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NE Monroe and Rodney Green Street Project: Construction is Complete

NE Monroe and Rodney Green Street Project: Construction is Complete

Construction is complete, the plants will be planted this fall, and the new green street facility at NE Monroe and Rodney is just about ready to start capturing and treating stormwater every time it rains. We thought you would enjoy knowing a few things about this new neighbor.

WHAT IS A GREEN STREET?

Green streets are small rain gardens that collect stormwater runoff from streets, slow its flow and allow water to soak into the ground as soil and vegetation filter pollutants. Green streets keep stormwater out of the sewer system and local streams, replenish groundwater supplies, and create urban green spaces. Green streets are a cost effective way to manage stormwater.

TAKING CARE OF GREEN STREETS

Green streets are part of Portland’s sewer and stormwater system, and are designed to manage stormwater with minimal maintenance. The city is responsible for maintenance, and also welcomes help from neighbors. If you would like to become a Green Street Steward and adopt a green street, visit portlandoregon.gov/bes/greenstreetstewards or call 503-823-7740.

As a Green Street Steward, you can help keep green streets working well and looking good between city maintenance visits. You can remove trash, leaf litter and debris from the curb openings so stormwater can enter the green street, and water green street plants moderately during extended dry periods.

HOW TO BE A GOOD GREEN STREET NEIGHBOR

DO limit or eliminate use of fertilizers and pesticides in your yard. Garden chemicals washed away by stormwater can pollute ground and surface water.

DO call 503-823-1424 if you have green street maintenance concerns.

DO remove trash or debris from curb openings where water enters and exits the facility.

DO let us know if there seems to be a problem with the green street. See the contact numbers below.

DO NOT dump grass clippings or yard debris in a green street.

DO NOT use green streets for storage or parking.

DO NOT allow children or dogs to play in green streets. Even little feet can damage plants and compact soil. Bacteria in dog feces can be a health hazard to everyone.

DO NOT move or remove rock in the green streets. The rocks are there for erosion control.

WHERE TO REPORT PROBLEMS

  • Maintenance Concerns : 503-823-1424* or besstormwaterom@portlandoregon.gov
  • Problems that threaten public safety or property, or evidence of a substance spill: 503-823-1700*

(* 24 hour phone line)

FOR MORE INFORMATION

For more information, please contact Becky Tillson at 503-823-2827 or rebecca.tillson@portlandoregon.gov, or go to www.portlandoregon.gov/GreenStreets

Thank you for your cooperation during this important green street project.

Sincerely,

Becky

Becky Tillson

Community Outreach and Information

City of Portland Environmental Services

1120 SW 5th Ave, Room 1000, Portland, Oregon 97204

Phone: 503-823-2827 l Cell Phone: 503-823-6615

Email: Rebecca.Tillson@portlandoregon.gov

Working for clean rivers

The Bureau of Environmental Services works with Portland residents and businesses to protect water quality, public health, and the environment through wastewater collection and treatment, sewer construction and maintenance, stormwater management, and stream and watershed restoration. Learn more at www.portlandoregon.gov/bes.