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Sewage Advisory: Broken pipe leads to sewage release to Ivy Creek in SW Portland

Sanitary Sewage Release Advisory
(this is not a combined sewer overflow [CSO] advisory)

(Nov. 1, 2017) - Sewer maintenance crews responding on Halloween evening to reports of an odor found a broken pipe that was leaking sewage around the 4700 block of SW Lowell Court. The site is near the pedestrian-only bridge to Bridlemile School. 

Crews installed a new section of pipe and stopped the release around midnight. The odor was reported at 5:30 p.m. and the source found at 7 p.m.  Residents said they had noticed the odor for about three days beforehand. 

Field crews estimate the release at about 4,200 gallons and an unknown amount affected Ivy Creek. As a precaution, the public is advised to adhere to warning signs posted at the site and avoid contact with Ivy Creek in that area for at least 48 hours because of the possibility of increased bacteria in the water. 

The City of Portland treats an average of 70 million gallons of wastewater each day. Over one-third of Portland’s more than 2,500 miles of sewer pipes are over 80 years old. This sewage overflow is not related to the City of Portland's combined sewer overflow control system.  

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UPDATED CSO Advisory: Heavy rains lead to combined sewer overflow to Willamette River

UPDATE: The overflow that began at 1:15 am ended at 5:30 am. The advisory remains in effect for 48 hours. Avoid direct contact with Willamette River until Tuesday morning due to increased bacteria in the water. 

(October 22, 2017) -  The "atmospheric river" passing overhead through Portland this weekend has affected the Willamette River. Heavy rain yesterday and overnight  caused Portland’s combined sewer system to overflow to the Willamette River around 1:15 a.m. this morning from multiple outfalls.  

Because of increased bacteria in the water, the public is advised to avoid contact with the Willamette River for 48 hours after the CSO event ends. The overflows are still continuing. The volume is not yet known. A combined sewer overflow is about 80% stormwater and 20% sanitary sewage.

According to the National Weather Service, more than two inches fell in Portland on Saturday and the storm system called an atmospheric river may continue to bring periods ofrain to the Portland area through Sunday. 

CSOs are rare and occur during periods of extreme rain or snowfall. Since completing the Big Pipe project in 2011, a 20-year $1.4 billion program to reduce overflows, the number of CSOs have been reduced by 94 percent to the Willamette River and 99 percent to the Columbia Slough.  

The Big Pipe project constructed a series of improvements, from disconnecting downspouts on residences to allow rainwater to be absorbed naturally in the ground to the construction of big pipes on both sides of the river and along the slough to store and convey large quantities of flows to the Columbia Boulevard Wastewater Treatment Plant. Before the project, CSOs occurred to the Willamette River from multiple outfalls an average of 50 times a year, with some instances lasting days. Today, overflows occur an average of four times per winter season, and once every three summers.  

Find out more information about CSO events, what they are and why they occur.

The Bureau of Environmental Services provides city residents with programs to protect water quality and public health, including wastewater collection and treatment, sewer construction and maintenance, stormwater management, and stream and watershed restoration. Visit www.portlandoregon.gov/bes and follow us on Twitter for news @besportland.

Media contact: Diane Dulken 503.823.6724 diane.dulken@portlandoregon.gov


CSO Advisory: 14-minute combined sewer overflow (CSO) occurs to Willamette River from SE pump station slated for upgrades

(October 19, 2017) – A combined sewer overflow (CSO) occurred this evening from a single location - the SE Alder Pump Station that is slated to be taken offline later this month to improve and expand its capacity.

Triggered by heavy rains, the CSO began at 7:32 p.m. and ended 14 minutes later, discharging about 23,000 gallons of stormwater mixed with sewage to the Willamette River.The pump station also overflowed in September for four minutes. The SE Alder Street Pump Station is located at SE Alder Street and Water Avenue. https://goo.gl/maps/kmdmYw57pD22

A CSO is about 80 percent stormwater and 20 percent sewage. The pump station, built in 1952, is scheduled to be taken offline later this month for two years of construction. The upgrades will improve reliability and increase pumping capacity to prevent sewage releases into buildings and streets as well as overflows to the river. During construction, the combined sewage and stormwater flows will be diverted to other pipes in the system and the  likelihood of CSOs from this location will decrease.  For more information on the project, please visit: https://www.portlandoregon.gov/bes/72747.

CSOs are rare, but when they occur the public is advised to avoid contact with the river for about 48 hours due to increased bacteria in the water. In this case, the public is advised to avoid contact with the Willamette River from the Morrison Bridge to the Columbia River confluence until this advisory is lifted. Areas upstream are not subject to this advisory.

Since completing the Big Pipe project in 2011, a 20-year $1.4 billion program to reduce overflows, the number of CSOs have been reduced by 94 percent to the Willamette River and 99 percent to the Columbia Slough.  Before the project, CSOs occurred to the Willamette River from multiple outfalls an average of 50 times a year, with some instances lasting days.

For more information about CSO events, what they are and why they occur, visit https://www.portlandoregon.gov/bes/article/565061.

 

The Bureau of Environmental Services provides city residents with programs to protect water quality and public health, including wastewater collection and treatment, sewer construction and maintenance, stormwater management, and stream and watershed restoration. Visit www.portlandoregon.gov/bes and follow us on Twitter for news @besportland.

Media contact: Diane Dulken 503.823.6724 diane.dulken@portlandoregon.gov


Sewage Advisory: Ruptured pipe under N Lombard overpass leads to sewage release to Columbia Slough

Sanitary Sewage Release Advisory
(this is not a combined sewer overflow [CSO] advisory)

UPDATE Oct. 20, 2017 - Crews finished an emergency repair on the ruptured pipe this afternoon.  Pictures: top - city crews excavated a work zone to allow installation of a patch on the ruptured sewer line. Below - raw sewage underneath the Lombard overpass on Oct. 18.

(October 18, 2017) - City crews responded last night when a ruptured pipe released sewage onto a railroad track underneath the N Lombard Street overpass. The location is around the 12900 block of N Lombard Street. Traffic is not affected. 

Sewage pooled along the tracks and an unknown quantity flowed down an embankment to the Columbia Slough. As a precaution, the public is advised to avoid contact with the slough due to increased bacteria in the water. 

The release is ongoing and crews are on site working to contain the flow and repair a rupture in a pipe that carries sewage from the Lombard Pump Station to the city's Columbia Boulevard Wastewater Treatment Plant. As a further precaution, crews posted warning signs at the site, which is not easily accessible to the public. 

The City of Portland treats an average of 70 million gallons of wastewater each day. Over one-third of Portland’s more than 2,500 miles of sewer pipes are over 80 years old. Pipes that fail or become blocked with grease, tree roots, and debris can cause sewage overflows. This sewage release is not related to Portland’s combined sewer overflow control system.

The Bureau of Environmental Services provides city residents with programs to protect water quality and public health, including wastewater collection and treatment, sewer construction and maintenance, stormwater management, and stream and watershed restoration. Visit www.portlandoregon.gov/bes and follow us on Twitter for news @besportland.

 

Media contact: Diane Dulken 503.823.6724 diane.dulken@portlandoregon.gov


Advisory: Sewage release along NE Marine Drive flows into ditch, river not affected

Sanitary Sewage Release Advisory

(this is not a combined sewer overflow [CSO] advisory)

(October 11, 2017) – A malfunctioning valve on an underground pipe led to a sewage release this morning along the side of NE Marine Drive at 112th Avenue near the I-205 overpass.

The sewage flowed through a storm drain and to a ditch. Crews cleaned up the flow along the road and the portion in the ditch soaked into the ground. The sewage did not reach the Columbia River.

The release occurred west of the I-205 bike path and that path is not affected.

Crews determined that about 18,750 gallons was released during a 75-minute period. Crews repaired the valve, which was housed in an underground vault, stopping the release at 8:45 a.m.

The public is advised to obey warning signs posted along Marine Drive.

The City of Portland treats an average of 70 million gallons of wastewater each day. Over one-third of Portland’s more than 2,500 miles of sewer pipes are over 80 years old.

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The Bureau of Environmental Services provides city residents with programs to protect water quality and public health, including wastewater collection and treatment, sewer construction and maintenance, stormwater management, and stream and watershed restoration. www.portlandoregon.gov/bes @BESPortland.

Media contact: Diane Dulken, 503-823-6724, diane.dulken@portlandoregon.gov


City and State Raise Red Flags About Superfund Process


Sewage Advisory: Grease buildup causes sewage overflow in NE Portland to Columbia Slough

Sanitary Sewage Release Advisory

(this is not a combined sewer overflow [CSO] advisory)

(Sept. 25, 2017) – City maintenance crews responded this morning to reports of sewage overflowing from a manhole in a parking lot next to the 7200 block of NE Alderwood Road near Airport Way.

https://goo.gl/maps/g3KkBRWLrzw

Crews cleared sewer pipes that had become blocked by grease and restored service to the area.  The overflow occurred for about three hours ending at 10:30 a.m. and discharged 10,000 gallons. That discharge flowed from the parking lot manhole into a nearby storm drain and to the Columbia Slough.

As a precaution, people should avoid contact with the Columbia Slough for about 48 hours because of the possibility of bacteria in the water.

Sewage overflows often are preventable. Pipes that become blocked with grease, tree roots, and debris are the most common cause of sewage overflows. Environmental Services advises the public not to pour grease down drains, flush anything other than waste and toilet paper, and to not put anything down storm drains, which are intended for rainfall only. 

Environmental Services also operates the Fog Program (Fats, Oils and Grease) specifically to work with restaurants and other food establishments to reduce grease-caused clogs and prevent backups and discharges that can affect public health and our environment. https://www.portlandoregon.gov/bes/54538

This sewage overflow is not related to the City of Portland's combined sewer overflow control system.

The Bureau of Environmental Services provides city residents with programs to protect water quality and public health, including wastewater collection and treatment, sewer construction and maintenance, stormwater management, and stream and watershed restoration. www.portlandoregon.gov/bes and @BESPortland.

 Media contact: Diane Dulken, 503-823-6724,  diane.dulken@portlandoregon.gov


UPDATED/CORRECTED CSO ADVISORY: Combined sewer overflow (CSO) from SE Alder Pump Station on Wednesday, September 20

UPDATED/CORRECTED CSO ADVISORY: Combined sewer overflows (CSOs) on Wednesday, September 20

(September 21, 2017) - Heavy rains caused Portland’s combined sewer system to overflow to the Willamette River on Wednesday, September 20 from a SE Portland pump station that is slated to be improved and expanded. Overflows occurred at 4:15 a.m., 2:33 p.m., and 3:01 p.m. to the Willamette River from the SE Alder Street Pump Station at SE Alder Street and Water Avenue. https://goo.gl/maps/kmdmYw57pD22. The morning overflow lasted for about four minutes, and the afternoon overflows lasted for a total of about 30 minutes.

An overflow did not occur, as previously reported, at N Edison & Philadelphia.

UPDATED CSO ALERT:

(5 p.m., September 20, 2017) – Heavy rains caused Portland’s combined sewer system to overflow to the Willamette River beginning at around 2 p.m. at N Edison & Philadelphia. Officials estimate that less than 100 gallons overflowed. The event lasted for approximately one minute.

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EARLIER ALERT: Four-minute combined sewer overflow (CSO) occured to Willamette River from pump station slated for upgrades

(September 20, 2017) – A combination of stormwater from heavy rains and sewage overflowed to the Willamette River for four minutes early this morning from a SE Portland pump station that is slated to be improved and expanded.

The CSO (combined sewer overflow) occurred at 4:15 a.m. from the SE Alder Street Pump Station at SE Alder Street and Water Avenue. https://goo.gl/maps/kmdmYw57pD22.

The pump station, built in 1952, is being upgraded and will be taken offline by October for two years of construction.  The upgrades will improve reliability and increase pumping capacity to prevent sewage releases into buildings and streets as well as overflows to the river. For more information on the project, please visit: https://www.portlandoregon.gov/bes/72747.

CSOs are rare, but when they occur the public is advised to avoid contact with the river for about 48 hours due to increased bacteria in the water. In this case, the public is advised to avoid contact with the Willamette River from the Morrison Bridge to the Columbia River confluence until this advisory is lifted.

Areas upstream are not subject to this advisory.

The event began at 4:10 a.m. and lasted for four minutes, discharging about 3,000 gallons. A combined sewer overflow is about 80% stormwater and 20% sewage.

Since completing the Big Pipe project in 2011, a 20-year $1.4 billion program to reduce overflows, the number of CSOs have been reduced by 94 percent to the Willamette River and 99 percent to the Columbia Slough.  Before the project, CSOs occurred an average of 50 times a year, with some instances lasting days. Today, the combined system overflows to the Willamette River an average of four times per winter and once every three summers.

For more information about CSO events, what they are and why they occur, visit https://www.portlandoregon.gov/bes/article/565061.

 

The Bureau of Environmental Services works with Portland residents and businesses to protect water quality, public health, and the environment through wastewater collection and treatment, sewer construction and maintenance, stormwater management, and stream and watershed restoration. For news updates, follow @BESPortland on Twitter and visit www.portlandoregon.gov/bes/news


News release:Commissioner Nick Fish introduces Salmon in Our City Day; Council to declare Crystal Springs first Salmon Sanctuary

(September 19, 2017) – Tomorrow at 2 p.m. in City Council, City Commissioner Nick Fish will proclaim Sunday, September 24, the first annual “Salmon in Our City Day,” marking substantial progress in restoring urban salmon habitat and continued investment in salmon recovery.

Also at City Council, Commissioner Fish will introduce “Salmon Sanctuaries,” streams that City scientists and resource experts consider the best salmon habitat in the city. Salmon Sanctuaries are resting, feeding, and spawning areas that help the threatened fish through Portland on their journey to and from the Pacific Ocean.

