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Portland Water Bureau

From forest to faucet, we deliver the best drinking water in the world.

GENERAL INFORMATION: 503-823-7404

1120 SW Fifth Ave, Suite 600, Portland, OR 97204

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Bull Run Watershed Tours & Field Trips

Students learn hands-on about conduits crossing Bull Run river.

The Portland Water Bureau, in cooperation with the Forest Service, offers a limited number of tours in the Bull Run Watershed. All tours are planned and guided by a professional Water Resources Educator. Tour participants will learn about Portland's primary drinking water supply.

Register For a Public Tour
Tour dates are set in late June. To be added to the notification list contact Kate Leatherbarrow, at 503-823-5351 for more information.

  • Advance registration required. 
  • Tours are typically offered between July and October, from 8:30 am until 4:30 pm, and are most often scheduled on a Friday or Saturday.
  • A fee of $10 will be charged to each participant. The fee contributes to the transportation costs for the tour.
  • Participants must bring their own lunch.
  • ADA compliant restrooms are available, and ADA compliant transportation can be made available upon request.
  • In the interest of water system security, all tour participants will be asked to provide identification information. 

Schedule a Tour for Your Community Group
A limited number of tours for community groups of 15 to 26 participants may be arranged upon request.  Contact Briggy Thomas, Education Program Manager, at 503-823-7407 to discuss tour opportunities.

  • Tours are typically offered between late June and early October upon request.
  • The tour guidelines above will apply.
  • Do not register online.

Schedule a Tour for Your School Group
Tours are offered for school groups, grades 3-12, in May, June, September, and October.
Contact Briggy Thomas, Education Program Manager, at 503-823-7407 to discuss tour opportunities.

  • Tour can accommodate one class per day, and all visitors must travel in one vehicle.
  • Tours require at least 5-6 hours from time of departure to return.
  • A maximum of three classes from any one school will be approved for tours during each full school year.
  • School tours are free, but participants must cover transportation arrangements and costs.
  • In the interest of water system security, all student and teacher names will be collected. Adult chaperones will be asked to provide identification information. 
  • Allow a minimum of four weeks notice when requesting tours. Be aware that allowing four weeks notice does not guarantee availability of tours.

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