Welcome to Portland's Water Pollution Control Laboratory
6543 N Burlington Avenue
Portland, OR 97203
A Community Focal Point
The City of Portland opened its 39-thousand square foot Water Pollution Control Laboratory in 1997, and the building is now a landmark in the St. Johns neighborhood. Its lines and colors complement the arches of the nearby St. Johns Bridge. Lab staff and community groups use the building’s spacious, multipurpose conference rooms.
The facility is a model for sustainable development. It conserves energy with self-dimming fluorescent lights, motion sensitive light switches, and windows that open. The swales, planters and water garden surrounding the building treat stormwater runoff from its roof and parking lot, and from 50 acres of nearby streets and neighborhoods. Pedestrians can stroll past the Lab, and artist Don Merkt’s “Raindrop” sculpture, on a section of the Willamette Greenway Trail that connects the Lab grounds with neighboring Cathedral Park.
The Portland Bureau of Environmental Services Pollution Prevention Services group works at the Water Pollution Control Laboratory. The group is divided into three divisions.