“I am proud to live in a city where families and children can watch salmon swimming in their local creek,” said Commissioner Nick Fish. “In the Pacific Northwest, salmon are a key indicator of a healthy watershed. Today, we celebrate Crystal Springs as a model restoration project and commit to expanding Portland’s urban salmon habitat.”

City Council’s proclamation of September 24th as Salmon in Our City Day coincides with the fourth annual Salmon Celebration. On the banks of Crystal Springs Creek at Westmoreland Park from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., the public is invited to join in a Native American blessing, salmon bake, and other activities to welcome the return of salmon to Portland. The celebration also is part of this season’s final Sunday Parkways, which will bring thousands of people through SE Portland.

Crystal Springs Creek, which has been extensively rehabilitated by the City and community partners, will be the city’s first Salmon Sanctuary. Crystal Springs Creek photo by Andrew FedchenkoThe designation comes with a $5,000 award for the Johnson Creek Watershed Council and the Crystal Springs Partnership, two community groups that are continuing restoration and stewardship activities.

The Salmon Sanctuary designation is the result of a citywide evaluation of salmon habitat by Environmental Services, Portland Parks & Recreation, the Portland Bureau of Transportation, Bureau of Planning and Sustainability and Water Bureau. The inter-bureau team identified eight other streams that are primed to achieve sanctuary status as restoration projects are completed, including:

  • Oaks Bottom Wildlife Refuge – existing prime habitat for fish and wildlife. The only obstacle for salmon is a culvert that blocks access from the Willamette River. That culvert is slated for replacement next year by the US Army Corps of Engineers, Environmental Services, and Portland Parks & Recreation.

  • Miller Creek in Forest Park – the forested stream has all the characteristics of prime salmon habitat, including shade, cold water, and no invasive fish competitors. City scientists have not yet found adult salmon in the creek, but a debris blockage that was removed by the Oregon Department of Transportation earlier this year was likely inhibiting salmon passage.  City scientists plan renewed monitoring this season.

  • Tryon Creek – like Oaks Bottom, this area contains prime habitat and conditions for salmon. A culvert that spans the equivalent of two city blocks at the mouth of the Willamette River blocks migratory fish from entering the creek. Oregon’s congressional delegation is working with the City to secure necessary funding for culvert replacement.

In addition, the City’s scientists and restoration experts identified these candidates: Errol Creek and Deardorff Creek along Johnson Creek in SE Portland, the lower Columbia Slough in North Portland, and Balch Creek and Saltzman Creek in Forest Park.

The Salmon Sanctuary evaluations were conducted by the same inter-bureau team whose work last year led to Portland becoming the first certified Salmon-Safe city, a designation that means the city has met or is working to meet standards for limiting water pollution, conserving habitat and additional practices that go beyond current law. Salmon-Safe, a non-profit organization, administers those standards.

“When we invest in restoration, adjust our operations to be Salmon-Safe, and partner with others, salmon return to our city,” said Kaitlin Lovell, Environmental Services’ science manager. “We have a long way to go to see abundant populations, but each step builds on itself. In the age of climate change, it is even more important to create cold water sanctuaries where fish can find food, shelter and refuge in Portland’s rivers.”

Salmon have been documented in 125 miles of the city’s 300 miles of streams, but population numbers are low. The City of Portland has been working to recover salmon and steelhead since 1998 when steelhead in Portland were first listed as threatened under the Endangered Species Act. In that time, no populations have gone extinct and multiple restoration projects have delivered cleaner water to the Willamette, better habitat for fish and wildlife and improved treatment of stormwater.

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Find more information, including a map of salmon streams, on Salmon in Portland 

The Bureau of Environmental Services provides residents with programs to protect water quality and public health, including wastewater collection and treatment, sewer construction and maintenance, stormwater management, and stream and watershed restoration. For news updates, follow @BESPortland on Twitter and visit www.portlandoregon.gov/bes/news.

Media contact: Diane Dulken 503.823.6724 diane.dulken@portlandoregon.gov


City finalizes $11.125 million sale of Terminal 1 property to Lithia Motors, Inc.

(August 28, 2017) – After asking the City Council to declare Terminal 1 (T1) surplus in 2014, City Commissioner Nick Fish today finalized the sale of T1 to Lithia Motors Inc., the Medford, Oregon-based Fortune 500 auto retailer, for $11.125 million.

Environmental Services Director Mike Jordan signed the deed today, officially transferring the prime industrial property along Northwest Portland’s industrial waterfront to Lithia and capping the final chapter in the $1.4 billion Big Pipe project, the city’s largest infrastructure project to date.

Environmental Services bought T1 for $6.3 million in 2004 from the Port of Portland. It was used as a staging area for the Big Pipe project, which constructed two large pipes on either side of the Willamette River and installed rain gardens and other green solutions which have eliminated most combined sewer overflows to the Willamette River and Columbia Slough.

“Lithia Motors is an important economic player in Oregon. I know that they will leverage this property to its fullest potential to create good jobs in our city,” said Mayor Ted Wheeler.

“This sale is a win-win-win: preserving scarce industrial land, generating good family-wage jobs, and delivering a solid return for ratepayers,” said Commissioner Fish. “With the property in Lithia’s hands, I’m confident that T1 will continue to be an asset on our working waterfront.”

The 14.5-acre property, at 2400 NW Front Avenue, contains a large paved lot with a 96,000-square-foot warehouse in addition to a 3.6-acre dock.  It is identified in the city’s Comprehensive Plan as prime industrial land, and is a key part of Portland’s jobs forecast and economic development strategy for the next 20 years.

“For several years Lithia Motors has had the need to consolidate a number of its local operations under one roof and the Terminal 1 site provides us with the opportunity to do just that while embarking on an exciting partnership with the people of Portland. The development of Terminal 1 allows our company to plan for the future, control current operations and meets the needs of our customers in a fully consolidated facility,” noted Mark DeBoer, Lithia Motors Vice President, Corporate Development.

He added, “We’re equally excited at the possibilities for use of the surplus property at Terminal 1 and hope to best address the vision and future clean transportation needs of the greater Portland community by aligning with the City of Portland Comprehensive Plan.”

Leaders at Lithia Motors expressed the belief that the company is uniquely positioned to partner with the City of Portland to further explore, develop and adopt innovative urban transportation solutions while creating living-wage jobs to a diverse resident population in accordance with the City’s equity and prosperity goals.

Lithia Motors, Inc. is one of the largest automotive retailers in the nation having built strong relationships with virtually every automotive manufacturer. The company employs a team of more than 13,000 in 18 states. About 2,200 of those workers are based in Oregon.

Background / Timeline

When the City Council authorized T1’s sale in 2014, the property was assessed at $8.6 million.  

In 2016, Environmental Services received seven bids ranging from $6 million to $10.5 million before City Council canceled the sale process and directed the bureau to lease it to the Portland Housing Bureau for consideration as a mass homeless shelter. In November 2016, City Council withdrew that concept and renewed Environmental Services’ authority to sell the property.

In the second offering, Environmental Services received seven bids ranging from $10 million to $10.5 million. When Environmental Services asked those bidders for their best and final offers, Lithia raised its offer $2 million to $12.5 million, making it the high bidder. In December, Environmental Services accepted Lithia’s proposal.

The final sales price of $11.125 million was adjusted from the accepted offer of $12.5 million based on further information discovered during the inspection phase, also known as due diligence. During the inspections, a sinkhole in the main lot and damage to the dock were discovered. To address these findings, the city and Lithia negotiated a price adjustment as well as an additional $625,000 Environmental Services has put in escrow. Lithia can draw upon those escrow funds for repairs, subject to Environmental Services’ approval. All offers received would have been subject to the due diligence process.

For more information on T1 including photos, see www.portlandoregon.gov/bes/article/514449

 The Bureau of Environmental Services provides city residents with programs to protect water quality and public health, including wastewater collection and treatment, sewer construction and maintenance, stormwater management, and stream and watershed restoration. For news updates, follow @BESPortland on Twitter and visit www.portlandoregon.gov/bes/news.

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Media Contacts:

Diane Dulken, 503-823-6724, diane.dulken@portlandoregon.gov

Lithia Motors Contact: Tom Dobry, 541-734-3015, tdobry@lithia.com

 


Sewage release occurs in Marquam Nature Park in SW Portland

Sanitary Sewage Release Advisory

(this is not a combined sewer overflow [CSO] advisory

(August 25, 2017) - Sewer maintenance crews responded this morning to a broken pipe in Marquam Nature Park and are working to clean up about 100 gallons of sewage that is pooling in an unnamed and self-contained stream between the Shelter Loop and Sunnyside trails.

The public is advised to adhere to warning signs posted in the area and to remain on trails. 

The City of Portland treats an average of 70 million gallons of wastewater each day. Over one-third of Portland’s more than 2,500 miles of sewer pipes are over 80 years old. Pipes that fail or become blocked with grease, tree roots, and debris can cause sewage overflows. This sewage release is not related to Portland’s combined sewer overflow control system.

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 The Bureau of Environmental Services provides city residents with programs to protect water quality and public health, including wastewater collection and treatment, sewer construction and maintenance, stormwater management, and stream and watershed restoration. Visit www.portlandoregon.gov/bes and follow us on Twitter for news @besportland.

 


UPDATED: Sewage overflows from manhole at Sellwood Riverfront Park

UPDATE (August 21, 2017) - The cause of the sewage overflow was a private pump that failed and has since been repaired. The overflow to the pathway and nearby vegetation was stopped at about 7:30 p.m. Sunday and was estimated to be about 525 gallons, which is roughly the equivalent of 10 55-gallon drums. The sewage was contained and cleaned up  and did NOT reach the Willamette River.

Sanitary Sewage Release Advisory 

(this is not a combined sewer overflow [CSO] advisory)

(August 20, 2017) - Sewer maintenance crews responded this afternoon  to a report of sewage flowing from a manhole at the southwest corner of Sellwood Riverfront Park near SE Spokane Street. An unknown quantity of sewage discharged from the manhole and is being contained and cleaned up by sewer maintenance crews. 

The flow did NOT reach the Willamette River, according to preliminary field evaluations.   

The public is advised to adhere to the warning signs posted at the site.  

The cause is unknown at this time. Pipes that become blocked with grease, tree roots, and debris are the most common cause of sewage overflows. Environmental Services advises the public not to flush anything other than waste and toilet paper, and to not put anything down storm drains, which are intended for rainfall only.  

 The City of Portland treats an average of 70 million gallons of wastewater each day. Over one-third of Portland’s more than 2,500 miles of sewer pipes are over 80 years old. This sewage release is not related to the City of Portland's combined sewer overflow control system.

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The Bureau of Environmental Services provides city residents with programs to protect water quality and public health, including wastewater collection and treatment, sewer construction and maintenance, stormwater management, and stream and watershed restoration.

Media contact; Diane Dulken, 503-823-6724 diane.dulken@portlandoregon.gov


UPDATED Advisory: Sewage release occurs to Woods Creek at SW 69th Avenue

(July 14, 2017) – City of Portland sewer maintenance crews responded on Thursday evening to a sewage release from a manhole near 7320 SW 69th Ave into Woods Creek, a tributary of Fanno Creek. The location of the sewage release is in Beaverton. 

The sewage release occurred on the City of Portland’s Fanno Basin Pressure Line improvement project. Following successful testing, the line was returned to service, and it was discovered that a drain line had been left open in error by the work crew. The valve was closed at 5:45 p.m. Thursday evening. Cleanup began, led by the City of Beaverton, Clean Water Services and City of Portland remediation contractors. This incident was not caused by a failure of the pressure sewer line or the nearby pump stations and is not related to the sewage release into Woods Creek earlier this week, which was caused by a private sewer line.     

Crews estimate that about 90,000 gallons were released before they stopped the flow. A cleanup crew has been deployed to clean the roadway. Crews have taken water quality samples from five sites on Woods Creek and Fanno Creek and posted warning signs along the waterways as far downstream as SW Scholls Ferry Road in Beaverton.

Sewage releases into streams can have an impact on fish and aquatic species. The City of Portland, Clean Water Services and the City of Beaverton are investigating any impact and will update the public as more information is available. As a precaution, the public is advised to adhere to the warning signs posted at the site and avoid contact with Woods Creek and Fanno Creek in that area for at least 48 hours because of the possibility of increased bacteria in the water.   

The sewage release does not affect swimming in the Willamette River or the Big Float event this weekend.

https://goo.gl/maps/dxV98SmUt9x

Media contact: Taffy Spencer, 503-823-8601, taffy.spencer@portlandoregon.gov

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The Bureau of Environmental Services provides city residents with programs to protect water quality and public health, including wastewater collection and treatment, sewer construction and maintenance, stormwater management, and stream and watershed restoration.

 

 The original news release is below:

(July 13, 2017) - Sewer maintenance crews responded on Thursday evening to a sewage release from a manhole near 7320 SW 69th Ave into Woods Creek, a tributary of Fanno Creek in Southwest Portland. 

Crews estimate that about 90,000 gallons were released before they stopped the flow. A cleanup crew has been deployed to clean the roadway. Crews posted warning signs along Woods Creek and nearby Fanno Creek. 

https://goo.gl/maps/dxV98SmUt9x

As a precaution, the public is advised to adhere to the warning signs posted at the site and avoid contact with Woods Creek and Fanno Creek in that area for at least 48 hours because of the possibility of increased bacteria in the water. 

While this investigation and repairs continue, most sewage releases are caused when pipes are blocked by grease, tree roots or other debris, causing pipes to fail. Environmental Services advises the public not to flush anything other than waste and toilet paper, and to not put anything down storm drains, which are intended for rainfall only. 

