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SE Ivon – Madison Green Street Project: Construction is Complete

SE Ivon – Madison Green Street Project: Construction is Complete

May 6, 2014

PROJECT BACKGROUND

Environmental Services has constructed 13 new green street planters near SE 41st and Ivon and SE 58th and Madison to remove stormwater from the public sewer system. We also refurbished two existing green street planters on SE 29th between SE Grant and Harrison. Maps of the facility locations can be found on the project website. You may see crews doing some final clean-up and minor tasks in the coming weeks. The plants will be installed in the new planters this spring.

CONGRATULATIONS ON YOUR NEW GREEN STREET

Construction is complete, the plants will be planted this spring, and the new green street facilities in your neighborhood are 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.

Green streets are planters that collect stormwater runoff from streets and allow water to soak into the ground as soil and plants filter pollutants. Green streets keep stormwater out of the sewer system, replenish groundwater supplies and add green space to neighborhoods, and reduce the possibility of basement backups into homes and businesses and sewage overflows onto streets. Environmental Services builds green streets throughout the city.

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 welcomes help from neighbors. If you would like to become a Green Street Steward and adopt a green street, please visit www.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 rocks 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)

TABOR TO THE RIVER PROGRAM

This project is part of the Tabor to the River Program, which combines innovative stormwater management techniques with sewer repairs and improvements to stop basement flooding, manage stormwater more naturally, and to restore watershed health. The program area extends from Mt. Tabor to the Willamette River between SE Hawthorne and SE Powell boulevards. More information about this program is available at portlandoregon.gov/bes/tabortoriver.

For more information and project updates, please visit the project website at portlandoregon.gov/bes/ivonmadison. You can also contact Becky Tillson at 503-823-2827 or Rebecca.Tillson@portlandoregon.gov.

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.