormwater management, and stream and watershed restoration.

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Lane restrictions on SE 112th Avenue Begin Thursday

September 9, 2014

The removal of soil from the Foster Floodplain Natural Area will require short-term lane restrictions on SE 112th Avenue at SE Cooper Street beginning Thursday, September 11, through Friday, September 26, on weekdays from 7:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. The traveling public is advised to expect minimal delays, travel cautiously and observe all lane restrictions and directions by flaggers.  

The lane restrictions are necessary to allow dump trucks to merge safely onto SE 112th Avenue from SE Cooper Street. Flaggers will temporarily stop traffic in both directions as trucks exist SE Cooper Street, cross the southbound lane of SE 112th Avenue and proceed north to Foster Road. 

This project will remove a large stockpile of soil related to the Johnson Creek Floodplain Restoration Project.  

See Google map at https://goo.gl/maps/6tVGe

The Bureau of Environmental Services works with Portland residents and businesses to protect water quality, public health, and the environment through wastewater collection and treatment, sewer construction and maintenance, stormwater management, and stream and watershed restoration.

For more information contact Cheryl Kuck, 503-823-7898.


Paving on another section of SE Division will detour traffic next week

Traffic Advisory

September 5, 2014

For more information contact:

Linc Mann, Environmental Services, 503-823-5328, linc.mann@portlandoregon.gov
Dylan Rivera, Portland Bureau of Transportation, 503-823-3723, dylan.rivera@portlandoregon.gov

On Monday, September 8, street grinding and paving work on SE Division Street will move to between SE 34th Avenue and SE Cesar Chavez Boulevard. During construction hours from 7 a.m. until 6 p.m. Monday through Friday, signage will direct eastbound traffic at SE 26th Avenue to use SE Powell Boulevard to detour around the construction area.

Westbound traffic will continue using SE Division but motorists and bicyclists should expect significant delays and avoid the area if possible.

All lanes on SE Division will re-open after construction hours. Grinding and paving between SE 34th Avenue and SE Cesar Chavez Boulevard will take about two weeks to complete.

This week, construction crews are finishing paving work on SE Division between SE 26th and 34th avenues. The work starting Monday between SE 34th Avenue and SE Cesar Chavez Boulevard is the final phase of street grinding and paving for the Division Streetscape Project (www.portlandoregon.gov/bes/streetscape).

Environmental Services and the Portland Bureau of Transportation are working together to improve the Division Street transportation corridor, repair and replace older sewers, add green infrastructure to manage stormwater and make sewers work more efficiently, and improve watershed health.

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Lane restrictions on SW Beaverton-Hillsdale Highway at SW 21st Avenue

Traffic Advisory

September 4, 2014

Paving on SW Beaverton-Hillsdale Highway today and tomorrow (Thursday, September 4 and Friday, September 5) is reducing traffic to one lane in each direction at SW 21st Avenue, just west of Bertha Boulevard. Lane restrictions will be in place during extended work hours, 7:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. both days.

Drivers should expect delays during construction hours. The bike lane is closed in the work area and pedestrians should detour around the work zone.

The work is part of an Environmental Services project to replace a failing outfall pipe into Fanno Creek (www.portlandoregon.gov/bes/FannoOutfall).

For more information contact Linc Mann, 503-823-5328.

The Bureau of Environmental Services works with Portland residents and businesses to protect water quality, public health, and the environment through wastewater collection and treatment, sewer construction and maintenance, stormwater management, and stream and watershed restoration.

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Temporary repair stops Marquam Gulch sewage release

News Release

September 2, 2014

City of Portland maintenance crews stopped a sewage release in Marquam Gulch near Marquam Nature Park on Saturday night, August 30, 2014,

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On Saturday morning, maintenance crews verified the release from a broken sewer pipe in a ravine near 1400 SW Broadway Drive. They completed temporary repairs to stop the release on Saturday night. The city will design a project to permanently repair the sewer pipe.

For more information contact Linc Mann, 503-823-5328.

The Bureau of Environmental Services works with Portland residents and businesses to protect water quality, public health, and the environment through wastewater collection and treatment, sewer construction and maintenance, stormwater management, and stream and watershed restoration.

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Sewage release in Marquam Gulch

News Release

August 30, 2014

City of Portland maintenance crews are working to stop a sewage release in Marquam Gulch near Marquam Nature Park. Maintenance crews verified the release at about 11:15 a.m. this morning in a ravine near 1400 SW Broadway Drive.

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Sewage is bubbling from the ground, flowing across the Marquam Trail and into a catch basin that drains to the city sewer system. Maintenance crews posted signs at the site of the release to warn the public to avoid the area until they stop the release.

For more information contact Linc Mann, 503-823-5328.

The Bureau of Environmental Services works with Portland residents and businesses to protect water quality, public health, and the environment through wastewater collection and treatment, sewer construction and maintenance, stormwater management, and stream and watershed restoration.

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Paving next week will detour SE Division traffic to SE Powell

Traffic Advisory

August 21, 2014
For more information contact:
Linc Mann, Environmental Services, 503-823-5328, linc.mann@portlandoregon.gov
Dylan Rivera, Portland Bureau of Transportation, 503-823-3723, dylan.rivera@portlandoregon.gov

On Monday, August 25, construction crews will begin street grinding and paving on SE Division Street between SE 26th and 34th avenues. During construction hours from 7 a.m. until 6 p.m. Monday through Friday, eastbound traffic will be detoured to SE Powell Boulevard at SE 26th Avenue.

Westbound traffic will continue using SE Division but motorists and bicyclists should expect significant delays and avoid the area if possible.

All lanes on SE Division will re-open after construction hours. Grinding and paving between SE 26th and 34th avenues will take about two weeks to complete.

The final phase of grinding and paving on SE Division is tentatively scheduled to begin the week of September 8 between SE 34th Avenue and SE Cesar Chavez Boulevard.

