GENERAL INFORMATION: 503-823-7404
1120 SW Fifth Ave, Suite 600, Portland, OR 97204
Portland Water Bureau crews will begin night work on SW Macadam Avenue between SW Nevada Street and SW California Street on Tuesday, November 3 and complete on Friday, November 20. To minimize traffic disruptions, the work will begin at 8 p.m. and be complete by 5 a.m. each day. During construction, SW Macadam Avenue will remain open in both directions but traffic will be reduced to one lane in each direction. Some turning movements could be restricted. As with any construction project, safety is the first priority. Please obey flaggers and all construction signs.
The Hannah Mason Pump Station is being built to replace the aging Fulton Pump Station on SW Nevada Street. Work began in March 2015 and will continue into fall of 2016. The Water Bureau is working closely with Portland Parks & Recreation and other local agencies to coordinate this project with ongoing operations and other projects in the area. Neighbors, local businesses and other stakeholders are updated as work progresses.
For more information, visit the project website: www.portlandoregon.gov/water/hannahmason
For the upcoming fiscal year, the Water Bureau will propose a budget that:
For the next fiscal year’s budget process, the Portland Utility Board (PUB) will serve as the Budget Advisory Committee (BAC) for the Portland Water Bureau and the Bureau of Environmental Services.
The PUB is a nine-member citizen oversight body that meets all year to oversee the bureau’s development of financial plans, capital improvement plans, the annual budget, and rate-setting for the City's sewer, stormwater, and water services. The PUB will advise the City Council.
Previous PUB meetings were held in September and mid-October. Upcoming meetings are listed below. Future meetings will be posted on the PUB's online Meeting Calendar. Meetings are open to the public.
November 3, 2015
4 - 7 p.m.
Room C (2nd Floor)
1120 SW 4th Ave, Portland, OR 97204
November 24, 2015
4 - 7 p.m.
Room C (2nd Floor)
1120 SW 4th Ave, Portland, OR 97204
To stay in the know about the Water Bureau’s budget progress, visit www.portlandoregon.gov/water/budget16-17. For more information on the PUB, including resources and meeting agendas and minutes, visit www.portlandoregon.gov/cbo/PUB.
In order to comply with federal and state mandates, and ensure a healthy, resilient, and secure water system, the Portland Water Bureau is moving forward with a project to update the Washington Park reservoir site.
|PUBLIC MEETING RESCHEDULED|
|Due to a lack of a quorum, the public meeting before the Historic Landmarks Commission on the
Type III Historic Review application for the Washington Park Reservoir Improvements Project
is rescheduled to 1:30 p.m., Monday, November 9, 2015, at 1900 SW Fourth Avenue, Portland, Oregon.
No public testimony will be taken during this meeting.
Public Meeting Rescheduled
On August 10, 2015, a public hearing was held before the Historic Landmarks Commission to review the Portland Water Bureau's Type III Historic Review application. The Commission listened to public testimony, evaluated the application, and reviewed the Bureau of Development Services (BDS) staff report.
At the conclusion of the hearing, the Commission held the record open for two weeks to receive new evidence, another week to receive responses from all interested parties, and a final week to receive the applicant’s (Water Bureau) rebuttal of evidence in the record. The public record closed September 8, 2015.
The Commission was scheduled to deliberate on the proposal and make a tentative decision at a public meeting on October 26, 2015. Due to a lack of quorum, the meeting has been rescheduled for November 9, 2015.
The Type III application describes the proposed project’s construction of a covered reservoir, reflecting pools, lowland habitat area/bioswale, and walkways along with historic preservation and rehabilitation actions. These new features will offer the public enhanced access to the surface water features and classically-designed gatehouses, dams, and related structures.
The Water Bureau’s Washington Park Reservoir Improvements Project proposes to build a new below-ground reservoir in the same general footprint as the existing upper Reservoir 3, with a reflecting pool on top.
