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NEWS RELEASE 03/01/13: Routine Flushing of Hydrants in Outer Southeast Portland

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Uni-directional flushing

Maintenance crews from the Portland Water Bureau will be clearing water mains of harmless sediments and testing water system components. This routine work will take place through March 15, 2013 in outer southeast Portland, from SE Powell Boulevard to SE Holgate Boulevard, between SE 117th and SE 136th avenues.

Uni-directional flushing using fire hydrants increases the water system's reliability, operability and emergency preparedness. The flushing program methodically works through a whole pressure zone area to bring up local chlorine residuals, test hydrants and flow control gate valves, and clean out sediments and biofilm that accumulated in pipelines. These sediments and biofilm are natural and exists in all water systems, yet are only discharged in pipes under extremely high pressure.

When a flushing crew is working on neighborhood streets, water will be gushing from hydrants at a high rate - 800 gallon per minute. Water from faucets may become discolored. If your water is a brown color or "dirty," the Portland Water Bureau recommends that you turn on each cold water faucet and allow it to run for several minutes. This should clear up any temporary discoloration. If your water does not clear up, please call the Water Quality Line at (503) 823-7525.

Water service will not be interrupted. Updates on the flushing program - including a map of current flushing areas and future maintenance - are posted on the Portland Water Bureau's website at

Tim Hall
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Community Budget Forums Offer Opportunity for Feedback

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Below information provided by the City of Portland Budget Office

The City of Portland invites you to join the Community Budget Forums. The Forums provide you with the opportunity to offer testimony before Portland City Council and express which service priorities are most important to Portland residents for next year’s FY 2013-14 budget. At the Community Budget Forums, members of the community will need to sign-up to testify before City Council. 

Dates, Times and Locations for the Forums

Wednesday, March 6, 2013
Immigrant and Refugee Community Organization
10301 NE Glisan St.
Portland, OR 97220

Tuesday, March 12, 2013
George Middle School
10000 N Burr Ave.
Portland, OR 97203

Thursday, April 11, 2013
Montgomery Park
2701 NW Vaughn Street
Portland, OR 97210
In addition, Council will hold a hearing for the Mayor's Proposed Budget.

Thursday, May 16, 2013
City Hall – Council Chambers
1221 SW 4th Ave.
Portland, OR 97204

Saturday, May 18, 2013
Warner Pacific College - McGuire Auditorium
2219 SE 68th Ave.
Portland, OR 97215

Thursday, May 23, 2013

Jackson Middle School
10625 SW 35th Ave.
Portland, OR 97219

Helpful Links

Budget Documents

Budget Dates

For general questions about the forums or accommodations, please contact Ryan Kinsella, City Budget Office, at or (503) 823-6960.

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Dr. Ginsberg Thanked for Salmon Springs Fountain Photo

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Salmon Springs
Photo courtesy of Jill Ginsberg
Salmon Springs Fountain is located on Naito Parkway at SW Salmon in Waterfront Park

I want to send a warm thank you to Dr. Jill Ginsberg of the Hundreds of Hundreds blog for allowing the Portland Water Bureau  to use one of her great photos for a project we have been working on.   We needed a photo of Salmon Springs Fountain with people playing in it, and Hundreds of Hundreds had just the right image. Dr. Ginsberg gave us permission to use her picture.  She truly is a generous person and her blog tells the inspiring story of how she gave away $100 each day in October 2010, and then kept going! 

Read more about the Hundreds of Hundreds project at

Sarah Santner
Resource Protection and Planning

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Four of Portland's Fountain Plazas Preserved in the National Register of Historic Places

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Chimney Fountain  Dreamer Fountain 

Ira Keller's Forecourt Fountain  The Lovejoy Fountain
Clockwise: The Dreamer Fountain, Lovejoy Fountain, Ira Keller's Forecourt Fountain, Chimney Fountain

The innovative series of downtown Portland fountain plazas by world-renowned landscape architect Lawrence Halprin have been listed in the National Register of Historic Places, according to a press release distributed by the the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department on Wednesday, March 6, 2013.

Known individually as the Ira Keller's Forecourt Fountain, the Dreamer Fountain (located in Pettygrove Park), Lovejoy Fountain, and the Chimney Fountain, the public plazas are located between SW Clay and Lincoln streets and First and Fourth Avenues and are connected by a system of pedestrian walkways. They are collectively called the “Portland Open Space Sequence.”

A winner of the Presidential Medal of the Arts and other honors, Halprin and members of his firm, Lawrence Halprin and Associates, designed the plazas from 1963 to 1970 as the heart of the city's first urban renewal district, known as the South Auditorium District. Their unprecedented sculptural wedding of public space, water, and references to the natural landscape turned the plazas into instant people magnets, luring investment and laying the groundwork for Portland's unique urban renewal policies for decades to come.

The National Register is maintained by the National Park Service under the authority of the National Historic Preservation Act of 1966. Additional information can be located on the Oregon National Register and Survey Program's website

Maintaining Portland's Municipal Decorative Fountains
The Portland Water Bureau has proudly maintained Portland’s municipal decorative fountains since 1988. Maintaining these fountains is no small feat. The Portland Water Bureau is dedicated to ensuring that Portland’s fountains are in working order, safe for public enjoyment and running efficiently. The bureau turns the fountains off for the cold weather months to prevent water from blowing or freezing on surfaces. This “down time” also provides an opportunity for maintenance and repair projects.

Learn more about Portland's many fountains and get a downtown fountain walking tour map on Portland Water Bureau's website.

Lindsay Wochnick
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Making Way for a Better Kelly Butte Landscape

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Kelly Butte Reservoir Project - February 2013 Aerial Photo
Kelly Butte Reservoir Project - February 2013

Over the past two months, while heading north on the I-205 freeway or from SE Powell Boulevard near the freeway ramp, you may have seen construction vehicles at work clearing the south side of Kelly Butte. Crews were busy removing non-native and invasive plants, dead and diseased trees, and unfortunately a few healthy trees.  All of this work is part of the construction of the new 25-million gallon underground drinking water reservoir on the butte.

The plant removal -- through an integrated approach of mechanical cutting and manual removal -- was necessary to build the larger rectangle reservoir that is replacing a 10-million gallon round steel water tank. A temporary wide road for large trucks to haul away excavated soil and carry in concrete and steel had to be built.  In addition, space on the hillside was needed for a new storm water detention pond and overflow holding tank.

While the south slope may now be barren, once the reservoir construction is completed the next phase of the project is a Land Use approved re-vegetation plan that includes planting with more than 1,667 trees and 7,254 shrubs on the entire site. The south side will be replanted with an oak savannah. The north side is where many of the new trees will be planted.  Seeding of ground cover plants like grasses and wildflowers will occur.  The haul road will be reduced in width to accommodate Portland Water Bureau maintenance trucks.

On the west and north side of the butte, the tree canopy that is dominated by Douglas-Fir and Big Leaf Maple trees has been largely left intact.

For over 30 years, invasive plants have degraded the local environment by decreasing botanic diversity and displacing native species, destroying habitat for wildlife and birds, and increasing storm water runoff by decreasing the structural complexity of plant communities.

One of the many vegetation goals for the project is to aid in reducing the level of invasive plants on the butte. With the actions taken, the future landscape will enable the preservation of some upland meadow, prairie and grassy habitats. The project work will also remove invasive plants from the Portland Water Bureau’s property on the butte.

The Future of Kelly Butte - photo

When reservoir construction is complete in 2015, the ground surface above the facility and its pipes will be re-seeded. Re-vegetation services will continue to monitor the new plant life far after the construction is completed.

Tim Hall
Community Information and Involvement 

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