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The City of Portland, Oregon

Environmental Services

working for clean rivers

Phone: 503-823-7740

Fax: 503-823-6995

1120 SW 5th Ave, Suite 613, Portland, OR 97204

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Green Streets

  • SE Ankeny Green Street

  • Albina Triangle

  • Tabor to the River Green Street

  • SW Capitol Highway and SW 34th

Portland Green Street Program

Albina Triangle photoThe City of Portland is an urban area that benefits from comprehensive thinking and planning. In Portland, urban design, multi-modal transportation systems, watershed health, parks, open spaces, and infrastructure systems are all enhanced by integrated planning, design, and budgeting.

Portland is a leader in using strategies that manage stormwater runoff, enhance community and neighborhood livability, and strengthen the local economy. Hollywood planter photoA street that uses vegetated facilities to manage stormwater runoff at its source is referred to as a Green Street. A Green Street is a sustainable stormwater strategy that meets regulatory compliance and resource protection goals by using a natural systems approach to manage stormwater, reduce flows, improve water quality and enhance watershed health.

In April 2007, the Portland City Council approved a Green street resolution, report, and policy to promote and incorporate the use of green street facilities in public and private development.Alameda and Fremont green street photo

The council recognizes that a comprehensive Green Street approach is an important development strategy to:

  • Reduce polluted stormwater entering Portland’s rivers and streams;
  • Improve pedestrian and bicycle safety;
  • Divert stormwater from the sewer system and reduce basement flooding, sewer backups and combined sewer overflows (CSOs) to the Willamette River;
  • Belmont and SE 42nd green street photoReduce impervious surface so stormwater can infiltrate to recharge groundwater and surface water;
  • Increase urban green space;
  • Improve air quality and reduce air temperatures;
  • Reduce demand on the city’s sewer collection system and the cost of constructing expensive pipe systems;
  • Address requirements of federal and state regulations to protect public health and restore and protect watershed health; and
  • Increase opportunities for industry professionals.

Want to see some Green Street projects? Download a tour map of some of Portland's Green Streets.

For more information about Green Streets and sustainable stormwater management, contact Ivy Dunlap at 503-823-7754.