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Fanno Creek Outfall Project Update

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Improving our stormwater system to protect the stream.

construction crew replacing pipeConstruction is nearly complete on a project in southwest Portland to replace a deteriorating stormwater pipe.  This project will help improve water quality in Fanno Creek.

The pipe carries stormwater runoff from streets and other hard surfaces in parts of Hillsdale, and drains into Fanno Creek.  Stormwater runoff carries dirt, oil, and other urban pollutants that can impact water quality in rivers and streams.  Portions of the old 12-inch wide, 130-foot long pipe were badly corroded and failing. 

The project began construction this summer and is expected to be complete later in September.  Crews have finished installing the new pipe across Beaverton-Hillsdale Highway and repairing the outfall in Fanno Creek.  The project includes a new retaining wall on SW 21st between the highway and SW Carolina, and a pedestrian walkway.  A section of pavement will be removed to create a swale with plants to help capture stormwater pollutants.  

Crews have also stabilized the slope down into the creek and will be applying grass seed soon.  Re-vegetation staff are currently working to remove invasive species, and will be planting native plants on about one acre around the work areas this winter and next winter.

For more information visit our project website

Learn more about the Fanno Creek Watershed here, and at the Southwest Watershed Resource Center.

 

Portland’s new Comprehensive Plan: Proposed draft is available for public review

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There are several ways you can learn more and comment on the plan.

cover graphic from Comprehensive Plan draftThe Comprehensive Plan is Portland’s 20-year plan for handling growth, guiding development and providing infrastructure, such as streets, sewers and water. The State of Oregon requires that all cities in Oregon have a comprehensive plan. Since Portland’s Comprehensive Plan was first adopted in 1980, a lot has changed in our community, so it was time for an overhaul.

The Proposed Draft of the new plan is now available for public review and comment. The Bureau of Planning and Sustainability led technical work and collected community input over the last two years to create the plan. Environmental Services and other bureaus were part of that effort. The final plan will be adopted by City Council next year.

The proposed Comprehensive Plan builds on many other plans, including visionPDX, the Portland Plan, Climate Action Plan, and Portland Watershed Management Plan. It sets the stage for a healthy, prosperous, resilient city. There are four main parts:

  • Goals and Policies
  • The Comprehensive Plan Map, which serves as the basis for current and future zoning
  • A list of significant projects needed to support future growth
  • Portions of the Transportation System Plan (TSP)

There is also a supporting Citywide Systems Plan that details planned infrastructure investments, including sewer and stormwater projects.

Learn more about the Comprehensive Plan from the comfort of your couch through these helpful storyboards and videos.

green street facility Some of the new policies that reflect a shift in thinking since 1980 are about:

  • Considering the impacts of development on drainage and water quality
  • Managing stormwater based on the conditions in different parts of town
  • Restoring our rivers, streams and overall watershed health
  • Preparing for climate change
  • Using green infrastructure to keep our water and air clean
  • Cleaning up brownfields and using that land for new jobs

 

HOW PORTLANDERS CAN GET INVOLVED:

  • View changes and comment from your kitchen table with online Map App
  • Testify in person at one of these public hearings at the City’s Planning and Sustainability Commission:

September 23, 2014 at 5 p.m.
(Focus on Goals and Policies)
1900 SW 4th Avenue, Room 2500A

October 14, 2014 at 5 p.m.
(Focus on Maps)
Community location TBD, see www.portlandoregon.gov/bps/pdxcompplan

October 28, 2014 at 5 p.m.
(Focus on Maps)
Community location TBD, see www.portlandoregon.gov/bps/pdxcompplan

November 4, 2014 at 4 p.m.
(Focus on Citywide Systems Plan and
Transportation System Plan)
1900 SW 4th Avenue, Room 2500A

 

 

Take a Walking Tour of the SE Clay Green Street

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Join BES staff and artist Linda Wysong on Saturday, September 27th and 11:00 a.m.

Stormwater runoff can impact water quality in rivers and streams. Portland uses green streets, ecoroofs, trees and other green infrastructure to increase sewer system efficiency, and protect water quality, public health, and the environment. Green infrastructure keeps stormwater out of the sewer system, filters pollutants, provides habitat and increases neighborhood green space for healthier watersheds.

