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Portland Water Bureau

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City of Portland Protections

In early 2008, the Portland Water Bureau developed draft City Code language that would apply formal protections to city-owned lands within the Bull Run that would be consistent with neighboring federal lands.

The City Code amendments were approved by the City Council in February 2010. The newly adopted City Code amendments establish the following watershed protections:

  • Formally closed city-owned lands both within and adjacent to the Bull Run Watershed Management Unit to public entry and establish trespass penalties to assist in enforcement of the closure. This provision effectively adds 835 acres of land to the inventory that is formally closed to protect the City’s water supply.  
  • Enable Water Bureau security staff to issue citations for trespass on Forest Service land within the management unit. 
  • Prohibit tree cutting on city lands within the Bull Run in the same manner established by Congress for federal lands in the Oregon Resource Conservation and Little Sandy Protection Acts. These laws established exceptions to allow tree cutting when it is necessary to protect drinking water quality, drinking water supply, or the hydroelectric system.  
  • Prohibit residential, commercial or industrial development on city-owned lands within or adjacent to the Bull Run.  
  • Require the Water Bureau to publish a quarterly list of capital projects and regular maintenance activities within the BRWMU that are in process or in the planning stages.  
  • Prohibit the transfer of critical Bull Run water system assets to any private or public entity.