This work is part of the Division Streetscape Project (www.portlandoregon.gov/bes/streetscape). Environmental Services and the Portland Bureau of Transportation are working together to improve the Division Street transportation corridor, repair and replace older sewers, add green infrastructure to manage stormwater and make sewers work more efficiently, and improve watershed health.

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Environmental Services and Malarkey Roofing Products Celebrate 30 Years of Sustainable Energy

August 19, 2014

This year, Malarkey Roofing Products® and the Portland Bureau of Environmental Services are celebrating a 30-year partnership of sustainable energy. The relationship began when Past President Michael Malarkey noticed methane gas being flared off at the wastewater treatment plant while on the daily commute to his roofing manufacturing facility. He saw an opportunity to utilize the sustainable energy and approached the treatment facility about forming a partnership. The initial investment for Malarkey was sizable but aligned with the core sustainable values of both facilities. In 1983, Malarkey began construction on a pipeline to transport methane gas from the Columbia Boulevard Wastewater Treatment Plant, along the Columbia Slough, and finally to the Malarkey Roofing Products manufacturing facility one mile down the road. The completion of the pipeline in 1984 began a unique public-private partnership that continues to this day.

The Columbia Boulevard plant is Oregon’s largest wastewater treatment facility, cleaning about 30 billion gallons of water a year. The process generates about 1.5-million cubic feet of methane gas every day. Today, the treatment plant uses its own biogas to fuel boilers for process and building heat, and to supply fuel for two engine generators that produce heat and electricity for treatment plant operations. The two engines can generate up to 1.7-megawatts of electricity per day and they produce more than 40% of the plant’s electricity. Malarkey Roofing Products is able to utilize up to 25% of the biogas fuel produced at the wastewater facility, which powers a historical average of 67% of the roofing manufacturing facility. “Most large wastewater treatment plants re-use methane but very few have an opportunity to work directly with private industry to put methane to good use,” said Environmental Services Director Dean Marriott. “For the last three decades, this arrangement has benefitted both the city and Malarkey Roofing.”

The partnership has proven to be both an environmentally and economically sustainable venture. Malarkey purchases the methane from Environmental Services to use as fuel in heating its manufacturing process, thus saving money over traditional fuels and providing additional income to the city. “Our industry requires a large amount of heat in the process of manufacturing asphalt shingles,” states Malarkey Roofing Products President James Fagan. “We take pride in the fact that we can promote sustainability through this partnership.” All of the methane consumed by Malarkey is used for the facility’s product manufacturing – from curing fiberglass mat to providing the process heat source for shingles and other asphalt roofing products.

Both parties are working on developments to increase efficiencies and utilize more of the sustainable methane gas. Malarkey is currently working with NW Natural on a delivery solution to increase methane usage, with the goal of powering 90% of the manufacturing facility with methane. Environmental Services is also looking to increase its use of the resource. The bureau recently began studying the possibility of turning the plant’s remaining methane into fuel for natural gas vehicles. “Thirty years ago this kind of a partnership was unheard of,” explained Fagan. “It has been an asset to both parties and we’re looking forward to seeing where these sustainable solutions can lead us in the future.”

For More Information Contact:
Traci Shaw, Communications Coordinator, Malarkey Roofing Products
Phone: 503-240-7887 Email: tshaw@malarkeyroofing.com
Linc Mann, Public Information Officer, Portland Environmental Services
Phone: 503-823-5328 Email: linc.mann@portlandoregon.gov

About Malarkey Roofing Products

Malarkey Roofing Products is a Portland, Oregon based company that provides technology driven residential, commercial, and sustainable roofing solutions for contractors, architects and homeowners seeking dependable roofing products.
Since 1956, Malarkey Roofing Products has consistently valued innovation and is motivated to manufacture products that improve people's lives while balancing environmental and economic interests.

About Environmental Services

The Bureau of Environmental Services works with Portland residents and businesses to protect water quality, public health, and the environment through wastewater collection and treatment, sewer construction and maintenance, stormwater management, and stream and watershed restoration.

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More overnight lane closures on Interstate 5 northbound this week

Traffic Advisory

August 18, 2014

Overnight work on a stormwater management project will close one northbound traffic lane and the right shoulder on Interstate 5 from 8:00 p.m. until 5:30 a.m. beginning tonight and lasting for most of the week. The northbound lane and shoulder will close about three quarters of a mile north of exit 295, the Taylors Ferry Road exit.

Closures this week will begin at 8:00 p.m. and end at 5:30 a.m.

The work is part of a project to collect and treat stormwater runoff from the freeway to protect Tryon Creek water quality. Environmental Services is working with the Oregon Department of Transportation on the stormwater management project.

For more information contact Linc Mann, 503-823-5328.

The Bureau of Environmental Services works with Portland residents and businesses to protect water quality, public health, and the environment through wastewater collection and treatment, sewer construction and maintenance, stormwater management, and stream and watershed restoration.

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Overnight lane closure on Interstate 5 northbound

Traffic Advisory

August 11, 2014

Work on a stormwater management project will close one northbound traffic lane and the right shoulder on Interstate 5 this Wednesday night through Thursday morning. The I-5 northbound shoulder and lane closure will start about three quarters of a mile north of exit 295, the Taylors Ferry Road exit.

The closure will begin at 8:00 p.m. on Wednesday, August 13. The northbound lane and shoulder will re-open at 5:30 a.m. on Thursday, August 14.

The work is part of a project to collect and treat stormwater runoff from the freeway to protect Tryon Creek water quality. Environmental Services is working with the Oregon Department of Transportation on the stormwater management project.

For more information contact Linc Mann, 503-823-5328.

The Bureau of Environmental Services works with Portland residents and businesses to protect water quality, public health, and the environment through wastewater collection and treatment, sewer construction and maintenance, stormwater management, and stream and watershed restoration.

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Construction delays at SE Caruthers and 20th

Traffic Advisory

August 11, 2014

Sewer construction that started today is delaying traffic on SE Caruthers Street and 20th Avenue. Construction will last for several days at that intersection.