The lower Reservoir 4 basin and the slope west of it are needed to provide landslide abatement; the slope will be restored to its pre-reservoir condition. Reservoir 4 will be disconnected from the public drinking water system and a lowland habitat area/bioswale and a reflecting pool are also proposed in the Reservoir 4 basin. Work will primarily be within the Historic District.
The project addresses major reservoir issues, including recurrent landslide damage, compliance with federal law, seismic vulnerability, and deterioration of the 120 year-old structures.
The Washington Park Reservoir Project includes three Land Use Reviews (LUR) further detailed in the chart to the right.
1. Type IV Demolition Review application: The application proposed the removal of the Weir Building (screen house), portions of lower Reservoir 4’s basin, and upper Reservoir 3’s basin in Washington Park.
2. Type III Historic Review application: The application describes the proposed project’s construction of a covered reservoir, reflecting pools, lowland habitat area/bioswale, and walkways along with historic preservation and rehabilitation actions.
3. Type III Conditional Use/ Environmental/Tree Reviews application: The application addresses development impacts to the site, park, and surrounding neighborhoods, tree protection, natural-area restoration, and construction and traffic management for the Washington Park Reservoir Improvements Project.
Before work permits are issued or construction begins, all LUR applications must be approved. The applications are a result of a robust public involvement process that included multiple public open houses and nine Community Sounding Board meetings that guided design for the required visible features of the Washington Park Reservoir project.
For more information on the Type III and IV LUR processes, visit the BDS website.
Additional Information & Contacts
For detailed project information, visit the project webpage or contact Water Bureau Public Information staff at 503-823-3028 or by e-mail. Visit the Bureau of Development Services’ website or call 503-823-7300 for more information on the land use review application process.
On Saturday, October 24, the public is invited to attend the 17th Annual African American Home Ownership Fair from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Legacy Emanuel Hospital Atrium at 501 N. Graham Street.
An annual occasion, the event includes more than 40 housing professionals, resources for first time homebuyers, and workshops guiding attendees through the basics of buying a home, accessing first-time homebuyers resources, and homeownership retention.
Portland Water Bureau staff will be attending the fair to educate potential new Water Bureau bill payers about water and ways they can use water efficiently, including installing free water-saving devices. Materials for other sustainable City programs will also be available. Events such as these present a great way for community members to learn more about their water system and how to manage their bills.
Lunch and parking are free. Attendees can enter to win a $1,000 grant and other prizes.
For additional information on the fair, visit https://www.facebook.com/AAAH.org.
Your Sustainable City
Each year, staff from the Portland Water Bureau partner with several other City bureaus to provide information on the City’s multiple sustainability-focused programs. This united outreach effort, called "Your Sustainable City," offers a wide variety of information on transportation alternatives, water efficiency, recycling, green building, parks services, and stormwater management.
Approximately 100 feet of the northbound lane of SE 60th Avenue just south of SE Hawthorne Boulevard will be closed to through traffic for several weeks beginning October 26.
Portland Water Bureau Construction and Maintenance crews will be working on the west side of Mt. Tabor Park at the bottom of the stairs between Reservoir 6 and SE 60th Avenue, cutting and capping reservoir outlet pipes. Traffic will be restricted on SW 60th Avenue and the construction zone will be fenced off during construction.
Parking on SE 60th Avenue directly across from the construction zone will be restricted. The sidewalk adjacent to the construction zone will be closed and pedestrians will need to walk around the work area.
Construction hours are 7 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday. Flaggers will direct traffic around the construction zone.
Motorists and bicyclists are urged to use alternate routes. Remember to drive slowly, and exercise caution when traveling in the construction zone.
The work is part of the Mt. Tabor Reservoir Adjustment Project to disconnect Portland’s open air reservoirs, including three at Mt. Tabor Park, in order to satisfy an unfunded federal water quality mandate.
Project information can be found online at www.portlandoregon.gov/water/mttabor.