The City of Portland treats an average of 70 million gallons of wastewater each day. Over one-third of Portland’s more than 2,500 miles of sewer pipes are over 80 years old.

Media contact: Taffy Spencer, 503-823-8601, taffy.spencer@portlandoregon.gov

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The Bureau of Environmental Services provides city residents with programs to protect water quality and public health, including wastewater collection and treatment, sewer construction and maintenance, stormwater management, and stream and watershed restoration.


UPDATED Advisory: Sewage release occurs in SW Portland's Maplewood neighborhood to Woods and Fanno creeks

FINAL UPDATE (July 27, 2017) – After nearly three weeks of diverting sewage from a private pipe to prevent discharges to Woods Creek and working with the property owner to install a remedy, Environmental Services has concluded operations.

 

Environmental Services’ investigation showed that sewage and other wastewater from a commercial complex in the 5700 block of SW Multnomah Boulevard had inadvertently been discharging to the Fanno Creek tributary via a pipe that was designed to carry rainwater and stormwater only.  The management of that complex on Friday connected that pipe to the city’s public sanitary sewer, sending the flow to the city’s system for treatment.

 

 Environmental Services has referred this incident to the city’s Bureau of Development Services, which administers the city’s building code, and the state Department of Environmental Quality, which protects public waterways within Oregon.

 

After being alerted by a report of an odor on July 9, the city dispatched a crew to the area and found a sewage discharge to Woods Creek along the April Hill Park natural area trail. Environmental Services set up a temporary containment area and pumping system to prevent further damage to the creek while investigating the source and then working with the property managers on remedial action.

 

On Wednesday, city crews removed pumps from the site and completed cleanup of the containment area and minor restoration of the bank along the creek. Warning signs will remain alongside the creek as long as the risk of bacteria exposure remains. April Hills Park and the natural area trail were not impacted and remain open to the public.

 

 

 

UPDATE (July 12, 2017) - Environmental Services has determined that the source of Sunday’s sewage release to Woods Creek was a  privately owned pipe and not a city sewer line. While that private pipe was designed to carry only rainwater to the creek, it appears that a private sewage pipe was mistakenly connected to it, leading to Sunday’s discharge of about 27,000 gallons to the Fanno Creek tributary.

 City crews stopped the discharge on Sunday by diverting the flow to the city sewer system, and no additional discharge is occurring to the creek. Crews continue to conduct cleanup at the site adjacent to the April Hill Park Natural Area trail between April Hill Park and SW Multnomah Boulevard. Environmental Services continues its investigation to pinpoint the exact source of the sewage connection to the stormwater pipe.

Warning signs to avoid contact with Woods Creek remain in place as the cleanup and investigation continue.  April Hill Park and the adjacent nature trail are not impacted and remain open to the public.

 Any additional updates will be posted online on this page.

 

Sanitary Sewage Release Advisory

(this is not a combined sewer overflow [CSO] advisory)

(July 10, 2017) - Sewer maintenance crews responding Sunday to an odor report on the 6100 block of SW Canby Street found that sewage was spilling into Woods Creek, a tributary of Fanno Creek in Southwest Portland. 

Crews estimate that about 27,000 gallons were released before they stopped the flow by diverting it to a nearby sewer line. Crews posted warning signs along Wood Creek and nearby Fanno Creek.

City crews continue to investigate and repair the sewer line.

As a precaution, the public is advised to adhere to the warning signs posted at the site and avoid contact with Woods Creek and Fanno Creek in that area for at least 48 hours because of the possibility of increased bacteria in the water. 

While this investigation continues, most sewage overflows are caused by blockages. Pipes that fail or become blocked with grease, tree roots, and debris can cause sewage overflows. Environmental Services advises the public not to flush anything other than waste and toilet paper, and to not put anything down storm drains, which are intended for rainfall only. 

The City of Portland treats an average of 70 million gallons of wastewater each day. Over one-third of Portland’s more than 2,500 miles of sewer pipes are over 80 years old. This sewage overflow is not related to the City of Portland's combined sewer overflow control system that protects water quality in the Willamette River and Columbia Slough.

 

Media contact: Diane Dulken 503-823-6724 diane.dulken@portlandoregon.gov

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The Bureau of Environmental Services provides city residents with programs to protect water quality and public health, including wastewater collection and treatment, sewer construction and maintenance, stormwater management, and stream and watershed restoration.

 


Swimming, boating in the Willamette River? Environmental Services posts weekly water quality tests through summer

(June 21, 2017) - The Willamette River through Portland is cleaner than it's been in decades, thanks in large part to ratepayers’ investment in the $1.4 billion “Big Pipe” project that dramatically reduced combined sewer overflows.

How clean? Each week during summer months, Environmental Services tests for the presence of bacteria as well as water temperature at five popular public recreation spots. Tests are conducted on Wednesdays and posted to the newly revamped Willamette River Recreation Index webpage by Friday morning – ready for weekend activity.

More than 98 percent of test results taken since the Big Pipe’s completion in 2011 have shown bacteria levels well within the state’s health standards, meaning the water is clean enough for swimming, boating and other summer recreation.

Before the Big Pipe project, also known as Portland’s CSO Control Program, stormwater mixed with sewage would overflow into the river almost every time it rained, triggered by storms with one-tenth of an inch of precipitation or more.  That meant more than 50 overflows a year, with some events lasting several days.

Bacteria exposure is the biggest health concern for swimming, according to the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality. Bacteria can originate from a variety of sources including sewage, agriculture, and fecal matter from wildlife and pets.

Now our system is designed to limit overflows to an average of four times per winter, occurring during periods of exceptionally heavy rains. Overflows occur even less often – on average once every three years – during the months from May to October. 

There have been no overflows in July and August in the years since the Big Pipe’s completion.

“The Big Pipe, delivered on time and on budget, has been a big success,” said Commissioner Nick Fish. “Thanks to this investment in our critical infrastructure and in the health of the river, the Willamette is once again open to all kinds of summer activities.”

Environmental Services and Portland Fire & Rescue offer these additional river tips: Many factors affect safety on the river, including temperature, currents, and debris, as well as people’s ability in the water. Cold water is good for migrating salmon and other fish, but water below 70 degrees can be uncomfortable and unsafe for people.  People can find out river temperature in addition to bacteria levels through the Willamette River Recreation Index.

“Know the water, know your abilities, wear a life vest and don’t swim alone,” said Environmental Services Director Mike Jordan. “And please care for our public spaces by picking up your trash and pet’s waste.”

View clean water tests and temperature at the Willamette River Recreation Index or www.portlandoregon.gov/bes/RecreationIndex

 

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The Bureau of Environmental Services works with Portland residents and businesses to protect water quality, public health, and the environment through wastewater collection and treatment, sewer construction and maintenance, stormwater management, and stream and watershed restoration. www.portlandoregon.gov/bes @besportland

Media contact:  Diane Dulken 503.823.6724 diane.dulken@portlandoregon.gov

 

 


Traffic Advisory: Night work to close SE McLoughlin Boulevard off-ramp to Powell Boulevard June 14 for up to seven nights

(June 12, 2017) – Environmental Services advises the traveling public that sewer construction will require night closures of the northbound off-ramp of SE McLoughlin Boulevard to SE Powell Boulevard for up to seven nights between June 14 and June 30.  Night construction hours are from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m.

A detour will be set up to guide travelers to eastbound SE Powell Boulevard. A map of the detour is available at www.portlandoregon.gov/bes/article/542387.

Working during night hours minimizes the travel impacts of this work. The traveling public is advised to expect some delays, to travel cautiously and to observe the traffic control signage.

Crews are repairing about 100 feet of pipe under the off-ramp. The work is part of the Lower Powell Green Street and Sewer Project to protect water quality, public health, and our environment.

For additional information, including project updates and maps, visit www.portlandoregon.gov/bes/Lowerpowell .

 

The Bureau of Environmental Services works with Portland residents and businesses to protect water quality, public health, and the environment through wastewater collection and treatment, sewer construction and maintenance, stormwater management, and stream and watershed restoration. www.portlandoregon.gov/bes. Follow on Twitter @besportland

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Media Contact Diane Dulken, 503-823-5328, diane.dulken@portlandoregon.gov

 

 


UPDATED Traffic Advisory: Crews to pave Highway 43 at Portland-Lake Oswego border Saturday morning, May 20

UPDATE (May 19, 2017) - Paving will take place as scheduled but due to high demand for pavement restoration crews, restriping is now scheduled for early June. The current lane restrictions will continue until then.

(May 17, 2017) – Environmental Services advises the traveling public that crews will pave Highway 43 at SW Terwilliger Boulevard at the entry way to Lake Oswego on Saturday, May 20 from 4 a.m. to 11 a.m. One lane will be open in each direction at all times

Once complete, the lane restrictions that have been in place since April for a sewer repair project will be lifted. Paving is taking place about two weeks ahead of schedule.

The traveling public is advised to travel cautiously and to observe signage. The early morning paving schedule was chosen to minimize travel impacts.

Crews have finished installing two manholes and about 80 feet of pipe under Highway 43 between SW Terwilliger Blvd and SW E Avenue. The work is part of the SW Terwilliger Sewer Project to improve wastewater collection in the area and to protect water quality, public health, and our environment.

SW Terwilliger Blvd WILL REMAIN CLOSED from Highway 43 to SW Castleridge Lane until the project is complete, no later than August.

For additional information, including progress photos and maps, visit www.portlandoregon.gov/bes/swterwilliger.

The Bureau of Environmental Services works with Portland residents and businesses to protect water quality, public health, and the environment through wastewater collection and treatment, sewer construction and maintenance, stormwater management, and stream and watershed restoration. www.portlandoregon.gov/bes. Follow on Twitter @besportland

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UPDATED CSO Advisory: Combination of stormwater and sewage overflows from SW Carolina Street outfall to the Willamette River

UPDATE (May 15) - The total amount of stormwater and sewage overflow on Saturday is estimated to be 5,100 gallons. The source of the suspected debris blockage remains under investigation. 

(May 13, 2017) – Environmental Services is reporting a combined sewage overflow (CSO) from the SW Carolina Street outfall  north of Willamette Park to the Willamette River. The overflow began about 5 p.m. and lasted about ten minutes. Additional showers this weekend may lead to additional discharges and this event is considered ongoing. 

The cause is believed to be a combination of heavy thundershowers and debris blockage at the outfall. This same outfall was the site of a 13 minute overflow on February 8 that cleared itself. 

A combined sewer overflow is about 80% stormwater and 20% sanitary sewage. Because of increased bacteria in the water from the sewage, the public is advised to avoid contact with the Willamette River in the area north (downstream) of Willamette Park for 48 hours after the CSO event ends. Environmental Services will update the public when the overflow stops.

Since completing the ratepayer-funded $1.4 billion Big Pipe project in 2011 to eliminate most but not all overflows, about 94 percent of CSOs to the Willamette River have been eliminated and 99 percent to the Columbia Slough. Both the river and slough are much healthier for recreation and for wildlife. State and city officials determined that reaching 100% CSO control would not significantly
improve river health while doubling the costs to ratepayers.  Find out more about CSOs, what they are and why they occur at: https://www.portlandoregon.gov/bes/article/565063

The Bureau of Environmental Services works with Portland residents and businesses to protect water quality, public health, and the environment through wastewater collection and treatment, sewer construction and maintenance, stormwater management, and stream and watershed restoration. www.portlandoregon.gov/bes @besportland

Media contact: Diane Dulken 503.823.6742. Diane.dulken@portlandoregon.gov 


Sewage advisory: Clogged manhole in outer SE Portland sends sewage to Clatsop and Kelley Creeks

Sanitary Sewage Release Advisory

(this is not a combined sewer overflow [CSO] advisory)

(May 12, 2017) – A manhole that became clogged with debris in a residential area led to a sewage overflow this morning on SE 162nd south of Foster Road.

 Crews cleared the blockage and restored service to the area, estimating that about 1,750 gallons spilled onto the street and to nearby Clatsop Creek which feeds into Kelley Creek. Those small creeks lead to Johnson Creek.

The overflow occurred at SE 162nd Avenue and SE Henderson Way.  https://goo.gl/maps/nuhRtXe6uk92

As a precaution, people should avoid contact with Clatsop Creek downstream of SE 162nd Avenue, Kelley Creek downstream of Clatsop Creek and Johnson Creek downstream of Kelley Creek for about 48 hours because of the possibility of bacteria in the water.

Sewage overflows are preventable. Pipes that become blocked with grease, tree roots, and debris are the most common cause of sewage overflows. Environmental Services advises the public not to flush anything other than waste and toilet paper, and to not put anything down storm drains, which are intended for rainfall only. 

This sewage overflow is not related to the City of Portland's combined sewer overflow control system which manages excess stormwater and sewage during exceptionally heavy rains.  

The Bureau of Environmental Services provides city residents with programs to protect water quality and public health, including wastewater collection and treatment, sewer construction and maintenance, stormwater management, and stream and watershed restoration.


Traffic Advisory: Sewer repairs to involve periodic two-block street closures along downtown's Yamhill and Morrison streets from April 30-May 20

 (April 27, 2017) – Environmental Services advises the traveling public that a downtown Portland sewer repair project along the Yamhill-Morrison light rail corridor will involve rolling temporary two-block street closures from April 30 to May 20. 

The rolling two-block closures along Yamhill and Morrison streets will last approximately three days each and take place as crews move from manhole to manhole along the corridor to make needed sewer repairs. Crews are inserting new linings into the sewer pipes to extend their lifespans and ensure reliable service in the downtown core.                       

Environmental Services is in the middle of a nine-week project to repair century-old sewer pipes underneath the light rail lines. The bureau is scheduling the most challenging work – lining of sewer pipes - during TriMet’s MAX improvement project when trains are not in service.