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Motorists and bicyclists should expect delays in the construction zone during work hours, 7:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Environmental Services is constructing a sewer manhole that requires flaggers to direct traffic around the work zone during construction hours. The work is part of the Clinton Green Street and Sewer Project to replace about 3,800 feet of sewer pipes in poor condition and build 24 green street stormwater planters.

For more information contact Linc Mann, 503-823-5328.

The Bureau of Environmental Services works with Portland residents and businesses to protect water quality, public health, and the environment through wastewater collection and treatment, sewer construction and maintenance, stormwater management, and stream and watershed restoration.

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Sewer construction on SW Beaverton-Hillsdale Highway at Bertha

Traffic Advisory

July 29, 2014
A sewer repair project that starts tomorrow (Wednesday, July 30) will close one westbound traffic lane on SW Beaverton-Hillsdale Highway just west of SE Bertha Boulevard. The lane will close at 9:00 a.m. Wednesday and remain closed until early evening.

One eastbound lane of Beaverton-Hillsdale Highway is already closed near SW Bertha for an ongoing outfall pipe repair project. Motorists should expect delays in the area tomorrow. The bike lane through the work area will close during repairs and pedestrians are required to detour around the work site.

For more information contact Linc Mann, 503-823-5328.

The Bureau of Environmental Services works with Portland residents and businesses to protect water quality, public health, and the environment through wastewater collection and treatment, sewer construction and maintenance, stormwater management, and stream and watershed restoration.

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NE Fremont construction delays

Traffic Advisory

July 18, 2014

Sewer construction that begins Monday, July 21 will delay traffic on NE Fremont Street between NE 23rd and 32nd avenues during daytime construction hours through July and August. Motorists and bicyclists should expect delays in the construction zone from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Work crews will install new main public sewer pipe and constructing several manholes in phases. Some phases will require flaggers to direct traffic.

The work is part of the Vernon Sabin Alameda Sewer Project to replace or repair about 10,000 feet of sewer pipes in poor condition.

For more information contact Linc Mann, 503-823-5328.

The Bureau of Environmental Services provides city residents with Clean River programs including, water quality protection, wastewater collection and treatment, and sewer installation.

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Night work on NE Broadway at 33rd Avenue begins Monday

Traffic Advisory

Overnight sewer construction that begins Monday night, July 7 will close traffic lanes around the intersection of NE Broadway and NE 33rd Avenue. Work hours will be 8:00 p.m. to 6:00 a.m. Monday through Saturday. Construction at the intersection will last for about two weeks.

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The construction will detour traffic to I-84 westbound and to 33rd Avenue southbound when all southbound travel lanes on NE 33rd are closed at Broadway. Drivers and bicyclists should expect delays during construction hours.

The work is part of the Grant Park Sewer Repair Project to replace or repair about 11,500 feet of public sewer pipes that are between 89 and 104 years old and failing due to age.

For more information contact Linc Mann, 503-823-5328.

The Bureau of Environmental Services works with Portland residents and businesses to protect water quality, public health, and the environment through wastewater collection and treatment, sewer construction and maintenance, stormwater management, and stream and watershed restoration.

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Sewer construction starting Monday will delay NE Fremont traffic

A sewer construction project that starts Monday, July 7, will delay traffic at the intersection of NE Fremont Street and NE 27th Avenue during daytime construction hours.

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Motorists and bicyclists should expect delays in the construction zone from 7:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Monday through Thursday. This phase of the project will take about one week to complete.

The work is part of the Vernon Sabin Alameda Sewer Project to replace or repair about 10,000 feet of sewer pipes in poor condition.

For more information contact Linc Mann, 503-823-5328.

The Bureau of Environmental Services provides city residents with Clean River programs including, water quality protection, wastewater collection and treatment, and sewer installation.

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Paving project slows SE Division traffic

Traffic Advisory

For more information contact:

Linc Mann, Environmental Services, 503-823-5328, linc.mann@portlandoregon.gov

Diane Dulken, Portland Bureau of Transportation, 503-823-5552, diane.dulken@portlandoregon.gov

Street grinding and paving is slowing traffic this week on SE Division Street between SE 12th and 21st avenues. The contractor maintains one lane of traffic through the work zone during construction hours but motorists and bicyclists should expect significant delays and avoid the area if possible.

Construction hours are 7:00 a.m. until 6:00 p.m. Monday through Friday. All lanes re-open after construction hours. The work on SE Division from 12th to 21st is expected to last until early next week. Then the paving crew will start work between SE 21st and SE 26th avenues.

This work is part of the Division Streetscape Project (www.portlandoregon.gov/bes/streetscape). Environmental Services and the Portland Bureau of Transportation are working together to improve the Division Street transportation corridor, repair and replace older sewers, add green infrastructure to manage stormwater and make sewers work more efficiently, and improve watershed health.

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Heavy rain causes sewer overflow to the Willamette River

June 16, 2014 CSO Advisory

A brief, intense rainstorm this afternoon caused Portland’s combined sewer system to overflow to the Willamette River. Combined sewage overflowed through an outfall pipe near the Morrison Bridge on the east bank of the river. For the next 48 hours, the public should avoid contact with the river from the Morrison Bridge downstream to the Willamette’s confluence with the Columbia River near Kelley Point Park.

The combined sewer overflow (CSO) event began shortly after 4:00 p.m. today and lasted for about 12 minutes. As a precaution, the public should avoid contact with river water until the afternoon of Wednesday, June 18.

It is especially important to avoid recreational activities, such as jet skiing or swimming, during which water could be swallowed. CSOs are contaminated with bacteria from untreated sewage. Environmental Services recommends these precautions to protect public health.

People who fish within 48 hours of a CSO event should wash their hands following contact with river water. Those who choose to eat fish caught in the Willamette River within 48 hours of a CSO event should cook the fish thoroughly to kill bacteria.

Portland’s combined sewer system carries sewage and stormwater runoff in the same pipes. During very heavy rainstorms, the increased stormwater runoff can cause combined sewers to overflow into the Willamette River.

In December 2011, Portland completed a 20-year program to improve the sewer system and reduce Willamette River CSO events from an average of 50 per year to no more than four per winter and one every third summer.

