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Meet Mike Pederson

Mike Pederson, a Utility Worker II, has been with the Portland Water Bureau for eight years.  After a rigorous two year apprenticeship program, he was certified. A father of two and an avid outdoorsman, Mike felt that the Water Bureau would afford him the opportunity to work reasonable hours while having the chance to work outdoors.  Once on the job he found his job to be very exhilarating.  He was able to deal with new issues every day and was glad to always be on his feet.  Though the number of tasks he performs each day might intimidate some people, Mike sees every job as an opportunity to learn. 

Mike enjoys his co-workers and appreciates that the Water Bureau trusts him to work independently.  Because of this trust, Mike works hard for the city in return.  People trust him to enter their homes when they report a leak, and he enjoys having the opportunity to help them. 

When asked what the biggest misconception is about his job, Mike explained that many people assume that because he is a city worker he must not work very hard, which is not true. He says that some people believe that Water Bureau employees should constantly be on the streets repairing something, and that when they are not on the streets they must not be working. However he and his co-workers spend a lot of time preparing and planning for projects.  “If we just went straight out in the field without preparation we would not be doing our job right and there would be consequences that no one would want to face.”

-Abby Wynne

Cleaning Up Storm Debris

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Cleaning Up Storm Debris


The Sandy River Station crew members began working to remove debris from the upper log boom in Reservoir 1 this week. The debris washed down during the same January storm that forced us to shut off the Bull Run conduits due to turbidity. The debris must be removed from the reservoir prior to summer draw down.


Keith Wiebold is operating the boat, Fred Willey is operating the dump truck, Chad Hall is operating the chainsaw, and Marty Fairbrother is operating the excavator.

-Tim Grandle

Construction at the intersection of Bull Run Rd. and Waterworks Rd. to begin

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The next phase to improve the main Bull Run watershed road, FS Rd. 10, will begin the week of March 28, 2011. The project site is located off of Ten Eyck Rd. a few miles northeast of Sandy, at the intersection of Bull Run Rd. & Waterworks Rd. The total project duration will be approximately six weeks. Construction will take place Monday through Friday, from 7:00 AM to 6:00 PM.

Signs will be posted warning of construction activities ahead going both directions on Bull Run Rd. There will also be signs indicating a road closure, and that road closure notice pertains to Waterworks Rd., not Bull Run Rd. There will be flaggers controlling traffic at the intersection of Bull Run Rd. and Waterworks Rd. from time to time to safely move trucks in and out of the construction site.

The contractor will begin with the widening work, which should last several weeks. During this time, dump truck traffic will increase.  Residents in the area are asked to do what they can to reduce the traffic pressure in the area. Drivers should be extra alert as they approach a large truck, and allow trucks adequate space to maneuver. Please contact Terry Black of the Portland Water Bureau for more information at (503) 823-1168.