To condense several months of work within several weeks, Environmental Services crews and contractors are working 24/7 and will complete as much of the repairs as possible before TriMet’s reopening of light rail service.

 The traveling public is asked to observe all street closures and directions by reader boards, signs and flaggers and to use alternate routes when possible.

Local access to properties, including parking garages, along the route will be maintained.  

People traveling by bicycle may choose to dismount and use the sidewalks to navigate around the street closures.

Sidewalk access will be maintained throughout the project.  Pedestrians and people using wheelchairs can expect to navigate around a number of orange “barrels” along the corridors that cover access points for work crews. Crews will also periodically put out hoses along sidewalks and streets that will be covered with ramps for easier passage. At each intersection, crews will maintain at least one east-west and one north-south crossing.  

In addition, temporary closures on adjacent cross streets will occur with local access provided by flaggers. Those closures will allow crews to operate bypass pumping to maintain sewer service during construction. 

On-street parking will be restricted in and near the work zones to create a safe work environment and to stage equipment and materials.

The exact work schedule within the April 30-May 20 timeframe will be dynamic as crews navigate challenging conditions underground as well as weather.

For videos of the deteriorated sewers with ruptures and tree roots, see: https://www.portlandoregon.gov/bes/article/632459

For additional information, please visit Environmental Services’ Yamhill-Morrison project  www.portlandoregon.gov/bes/downtown and TriMet’s Morrison-Yamhill MAX Improvements project at www.trimet.org/morrisonyamhill.

To find out about other Central City construction projects and how area agencies are coordinating projects to reduce their traffic impacts,  visit Get Portland Moving at www.MovePDX.net.

 

The Bureau of Environmental Services works with Portland residents and businesses to protect water quality, public health, and the environment through wastewater collection and treatment, sewer construction and maintenance, stormwater management, and stream and watershed restoration. www.portlandoregon.gov/bes. Follow on Twitter @besportland

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Media Contact Diane Dulken, 503-823-5328, diane.dulken@portlandoregon.gov


News Release: City moves to 100% methane recovery, creating triple-win for public: revenue, climate gains and cleaner air

Largest city climate change project will net $3 million annually

(April 19, 2017) - Just in time for Earth Day, Environmental Services is announcing a groundbreaking project that will convert waste methane from the city’s sewage treatment process into renewable natural gas. The clean, locally-produced fuel will be sold in Portland and elsewhere to replace diesel fuel in trucks.

InfoGraphic methane recovery

The project will cut greenhouse gas emissions by 21,000 tons a year, more than any other single city project to date.

It also will generate upwards of $3 million in revenue a year, and replace 1.34 million gallons of dirty diesel fuel with clean renewable natural gas. That’s enough to run 154 garbage trucks for a year.

“We are creating a triple-win for the public in terms of revenue, climate action and cleaner air,” said Commissioner Nick Fish. “The renewable natural gas we will produce is truly local and homegrown, a by-product of the waste from every Portland household that we can now repurpose.”

Portland City Council today unanimously approved the project, authorizing Environmental Services to build the infrastructure needed to produce renewable natural gas (RNG) at the Columbia Boulevard Wastewater Treatment Plant and distribute it through NW Natural’s network. City Council also authorized the construction of an RNG fueling station at the plant. The $12 million pAerial photo of Columbia Blvd Wastewater Treatment Plantackage of construction costs will have a payback period of about four years.

The timeframe for the project is:

By the end of 2017, the fueling station is scheduled to be finished and used for Environmental Services and other city trucks.

By the end of 2018, Environmental Services expects to begin feeding renewable natural gas into NW Natural’s network. That fuel will be sold on the renewable energy market via a system of energy credits to Oregon and out-of-state buyers.

“Because our product is a renewable fuel and not a fossil fuel, it commands a five-to-ten times higher price on the renewable energy market,” said Environmental Services Director Mike Jordan. “Doing the right thing turns out to be a great deal.”

NW Natural provided engineering standards and developed a regulatory framework to facilitate this project. “We are proud to be a part of our City’s efforts to close the loop on waste,” said David H. Anderson, NW Natural president and CEO. “We look forward to this being the first of many renewable natural gas projects that move us toward a low-carbon future.”

The project is the latest step Environmental Services is taking at the treatment plant to recover and reuse as many resources as possible. About half of the plant’s waste methane, in the form of raw biogas (a mixture of methane, carbon dioxide and trace components) is already reclaimed to heat and power the treatment plant. Some has been sold to a local roofing company. The rest, about 23 percent, has been flared (burned and released as carbon dioxide into the atmosphere). This project will move the plant to 100 percent methane recovery for both on-site use and sale, and eliminate regular flaring.  

"We have found a way to eliminate that pollution and turn it into revenue for Portland ratepayers," said Commissioner Nick Fish. “That’s a good way to begin Earth Day celebrations.”

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 Follow the discussion on Twitter: @BESPortland #renewablepdx

The Bureau of Environmental Services works with Portland residents and businesses to protect water quality, public health, and the environment through wastewater collection and treatment, sewer construction and maintenance, stormwater management, and stream and watershed restoration. www.portlandoregon.gov/bes @besportland

 Media contact: Diane Dulken 503-823-6724 diane.dulken@portlandoregon.gov


 

 


UPDATED CSO Advisory: Blockage at outfall near Cathedral Park leads to sewage release to Willamette River

UPDATE (April 14, 2017) - Environmental Services is extending the advisory through the end of today.  Crews found and removed the source of the blockage yesterday - a broken piece of clay pipe that had partially blocked flows near a diversion manhole at N. Burlington Avenue and Edison. They are continuing to investigate the source of that broken pipe and determine what additional repairs may be needed. While crews were working on Wednesday and before they discovered the broken pipe, an additional discharge to the Willamette River of about 10,000 gallons occurred during an intense short rainstorm. For that reason, Environmental Services is advising the public to continue avoiding contact with the river downstream of Cathedral Park through today because of the possibility of increased bacteria in the water.

(April 12, 2017) – Debris blocking a sewer pipe is suspected of causing an estimated 14,000 gallons of sewage to be released into the Willamette River overnight north of the St. Johns Bridge.

The release occurred from about 10 p.m. to about 11 p.m. and then again from about 1 a.m. to 2 a.m. from an outfall pipe at the north end of Cathedral Park. Maintenance crews are working to identify the source of the blockage.

The public is advised to avoid contact with the river downstream of Cathedral Park for 48 hours because of the possibility of increased bacteria in the water.

The Bureau of Environmental Services works with Portland residents and businesses to protect water quality, public health, and the environment through wastewater collection and treatment, sewer construction and maintenance, stormwater management, and stream and watershed restoration. For news updates, follow @BESPortland on Twitter and visit www.portlandoregon.gov/bes/news.


Advisory: Sewage overflows onto SW Portland street and to Fanno Creek

Sanitary Sewage Release Advisory

(this is not a combined sewer overflow [CSO] advisory)

(April 2, 2017) - Sewer maintenance crews responded this afternoon to a report of sewage flowing from a manhole on a residential property on SW Illinois Street near SW 33rd Place. About 675 gallons spilled onto the street and into a storm drain that connects to Fanno Creek.  

Crews repaired the blocked sewer within two hours of receiving the report and determined that tree roots had caused the blockage. 

As a precaution, the public is advised to adhere to the warning signs posted at the site and avoid contact with Fanno Creek in that area for at least 48 hours because of the possibility of increased bacteria in the water. 

This is the second sewage overflow this weekend. Pipes that become blocked with grease, tree roots, and debris are the most common cause of sewage overflows. Environmental Services advises the public not to flush anything other than waste and toilet paper, and to not put anything down storm drains, which are intended for rainfall only. 

 The City of Portland treats an average of 70 million gallons of wastewater each day. Over one-third of Portland’s more than 2,500 miles of sewer pipes are over 80 years old. This weekend's sewage overflows  are not related to the City of Portland's combined sewer overflow control system.  


UPDATED Advisory: Sewage overflows onto NW Thompson Road and towards Cedar Mill Creek

UPDATE (April 2, 2017) - The sewage overflow was stopped at about 9 p.m. and sewer service restored at 1 a.m. Crews found rags and other debris stuck in the sewer pipe, causing a blockage. To prevent clogs that can cause overflows and disrupt service, the public is advised to flush only waste and toilet paper and not pour anything down storm drains. 

Sanitary Sewage Release Advisory

(this is not a combined sewer overflow [CSO] advisory)

(April 1, 2017) - Sewer maintenance crews responded this afternoon to a report of sewage flowing from a manhole on NW Thompson Road and NW Devuto Lane. Field crews estimate that about 9,000 gallons of sewage is flowing from the manhole over the street into a storm drain that feeds into Cedar Mill Creek.

Most sewage is contained in a ditch and the street but some is expected to reach the creek.

Crews are on scene and attempting to stop the flow, which is intermittent. They also posted warning signs in the areas accessible to the public. The area is a residential street west of Forest Park.

As a precaution, the public is advised to adhere to the warning signs posted at the site and avoid contact with Cedar Mill Creek in that area for at least 48 hours because of the possibility of increased bacteria in the water.

The City of Portland treats an average of 70 million gallons of wastewater each day. Over one-third of Portland’s more than 2,500 miles of sewer pipes are over 80 years old. Pipes that fail or become blocked with grease, tree roots, and debris can cause sewage overflows. The sewage release in NW Portland is not related to Portland’s combined sewer overflow control system.

The Bureau of Environmental Services provides city residents with programs to protect water quality and public health, including wastewater collection and treatment, sewer construction and maintenance, stormwater management, and stream and watershed restoration. Visit www.portlandoregon.gov/bes and follow us on Twitter for news @besportland.


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UPDATED: Traffic Advisory: Sewer improvements to close lane on Hwy 43 at SW Terwilliger beginning April 9 for up to two months

UPDATE (May 17) - Crews to pave Highway 43 between Terwilliger and E Street

UPDATE (April 27, 2017) - Crews completed installation of the manhole ahead of schedule. The next and final step in this project is paving and restriping lanes to their preconstruction configuration.

UPDATE (April 6, 2017) - We continue to look for a dry weather window to begin this project. The next possible start date is April 9.

UPDATE (March 31, 2017)  - The schedule for this work has changed. This project is now scheduled to begin at 10 p.m. Tuesday April 4, 2017. Any additional schedule updates will be posted to Twitter @BESPortland with the hashtags: #hwy43 and #pdxtraffic

(March 29, 2017) – Environmental Services advises the traveling public that a sewer construction project will require lane restrictions on Highway 43 at SW Terwilliger Boulevard near the entry way to Lake Oswego beginning 10 p.m. Friday, March 31, and continuing 24 hours a day for up to two months. One lane will be open in each direction at all times.

The traveling public is advised to expect some delays, to travel cautiously and to observe the lane closures and signage.

The lane restrictions will allow crews to install two manholes and about 80 feet of pipe under Highway 43 between SW Terwilliger Blvd and E Avenue. The work is part of the SW Terwilliger Sewer Project to improve wastewater collection in the area and to protect water quality, public health, and our environment.

For additional information, including progress photos and additional maps, visit www.portlandoregon.gov/bes/swterwilliger.

The Bureau of Environmental Services works with Portland residents and businesses to protect water quality, public health, and the environment through wastewater collection and treatment, sewer construction and maintenance, stormwater management, and stream and watershed restoration. www.portlandoregon.gov/bes. Follow on Twitter @besportland

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UPDATED News Release: Environmental Services' nine-week sewer repair project finishes May 20 along downtown’s Yamhill-Morrison light rail corridor

UPDATE (May 15, 2017) - Sewer repair work is closing SW Yamhill Street between 5th Avenue and Broadway today and portions of tomorrow with local access provided. In the final week of Environmental Services' sewer repair project, the traveling public is advised to expect intermittent block closures along the SW Yamhill-Morrison work corridor between SW First and 13th avenues. Closures will involve one or two blocks at a time. The public is advised to follow signage and directions by flaggers when present. The exact time frame for closures will be determined by field conditions. Crews are racing to complete repairs before May 20 in time for the reopening of the MAX light rail line.

UPDATE (April 25, 2017) - Crews have finished root removal, videotaping of conditions, and cleaning of public sewer pipes along the Yamhill-Morrison corridor. They are gearing up for the major sewer lining during TriMet's April 30-May 20 MAX improvement project and light rail closure. This period will allow crews to work from manhole to manhole to install lining within the sewer pipes to reinforce their structural integrity. Watch TriMet's video of its planned improvements and how work will take place above ground and underground. For additional information, please visit: https://www.portlandoregon.gov/bes/article/628956

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Note: Videos below show an inside view of the sewer pipes on the corridor with tree root damage and fractures. They are also viewable on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/portlandBES

 (March 15, 2017) – Environmental Services this week begins a nine-week project to repair public sewer pipes along the Yamhill/Morrison light rail corridor in downtown Portland that are 100 to 140 years old and in deteriorating condition. These pipes are part of downtown Portland’s essential infrastructure.

After more than a century of use, the pipes are showing signs of cracks, breaks, holes, and root and grease obstructions, putting them at risk of structural failure. The repairs will protect the public and our environment by reducing the possibility of sewage releases to buildings and streets. 

“Rather than wait for a structural failure, we’re taking a preventive approach,” said Environmental Services Director Mike Jordan. “Our investment to repair sewers that were built as long ago as 1880 will improve the reliability of the city’s system in the downtown core, prevent disruptive sewer failures, and protect public health, businesses and our environment.”

 

Environmental Services and its contractors will clear out obstructions and install new linings on the pipes along the Yamhill/Morrison corridor from SW First to 13th Avenue. That work will extend the life of the pipes for another 60 years or longer.  Instead of digging up the street to make repairs, crews will use a less disruptive technology and access pipes from manholes. The $3.3 million investment for the corridor also is employing an estimated 46 private sector contract workers during the project.