For more information contact Linc Mann, 503-823-5328.

The Bureau of Environmental Services provides city residents with programs to protect water quality and public health, including wastewater collection and treatment, sewer construction and maintenance, stormwater management, and stream and watershed restoration.

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Construction to close NE 148th Avenue from Sandy to Mason

Traffic Advisory

Beginning tomorrow (Tuesday, June 17), sewer construction will close NE 148th Avenue between NE Sandy Boulevard and NE Mason Street during daytime construction hours. Both northbound and southbound traffic will detour around the work area from 7:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Monday through Saturday.

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Construction will take about 14 days to complete. Lanes will re-open to traffic after construction hours.

The construction is part of a project to construct a facility to divert street runoff to a facility that remove pollutants from stormwater before it flows into the Columbia Slough. The facility is also designed to contain hazardous materials spills before they can enter the slough.

For more information contact Linc Mann, 503-823-5328.

The Bureau of Environmental Services works with Portland residents and businesses to protect water quality, public health, and the environment through wastewater collection and treatment, sewer construction and maintenance, stormwater management, and stream and watershed restoration.

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Weekend paving to close lanes on SE Division and SE 12th

Traffic Advisory

For immediate release
For more information contact:
Linc Mann, Environmental Services, 503-823-5328, linc.mann@portlandoregon.gov
Dylan Rivera, Portland Bureau of Transportation, 503-823-3723, dylan.rivera@portlandoregon.gov

This Saturday and Sunday (June 14 and June 15), street grinding and paving will close a lane of traffic on SE Division Street between SE 11th and 12th avenues, and on SE 12th Avenue between SE Division and Clinton streets. The contractor will maintain one lane of traffic through the work zone during construction hours, 7:00 a.m. until 6:00 p.m. both days. All lanes will re-open after construction hours.

Grinding and paving work will continue on Monday, June 16, on SE Division Street between SE 12th and SE 21st avenues. Construction crews will keep one traffic lane open during work hours, 7:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. All lanes will re-open after construction hours.

Motorists and bicyclists should expect delays during work hours. Paving work is weather-dependent.

This work is part of the Division Streetscape Project. Environmental Services and the Portland Bureau of Transportation are working together to improve the Division Street transportation corridor, repair and replace older sewers, add green infrastructure to manage stormwater and make sewers work more efficiently, and improve watershed health.

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Sewage release near NE Marine Drive

Sewage Release Advisory

City maintenance crews today discovered a city stormwater pipe that had discharged sewage into a stormwater swale on NE Mariners Loop. The site of the sewage release is south of NE Marine Drive and west of NE 13th Avenue at 1120 NE Mariners Loop.

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Maintenance crews are investigating the cause of the release.

For more information contact Linc Mann, 503-823-5328.

The Bureau of Environmental Services works with Portland residents and businesses to protect water quality, public health, and the environment through wastewater collection and treatment, sewer construction and maintenance, stormwater management, and stream and watershed restoration.

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Lane restrictions on NE 47th Avenue south of Buffalo Slough

A sewer construction project that started today is closing one traffic lane on NE 47th Avenue during daytime construction hours. Work hours are 8:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Monday through Friday.

During work hours, flaggers are directing traffic through the construction area on NE 47th just south of Buffalo Slough. Both lanes are open to traffic after work hours.

Construction will last for about two weeks.

Work crews are installing connections to a new sewage pump station on the east side of NE 47th Avenue. The project will connect about 100 homes and businesses that have been using septic systems to the public sewer system.

For more information contact Linc Mann, 503-823-5328.

The Bureau of Environmental Services works with Portland residents and businesses to protect water quality, public health, and the environment through wastewater collection and treatment, sewer construction and maintenance, stormwater management, and stream and watershed restoration.

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Willamette River water quality information online

People planning to enjoy some recreation on the Willamette River in Portland can check water conditions before they get out on the water. From May to October, Environmental Services staff collects and analyzes water samples weekly at five recreational areas on the river to track E. coli bacteria and water temperature. Environmental Services posts the results on the Willamette River Recreation Index at www.portlandoregon.gov/bes/WaterQuality.

Since the city completed the $1.4-billion combined sewer overflow (CSO) control program in 2011, E. coli results have been consistently low at most sites throughout the summer months. A count of more than 406 E. coli organisms per 100 milliliters of water is above the health standard set by the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality. E. coli counts in the Willamette are almost always well below that level. The June 3, 2014 E. coli count in river water at the Riverplace Marina, for example, was 5.

Combined sewers once overflowed to the river an average of 50 times a years. Since Portland controlled CSOs two-and-a-half years ago, there have been only seven CSO events.

The city’s green stormwater management infrastructure is an important part of the CSO control system. Green street planters, rain gardens, ecoroofs and trees keep millions of gallons of stormwater out of the combined sewer system.

Because of the success of the CSO control program, Portlanders can enjoy the Willamette River this summer knowing that the water is cleaner now than it has been in generations.

For more information contact Linc Mann, 503-823-5328.

The Bureau of Environmental Services works with Portland residents and businesses to protect water quality, public health, and the environment through wastewater collection and treatment, sewer construction and maintenance, stormwater management, and stream and watershed restoration.

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Funding for community watershed health projects

The Portland City Council today approved grants totaling $95,000 for 13 community watershed health projects in Portland. Community groups can apply annually for grants of up to $10,000 through Portland’s Community Watershed Stewardship Program.

Grants support innovative projects that improve watershed health and protect water quality. The stewardship program encourages community groups and citizens to get involved in watershed improvement projects and expand watershed stewardship efforts.

“Portlanders strongly support engaging our citizens in projects that protect water quality and make Portland’s watersheds healthier,” said City Commissioner Nick Fish. “For the average residential sewer ratepayer, the grants represent an investment of about 24 cents a year and every grant dollar invested leverages three dollars in volunteer time and in-kind contributions.”

