photo courtesy of Surfrider Foundation, Portland Chapter
The Surfrider Foundation has stepped up with the Green Street Stewards. We learned from the Surfrider website that nine volunteers turned out to help this week, collecting 3 buckets of debris from 15 bioswales in Northeast Portland. Folks interested in volunteering with next month's event can contact Surfrider Portland's Volunteer Coordinator Gregg by clicking here.
Since 2003, over 1,200 green street facilities have been constructed, and more are getting built every year. Green streets increase sewer system efficiency and protect water quality by keeping stormwater out of the sewer system, filtering pollutants, providing habitat and increasing neighborhood green space. The City is responsible for looking after green streets as they are an important part of the stormwater collection system. Some members of the community asked if they could get involved with the green streets, and since then nearly 70 volunteers and businesses have signed up to help with over 100 facilities in their neigborhoods. For more information on the City of Portland’s Green Streets Program, click here.