While one-to-two-block segments of the constructions zones will at times be closed to motor vehicle traffic, flaggers will always provide local access to people who live, work or need to conduct business at properties in the construction corridor.

Pre-construction will begin March 15, and the most challenging work along the corridor will take place during TriMet’s Morrison-Yamhill MAX Improvements project April 30 to May 20 when light rail service will be offline. 

“By coordinating with TriMet and working within its planned light rail closure, we can maximize the amount of urgent sewer repair work needed and minimize disruption to the public,” Jordan said. “By working together, we are getting two projects done at one time, and we’re sharing resources to set up traffic controls, equipment storage and safe working zones.”

To condense several months of work into a short nine-week window, crews also will be working 24/7 with approval from the Portland Noise Office. The noisiest work will be done during daytime. During the entire project, businesses will be open and Environmental Services teams are working with businesses to accommodate their needs as best as possible. For example, Environmental Services will not be working along SW First and Yamhill this week to accommodate Paddy’s annual St. Patrick’s Day celebration.

Project updates will be posted to portlandoregon.gov/bes/downtown and to MovePDX.net, a hub of downtown construction activities and impacts. Environmental Services also will post updates on a project hotline: 503-823-5315 and on Twitter @BESPortland.

The project will conclude on time on May 20 so that TriMet can reopen light rail service as scheduled.

The Bureau of Environmental Services works with Portland residents and businesses to protect water quality, public health, and the environment through wastewater collection and treatment, sewer construction and maintenance, stormwater management, and stream and watershed restoration. www.portlandoregon.gov/bes @besportland

 Media contact: Diane Dulken 503-823-6724 diane.dulken@portlandoregon.gov


News Release: PBOT, BES, other agencies launch Movepdx.net to notify public about downtown construction projects

Note: This news release is an edited version of the joint release issued by PBOT today.

(March 9, 2017) Today, the Portland Bureau of Transportation, the Bureau of Environmental Services, the Portland Water Bureau, Portland Parks & Recreation, Multnomah County, the Oregon Department of Transportation, TriMet, and Portland Streetcar announced Get Portland Moving, an ambitious effort to bring a new level of coordination to construction and maintenance projects on the streets of the Central Business District and Cully neighborhood.Get Portland Moving banner

Throughout 2017 and into 2018, the Central Business District will be the site of multiple projects to repair and replace aging streets, sewers, rail track beds and machinery, bridge structures and other important community assets throughout downtown. 

While these important improvement projects will result in long-term gains for Portland and the greater region, the work will cause temporary disruptions for residents, businesses, and visitors in the short-term.

To lessen the construction impacts and to work more efficiently, the Get Portland Moving partners have come together to coordinate planned work on city streets, state highways, county bridges and transit lines. The partner agencies are aligning construction schedules to minimize competing demands and to maximize the opportunity to get as much work done in a specific area at the same time, saving time and avoiding the need to disrupt travel multiple times.  

An example of this coordination is the retiming of the Bureau of Environmental Services’ major sewer repair work along SW Yamhill and SW Morrison streets, Multnomah County’s Burnside Bridge project and Portland Parks & Recreation’s project at the Pioneer Square South MAX Station. All of this work will be aligned with TriMet’s planned Morrison-Yamhill MAX Improvements project. This coordination will limit MAX service interruption to a single disruption from Sunday, April 30th through Saturday, May 20th. Members of the public can learn more at trimet.org/maximprovements. Portland Streetcar service will be disrupted during the first two weeks of the project.

In accordance with the City’s administrative rule on the safe accommodation of pedestrians and cyclists in and around construction zones, all partners have pledged to make safe access for people walking, biking and rolling a priority.

To provide the travelling public with up-to-date information about construction impacts, PBOT has partnered with Waze, the free, crowdsourced traffic and navigation app that helps users plan their trips. PBOT will share road closure information with Waze to communicate to its more than 175,000 monthly drivers in Portland. Road closures and suggested travel routes, as provided by Waze, will be available on the Waze app (available on smartphones) and online. Road closures, major project details, and additional information about Get Portland Moving can be found at: www.movepdx.net

To encourage commuters and visitors who are seeking alternatives to driving, BIKETOWN, Portland’s bike share system, will be offering discounts to new riders during major closure events, such as the MAX disruption in downtown Portland in April - May.

“This construction season we’re going to have to go through some short-term pain for some long-term gain,” said Transportation Commissioner Dan Saltzman. “That is why Get Portland Moving is so critical. With eight agencies working together -- a really unprecedented level of coordination -- we minimize the disruptions and maximize the results for Portlanders. I am also very happy to have a private-sector partner like Waze on board to help us get Portlanders information they can use to plan their travels.”

“As the steward of our streets, PBOT has a responsibility to ensure that when construction work is done, it is done safely and efficiently. That is why we have spearheaded Get Portland Moving,” said Director Leah Treat. “I am especially pleased that all of the partners will be prioritizing safe access for people walking, biking and rolling during their projects in support of our regional Vision Zero initiative.”

"We will be working on repairs to three downtown bridges this year," said Multnomah County Commissioner Jessica Vega Pederson.  "We're working to minimize inconvenience to commuters by coordinating schedules so lanes will be closed on only two bridges at a time. We are also working with TriMet so that both agencies can complete repairs when the MAX station under the Burnside Bridge is closed this spring."

“By coordinating with TriMet, we will minimize disruption to the public and be able to condense several months of urgent repairs along Yamhill and Morrison streets into just nine weeks this spring,” said Environmental Services Director Mike Jordan. “Coordination allows us to maximize the amount of critical work we can get done on this corridor. Our investment to repair sewers that were built as long ago as 1880 will improve the reliability of our system in the downtown core, prevent disruptive sewer failures and protect the public, businesses and our environment.”

"TriMet thanks our partners for their cooperation and efforts to further reduce the impact to our riders by tackling their projects during our MAX improvements as their work would have otherwise led to separate disruptions,” said TriMet Chief Operating Officer Doug Kelsey. "We also want to thank our customers for their patience as we work to rejuvenate this 30+ year section of the MAX system, especially at SW 11th Avenue, which was originally the end of the community’s first ever MAX line. This work is necessary to improve the ride while increasing the resiliency of the system as we work to make MAX - and our entire transit system - better for our customers."

“This summer ODOT is widening U.S. 26, constructing safety projects across the region and will be installing more RealTime signs to provide drivers with up to the minute traffic info to choose the most efficient route,” said ODOT Region 1 Manger Rian Windsheimer. “Visit TripCheck.com to review your route and “Know Before You GO!”

“The Portland Water Bureau is pleased to work alongside our partners to make necessary infrastructure upgrades that will improve our city for the next generation of Portlanders,” said Portland Water Bureau Director Mike Stuhr.

“The long-awaited restoration of Pioneer Courthouse Square is underway and on schedule,” says Portland Parks & Recreation Director Mike Abbaté. “More than 70% of Portland voters approved the Parks Replacement Bond which makes the project possible. It is exciting to see the project proceed for the benefit of the 11 million visitors who visit and use the Square each year.”

The Cully neighborhood is also included as part of Get Portland Moving. Critical freight routes are located in Cully and a significant number of pavement restoration and signal and safety improvement projects will be undertaken in the area. By including Cully in the Get Portland Moving effort, partner agencies can improve coordination with neighborhood residents and Portland’s freight community.

Based on the results of the Get Portland Moving program in the central city and Cully, PBOT and its partners will plan how to expand this effort citywide in 2018.

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The Portland Bureau of Transportation (PBOT) is the steward of the City’s transportation system, and a community partner in shaping a livable city. We plan, build, manage and maintain an effective and safe transportation system that provides access and mobility. Learn more at www.portlandoregon.gov/transportation.


Advisory: Sewage release on N. River Street

Sanitary Sewage Release Advisory

(this is not a combined sewer overflow [CSO] advisory)

(February 23, 2017) –  More than 100 gallons of sewage spilled from a vactor truck when crews responded to a call yesterday afternoon on N. River Street near N. Albina Avenue.

Crews cleaned up the spill but an unknown amount of sewage soaked into the ground and an estimated 100 gallons traveled to a storm drain that discharges into the Willamette River.

Sewage release signs were placed to warn the public to stay out of the area.  The public is advised to stay out of the area and to avoid contact with the Willamette River for 48 hours. 

This sewage release is not related to Portland’s combined sewer overflow control system.

The Bureau of Environmental Services provides city residents with programs to protect water quality and public health, including wastewater collection and treatment, sewer construction and maintenance, stormwater management, and stream and watershed restoration.

 

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News Advisory: Heavy rains cause two sewage releases from manholes into Fanno Creek

Sanitary Sewage Release Advisory: (this is not a combined sewer overflow [CSO] advisory)

(February 16, 2017) - Sewer maintenance crews responded this afternoon to two reports of sewage overflowing from two manholes in Southwest Portland and towards Fanno Creek.

Crews stopped a release of unknown quantity at SW 25th Avenue and Beaverton-Hillsdale Highway, and a release estimated to be about 900 gallons from a manhole at SW Sunset Boulevard and SW 26th Avenue.

Both were weather-related and stopped within an hour. During heavy rains, rainwater can seep into sewer systems, causing pipes to exceed their capacity. The mix of stormwater and sewage then releases via a manhole.

Environmental Services crews posted warning signs in the area. In addition, as a precaution, the public is advised to avoid contact with Fanno Creek for at least 48 hours because of the possibility of increased bacteria in the water.

Sewage overflows commonly are caused by blockages such as grease, tree roots or debris. In Southwest Portland, heavy rains can cause stormwater to seep into the sewer system and overwhelm the capacity of pipes. Over one-third of Portland’s more than 2,500 miles of sewer pipes are over 80 years old.

The Bureau of Environmental Services provides city residents with programs to protect water quality and public health, including wastewater collection and treatment, sewer construction and maintenance, stormwater management, and stream and watershed restoration.


CSO Advisory: Heavy rains lead to combined sewer overflow (CSO) to the Willamette River

Updated: Environmental Services has determined that a total of about 90 million gallons of combined sewage (80 percent stormwater, 20 percent sewage) was released into the Willamette River beginning at noon and ending at 7:30 p.m. on February 16.

(February 16, 2017) - Heavy rains caused Portland’s combined sewer system to overflow to the Willamette River beginning at noon at several locations.

Because of increased bacteria in the water, the public should avoid contact with the Willamette River for 48 hours after the CSO event ends. Find out more about CSOs, what they are and why they occur at: https://www.portlandoregon.gov/bes/article/565063

This is the fifth CSO this 2016-2017 winter season. Previous overflows this season occurred on February 9 for 13 minutes due to a debris blockage in an outfall that quickly cleared itself; on Super Bowl Sunday, February 5, due to unusually heavy rains that dropped about 2.5 inches within 24 hours; on January 18  due to a combination of snowmelt and heavy rain; and Thanksgiving Day due to heavy rain.

Since completing a CSO control program in December 2011, the city has eliminated 94 percent of overflows to the Willamette River and 99 percent from the Columbia Slough.  

Portland’s combined sewer system carries sewage and stormwater runoff in the same pipes. In December 2011, Portland completed the 20-year program of sewer improvements, including constructing big pipes on both sides of the Willamette River and along the Columbia Slough. 

During heavy storms, the big pipes store large quantities of stormwater and sewage while pumping it to the Columbia Boulevard Wastewater Treatment Plant. During very heavy storms, some combined sewage can overflow. A combined sewer overflow is about 80 percent stormwater and 20 percent sanitary sewage. 

Before completing the program, combined sewers overflowed an average of 50 times a year. Today, the combined system overflows to the Willamette River an average of four times per winter and once every three summers.

The Bureau of Environmental Services works with Portland residents and businesses to protect water quality, public health, and the environment through wastewater collection and treatment, sewer construction and maintenance, stormwater management, and stream and watershed restoration


CSO Advisory: 13 minute overflow detected from one outfall last night to the Willamette River

(February 9, 2017) – Environmental Services is reporting a short combined sewage overflow (CSO) that was detected at the SW Carolina Street outfall  to the Willamette River last night. The overflow occurred at 11:47 p.m. and ended at midnight. 

Environmental Services suspect that the cause was a temporary blockage from debris that cleared itself and this incident remains under investigation.

Because of increased bacteria in the water, the public should avoid contact with the Willamette River in the area north of Willamette Park for 48 hours after the CSO event ended. Find out more about CSOs, what they are and why they occur at: https://www.portlandoregon.gov/bes/article/565063

This is the fourth CSO this 2016-2017 winter season. Previous overflows this season occurred on Super Bowl Sunday, February 5 due to unusually heavy rains that dropped about 2.5 inches within 24 hours; on January 18  due to a combination of snowmelt and heavy rain; and Thanksgiving Day due to heavy rain.

Before the city completed the CSO control program, combined sewers overflowed an average of 50 times a year. Today, the combined system overflows to the Willamette River an average of four times per winter and once every three summers.

Portland’s combined sewer system carries sewage and stormwater runoff in the same pipes. In December 2011, Portland completed a 20-year program of sewer improvements, including constructing big pipes on both sides of the Willamette River and along the Columbia Slough. The improvements eliminate 99% of CSOs from the slough and 94% from the river.

During heavy storms, the big pipes store large quantities of stormwater and sewage while pumping it to the Columbia Boulevard Wastewater Treatment Plant. During very heavy storms, some combined sewage can overflow. A combined sewer overflow is about 80% stormwater and 20% sanitary sewage.