Since it began in 1995, the Community Watershed Stewardship Program has granted more than $867,000 for watershed projects and has generated more than $3.3 million dollars in volunteer time and other in-kind contributions. More than 40,000 community volunteers have worked on projects funded by stewardship grants. Projects have enhanced nearly 65 acres of natural area and restored more than 52,000 feet of stream banks.

City Council approved grants for 13 projects in fiscal year 2014-2015:

  • Friends of Malden Court Community Orchard ($9,995)
  • Green Lents Johnson Creek Cleanup ($4,500)
  • Verde Cully Residential Rain Gardens ($9,825)
  • Native American Youth and Family Center (NAYA) Illahee Gardens ($4, 700)
  • Holy Redeemer School Stormwater Management ($8,000)
  • Trinity Full Gospel Pentecostal Church Rain Garden ($6,000)
  • Linnton Neighborhood Association Hoge Creek Project ($4,975)
  • Russian Speaking Network of Oregon Naturescaping for Better Environmental Education ($5,580)
  • Depave - Faith Community Church Parking Lot Stormwater Retrofit ($9,875)
  • Micro-Enterprise Services of Oregon MLK Rain Garden Phase II ($6,000)
  • Momentum Alliance Environmental Camp and Restoration Project ($8,000)
  • SOLVE Trillium Creek Restoration Project ($9,550)
  • Tryon Creek Watershed Council Restoration Mentors ($8,000)

For more information contact Linc Mann, 503-823-5328.

The Bureau of Environmental Services works with Portland residents and businesses to protect water quality, public health, and the environment through wastewater collection and treatment, sewer construction and maintenance, stormwater management, and stream and watershed restoration.

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Emergency sewer repairs on SE Grand/Highway 99E completed

Environmental Services has completed a sewer repair project that closed a lane of traffic and an on-ramp on SE Grand Avenue/Highway 99E just north of the Ross Island Bridge. The 24-hour closures began on May 30. Crews finished repairs and re-opened the lane and on-ramp yesterday afternoon.

Environmental Services repaired a failing sewer pipe under the roadway.

For more information contact Linc Mann, 503-823-5328.

The Bureau of Environmental Services works with Portland residents and businesses to protect water quality, public health, and the environment through wastewater collection and treatment, sewer construction and maintenance, stormwater management, and stream and watershed restoration.

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Sewer construction on southbound SE Grand Ave/Hwy 99E begins Friday

A sewer repair project that begins at approximately 6:00 p.m. on Friday, May 30, will require lane restrictions and a ramp closure on SE Grand Avenue/Highway 99E between SE Ivon and SE Woodward streets all hours and all days for two to four weeks. This location is just north of the Ross Island Bridge, before SE Grand Avenue becomes SE McLoughlin Boulevard.

Construction will occur 24 hours a day, seven days a week, while Environmental Services repairs a segment of failing sewer pipe under southbound SE Grand Avenue/Highway 99E. 

The right southbound lane on SE Grand Avenue/Highway 99E will be closed in the construction zone. The SE Ivon Street ramp is expected to remain open for vehicles exiting the highway, but the on-ramp will be closed. Detour signs will direct traffic along SE Division Street to Martin Luther King Boulevard south, which turns into SE Grand Avenue/Highway 99E. 

The traveling public is advised to avoid the area if possible. Motorists should expect significant delays (up to 30 to 40 minutes) due to the lane closure, travel cautiously, and observe all lane closures and directions by flaggers. Motorists wishing to go southbound on Highway 99E are advised to use alternate routes such as Highway 43, I-84 and I-205.

See Google map at http://tinyurl.com/n6rgzl3. For more information and schedule updates, visit www.portlandoregon.gov/bes/SEGrand.

Contact Cheryl Kuck at 503-823-7898. 

The Bureau of Environmental Services works with Portland residents and businesses to protect water quality, public health, and the environment through wastewater collection and treatment, sewer construction and maintenance, stormwater management, and stream and watershed restoration.

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Paving work delays N Greeley traffic

Street paving that began today is delaying traffic on N Greeley Avenue between N Sumner and N Holman streets during daytime construction hours.

Motorists and bicyclists should expect delays in the construction zone from 7:00 am. to 6:00 p.m. Monday through Saturday. The paving work will take about four weeks to complete.

The final paving is part of the $6.5 million dollar Overlook Sewer Replacement Project to replace or repair about 17,000 feet of sewer pipes in poor condition.

For more information contact Linc Mann, 503-823-5328.

The Bureau of Environmental Services works with Portland residents and businesses to protect water quality, public health, and the environment through wastewater collection and treatment, sewer construction and maintenance, stormwater management, and stream and watershed restoration.

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Celebrate Sunday Parkways at the Foster Floodplain Natural Area

Fish hats!The Foster Floodplain Natural Area will be a lively stop during the East Portland Sunday Parkways this weekend. Visitors between 11:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. on Sunday, May 11 can:

  • Enjoy food, ice cream and games.
  • Listen to music by Portland bluegrass band Train River.
  • See Audubon’s Birds of Prey.
  • Get free basic bike maintenance by volunteers from Bike Farm.
  • Take a guided tour of the natural area.
  • Pick up a free fish hat.

Environmental Services staff ran out of fish hats at last year’s East Portland Sunday Parkways. They have 600 hats this year and they’re likely to go fast.

Tours will be at noon, 1:00 p.m. and 2:00 p.m. The Foster Floodplain Natural Area is just south of SE Foster Road at the Springwater Trail near SE 104th Avenue.

Visitors who photograph the natural area and post it at www.facebook.com/CityGreenPortland will be entered in a raffle to win an eco-kit that includes native plants, a bird house kit, and a Wild in the City guide book.

More Sunday Parkways information is available at www.portlandoregon.gov/transportation/58929.

The 63-acre Foster Floodplain Natural Area reduces flooding, protects Johnson Creek water quality and improves fish and wildlife habitat. A paved trail and a Johnson Creek footbridge provide natural area public access.

For more information contact Linc Mann, 503-823-5328.

The Bureau of Environmental Services works with Portland residents and businesses to protect water quality, public health, and the environment through wastewater collection and treatment, sewer construction and maintenance, stormwater management, and stream and watershed restoration.

