GENERAL INFORMATION: 503-823-7404
1120 SW Fifth Ave, Suite 600, Portland, OR 97204
What's the average rainfall in up in the Bull Run watershed in February? We asked Doug Bloem, who tracks this and a lot of other information up in the watershed. Here's what he had to say:
It depends on where in Bull Run you measure the precipitation.
At Headworks (750' elevation) we have records going back to 1899. Average February precipitation for 1899-2011 is 8.4". In February 2011, we had 8.8", about 30% (2.6") of which fell on the last day of the month (yesterday).
At the South Fork SNOTEL* site (2690' elevation), average February precipitation is 11.4" for the period 1998 - 2010. I can't give you a total for February 2011 because they've had some electronic glitches the last few days, so we don’t have a full month's total. They measured 14.3" total through the 25th, but the other two SNOTEL sites had over 4" the last three days of February, so the South Fork total for February is probably something like 18"-19".
At the North Fork SNOTEL (3060' elevation), average February precipitation is 15.3" for the period 1980 - 2011. We had 16.9" in February 2011.
At the Blazed Alder SNOTEL (3650' elevation), average February precipitation is 13.4" for the period 1981 - 2011. We had 15.0" in February 2011.
You may have noticed that North Fork has a higher average than Blazed Alder, even though Blazed Alder is higher elevation. North Fork is typically the wettest precipitation measuring site in Bull Run because of its proximity to the Gorge, where the storms come in at essentially sea level and then are forced up to elevations well over 3000'. By the time the clouds get to Blazed Alder, they've already had some of the moisture wrung out of them.
SNOTEL: The Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) of the United States Department of Agriculture operates snow telemetry (SNOTEL) stations at three places in the Bull Run watershed to help predict how much water will be available from melting snow. Snow depths and density vary with time and location.
Blazed Alder SNOTEL site.
The Portland Water Bureau and Portland Parks & Recreation will hold an open house for the public to view exterior design and landscaping plans for the Water Bureau's new drinking water pump station to be built in Willamette Park in Southwest Portland.
The event will be held on Saturday, March 19th, from 10 am to 2 pm at the Portland French School, 6318 SW Corbett Avenue, in Southwest Portland. The public is invited to drop-in anytime during these hours.
In 2009, staff from Portland Parks & Recreation and the Water Bureau sought the opinions of area neighborhood associations, businesses, park users and the public about siting options for rebuilding the city's 99-year old Fulton Pump Station, located in a residential area on SW Nevada Street, between Macadam Avenue and Virginia Avenue. Participants supported siting the new facility in nearby Willamette Park.
In January, a Project Advisory Committee (PAC) was established to ensure the building will complement the park. PAC members met with project architects and City staff to discuss the exterior of the facility and choose design elements. The building will also house a new larger public restroom and park equipment storage area.
For more information: contact Tim Hall, Water Bureau Public Outreach, at 503-823-6926 or Tim.Hall@portlandoregon.gov.
When the water from your faucet is brown this indicates a disturbance in the water main. Since Portland is an unfiltered water system, there is a fine layer of sediment on the bottom of the water mains that can be stirred up. Hydraulic disturbances caused by hydrant use, valve turning, main breaks or adjacent construction can stir up these sediments and cause the water to be brown. Usually the water will clear on its own within a few hours.
If your water is brown:
This rare three-bowl bubbler is named after Nellie Robinson, the benefactor who, like Simon Benson, left her gift to the people of Portland so they might always have a sip of clean, safe drinking water.
This is the ONLY three-bowl bubbler in Portland. Can you guess where it is located?
How long have you been at the Water Bureau? Four years.
Where do you live and how long is your commute? I live in Milwaukie. My commute is a 10-mile bike ride.
What's for lunch today? Peanut butter, bacon, and lettuce sandwich.
If you could be a superhero, what would you want your superpower to be? Teleporting. I'd love to instantaneously be able to go any place at any time!
What motivates you to go to work each day? A hot shower, clean water for brushing my teeth, flushing toilets, and cold tap water for quenching my thirst after a long bike ride in.
For what advice or assistance do other employees turn to you? As a female in engineering, I often help out at job fairs and support the Education group in teaching kids about the water system.
What is the best part of your job? Research, problem-solving, and interacting with colleagues in all work groups.