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Main Parking Lot at Powell Butte Nature Park Scheduled to Re-Open October 2013

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Main parking lot at Powell Butte Nature Park in February 2013

Previously slated to re-open in May 2013, the main parking lot at Powell Butte Nature Park in SE Portland is now rescheduled to open by October 2013. Temporary free parking lots continue to be available in designated locations around the butte. 

Powell Butte Reservoir 2 in March 2013

Construction on the city’s new 50-million gallon underground reservoir is making steady progress. However, work on the publicly-required park facilities – a new Interpretive Center with restrooms, the permanent Caretaker’s House, and trail upgrades – have faced some delays. 

The nature park remains open to all visitors. Park users are reminded to keep out of fenced construction areas and to stay on open designated park trails.

Additional information detailing the Powell Butte Reservoir 2 Project can be accessed online at: http://www.portlandoregon.gov/water/powellbutte.

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MEDIA ADVISORY 04/05/13: Portland Water Bureau and Mt. Hood National Forest Bull Run Working Group Meeting

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The public is invited to attend the Portland Water Bureau/ Mt. Hood National Forest Bull Run Working Group meeting on Tuesday, April 23, 2013, from 2:00 PM to 3:30 PM in the in the Bull Run conference room on the 5th floor of the Portland Building at 1120 SW 5th Avenue in Portland. An agenda can be viewed and downloaded here.

Under the terms of a 20-year agreement between the Portland Water Bureau and the Mt. Hood National Forest, management staff from both organizations with responsibilities in the Bull Run Watershed, Portland’s primary drinking water source, meet semi-annually each year. The purpose of these meetings is to review work plans, budgets and staff assignments; communicate accomplishments, and discuss issues identified during the course of management activities. An Annual Report is presented at the spring meeting.

For more information about the 20-year stewardship agreement between the Portland Water Bureau and the Mt. Hood National Forest, please go to http://www.portlandoregon.gov/water/bullrun or http://www.fs.usda.gov/mthood/.

For more information about the meeting, please contact Terry Black, Portland Water Bureau, at 503-823-1168.

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Flags to be Flown at Half-Staff

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American Flag, half staff

Portland Mayor Charlie Hales today issued all flags at all municipal buildings to be flown at half-staff, following Monday’s tragedy in Boston.

“Sorrow is everyone’s first reaction to such a horrible event,” Hales said. “But sorrow also is mixed with admiration for Boston’s first responders, for the hospital staffs, and for the residents of Boston, participants in the marathon, and for onlookers, who reacted with speed and courage. People in Boston showed us the best of humanity this week, and let that be the message we take away from this tragedy.”

UPDATE: Temporary Trail Closure at Powell Butte Nature Park

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UPDATE
Saturday, April 20, 2013

On Saturday, April 20, 2013 the following trails at the Powell Butte Nature Park were re-opened:

  • 162nd Access Road Trail
  • Anderegg Loop Trail
  • Mountain View Trail

The Mountain View Trail will be maintained as the access to the nature park through Thursday, April 25, 2013.  Wild Horse Trail will be opened when Mountain View trail is closed to provide continued access to the park.  Once Wild Horse is opened, it will remain open until further notice.

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The Mountain View and Wild Horse Trails are being closed beginning Wednesday, April 17, 2013 and reopening on Saturday April 20, 2013 while maintenance work occurs.  Park users are encouraged to please observe and follow trail closure signs at the following trail locations: 

  • 162nd Access Road Trail Head at the Park Gate
  • Angeregg Loop Trail Head at on Anderegg Loop
  • Intersection of Wild Horse Trail and Orchard Loop Trail
  • Intersection of Mountain View and Goldfinch Trail

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Spring Clearing...Friendly Reminder to Keep Your Meter Clear & Accessible

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Please minimize planting in the area around your water meter.

Meter readers from the Portland Water Bureau read your meter every three months, depending on your account type.  The bureau encourages all customers to keep their meter accessible so readers can quickly access and read it on each visit to your property.

Unfortunately, if your meter is obstructed, a meter reader will have to return to your property to clear the obstruction and read your meter. You will first receive a friendly reminder in the mail; if your meter continues to be inaccessible, you may be charged an $80 fee if our staff needs to return to re-read or if we need to hire someone to remove the obstruction.

By keeping your meter box clear, you can avoid this charge. Additionally, a clear box makes it easy to ensure that the lid fits properly, is safe and can be quickly turned off in an emergency.

Start your spring clearing with these simple actions that will keep your water meter unobstructed and accessible:

Trees, bushes and plantings

  • Trim bushes, trees and grass that block the way or cover the meter.
  • Minimize plants in the area which meter readers must travel to get to your meter.  

Pets

  • Keep pets away from the path that leads to your meter.
  • If you have a guard dog for security, please let us know so that we can make sure that our meter readers and other utility personnel are aware of this.  We may ask that you arrange to confine the dog during the day that your meter will be read.

Objects that cover or block your meter

  • Please make sure that no objects cover or block access to the meter box. This can include cars, trailers, garbage cans and recycling bins, landscape bark or gravel.

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