 

 The Bureau of Environmental Services works with Portland residents and businesses to protect water quality, public health, and the environment through wastewater collection and treatment, sewer construction and maintenance, stormwater management, and stream and watershed restoration. www.portlandoregon.gov/bes @besportland

 


Advisory: Crews stop sewage overflow from manhole near SW Vermont Street and 46th Avenue

Sanitary Sewage Release Advisory

(this is not a combined sewer overflow [CSO] advisory)

(February 6, 2017) - Maintenance crews stopped a sewage release late last night that originated from a manhole near SW Vermont and SW 46th Avenue.

An estimated 3,000 gallons flowed over ground and to a nearby unnamed creek. That creek flows into Vermont Creek, which is a tributary to Fanno Creek. The cause is unknown.

As a precaution, people should avoid contact with the surface water in that area for at least 48 hours because of the possibility of increased bacteria in the water.

This sewage release is not related to Portland’s combined sewer overflow control system.

 The Bureau of Environmental Services provides city residents with programs to protect water quality and public health, including wastewater collection and treatment, sewer construction and maintenance, stormwater management, and stream and watershed restoration.

 

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Updated - CSO Advisory: Heavy rains lead to combined sewer overflow (CSO) to the Willamette River

Update (February 8, 2107) -

This CSO Advisory ended the morning of Feb. 7, 48 hours after the overflows stopped. With Super Bowl Sunday’s storm dropping about 2.5 inches of rain in 24 hours, a combined sewer overflow began at about 1:45 pm on Sunday, Feb. 5, 2017 and lasted for about 12 hours.  Overflows occurred from most, if not all, eight Willamette River tunnel relief points, sending a mix of about 80 percent stormwater and 20 percent sewage of about 206 million gallons into the Willamette River. Since Portland’s CSO control program was completed in 2011, the number of CSOs have dropped from about 50 per year to about four during a winter season. This is the season’s third overflow.

Original message below:

CSO Advisory: Heavy rains lead to combined sewer overflow (CSO) to the Willamette River

(February 5, 2017) - Heavy rains caused Portland’s combined sewer system to overflow to the Willamette River this afternoon at several locations.

Because of increased bacteria in the water, the public should avoid contact with the Willamette River for 48 hours after the CSO event ends. The event began at about 1:30 p.m. and is still continuing. The volume is not yet known.

The overflows begin at the outfall near the Ross Island Bridge and extend downstream. Several outfalls are affected.

This is the third CSO this 2016-2017 winter season. The previous overflows occurred on January 18, 2017 and Thanksgiving Day. Before the city completed the CSO control program, combined sewers overflowed an average of 50 times a year. Today, the combined system overflows to the Willamette River an average of four times per winter and once every three summers.

Portland’s combined sewer system carries sewage and stormwater runoff in the same pipes. In December 2011, Portland completed a 20-year program of sewer improvements, including constructing big pipes on both sides of the Willamette River and along the Columbia Slough. The improvements eliminate 99% of CSOs from the slough and 94% from the river.

During heavy storms, the big pipes store large quantities of stormwater and sewage while pumping it to the Columbia Boulevard Wastewater Treatment Plant. During very heavy storms, some combined sewage can overflow. A combined sewer overflow is about 80% stormwater and 20% sanitary sewage.


Find out more information about CSO events, what they are and why they occur.

 The Bureau of Environmental Services works with Portland residents and businesses to protect water quality, public health, and the environment through wastewater collection and treatment, sewer construction and maintenance, stormwater management, and stream and watershed restoration. www.portlandoregon.gov/bes @besportland

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Media Contact Diane Dulken, 503-823-5328, diane.dulken@portlandoregon.gov


News Release: Super Bowl fact check: Setting the record straight on the halftime toilet flush myth

(February 3, 2017) - Environmental Services is doing its part to debunk a longstanding Super Bowl urban myth about how city sewer systems manage halftime toilet flushes. 

What's the myth? We don't want to repeat a falsehood (you can view it here: http://www.snopes.com/sports/football/flush.asp).  But we will remind the toilet-flushing public about the truth. There are two important questions that all Portlanders should have the answers to:

Q: If we all flush our toilets at halftime, can the City's wastewater treatment plant manage the flow? 

A: Absolutely. Every day Portland's Columbia Boulevard Wastewater Treatment Plant manages about 70 million gallons of wastewater from flushes, dishwashers, bath water and all the other activity from homes, businesses and industrial customers. The city’s treatment plant is staffed 24/7, including Super Bowl Sunday.

For us, the big game day is the same as any day. Halftime will barely be a blip in the normal daily flow and certainly nothing in comparison to the flow increase from winter storms. Those are big game days for us.

The City of Houston shouldn’t have any problems either, even with all of those visiting Patriots and Falcons fans.  According to the city of Houston’s website, its wastewater facilities manage an average of 225 million gallons per day but can double that capacity when needed.    

 Q: Can your home manage a halftime flush? 

A: As long as you’re mindful about what goes in the bowl. For Super Bowl Sunday and every day, Environmental Services strongly advises that you flush ONLY human waste and toilet paper. Nothing else should go down that drain. 

If you use the toilet for trash, bad things can happen (sewage backups!). So please don’t use the toilet for cigarette butts, cotton balls, bandages and even ‘flushable’ wipes and diapers.  Foam fingers, chicken wing bones, and T-shirts prematurely printed with the wrong winning team are also not appropriate to flush.  What you flush matters to your pipes and to the city system that serves you.

Want to avoid bad things from happening? View our Don’t Flush This tips and video https://www.portlandoregon.gov/bes/whatnottoflush  

As for Sunday, enjoy the game and please know that our Environmental Services team works for you and a clean Willamette River every day. Enjoy halftime too. 

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 The Bureau of Environmental Services works with Portland residents and businesses to protect water quality, public health, and the environment through wastewater collection and treatment, sewer construction and maintenance, stormwater management, and stream and watershed restoration. www.portlandoregon.gov/bes @besportland

 

Media contact: Diane Dulken 503-823-6724 diane.dulken@portlandoregon.gov


Update to Advisory: Zero sewage reached Columbia Slough January 27

(February 2, 2017) - After further investigation, Environmental Services determined that there was no sewage discharge into the Columbia Slough on January 27.

The partially treated sewage that was released on Jan. 27 from an uncapped pipe at the treatment plant was instead recaptured and pumped back into the plant or was absorbed into the ground at the treatment plant. The cause of the incident is still being investigated and the amount of the release is unknown but estimated to be less than one thousand gallons.

Below is the original news release.

Sanitary Sewage Release Advisory

(this is not a combined sewer overflow [CSO] advisory)

(January 27, 2017) - Environmental Services is advising the public that partially processed sewage being conveyed from the City of Portland Columbia Wastewater Treatment Plant into a treatment lagoon was unintentionally released today and flowed across the ground into the Columbia Slough.

An unknown amount of the partially treated sewage escaped from a pipe that had become uncapped before the release was stopped at about 10:30 a.m.. Environmental Services is investigating the release and its cause.

As a precaution, the public is advised to avoid contact with the Columbia Slough for at least 48 hours because of increased bacteria in the water.

Unlike this event, most sewage overflows are caused by blockages. Over one-third of Portland’s more than 2,500 miles of sewer pipes are over 80 years old. Pipes that fail or become blocked with grease, tree roots, and debris can cause sewage overflows.

The Bureau of Environmental Services provides city residents with programs to protect water quality and public health, including wastewater collection and treatment, sewer construction and maintenance, stormwater management, and stream and watershed restoration

Media contact: Diane Dulken, Public Information Officer (503)823-6724 diane.dulken@portlandoregon.gov


Traffic Advisory: Lane restrictions to be in effect Jan. 26 at intersection of SE Holgate Blvd at SE 25th Ave

(January 25, 2016) – Lane restrictions will be in effect at the intersection of SE Holgate Boulevard and SE 25th Avenue for one day, Jan. 26. People traveling by vehicle or bicycle may experience delays during construction hours from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Crews will maintain one eastbound lane and one westbound lane next to the work zone. All lanes will re-open to traffic after construction hours.

The lane restrictions will allow crews to replace a pipe as part of the Lower Powell Green Street and Sewer Project which is replacing pipes over 100 years old in SE Portland and constructing 22 green street planters and planting 11 trees to absorb and reduce stormwater runoff.  www.portlandoregon.gov/bes/lowerpowell.

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The Bureau of Environmental Services works with Portland residents and businesses to protect water quality, public health, and the environment through wastewater collection and treatment, sewer construction and maintenance, stormwater management, and stream and watershed restoration. www.portlandoregon.gov/bes. Follow on Twitter @besportland 

 


Advisory: Sewage overflows from manhole on SW 32nd Avenue into Fanno Creek tributary

Sanitary Sewage Release Advisory (this is not a combined sewer overflow [CSO] advisory)

(January 23, 2017) - Sewer maintenance crews responded today to reports of sewage coming from a manhole on SW 32nd Avenue near SW Nebraska Street. They determined that 750 gallons of sewage flowed from the manhole to a nearby storm drain and into an unnamed tributary of Fanno Creek.

Crews stopped the flow and are investigating the cause.

As a precaution, the public is advised to avoid contact with the tributary and nearby Fanno Creek for 48 hours.

The City of Portland treats an average of 70 million gallons of wastewater each day. Over one-third of Portland’s more than 2,500 miles of sewer pipes are over 80 years old. Pipes that fail or become blocked with grease, tree roots, and debris can cause sewage overflows. The sewage release in southwest Portland is not related to Portland’s combined sewer overflow control system.

The Bureau of Environmental Services provides city residents with programs to protect water quality and public health, including wastewater collection and treatment, sewer construction and maintenance, stormwater management, and stream and watershed restoration.

Media contact: Diane Dulken at 503-823-6724, diane.dulken@portlandoregon.gov 


Advisory: Sewage overflows from manhole on SW Barbur Boulevard towards Stephens Creek

Sanitary Sewage Release Advisory: (this is not a combined sewer overflow [CSO] advisory)

(January 18, 2017) - Sewer maintenance crews responded this afternoon to reports of sewage flowing from a manhole on a sidewalk at SW Barbur Boulevard near SW Bertha Boulevard.

Field crews estimated that 4,000 gallons of sewage overflowed onto the ground and into the street and down a storm drain that feeds into Stephens Creek before emptying into the Willamette River.

Crews attempting to unblock the sewage line found instead that the cause was weather-related: An influx of water had exceeded the sewer line’s capacity and the excess was being released through the manhole.  It is unknown at this time if the release has stopped.

Environmental Services crews posted warning signs in the area. Crews will return to the location tomorrow.

In addition, as a precaution, the public is advised to avoid contact with Stephens Creek for at least 48 hours because of the possibility of increased bacteria in the water.

Unlike this event, most sewage overflows are caused by blockages. Over one-third of Portland’s more than 2,500 miles of sewer pipes are over 80 years old. Pipes that fail or become blocked with grease, tree roots, and debris can cause sewage overflows.

The Bureau of Environmental Services provides city residents with programs to protect water quality and public health, including wastewater collection and treatment, sewer construction and maintenance, stormwater management, and stream and watershed restoration


CSO Advisory: Snowmelt and rain lead to combined sewer overflow (CSO) to the Willamette River

(January 18, 2017) - Snowmelt combined with heavy rain caused Portland’s combined sewer system to overflow to the Willamette River this afternoon at several locations.

Because of increased bacteria in the water, the public should avoid contact with the Willamette River for 48 hours after the CSO event ends. The event began at 1:10 p.m. and is still continuing. The volume is not yet known.

The overflows begin at the outfall near the Ross Island Bridge and extend downstream. Several outfalls are affected.

Portland’s combined sewer system carries sewage and stormwater runoff in the same pipes. In December 2011, Portland completed a 20-year program of sewer improvements, including constructing big pipes on both sides of the Willamette River and along the Columbia Slough. The improvements eliminate 99% of CSOs from the slough and 94% from the river.

During heavy storms, the big pipes store large quantities of stormwater and sewage while pumping it to the Columbia Boulevard Wastewater Treatment Plant. During very heavy storms, some combined sewage can overflow. A combined sewer overflow is about 80% stormwater and 20% sanitary sewage.

This is the second CSO this 2016-2017 winter season. The previous overflow occurred on Thanksgiving Day. Before the city completed the CSO control program, combined sewers overflowed an average of 50 times a year. Today, the combined system overflows to the Willamette River an average of four times per winter and once every three summers.

For more information about CSO events, what they are and why they occur, visit https://www.portlandoregon.gov/bes/article/565061.

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Media Contact Diane Dulken, 503-823-5328, diane.dulken@portlandoregon.gov


News Release: Sewer overflow in forested area in southwest Portland off SW Shattuck Road today

Sanitary Sewage Release Advisory: (this is not a combined sewer overflow [CSO] advisory)

Correction: The original release said the sewage overflowed into a ditch. It is an unnamed creek.

(January 17, 2017) - Sewer maintenance crews responded this afternoon to reports of sewage flowing from a manhole on a vacant lot on SW Shattuck Road near SW Hamilton Street. Field crews estimated that 5,000 gallons of sewage overflowed onto the ground and into an unnamed creek.  The ditch leads to Fanno Creek at SW Beaverton-Hillsdale Highway. 

Crews stopped the sewage flow at 3:40 p.m. 

https://goo.gl/maps/FXAvtMiVCFE2

Maintenance crews cleared a sewer line blockage to stop the sewage release, restored service, and posted warning signs in the areas accessible to the public.

As a precaution, the public is advised to avoid contact with Fanno Creek for at least 48 hours because of the possibility of increased bacteria in the water.

The City of Portland treats an average of 70 million gallons of wastewater each day. With the snow and ice melt, that volume is increasing. Over one-third of Portland’s more than 2,500 miles of sewer pipes are over 80 years old. Pipes that fail or become blocked with grease, tree roots, and debris can cause sewage overflows. The sewage release in southwest Portland is not related to Portland’s combined sewer overflow control system. 

