The city constructed the Triangle Lake Lagoon just north of the Columbia Boulevard Wastewater Treatment Plant in 1970 to store and treat solids produced during the wastewater treatment process. Environmental Services is working on a long-term lagoon reconstruction project.
The work includes dewatering parts of the lagoon, removing solids, and reconstructing and lining the lagoon system. To maintain daily plant operations, Environmental Services is completing the project in phases over several years.
Environmental Services began depositing dried solids in the south section in summer 2013 and will continue depositing dried solids in that section for several years while work continues on the lagoon’s north section.
Columbia Slough Trail Closures
This project requires trucks to use the Columbia Slough Trail to enter and exit the work site intermittently during the summer between N Portland road and the Columbia Slough Bridge (see map below). When traffic is expected to be heavy, the trail will close during the day for safety. The city posts signs and maintains a recorded hotline (503-823-1993) to advise trail users of periodic closures during the lagoon reconstruction project.
Odor Advisory and Reporting
During construction, the contractor dewaters portions of the lagoon to allow solids at the bottom to dry before removal. There may be a slight increase in odor during drying and solids removal. The contractor uses special equipment and techniques to minimize odors during construction. Neighbors can subscribe to the Plant’s Odor Notification System to receive notice when maintenance and construction projects will result in odors beyond treatment plant boundaries. Go to www.portlandonline.com/bes/odors to sign up for odor notifications, or to report an odor online.
For More Information
Contact Joe Annett at 503-823-2934 or call the Lagoon hotline at 503-823-1993.