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Children’s Carnival Promotes Watershed Education and Awareness

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Close to 150 children were treated to environmentally friendly, hands-on craft activities at the second annual Children’s Discovery Craft Carnival on Saturday, September 22.  The carnival was sponsored by the Johnson Creek Watershed Council as a part of Johnson Creek Days, a series of free community events during the month of September meant to raise watershed awareness.

Sabrina  Litton, Resource Protection and Planning
Sabrina Litton, with Portland Water Bureau's Resource Protection and Planning, explains that although we live on a planet covered by water, more than 97 percent is salty, and nearly two percent is locked up in snow and ice, which leaves less than one percent to grow our crops and supply drinking and bathing water.

Representatives from agencies including Leach Botanical Gardens, East Multnomah Soil & Water Conservation District, Bureau of Environmental Services, Portland State University, Metro, The Bug Chicks, and the Portland Water Bureau converged on Lents Park in northeast Portland, ready to show carnival goers simple and usable ways to preserve the Johnson Creek watershed.

Johnson Creek originates in Boring, Oregon, and flows 26 miles west through Clackamas and Multnomah counties, Gresham, and Portland before connecting with the Willamette River in Milwaukie. About 170,000 people live within the 52 square miles that make up the watershed.

The creek is a natural refuge in an urban environment and one of Portland's most important water resources. The Johnson Creek Watershed Council offer opportunities, such as the carnival to help raise community awareness of the important role that Johnson Creek plays in preserving fish and wildlife habitat as well as its potential for providing a respite for urban dwellers to enjoy and learn about nature.

For more information and to learn ways to help promote restoration and stewardship of a healthy Johnson Creek watershed, visit the following links:

Lindsay Wochnick
Community Information & Involvement

TRAFFIC ADVISORY 10/04/12: Water Work to Impact Short Section of NW Skyline Boulevard

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Starting the week of October 8, 2012, a contractor for the Portland Water Bureau will be installing two new manhole structures and water and sewer pipelines in the intersection of NW Skyline Boulevard and NW Hawkins Boulevard.  

This work will require that traffic be channeled into one lane around the work zone. To accommodate rush hour traffic, the lane closure will only be from 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM, Monday through Friday.  Flaggers will safely direct traffic past the work zone. All traffic lanes will be open when no work is underway.  Motorists and bicyclists are encouraged to find alternate routes to avoid possible delays.

This phase of street work will be completed in about four to five weeks. Future intermittent lane closures will occur through to summer 2013. Electronic message signs will provide advanced notice of the dates.

The street work is part of the bureau’s Forest Park Low Tank Project, which will add a new 1.3 million gallon underground reservoir to the area’s water system. This additional storage capacity will allow the Portland Water Bureau to better serve the current and future water needs of residents living at higher elevations in the Northwest Hills district. It will also help to improve water capacity for emergency fire protection.

For more information, contact Tim Hall, Public Information, at 503-381-0056.

Tim Hall
Community Information and Involvement

TRAFFIC ADVISORY 10/04/12: Road Closure on SW Montgomery Drive Scheduled Through October 31st

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A road closure on SW Montgomery Drive is scheduled to begin on Monday, October 8th, 2012, and will last through October 31st. The closure on SW Montgomery Drive will be between SW Patton Road and SW Elm Street. Construction will take place on weekdays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., and SW Montgomery Drive will be open when no work is taking place. Detours will reroute traffic onto SW Vista Avenue.

The road closure is due to water supply infrastructure improvements being made by the Portland Water Bureau. The Portland Heights Pump Mains Project includes the installation of 3,500 feet of new 16-inch diameter ductile iron water main to replace existing pipeline that is leaking and has been in use since 1904.

In November, construction will continue on SW Greenway Avenue. The project is scheduled to end in December, weather dependent.

The public is advised to use alternate routes to avoid delays. Motorists and bicyclists are encouraged to observe all road closure signage, and drive cautiously.

For more information, contact Darcy Cronin, Public Information, at 503-823-3520.

Darcy Cronin
Community Information and Involvement

TRAFFIC ADVISORY 10/05/12: Road Closure on NE Rocky Butte Road Monday, October 8, 2012

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The Portland Water Bureau reports that a portion of the south end of Northeast Rocky Butte Road between the 2600 - 2800 blocks will be closed on Monday, October 8, 2012 from 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM. Motorists will be able to access the area from the north end of Rocky Butte Road.

The closure is necessary for the Water Bureau to tie-in the new 4-inch water distribution main that was installed in late September.

The public is advised to travel cautiously, observe all lane closures and work zone signage, and use alternate routes.

For more information, contact Terry Black, Public Information, at 503-823-8064.

Terry Black
Community Information and Involvement

Now scheduling - The WaterWise Adventures of Superdog - a Free K-2 Assembly Program!

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The Water-Wise Adventures of Super Dog! LogoThe Portland Water Bureau is committed to reaching children with important messages about water conservation. We are pleased to tell you about our free school assembly program designed to teach children about water and everyday ways to reduce water usage. 

“The Water-Wise Adventures of Super Dog!” is water efficiency adventure story told by friendly puppets. Teachers receive a resource bag which includes a class set of activity books, stickers and other water-wise materials. 

Program length: 25 minutes; 30 minutes required for set-up
Audience: Grades K-2 (audience of approx. 150 students)

Call Tears of Joy Theatre at (503) 248-0557 or email to schedule a show! 
Sarah Murphy Santner
Water Efficiency Coordinator
Phone: (503) 823-7444