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Sewer construction on N Killingsworth

Sewer construction that started today will delay traffic on N Killingsworth Street between N Interstate and N Concord avenues. During daytime construction hours, Killingsworth is a one-way eastbound street between Interstate and Concord. The westbound traffic lane of Killingsworth is closed at Interstate. Instead of travelling west on Killingsworth from Interstate, vehicles are detouring around the construction area.

Motorists and bicyclists should expect delays in the work area on N Killingsworth during construction hours, 7:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Monday through Saturday. This phase of the project will take about one week to complete.

The work is part of the $6.5 million dollar Overlook Sewer Replacement Project to replace or repair about 17,000 feet of sewer pipes in poor condition.

For more information contact Linc Mann, 503-823-5328.

The Bureau of Environmental Services works with Portland residents and businesses to protect water quality, public health, and the environment through wastewater collection and treatment, sewer construction and maintenance, stormwater management, and stream and watershed restoration.

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May 21st symposium will explore ecoroof costs and savings

The sixth annual Portland Ecoroof Symposium is scheduled on Wednesday, May 21, 2014 from 8:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. at the World Trade Conference Center in downtown Portland. Local and regional experts will share scientific research and case studies exploring the true costs and savings of ecoroofs.

The symposium is open to the public. Presentations will be targeted toward architects, landscape architects, developers, building owners and facility managers. The event also features a vendor showcase of leading green roof companies from Portland and the surrounding region.

Registration costs $50, which includes refreshments and lunch. Vendors interested in participating in the Vendor Showcase can reserve a table with an additional $25 fee.

Get more information at www.portlandoregon.gov/bes/53845.

Ecoroofs are vegetated roof systems that absorb rain to reduce stormwater runoff. They also improve air quality and save energy. There are currently 568 greenroofs in Portland covering over 38 acres.

For more information contact Linc Mann, 503-823-5328.

The Bureau of Environmental Services works with Portland residents and businesses to protect water quality, public health, and the environment through wastewater collection and treatment, sewer construction and maintenance, stormwater management, and stream and watershed restoration.

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Paving on N Killingsworth next week will detour and delay traffic between Greeley and Boston

The eastbound lane of N Killingsworth Street will close to traffic between N Greeley and N Boston avenues beginning early on Monday, April 21. The eastbound lane will be closed all hours and all days for about one week for final street paving following a sewer construction project.

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The westbound lane of Killingsworth will remain open during the paving work but motorists and bicyclists should expect delays and use alternate routes if possible.

There will be no on-street parking near the work zone. Business patrons and residents who normally park on Killingsworth between Greeley and Boston must park on side streets during the paving project.

This work is part of the $6.5 million dollar Overlook Sewer Replacement Project to replace or repair about 17,000 feet of sewer pipes in poor condition. The city installed many of the sewers before 1920. The project reduces the possibility of breaks, leads, blockages and sewage releases to homes, businesses and streets.

For more information contact Linc Mann, 503-823-5328.

The Bureau of Environmental Services works with Portland residents and businesses to protect water quality, public health, and the environment through wastewater collection and treatment, sewer construction and maintenance, stormwater management, and stream and watershed restoration.

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Sewer construction starting Monday will delay N Greeley traffic

A sewer project that starts Monday, April 14, will delay traffic on N Greeley Avenue between N Sumner and N Emerson streets during daytime construction hours.

Motorists and bicyclists should expect delays in the construction zone from 7:00 am. to 3:00 p.m. Monday through Saturday. The project will take about one week to complete.

This work is part of the $6.5 million dollar Overlook Sewer Replacement Project to replace or repair about 17,000 feet of sewer pipes in poor condition.

For more information contact Linc Mann, 503-823-5328.

The Bureau of Environmental Services works with Portland residents and businesses to protect water quality, public health, and the environment through wastewater collection and treatment, sewer construction and maintenance, stormwater management, and stream and watershed restoration.

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Sewage release to the Willamette River

Sewage Release Advisory

City maintenance crews responding to reports of a missing manhole cover on the evening of March 31, 2014 discovered sewage flowing out of a manhole along Interstate 84 near NE 22nd Avenue. Sewage was flowing over the ground to a stormwater catch basin that discharges to the Willamette River near the interchange of Interstate 5 and Interstate 84 between the Steel and Burnside bridges.

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Someone had removed the manhole cover and had apparently been disposing of garbage in the manhole. The debris eventually blocked the sewer pipe, which caused sewage to flow out of the manhole. A vactor truck removed the debris and stopped the sewage release at about 12:30 a.m. on Tuesday, April 1.

From the time crews confirmed the sewage release until the time they stopped it, they estimated about 6,000 gallons of sewage had drained into the catch basin and drained into the Willamette.

Because of increased bacteria in the water, the public should avoid contact with the river between the Burnside and Steel bridges until Thursday, April 3.

For more information contact Linc Mann, 503-823-5328.

The Bureau of Environmental Services works with Portland residents and businesses to protect water quality, public health, and the environment through wastewater collection and treatment, sewer construction and maintenance, stormwater management, and stream and watershed restoration.

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Combined sewer overflow to the Willamette River

Heavy rain on the afternoon of Friday, March 28, 2014 caused Portland’s combined sewer system to overflow to the Willamette River. The public should avoid contact with the river from the Milwaukie Boat Ramp (just south of the Sellwood Bridge) downstream to the Willamette’s confluence with the Columbia River near Kelley Point Park.

The combined sewer overflow (CSO) event began at about 5:20 p.m. on March 28. As a precaution, the public should avoid contact with river water until Sunday afternoon, March 30.

It is especially important to avoid recreational activities, such as jet skiing or swimming, during which water could be swallowed. CSOs are contaminated with bacteria from untreated sewage. Environmental Services recommends these precautions to protect public health.

People who fish for 48 hours after a CSO event should wash their hands following contact with river water. Those who choose to eat fish caught in the Willamette River for 48 hours after a CSO event should cook the fish thoroughly to kill bacteria.

