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Take a Ride with the Stormwater Cycling Tour

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Interested riders should meet at Universal Cycles, SE Ankeny and 22nd Avenue, at 9:45 AM

This Saturday (tomorrow), join staff from Portland’s Bureau of Transportation and Bureau of Environmental Services for a tour of green streets and other innovative stormwater designs that help protect our watersheds and enhance the beauty and safety of our streets for folks on foot or bike.

Great for folks new to the bike or new to the area, the ride will be an easy-paced loop, with stops along the way and returning to the start location.  The route will occur on low-traffic streets and neighborhood greenways, with some off-street paths.  A few sections will be on streets with bike lanes.  The ride is free, but helmets are required.  Kids under 16 welcome if accompanied by an adult.

The ride is part of the Portland By Cycle series of rides and classes. Click here to see the full schedule. Find your way to the ride by bike or transit with Trimet's multi-modal trip planner.

Stormwater Cycling Tour

Saturday, November 21, 10:00 AM (meet at 9:45 AM)

Meeting location: Universal Cycles, SE Ankeny St & 22nd Ave

Over one-third of Portland’s 2,500 miles of sewer pipes are more than 80 years old.  Portland combines sewer improvements that replace or repair Portland’s aging sewer pipes with 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.  

Saturday’s Rainstorm – Captured!


Terraced Rain Gardens do their job to protect Tryon Creek

native plants help soak up the rainPortland’s Halloween revelers may have gotten soaked in the heavy rainstorm that day, but there is good environmental news to report. 

In the past, a rainstorm like we had last Saturday would have brought large volumes of stormwater, oil, and grease from I-5 and other roads and washed it directly into Tryon Creek.  But this time, a large amount of runoff from the rainstorm was captured, slowed and filtered by the terraced raingarden project built by Environmental Services and the Oregon Department of Transportation. 

One of BES’s landscape architects who worked on the project bravely ventured out in Saturday’s rain to see how the facility was performing and shared these photos:

terraced rain gardens fill with water



Learn more about the project and see the construction photos in our Before and After blog post.


slowing stormwater to filter pollutants
Check out the Tryon Creek Watershed Report Card to learn more about water quality and stormwater issues in Tryon Creek. Watershed Report Cards icon



Spirit of Portland Recognizes the Community Watershed Stewardship Program

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Jennifer Devlin, coordinator of the program since 2002, will receive the Spirit of Portland's award for Equity in Practice

Congratulations to Jennifer Devlin, who has coordinated the bureau's Community Watershed Stewardship Program (CWSP) since 2002. The city announced last month that Jennifer is the winner of one of this year's Spirit of Portland Awards. She will receive an Equity in Practice award at a ceremony on Tuesday, November 17 in the City Council chamber from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

 ivy removal team
Jennifer Devlin (taking a knee) with other English ivy fighters

Members of the community nominate individuals and groups for Spirit of Portland Awards and a city selection committee chooses the winners. Representatives from the Commissioners’ offices, the Office of Neighborhood Involvement, neighborhood associations, and other community organizations make up the selection committee. The committee chooses award recipients based on what they have done to improve the community and whose work makes a lasting impact.

CWSP accepting award from President Carter 
Jennifer (on left) accepting the first Carter Foundation Award for campus-community collaboration

In 1994, Environmental Services began offering grants to community groups and individuals to support projects that promoted watershed health. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency requires cities to develop stormwater management plans that include public information, involvement and participation. Through CWSP, the city has invested more than $1 million dollars in stewardship grants and involved more than 40,000 community volunteers and students in projects to protect the environment and our natural resources.

The Spirit of Portland Award application says the Equity in Practice Award that Jennifer won "Recognizes groups or individuals demonstrating responsiveness, creativity and civic values while assisting in the implementation of exceptional projects focused on cross-cultural collaboration and the engagement of historically underrepresented communities." CWSP grants benefit watershed health, create community partnerships and advance Portland's equity goals by involving underrepresented communities.

A fishy day in the field

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Environmental Services continues to assist US Fish and Wildlife Service with fish monitoring in Tryon Creek

In late September, Environmental Services staff joined US Fish and Wildlife Service biologists to survey fish in Tryon Creek. Here’s Amber Ayers from our watershed team measuring a resident cutthroat trout before releasing it back to the creek.

BES and USFW Staff surveying fish

The survey counted many juvenile and adult cutthroat trout and hundreds of sculpin, plus crawdads and a fathead minnow. 

monitoring fish in Tryon Creek Tryon CreekThis survey was along the section of creek from High Bridge in Tryon Creek State Natural Area to Boones Ferry Road, and is part of ongoing fish survey work in Tryon Creek. Monitoring the presence and abundance of fish helps us determine the effectiveness of habitat restoration and water quality improvements by the city and other organizations. 

Stormwater runoff and fish-blocking culverts are some of the things that harm native fish populations in Tryon Creek. Learn more in the Tryon Creek Watershed Report Card.

Take part in No Ivy Day: Saturday, October 24th

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volunteers chopping ivy

Join your friends and neighbors in a community-wide blitz against ivy!

Invasive ivy threatens our majestic trees, creates wildfire hazards in our neighborhoods and causes problems for water quality in our streams. 

On Saturday, October 24th, you can help.  Ivy removal work parties are happening at many sites around town (see this map).  Check out the No Ivy League’s NID2015 for more information about the schedule, sites and how to volunteer.

Learn more about ivy on our Alien Invaders blog post and on the No Ivy League website.

ivy infestation in Forest Park

(top photo courtesy of Portland Parks & Recreation)