GENERAL INFORMATION: 503-823-7404
1120 SW Fifth Ave, Suite 600, Portland, OR 97204
Spraying has begun and will continue during the summer months.
The current spraying is focused around trees (maple, fir, oak, ash) and plants (yarrow, roses, willow) newly planted as part of the Water Bureau’s Powell Butte Reservoir 2 project’s re-vegetation plan. The spraying targets non-native, highly invasive, state-listed noxious weeds or City of Portland Nuisance Plants which, left untreated, would rapidly increase and interfere with the natural ecology of the park, including the newly established trees and plants. The treatment is carefully targeted and won’t be applied near water storage facilities.
The spraying is part of the City of Portland’s invasive management program and is required for compliance of permits conditions as required by our permit for Powell Butte phase II. The Water Bureau is using state certified pest control applicators for all weed control requiring herbicide and following strict guidelines of the Portland Parks Integrated Pesticide Management (IPM) Program.
No portion of the park will be closed during the spraying operations. However, park users are encouraged to watch for signage and avoid areas which are actively being sprayed.
Members of the public who have questions about the contact spraying are encouraged to contact the Water Bureau Public Information team at 503-823-3028 or by e-mail.
Both traffic lanes will reopen when the work is completed. Work will be done outside of commute hours.
Flaggers will be stationed to pass traffic through safely. Motorists are reminded to stay alert and use caution as traffic may suddenly stop. Alternate routes are encouraged for motorist to avoid traffic delays.
The contractor for the Portland Water Bureau will be working in the road in preparation for the restoration of the traffic island as part of the SW Carolina Pump Mains-Phase 2 project. More information about the project can be found on the project webpage.
Road restoration work on SW Burlingame Terrace will begin the week of April 20, 2015 and will continue for six to eight weeks. The road will be closed to all but local traffic during this time.
A Portland Water Bureau water main installation project was completed last fall and the restoration work was postponed until warmer weather.
Motorists are urged to use alternate routes, remember to drive slowly, and exercise caution when traveling in the construction area.
Project information can be found online at www.portlandoregon.gov/water/swcarolina.
Granted by the Oregon Health Authority in 2012, the Variance allows the Portland Water Bureau to operate the Bull Run supply without treatment for Cryptosporidium, due to the protected nature of the watershed.
Maintaining the BRTV requires intensive monitoring for Cryptosporidium. In 2014, the Water Bureau collected and tested the following for Cryptosporidium:
In addition to meeting these ongoing requirements, the Water Bureau met several milestones in 2014 including:
And finally, the most important statistics for 2014:
In December 2014, the Water Bureau submitted the first of two Land Use Review (LUR) applications (Type IV) to the City of Portland Bureau of Development Services (BDS) for the proposed Washington Park Reservoir Improvements Project.
The initial Type IV LUR application proposes the removal of the Weir Building (screen house), portions of lower Reservoir 4’s basin, and upper Reservoir 3’s basin in Washington Park. The gatehouses, dams, and other historic features will be protected and restored.
On February 9, BDS deemed the Type IV LUR application complete and issued a Request for Response, officially opening the public comment period and setting the dates for the Historic Landmarks Commission meeting (March 30) and the City Council Hearing (April 23).
Historic Landmarks Commission Meeting
On March 30, a public meeting was held before the Historic Landmarks Commission to review the Water Bureau’s proposed Washington Park Reservoir Project Type IV Land Use Review (LUR) application.
During the public meeting, BDS presented the Staff Report and Recommendation, the Water Bureau discussed the project, and members of the public offered testimony. The Commission voted 3 to 1 in support of the initial LUR application and will forward their recommendation to the City Council.
City Council Hearing
A City Council hearing will be held on Thursday, April 23 at 2 p.m. in City Hall Council Chambers at 1221 SW 4th Avenue, Portland, Oregon. During the hearing, members of the public will be invited to offer testimony.
Public comments on the initial LUR application can be e-mailed to Hillary.Adam@portlandoregon.gov and Karla.Moore-Love@portlandoregon.gov, faxed to 503-823-5630, or mailed to:
Land Use Services, Bureau of Development Services
RE: LU 14-249689
1900 SW Fourth Avenue, Suite 4500
Portland, OR 97201
Please reference Land Use Review number LU 14-249689 in any communications. Access a courtesy copy of the initial LUR application on the Water Bureau’s project webpage at http://www.portlandoregon.gov/water/wpreservoirs/LUR1.
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 to the west 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.
In spring 2015, the Water Bureau will submit a second LUR application package that includes two Type III applications. The LUR package will propose the construction of a new covered reservoir, reflecting pools, lowland habitat area/bioswale, walkways, and historic preservation and rehabilitation actions.
The second LUR application process will also include a comment period, public meeting, and hearing to ensure public notification and the opportunity to comment before a final land use decision is rendered. Before work permits are issued or construction begins, all LUR applications must be approved. This includes the initial Type IV LUR application and the Type III LUR application package.
The LUR applications are a result of a robust public involvement process that included multiple public open houses and nine Community Sounding Board (CSB) meetings that guided design for the required visible features of the Washington Park project.
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