Earlier this year, Environmental Services completed the SE Clay Green Street Project which added green street planters, street trees, safer pedestrian crossings, and bicycle striping in the street to create an urban greenway connecting business districts, neighborhoods and parks. SE Clay is a primary route to the river and the project provides improved, safer connections to the Willamette River that inner east side residents have long desired.

Please join us on a tour of the SE Clay Green Street Project on Saturday, September 27 starting at 11:00 a.m. The tour will meet at SE 12th Avenue and SE Clay Street. Attendees will meet artist Linda Wysong and join members of the Environmental Services project team in a walk from SE 12th Avenue and Clay Street to the Willamette River. Along the way, you'll learn about some of the key improvements to the area.

No RSVP is required. For more information, please contact:

Debbie Caselton

Community Outreach

City of Portland Environmental Services

Debbie.Caselton@portlandoregon.gov or 503-823-2831

 

Environmental Services is hosting two FREE workshops in October, and you’re invited!

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Sign up for naturescaping and rain garden 101 workshops taking place in October

Every year, the staff at East Multnomah County Soil and Water Conservation District (EMSWCD) provide FREE naturescaping and rain garden classes across Portland. From the EMSWCD website:

Perfect for all levels of do-it-yourselfers, our FREE workshops highlight landscaping with native plants, water conservation, creative stormwater solutions and chemical-free gardening techniques that are good for people, water and wildlife. Most include a field trip to a neighborhood project or garden to see these principals in action.

This year Environmental Services is hosting two of these workshops in areas where private property stormwater facilities would be most helpful to current sewer rehabilitation projects.

Naturescaping Basics

Date: Sun, Oct. 12
Time: 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Location: Southeast Uplift
Address: 3534 SE Main, Portland, 97214

Learn to Naturescape! Naturescaping is the practice of designing (or redesigning) your landscape so that it reduces water use and decreases stormwater runoff while saving you time, money and energy. This introductory workshop introduces the core concepts of naturescaping, and also explores:

  • pollution prevention through the reduction/elimination of chemical use
  • how native plants naturally resist pests & tolerate drought conditions while attracting native birds, butterflies and other beneficial pollinators to your garden
  • basic site planning principals, and many other great natural gardening & design tips

Even if you decide to enlist the help of a contractor, you’ll have the framework to make decisions and effectively communicate the vision you have for your yard. Class will visit a nearby naturescaped project to see design principles in action. You’ll receive a comprehensive workbook and even a free native plant to help you get started. RSVP for this event!

 

Rain Gardens 101

Date: Sat, Oct. 25
Time: 9:00 am - 1:00 pm
Location: Southeast Uplift
Address: 3534 SE Main, Portland, 97214

Learn how to build your own rain garden! We’ll explore the critical role rain gardens can play in urban stream restoration, and how they add beautiful landscaping to your yard at the same time.

You will learn how to assess your site to determine the best location and size, calculate impervious surfaces, determine soil suitability, choose appropriate plants, and how to maintain your new rain garden. You will also receive a comprehensive manual that guides you through all the steps in constructing your rain garden. Where possible, workshop includes a short tour of a nearby rain garden. RSVP for this event!

Johnson Creek’s “Classy, Not Trashy” clean up a big success

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Trash removal complements restoration efforts for a healthier stream.

volunteers remove tires  cleaning up the creek

The Johnson Creek Watershed Council’s 8th annual creek clean-up was a resounding success. On August 23rd, about 140 volunteers removed trash from 18 locations in and near Johnson Creek. In all, they collected over 3 tons of trash (wow!), and recycled 30 bags of material and 20 tires.

The event was supported in part through a grant by Environmental Service’s Community Watershed Stewardship Program. Green Lents led the event on behalf of the watershed council. Other partners included Clackamas County Water Environment Services, Metro, North Clackamas Parks and Recreation, Overland Park Coalition, and Portland Parks and Recreation.

For more information about how to volunteer for future Johnson Creek Watershed Council events contact Amy Lodholz at 503-652-7477 or amy@jcwc.org.