The Bureau of Environmental Services provides city residents with programs to protect water quality and public health, including wastewater collection and treatment, sewer construction and maintenance, stormwater management, and stream and watershed restoration.

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Media contact: Diane Dulken at 503-823-6724, diane.dulken@portlandoregon.gov 


Joint Statement by Mayor Ted Wheeler and Commissioner Nick Fish on EPA Superfund

(Jan. 6, 2017) - Mayor Ted Wheeler and Commissioner Nick Fish released the following joint statement on the EPA’s record of decision (ROD) announcement today.

“We are pleased that the EPA has released its plan for the Portland Harbor cleanup. The City is committed to a clean river and is prepared to lead in building coalitions and partnerships to get this cleanup done right and done as soon as possible. This work is going to be done locally and it’s our priority to have it done by local workers. The time to act is now.”

Please check the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's Portland Harbor website http://go.usa.gov/3Wf2B for more information.

 

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Media contact:
Mayor Ted Wheeler's press office - Michael Cox (503) 823-6593 Michael.b.cox@portlandoregon.gov


News Release: Bureau of Environmental Services agrees to $12.5 million proposal by Lithia Motors for Terminal 1 property

The Bureau of Environmental Services (BES) announced today that it has accepted a proposal from Oregon-based Lithia Motors, Inc. for $12.5 million to buy Terminal 1.

The company has up to 120 days to conduct its due diligence on the 14.5 acre-property in prime industrial land in the Northwest Industrial District. That period will be followed by a 30-day closing before the sale can become final.

"I am pleased that Terminal 1 will be home to an Oregon-based company," said Commissioner Nick Fish. "This sale aligns with our commitment to maintaining Terminal 1 as prime industrial land and to the city's economic development strategy for the next 20 years."

The bid is $1.375 million higher than any of the other bids received.

"This is great news for city ratepayers," said BES Director Mike Jordan. "We are gratified that the proposal came in at a level that provides exceptional value to Portlanders."

Terminal 1, located on Northwest Front Avenue, is a large paved lot with a 96,000-square-foot warehouse and a 3.6-acre dock. BES purchased Terminal 1 in 2004 as part of the Big Pipe combined sewer overflow project and used it as a staging area for the billion-dollar construction project designed to divert stormwater runoff from the Willamette and Columbia rivers. With that project completed, BES no longer needs the property. For basic information on Terminal 1, visit www.portlandoregon.gov/bes/article/514449.

The Bureau of Environmental Services provides city residents with programs to protect water quality and public health, including wastewater collection and treatment, sewer construction and maintenance, stormwater management, and stream and watershed restoration. For news updates, follow @BESPortland on Twitter and visit www.portlandoregon.gov/bes/news.

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News media contact: Diane Dulken 503.823.5328 diane.dulken@portlandoregon.gov


Update: Sinkhole repairs completed on SE 49th Avenue; street reopens for the holidays

Dec. 23 Update:  Repairs are complete and the street has reopened for travel now and through the holidays. In early January, crews will return to implement a long-term upgrades to the sewer system.

Dec. 22 Update: the following news release updates the Dec. 20 notice of a sinkhole opening up on SE 49th Ave between Rhone and Bush streets:

Sinkhole-related repairs at SE 49th Ave. extended to Friday; sewer replacement project moved up from July to early January to address long term needs

(Dec. 22, 2016) - Environmental Services crews and a contractor working on a sinkhole repair at SE 49th Avenue just south of Powell Blvd finished replacing a damaged section of 97-year-old sewer pipe today and filled in the 16-foot deep sinkhole that opened up two days ago. They also found another deteriorated section 15 feet north of the sinkhole and are extending the temporary repair project through Friday.

Local access will be maintained and sewer service continues to all homes in the area.

In addition, BES is moving up a planned sewer replacement project for that area from July to early January to create a long term solution. The street had been slated for sewer pipe replacement in July as part of the Powell Sewer Repair Project, a multi-block capital project that began in May and is expected to finish in November 2017 to repair and replace aging public sewer pipe in Southeast Portland. The area’s pipes are between 60 and 104 years old.  The new system will also add capacity, replacing eight-inch diameter pipes with sections that are 18-inch to 24-inches in diameter. The larger pipes will dramatically reduce the chance of basement backups and overflows into the street that can occur during heavy rains.  

The two-block section of SE 49th Avenue between Powell Boulevard and Bush Street  is expected to reopen to the public on Friday. It will remain open through early January when crews will return to replace the eight-inch pipes with 18-inch to 24-inch diameter sections. That work is projected to last for up to eight weeks.

The Bureau of Environmental Services works with Portland residents and businesses to protect water quality, public health, and the environment through wastewater collection and treatment, sewer construction and maintenance, stormwater management, and stream and watershed restoration. Follow us on Twitter @BESPortland and visit www.portlandoregon.gov/bes

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Contact Diane Dulken, 503-823-6724, diane.dulken@portlandoregon.gov

Photo credits: City of Portland/Bureau of Environmental Services

Photo captions: 1) Crews repaired and filled in a sinkhole on SE 49th Avenue 2) Crews excavated the street below the 16-foot deep sinkhole, digging to a depth of 20 feet to replace a 97-year-old deteriorated sewer section.

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Sinkhole repairs underway at SE 49th and Rhone Street


Rescheduled for 12/27- Traffic Advisory: Lane restrictions slated for SW Boones Ferry Road

Update: This project has been rescheduled to Dec. 27 and is weather dependent

(Dec. 21, 2016)  - Lane restrictions will be in effect on SW Boones Ferry Road between SW Arnold Street and SW Colony Drive on Thu

Boones Ferry map  culvert replacement projectrsday, December 22 between  9 a.m. and approximately 3 p.m. to allow for soil sampling in preparation for an Environmental Services culvert replacement project.

Flaggers will alternate traffic through one lane. The traveling public is advised to expect delays and follow directions from flaggers.

This work is weather dependent and the schedule may change.

The lane closures will allow crews to sample soils in preparation for the SW Boones Ferry Culvert Replacement Project in 2018. That project will remove the undersized and aging culvert below SW Boones Ferry Road and replace it with a restored streambed and a new bridge. The new bridge and restored stream will allow fish passage, and provide a safe, streamside crossing for pedestrians and wildlife.

The project is partially funded by a Metro Nature in the Neighborhoods Grant, and will help protect water quality and our environment. More information may be found at www.portlandoregon.gov/bes/BoonesFerry.

The Bureau of Environmental Services works with Portland residents and businesses to protect water quality, public health, and the environment through wastewater collection and treatment, sewer construction and maintenance, stormwater management, and stream and watershed restoration.

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Media Contact Diane Dulken, 503-823-5328, diane.dulken@portlandoregon.gov


Sewer overflow into Stephens Creek in southwest Portland

Updated at 8:46 a.m. on December 5, 2016: This SSO Advisory is no longer in effect.

Sanitary Sewage Release Advisory

(this is not a combined sewer overflow [CSO] advisory)

December 2, 2016

Sewer overflow into Stephens Creek in southwest Portland

Sewer maintenance crews responded this evening to reports of sewage flowing from a multi-family residential unit on SW Vermont Street near SW 20th Place. Field crews estimated that 24,000 gallons of sewage flowed into Stephens Creek.

https://goo.gl/maps/1vUYLjBm16r

Maintenance crews cleared a sewer line blockage to stop the sewage release, restored sewer service, and posted warning signs in the areas accessible to the public.

As a precaution, the public is advised to avoid contact with Stephens Creek in that area for at least 48 hours because of the possibility of increased bacteria in the water.

The City of Portland treats an average of 70 million gallons of wastewater each day. Over one-third of Portland’s more than 2,500 miles of sewer pipes are over 80 years old. Pipes that fail or become blocked with grease, tree roots, and debris can cause sewage overflows. The sewage release in southwest Portland is not related to Portland’s combined sewer overflow control system. 

For more information, contact Cheryl Kuck at 503-823-7898 or email Cheryl.Kuck@portlandoregon.gov.

The Bureau of Environmental Services provides city residents with programs to protect water quality and public health, including wastewater collection and treatment, sewer construction and maintenance, stormwater management, and stream and watershed restoration.

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Sewer construction to close SW Terwilliger Blvd south of Castleridge starting Monday, December 5

Traffic Advisory

SW Terwilliger Blvd detour mapDecember 2, 2016 (updated from November 28, 2016) 

Sewer construction to close SW Terwilliger Boulevard south of SW Castleridge Lane starting Monday, December 5

Sewer construction will close SW Terwilliger Boulevard between Highway 43 and SW Castleridge Lane beginning at 7 a.m. on Monday, December 5. This segment of SW Terwilliger will be closed 24 hours a day, seven days a week, for up to eight months.

A signed detour will direct traffic to use SW Taylors Ferry Road and Highway 43 around the construction area. The traveling public is advised to expect delays, follow directions from flaggers, and observe the detour or use an alternate route, sticking to major arterials and avoiding neighborhood streets if possible.

Go to www.portlandoregon.gov/bes/SWTerwilliger for maps and more information about the project.

This work is part of the SW Terwilliger Boulevard Sewer Project, which will construct about 7,600 feet of public sewer pipe and provide connections to private properties currently not served by the public sewer system. The project will help protect water quality, public health, and the environment.

For more information contact Cheryl Kuck, 503-823-7898, Cheryl.Kuck@portlandoregon.gov.

The Bureau of Environmental Services works with Portland residents and businesses to protect water quality, public health, and the environment through wastewater collection and treatment, sewer construction and maintenance, stormwater management, and stream and watershed restoration.

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Combined sewer overflow (CSO) to the Willamette River

Updated: 8:45 a.m. on November 29, 2016

This CSO Advisory is no longer in effect. The combined sewer overflow began during the afternoon of November 24 (12:30 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day) and lasted for about 17 hours (7:30 a.m. on Black Friday) with all of the 8 Willamette River tunnel relief points involved in the overflow. This resulted in about 159 million gallons of combined sewage and stormwater discharging to the river.

CSO Advisory

November 24, 2016

Combined sewer overflow (CSO) to the Willamette River

Heavy rain caused Portland’s combined sewer system to overflow to the Willamette River on Thursday afternoon, Thanksgiving Day, at three locations. The overflows occurred at the Alder Pump Station on the east bank of the Willamette River approximately 100 yards south of the Morrison Bridge, the Ankeny Pump Station on the west bank of the Willamette River approximately 100 yards south of the Steel Bridge, and an outfall pipe on the east bank of the Willamette River approximately 300 yards north of the Fremont Bridge.

High combined flows of sewage and stormwater due to heavy rainfall exceeded the capacity of the pump stations to send the flows to the Columbia Boulevard Wastewater Treatment Plant in North Portland.

According to the National Weather Service, storm systems will continue to bring periods of heavy rain to the Portland area through Sunday. Because of increased bacteria in the water, the public should avoid contact with the Willamette River for 48 hours after the CSO events end. All three locations were still overflowing at the time of this advisory.

Go to www.portlandoregon.gov/bes/overflow for updates about the CSO events, including the time the events end.

Portland’s combined sewer system carries sewage and stormwater runoff in the same pipes. In December 2011, Portland completed a 20-year program of sewer improvements, including constructing big pipes on both sides of the Willamette River and along the Columbia Slough. The improvements eliminate 99% of CSOs from the slough and 94% from the river.

During heavy rain, the big pipes store large quantities of stormwater and sewage while pumping it to the Columbia Boulevard Wastewater Treatment Plant. During extremely heavy rain storms, some combined sewage can overflow. That is what the system is designed to do and that is the way it operates.

A combined sewer overflow is about 80% stormwater and 20% sanitary sewage. Before the city completed the CSO control program, combined sewers overflowed an average of 50 times a year. Today, the combined system overflows to the Willamette River an average of four times per winter and once every three summers.

For more information about CSO events, what they are and why they occur, visit https://www.portlandoregon.gov/bes/article/565061.

Contact Cheryl Kuck, 503-823-7898, Cheryl.Kuck@portlandoregon.gov.

The Bureau of Environmental Services provides city residents with programs to protect water quality and public health, including wastewater collection and treatment, sewer construction and maintenance, stormwater management, and stream and watershed restoration.

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Bureau of Environmental Services resumes sale of Terminal 1 property

News Release

November 2, 2016

Bureau of Environmental Services resumes sale of Terminal 1 property

The Bureau of Environmental Services (BES) announced today that it will resume the sale of Terminal 1, its 14.5 acres of prime industrial land located in the Northwest Industrial District.

By a 5-0 vote, City Council approved Commissioner Nick Fish’s Resolution to resume the sale and rescind the prior action directing BES to lease Terminal 1 as a mass homeless shelter. 

Colliers International will serve as the property’s commercial broker and is expected to list the property on November 3, 2016, with a call for bids by November 18, 2016. 

Terminal 1, located on Northwest Front Avenue, is a large paved lot with a 96,000-square-foot warehouse and a 3.6-acre dock. “Terminal 1 is identified in the city’s Comprehensive Plan as prime industrial land,” said Commissioner Fish, “and is a key part of Portland’s jobs forecast and economic development strategy for the next 20 years.” 

BES purchased Terminal 1 in 2004 as part of the Big Pipe combined sewer overflow project and used it as a staging area for the billion-dollar construction project designed to divert stormwater runoff from the Willamette and Columbia rivers. With that project completed, BES no longer needs the property. 

In 2014, at Commissioner Fish’s request, City Council declared Terminal 1 “surplus,” triggering a process to sell the property. This summer BES received seven bids ranging from $6 million to $10 million before City Council canceled the sale process and directed BES to lease it to the Portland Housing Bureau.

Following Commissioner Dan Saltzman’s decision to end the Housing Bureau’s negotiations with BES, City Council today gave BES the authority to resume the sale. 

