• Lane closure on SE 122nd Avenue at SE Ramona

    Traffic Advisory

    January 29, 2015

    Stormwater sump testing will close one traffic lane on SE 122nd Avenue tomorrow (Friday, January 30) at SE Ramona Street. The lane will close from 9:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. Motorists and bicyclists should expect delays during work hours.

    The work is part of an Environmental Services project to modify more than 30 sumps in several Portland neighborhoods to comply with state regulations. Construction in all neighborhoods will be complete by this May.

    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 122nd Avenue

    Traffic Advisory

    January 28, 2015

    Stormwater sump testing will close one traffic lane on SE 122nd Avenue tomorrow (Thursday, January 29) at SE Ellis Street and SE Reedway. The lanes will close from 9:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. Motorists and bicyclists should expect delays during work hours.

    The work is part of an Environmental Services project to modify more than 30 sumps in several Portland neighborhoods to comply with state regulations. Construction in all neighborhoods will be complete by this May.

    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 closures start this week on Interstate 5 northbound

    Traffic Advisory

    January 22, 2015

    Work on a stormwater management project will close one northbound traffic lane and the right shoulder on Interstate 5 beginning tonight. The work area is about one half mile north of Exit 295, the Capitol Highway/Taylors Ferry Road exit.

    https://goo.gl/maps/HJwYx

    Construction will close the lane and shoulder and for up to 40 nights over the next eight weeks. Overnight construction hours are Monday through Friday from 8:00 p.m. to 5:30 a.m. The contractor may also work in the same area on Sundays from 9:30 a.m. until 7:30 p.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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    Heavy rain causes sewer overflow to the Willamette River

    CSO Advisory

    January 17, 2015

    Heavy rain on Saturday, January 17, 2015 caused Portland’s combined sewer system to overflow to the Willamette River. The public should avoid contact with the river from the Sellwood 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.

    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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    Sewer construction starts Wednesday on SE Cesar Chavez at SE Ivon

    Traffic Advisory

    January 13, 2015

    Beginning Wednesday, January 14, daytime sewer construction will delay traffic on SE Cesar Chavez Boulevard at SE Ivon Street for about three days.

    https://goo.gl/maps/mA3En

    Motorists and bicyclists should expect delays in the construction zone during work hours from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. All lanes will re-open to traffic after construction hours.

    The work is part of the Clinton Green Street and Sewer Replacement Project to replace aging sewer pipes and construct green street planters to manage stormwater runoff.

    For more information contact Cheryl Kuck, 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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    Innovative Wet Weather Program video profiles creative green infrastructure projects

    News Release

    January 8, 2015

    A U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Innovative Wet Weather grant program has funded 37 public and private projects throughout Portland that demonstrate how different kinds of green infrastructure can effectively manage stormwater. Environmental Services has produced a video (http://vimeo/portlandbes/iwwp) that profiles some of the innovations the program funded.

    Green infrastructure uses vegetation to slow, retain and filter stormwater. Between 2002 and 2014, $3.4 million in EPA grants funded projects that demonstrate sustainable, low-impact stormwater management solutions. The program funded a variety of green infrastructure projects including green street planters, rain gardens, vegetated swales, pervious pavement and ecoroofs.

    Managing urban stormwater runoff with green infrastructure protects rivers and streams, replenishes groundwater, and contributes to healthy watersheds. Green infrastructure can also make sewer and stormwater pipe infrastructure work more efficiently and reduce the need for more expensive pipe solutions.

    In addition to managing stormwater, the green infrastructure projects the EPA grants supported have many other benefits including calming traffic, providing bicycle parking space, and enhancing neighborhood livability.

    Projects the Innovative Wet Weather Program grant supported include:

    Mississippi Commons Stormwater Planter
    The Mississippi Commons development installed a stormwater planter in 2004 when sustainable stormwater management and green infrastructure were new concepts for site development. The project introduced several innovative and artistic stormwater management approaches. The stormwater planter integrated into the design of the commercial space manages 340,000 gallons of roof runoff annually.

    SE Clay Green Street – Route to the River
    The city worked with the community on the SE Clay Green Street Project from the Willamette River to SE 12th Avenue. The project gives inner east side Portland residents improved and safer connections to the Willamette River and an urban greenway through the Central Eastside Industrial District. The green street planters remove about two million gallons of stormwater runoff annually from Portland's combined sewer system. The project also maintains freight and business activities, enhances pedestrian and bicycle access to the Willamette River, and improves watershed health.

    Stormwater Education Plaza
    Environmental Services worked with Portland Community College (PCC) to combine green stormwater management with an interpretive exhibit and public art in the Central Eastside Industrial District. The rain garden at PCC’s CLIMB Center for Advancement manages stormwater from the roof and adjacent street and a green roof on the interpretive kiosk absorbs rain to reduce runoff. This project manages over 120,000 gallons of stormwater annually.

    Stormwater Bike Corral
    Rain from this sculpture and covered bike corral at NE Dekum and Durham drains to a green street planter that manages 65,000 gallons of stormwater annually from streets and an adjacent building. Artists Peg Butler and Buster Simpson used oil industry imagery in the project design because the facility replaced vehicle parking with bike parking and vegetation. Ecoroof planters are halved oil barrels with iridescent surfaces that change hues much like oil sheens.

    More information about the Innovative Wet Weather Program is available at https://www.portlandoregon.gov/bes/35941.

    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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