Portland’s combined sewer system carries sewage and stormwater runoff in the same pipes. During very heavy rainstorms, the increased stormwater runoff can cause combined sewers to overflow into the Willamette River.

In December 2011, Portland completed a 20-year program to improve the sewer system and reduce Willamette River CSO events from an average of 50 per year to no more than four per winter and one every third summer.

The Bureau of Environmental Services provides city residents with programs to protect water quality and public health, including wastewater collection and treatment, sewer construction and maintenance, stormwater management, and stream and watershed restoration.

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Sewage release in Macleay Park near NW Thurman

City maintenance crews stopped a sewage release in Macleay Park near the NW Thurman Street bridge on Friday afternoon, March 28.

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Sewage was leaking from a damaged sewer pipe near the west end of the bridge and draining into a sewer catch basin near the Macleay Park entrance. Maintenance crews completed temporary repairs today to stop the release. The city will design a project to permanently repair the damaged sewer pipe.

Maintenance crews have cleaned up the spill but warning signs are posted at the site of the leak. The public should use caution entering Macleay Park and walking on the Lower Macleay Trail near the NW Thurman Street Bridge.

For more information contact Linc Mann, 503-823-5328.

The Bureau of Environmental Services works with Portland residents and businesses to protect water quality, public health, and the environment through wastewater collection and treatment, sewer construction and maintenance, stormwater management, and stream and watershed restoration.

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Sewer construction will delay N Killingsworth traffic

A sewer project that starts on Monday, March 24 will delay traffic on N Killingsworth Street between N Interstate and N Concord avenues during daytime construction hours. Killingsworth will be a one-way eastbound street between Interstate and Concord. The westbound traffic lane of Killingsworth will be closed at Interstate. Westbound traffic will detour around the construction area.

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Motorists and bicyclists should expect delays in the work zone on N Killingsworth during construction hours, 7:00 am. to 6:00 p.m. Monday through Saturday. The project will close the north and south side of Killingsworth Street at Concord to all traffic. This phase of the project will take one to two weeks to complete.

This work is part of the $6.5 million dollar Overlook Sewer Replacement Project to replace or repair about 17,000 feet of sewer pipes in poor condition.

The Bureau of Environmental Services provides city residents with Clean River programs including, water quality protection, wastewater collection and treatment, and sewer installation.

For more information contact Linc Mann, 503-823-5328,


Tryon Creek Wastewater Treatment Plant Facilities Plan Update

The citizen advisory committee (CAC) updating the Tryon Creek plant facilities plan has scheduled a meeting to finalize its recommendations. The public is invited to attend.

Tryon Creek CAC Meeting
Wednesday, April 9, 2014
4:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Portland Building, Pine Rooms, 10th floor
1120 SW 5th Avenue, Portland

After its next meeting, the CAC will hold a public open house to share its recommended facilities plan update and hear community feedback.

Facilities Plan Open House
Thursday, April 24
5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Oswego Pointe Condominiums, Riverside Room
5065 Foothills Drive, Lake Oswego

For more information contact Becky Tillson at 503-823-2827.


Sewage release to the Columbia Slough

City field crews noticed water leaking from a pipe under the Columbia Slough Trail footbridge into the Columbia Slough yesterday afternoon. City maintenance crews determined this morning that the leaking pipe was the 30-inch Inverness Force Main, a pressure sewer that carries wastewater pumped from east Portland.

The pipe was leaking intermittently each time the Inverness pump station was activated. The city took the 30-inch line out of service to stop the leak and is planning a repair project.

Maintenance crews posted sewage spill warning signs near the location of the spill. The Columbia Slough Trail footbridge crosses the slough just east of N Portland Road on the north side of the city’s Columbia Boulevard Wastewater Treatment Plant.

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The public should avoid contact with the slough in that area for the next 48 hours because of increased bacteria in the water.

For more information contact Linc Mann, 503-823-5328.

The Bureau of Environmental Services works with Portland residents and businesses to protect water quality, public health, and the environment through wastewater collection and treatment, sewer construction and maintenance, stormwater management, and stream and watershed restoration.

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Sewer construction starting Friday will delay N Greeley traffic

A sewer project that starts Friday, February 21 will delay traffic on N Greeley Avenue between N Jessup and N Holman during daytime construction hours. The project will also close the west side of Greeley at Ainsworth to all traffic. Vehicles using Ainsworth west of Greeley will detour around the construction area.

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Motorists and bicyclists should expect delays in the construction zone on N Greeley during construction hours, 7:00 am. to 6:00 p.m. Monday through Saturday. The west side of Greeley will be closed at Ainsworth all days and all hours until construction is finished. The project will take two to three weeks to complete.

This work is part of the $6.5 million dollar Overlook Sewer Replacement Project to replace or repair about 17,000 feet of sewer pipes in poor condition.

For more information contact Linc Mann, 503-823-5328.

The Bureau of Environmental Services provides city residents with Clean River programs including, water quality protection, wastewater collection and treatment, and sewer installation.

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Heavy rain but no sewage overflows or Johnson Creek flooding

More than three inches of rain have fallen in Portland since Friday, but it hasn’t been enough to cause overflows from Portland’s combined sewer system. Before the city completed the $1.4-billion combined sewer overflow (CSO) control program in November 2011, only one-tenth of an inch of rain in 24 hours caused a CSO. In those days, the recent rainfall would have filled combined sewers to capacity and millions of gallons of combined sewage to would have overflowed to the Willamette River.

Today, Portland’s east side and west side big pipes collect combined sewage that once overflowed during rain storms. The tunnel system filled to about half-full on Friday and Saturday and was 83% full on Monday.

“Portland’s ratepayers made a significant investment in the Big Pipe to keep sewage out of our river,” said Commissioner in charge Nick Fish. “The last few days of heavy rains tested our system, and I’m pleased that it worked exactly as it was designed to.”

Portland’s green stormwater management infrastructure works with the CSO control system by keeping stormwater runoff out of the combined sewers. Green infrastructure facilities, including green streets and ecoroofs, manage an estimated two-billion gallons of stormwater annually in neighborhoods with combined sewers.

