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Sewage release to the Willamette River south of downtown Portland

Sewage Release Advisory

March 5, 2016

A faulty valve on a sewer pipe released an estimated 600 gallons of sewage last night near the intersection of SW Carey Lane and SW Riverside Drive. Sewage flowed onto a grassy area and some of it reached a catch basin that drains to the Willamette River.

It’s likely that some sewage drained into the Willamette River through a stormwater outfall pipe on the west bank of the river a little over one mile south of the Sellwood Bridge.

Maintenance crews verified the release late yesterday afternoon and stopped it at about 7:00 p.m. yesterday. As a precaution, people should avoid contact with the river in that area through Sunday afternoon because of the possibility of increased bacteria in the water.

For more information contact Linc Mann, 503-823-5328.

The Bureau of Environmental Services provides city residents with programs to protect water quality and public health, including wastewater collection and treatment, sewer construction and maintenance, stormwater management, and stream and watershed restoration.