The City of Portland has a unique role in Portland Harbor. The city is a steward of this important community resource, a regulator and a potentially responsible party. Cleanup decisions must be cost-effective and based on sound science that result in protection of human health and the environment. The cleanup must also take into account the economic importance of a working harbor.
The city may ultimately be liable for some of the cleanup and restoration of Portland Harbor. That's primarily because of the potential of the city stormwater system to carry contamination from upland areas to the river. The city also once owned former industrial properties within the harbor.
The Portland City Council has directed the Bureau of Environmental Services to be the lead agency representing the city in the Portland Harbor cleanup.