The CSO control program included expanding treatment capacity at Portland’s Columbia Boulevard Wastewater Treatment Plant. The plant successfully treated recent high flows the heavy rains created, despite periods of wastewater entering the plant at a rate of 400 million gallons per day.

This kind of wet weather also once caused flooding along Johnson Creek about every other year. But the creek stayed within its banks during the recent heavy rains.

The city finished work on the Foster Floodplain Natural Area in 2013 along Foster Road between SE 104th and SE 111th avenues to add 120 acre-feet of flood storage. That’s enough to cover the 63-acre site with about two feet of water. The floodplain project reduces Johnson Creek flood frequency to about every six to eight years.

For more information contact Linc Mann, 503-823-5328.

The Bureau of Environmental Services provides city residents with Clean River programs including, water quality protection, wastewater collection and treatment, and sewer installation.

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Free public presentation on adapting to climate change

University of Virginia Professor Dr. Timothy Beatley will visit Portland on Tuesday, February 11 for a free, public presentation on community strategies for adapting to a changing climate. Beatley’s work focuses on creating sustainable communities and reducing urban ecological footprints.

  • Who: University of Virginia Sustainable Communities Professor, Dr. Timothy Beatley
    What: Free presentation, “The Promise of Nature in Cities,” on connecting with nature and adapting to climate change
    When: Tuesday, February 11, 2014, Noon – 1:00 p.m.
    Where: 1900 SW 4th Avenue, Room 2500 (2nd floor)

The public is invited to this free presentation sponsored by Environmental Services, the Bureau of Planning and Sustainability, Audubon Society of Portland, Friends of Trees, The Intertwine and Urban Greenspaces Institute.

For more information contact Linc Mann, 503-823-5328.

The Bureau of Environmental Services provides city residents with Clean River programs including, water quality protection, wastewater collection and treatment, and sewer installation.

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Ash Creek Sewage Leak

City maintenance crews are investigating a sewage leak into Ash Creek in southwest Portland near the intersection of SW Knightsbridge Drive and SW Orchid Drive.

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Maintenance crews repaired an exposed sewer pipe at this location to stop a previous sewage leak in December 2013. City field crews taking water samples this week found higher than normal bacteria levels in Ash Creek downstream from the pipe.

On Thursday, January 30, crews again temporarily repaired the pipe to stop the new leak. The city is designing a project to permanently repair the pipe. That work has not yet been scheduled.

Because of increased bacteria in the water, the public should avoid contact with Ash Creek in this area through Saturday, February 1.

For more information contact Linc Mann, 503-823-5328.

The Bureau of Environmental Services works with Portland residents and businesses to protect water quality, public health, and the environment through wastewater collection and treatment, sewer construction and maintenance, stormwater management, and stream and watershed restoration.

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Up to $10,000 available for community projects, pre-applications due February 14

Environmental Services is accepting proposals for community-based projects that will benefit neighborhoods and communities and improve watershed health in Portland. The Community Watershed Stewardship Program (CWSP) provides grants of up to $10,000. CWSP encourages applications for projects led by people of color, immigrants, elders, youth, people with disabilities, low-income residents and other underrepresented groups.

Last year, CWSP grants funded 12 community projects. Past projects improved neighborhood livability and developed community leadership by constructing rain gardens to manage stormwater runoff, restoring native plants to improve wildlife habitat, and cleaning up and restoring natural areas.

“Through environmental education and the practical implementation of green solutions to manage stormwater, Community Watershed Stewardship grants have inspired groups to action across the city,” said City Commissioner Nick Fish. “The impact of these grants is multiplied many times over by the sweat equity of volunteers who take personal ownership of their neighborhood projects.”

This year, applicants will propose projects by submitting a one-page pre-application form. The pre-application deadline is 4:00 p.m. Friday, February 14. Staff will review the project proposals and invite selected applicants to submit a full application form.

Program information and application forms are available at www.portlandoregon.gov/bes/stewardship. For help developing project ideas and putting together an application, contact Rosa Lehman at 503-823-7917.

2014 Grant Workshops

Environmental Services has scheduled three grant workshops to answer questions and help with applications:

  1. Saturday, January 18
    2:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.
    Holgate Library,7905 SE Holgate Boulevard
  2. Thursday, January 23
    7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
    East Portland Community Center, 740 SE 106th
  3. Monday, January 27
    6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
    Kenton Library, 8226 N Denver

For more information contact Linc Mann, 503-823-5328.

The Bureau of Environmental Services provides city residents with Clean River programs including, water quality protection, wastewater collection and treatment, and sewer installation.

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New Portland stormwater manual in effect

The City of Portland has adopted an updated version of its Stormwater Management Manual (SWMM). The manual details stormwater management requirements for all Portland development, redevelopment, and improvement projects on private and public property and in the public right-of-way. The revised manual is consistent with current regulatory requirements and policies.

The City of Portland requires development and improvement projects to manage stormwater runoff on-site. The manual shows developers and property owners a variety of methods to reduce the impact of stormwater runoff on sewer systems, groundwater, rivers and streams. Examples of approved stormwater management facilities include landscaped swales, stormwater planters, vegetative filters, and landscape or underground infiltration.

The city adopted the original Stormwater Management Manual in 1999 to reduce stormwater impacts and guide stormwater management at development and redevelopment sites. The city issued revised versions in 2002, 2004 and 2008.

Project designers have the option of using the 2008 Stormwater Management Manual or the 2014 manual until April. After April 2, 2014, designers must use the 2014 manual.

The 2014 manual, and the 2008 version, are available for download at www.portlandoregon.gov/bes/SWMM. Free compact disc versions are available at the Development Services Center,1900 SW 4th Avenue in Portland or by calling 503-823-7103.

For more information contact Linc Mann, 503-823-5328.

The Bureau of Environmental Services provides city residents with Clean River programs including, water quality protection, wastewater collection and treatment, and sewer installation.

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