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Water Bureau Engineers Keep Projects on Track

A group of three Engineering employees have been assigned to continue the implementation of the engineering work-flow process for the bureau’s Capital Improvement Program (CIP) projects. Titled Effective and Efficient Engineering, e3, the process helps to ensure that projects are achieved within scope, on schedule and on budget.


In the past, the Water Bureau assigned one project manager to each project who implemented the project from ‘cradle to grave’. Thanks to the efforts of the process improvement group lead by Dave Peters, Larry Greep, and contributions from many other managers, e3 initially was implemented in 2006. By following e3, engineering projects now move through the three major phases of planning, design and construction with team members who ensure the project completes each section’s requirements.

This summer the three CIP Planning members tasked with refining  this process are Jeff  Winner, CIP Planning Supervisor; Van Le, Principal Management Analyst; and Ed Knoph, Assistant Financial Analyst. With Engineering colleagues from all 3 sections (Thomas Gilman, Chris Chambers, Jessica Letteney, Jamie Wilde, Greg Drechsler and Alice Brawley-Chesworth), CIP Planning was approved to roll out  new clearer guidelines on September 1, 2010 for project initiation, change management, and standardization of project work-plans. These guidelines help project managers to more efficiently and effectively create, monitor, and track individual project components such as scope, schedule, expenditures and change orders. Visit for additional details.

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People Behind the Water

Meet Water Bureau accountant Somer Erickson. Here's what she says she is proud of about her work at the Water Bureau:

"The involvement I am able to have in process and education-related change that results in higher bureau efficiency and focus on core mission, correlating to long term lower rates and transparency for people who need it and deserve to see it."

Somer is pictured here during a cross-training session at a water system improvement site.

Community Work Party Thank You and Pics!

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Volunteers celebrate 350 work partyDespite the drizzling rain, a dozen volunteers worked together to plant natives at Pittman Addition HydroPark. We even had several volunteers bicycle from the University of Portland. It poured buckets, but community members planted almost 200 plants and spread a yard of mulch. This little corner will soon provide a habitat oasis in the urban grid, plus a more beautiful open space. Just two years ago the site was covered in invasive plants, and this is the fifth volunteer work party. It was also a great symbolic way to participate in one of over 7,000 work parties around the globe to cool our climate, check out

Check out the top pics from the HydroPark work party!

Extra thanks to the Columbia Slough Watershed Council, neighbor Marci for getting donations from Grand Central Bakery, and big thank you to artist Megan for pulling together a bright and beautiful 350 sign! Also, thanks to Rich Rice for helping prep and plan the work party.

Darcy Cronin