“The sale of this prime industrial property will add family-wage jobs to our community, and strengthen our tax base,” said Commissioner Fish, “helping us pay for the services and housing necessary to address the crisis of homelessness.” 

For more information about the Terminal 1 property, visit www.portlandoregon.gov/bes/article/514449

Contact Cheryl Kuck, 503-823-7898, Cheryl.Kuck@portlandoregon.gov.

The Bureau of Environmental Services provides city residents with programs to protect water quality and public health, including wastewater collection and treatment, sewer construction and maintenance, stormwater management, and stream and watershed restoration. 

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Combined sewer overflow (CSO) to the Willamette River

Update: October 17, 3:54 p.m. - This CSO advisory is no longer in effect.

The Alder Pump Station couldn't handle a surge of combined sewage and stormwater during a 20-minute period of intense rainfall on Friday, October 14, resulting in about 30,000 gallons discharging to the river from an outfall pipe. This overflow was just the second of 2016.

CSO Advisory

October 14, 2016

Combined sewer overflow (CSO) to the Willamette River

Heavy rain this evening caused Portland’s combined sewer system to overflow from the Alder Pump Station at SE Alder Street and SE Water Avenue to the Willamette River. High combined flows of sewage and stormwater due to heavy rainfall in a short period of time exceeded the capacity of the pump station to send the flows to the Columbia Boulevard Wastewater Treatment Plant.

https://goo.gl/maps/kmdmYw57pD22

Because of increased bacteria in the water, the public should avoid contact with the Willamette River from the Morrison Bridge to the Columbia River confluence for 48 hours after the CSO event ends. The event began at 6:58 p.m. this evening and is still occurring. The volume is not known.

Portland’s combined sewer system carries sewage and stormwater runoff in the same pipes. In December 2011, Portland completed a 20-year program of sewer improvements, including constructing big pipes on both sides of the Willamette River and along the Columbia Slough. The improvements eliminate 99% of CSOs from the slough and 94% from the river.

During extremely heavy rain, the big pipes store large quantities of stormwater and sewage while pumping it to the Columbia Boulevard Wastewater Treatment Plant. During very heavy rain storms, some combined sewage can overflow. A combined sewer overflow is about 80% stormwater and 20% sanitary sewage.

Before the city completed the CSO control program, combined sewers overflowed an average of 50 times a year. Today, the combined system overflows to the Willamette River an average of four times per winter and once every three summers.

For more information about CSO events, what they are and why they occur, visit https://www.portlandoregon.gov/bes/article/565061.

Contact Cheryl Kuck, 503-823-7898, cheryl.kuck@portlandoregon.gov

The Bureau of Environmental Services provides city residents with programs to protect water quality and public health, including wastewater collection and treatment, sewer construction and maintenance, stormwater management, and stream and watershed restoration.

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Maintenance crews stop a sewage release in SW Broadway Street

Update: October 14, 9:12 p.m. - This SSO advisory is no longer in effect.

Sanitary Sewage Release Advisory (this is not a combined sewer overflow [CSO] advisory)

October 12, 2016

Work crews this evening successfully stopped sewage flowing from a private manhole off of SW Macadam Avenue into SW Boundary Street that appeared to be caused by a blocked private sewer line.

https://goo.gl/maps/rExsoxGaFWp

Maintenance crews cleaned out the manhole with a Vactor truck and jet-rodded water through the sewer line to clear the blockage and flush out the debris.

About 500-600 gallons of sewage flowed from the manhole into SW Boundary Street, entered a nearby private catch basin, and may have flowed from there into a private outfall to the river. The public is advised to avoid contact with the Willamette River in the area through this Friday at 6:00 p.m. because of the possibility of increased bacteria in the water. Maintenance crews posted warning signs in the area.

The City of Portland treats an average of 70 million gallons of wastewater each day. Over one-third of Portland’s more than 2,500 miles of sewer pipes are over 80 years old. Pipes that fail or become blocked with grease, tree roots and debris can cause sewage overflows. The sewage release in southwest Portland is not related to Portland’s combined sewer overflow control system.

For more information contact Cheryl Kuck, 503-823-7898, Cheryl.Kuck@portlandoregon.gov.

The Bureau of Environmental Services provides city residents with programs to protect water quality and public health, including wastewater collection and treatment, sewer construction and maintenance, stormwater management, and stream and watershed restoration.

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Emergency sewer repair closes lanes on NE Halsey St at NE 42nd Ave

Updated 12:30 p.m. September 8, 2018

Traffic advisory is lifted. The emergency repair has been completed and all lanes are open.

Traffic Advisory

September 8, 2016 

Beginning early this morning, September 8, an urgent public sewer repair has closed lanes on NE Halsey Street between NE 42nd and 43rd avenues. While approved night work continues at this location, it is necessary to extend work into daytime hours at least through noon today to complete the emergency repair. 

https://goo.gl/maps/6V7rnE9Hr722 

NE Halsey Street will be reduced to one lane with flaggers allowing one direction of travel at a time. The I-84 off-ramp at NE 42nd Avenue will also be reduced to one lane with flaggers assisting traffic entering 42nd. 

The traveling public is advised to expect delays, travel cautiously in the area, observe all lane closures and directions by flaggers, and use alternate routes if possible. 

For more information contact Cheryl Kuck, 503-823-7898, Cheryl.Kuck@portlandoregon.gov

The Bureau of Environmental Services works with Portland residents and businesses to protect water quality, public health, and the environment through wastewater collection and treatment, sewer construction and maintenance, stormwater management, and stream and watershed restoration.

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Health advisory lifted September 1 for Willamette River's Ross Island Lagoon

Media contact: Oregon Health Authority, Jonathan Modie, 971-246-9139, PHD.Communications@state.or.us

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Health advisory lifted September 1 for Willamette River’s Ross Island Lagoon

Reduced blue-green algae cell counts and toxin levels confirmed

The Oregon Health Authority has lifted the health advisory issued August 19 for the Willamette River’s Ross Island Lagoon. Ross Island Lagoon is located about one mile south of downtown Portland in Multnomah County.

Water monitoring has confirmed that the number of blue-green algae cells as well as levels of associated toxins are below guideline values for human exposure.

Oregon health officials advise recreational visitors to always be alert to signs of algae blooms in Oregon waters. People and their pets should avoid areas where the water is foamy, scummy, thick like paint, pea-green, blue-green or brownish red in color, if a thick mat of blue-green algae is visible in the water, or bright green cells are suspended in the water column. If you observe these signs in the water, you are encouraged to avoid activities that cause you to swallow water or inhale droplets, such as swimming or high-speed water activities.

For health information, to report human or pet illnesses due to blooms, or to ask questions about a news release, contact the Oregon Health Authority at 971-673-0400. For information about advisories issued or lifted for the season, contact the Oregon Public Health toll-free information line at 1-877-290-6767 or visit the Harmful Algae Blooms website and select “Algae Bloom Advisories.”

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Stormwater pipe repairs close lanes in the Central Eastside through October

Traffic Advisory

August 23, 2016

Beginning today, August 23, an urgent stormwater pipe repair will close lanes in the Central Eastside District all hours and all days through October: 

  • Northbound lane on SE Water Avenue between SE Clay Street and SE Hawthorne Boulevard, and
  • Westbound lane on SE Clay Street between SE 2nd Avenue and SE Water Avenue.

https://goo.gl/maps/bykZikgWPrR2

Local access only will be provided. Signed detours will direct the traveling public around the construction zone. The public is advised to travel cautiously in the area.

While the sidewalk to the Eastbank Esplanade at the intersection SE Clay Street and SE Water Avenue will remain open, it will be narrowed to accommodate construction equipment. Pedestrians and cyclists are advised to observe signed restrictions and share the sidewalk safely.

For information, contact Cheryl Kuck, 503-823-7898, cheryl.kuck@portlandoregon.gov 

The Bureau of Environmental Services works with Portland residents and businesses to protect water quality, public health, and the environment through wastewater collection and treatment, sewer construction and maintenance, stormwater management, and stream and watershed restoration.

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OHA issued health advisory for Willamette River's Ross Island Lagoon

UPDATE: HEALTH ADVISORY LIFTED SEPTEMBER 1

Media contact: Oregon Health Authority, Jonathan Modie, 971-246-9139, PHD.Communications@state.or.us

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ORIGINAL HEALTH ADVISORY ISSUED AUGUST 19

Media contact: Oregon Health Authority, Tony Andersen, 971-239-6483, PHD.Communications@state.or.us

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Health advisory issued August 19 for Willamette River’s Ross Island Lagoon

A health advisory is being issued today for the Ross Island Lagoon and the mouth of the lagoon as it connects to the Holgate Channel. Ross Island Lagoon is located about one river mile south of downtown Portland in Multnomah County.

The advisory is being issued due to visual confirmation of a blue-green algae bloom in the lagoon. Water monitoring has been completed to confirm the type of blue-green algae present, and the level of any potential toxins that may be produced; however, shipping and analysis of the sample will take time. It is expected that data from the analysis of the bloom sample will be available by the middle of next week. At that time, depending upon the level of toxins found in the sample, Oregon Public Health officials will determine if the advisory can be lifted, or if it will continue in place until the bloom is gone.

Because sample analysis is needed to determine if a bloom is producing toxins, and because of the extreme heat predicted over the weekend and through next week, Oregon Public Health officials believe in order to protect the public health, that an advisory based on visual observation and extent of the bloom is warranted until data is available. This is because if toxins are being produced by the bloom, they can be potentially harmful to people, and even at low levels can be very harmful to pets.

Although the advisory is confined at this time to the Ross Island Lagoon and its mouth, the lagoon is influenced by the dynamics of the river which can cause bloom creep as the water in the lagoon rises and recedes. Always be aware that blooms can develop on any waterbody under the right environmental conditions. The Willamette is a big river and blooms can develop in areas along its course where low flow and slow moving water can be found.

If you see areas where the water is foamy, scummy, thick like paint, pea-green, blue-green or brownish-red, follow the motto “When in doubt, stay out.”

Oregon Public Health officials advise people to avoid swallowing or inhaling water droplets as a result of swimming or high-speed water activities, such as water skiing and power boating in areas where blooms are identified.

Drinking water directly from the river where a bloom is identified is especially dangerous since any toxins produced cannot be removed by boiling, filtering or treating the water with camping-style filters. People who may draw water directly out of this area for drinking or cooking are advised to use an alternative water source. No public drinking or potable water systems are affected.

Oregon health officials recommend that people who choose to eat fish from waters where algae blooms are present remove all fat, skin and organs before cooking, because toxins are more likely to collect in these tissues. Fillets should also be rinsed with clean water. Public health officials also advise people to not eat freshwater clams or mussels from any freshwater source affected by a bloom and that Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife regulations do not allow the harvest of these shellfish from freshwater sources. Crayfish muscle can be eaten, but internal organs and liquid fat should be discarded.

Exposure to toxins in some cases can produce symptoms very similar to food poisoning such as weakness, cramps, diarrhea, nausea, vomiting and fainting. If these symptoms persist or worsen you should seek medical attention. Other toxins can produce numbness, tingling and dizziness that can lead to difficulty breathing or heart problems, and require immediate medical attention for you or your pet. There is no antidote for these toxins but supportive care can treat symptoms and other concerns.

Contact with cells from a bloom can cause skin irritation and a red, puffy rash in individuals with skin sensitivities or those who develop rashes easily.
Children and pets are at increased risk for exposure because of their size and level of activity. People who bring their pets to areas where blooms are identified should take special precautions to keep them from drinking from or swimming in the water.

People may still visit the lagoon and enjoy activities allowed in the area such as bird watching and boating at low speeds. However, in all areas where a bloom has been identified or an advisory is in place, people should avoid any activities that might expose them to ingestion and inhalation.
For more information, or to report a human or pet illness, contact the Oregon Health Authority at 971-673-0400.

OHA maintains an updated list of all health advisories on its website. To find out if an advisory has been issued or lifted for a specific water body, visit the Harmful Algae Blooms website and select “algae bloom advisories,” or call the Oregon Public Health Division toll-free information line at 1-877-290-6767.

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Closure of eastbound ramp from N Going to N Greeley begins Monday

Traffic Advisory

August 12, 2016

Beginning at 7:00 a.m. on Monday, August 15, an emergency sewer repair will close the eastbound ramp from N Going Street to N Greeley Avenue all hours and all days for up to two weeks.

https://goo.gl/maps/uWqrGJw5b7G2

A signed detour will direct traffic to N Interstate Avenue. The public is advised to travel cautiously through the construction zone.

For information contact Cheryl Kuck, 503-823-7898, Cheryl.Kuck@portlandoregon.gov

The Bureau of Environmental Services works with Portland residents and businesses to protect water quality, public health, and the environment through wastewater collection and treatment, sewer construction and maintenance, stormwater management, and stream and watershed restoration.

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Sewer construction starting Tuesday will delay traffic on SE Milwaukie at SE Franklin

Traffic Advisory

August 8, 2016

Beginning Tuesday, August 9, sewer construction will delay traffic on SE Milwaukie Boulevard at SE Franklin Street for up to five days. 

https://goo.gl/maps/hAg7NWx24yJ2

At the work zone, crews will maintain one northbound lane and one southbound lane to be shared by motorists and cyclists.

The traveling public should expect delays during construction hours from 7:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. each day until repairs are complete. All lanes will re-open to traffic after construction hours.

The work is part of the Lower Powell Green Street and Sewer Project to replace aging sewer pipes and construct green street planters to manage stormwater runoff.

For more information contact Cheryl Kuck, 503-823-7898, cheryl.kuck@portlandoregon.gov.

The Bureau of Environmental Services works with Portland residents and businesses to protect water quality, public health, and the environment through wastewater collection and treatment, sewer construction and maintenance, stormwater management, and stream and watershed restoration.

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Community watershed projects receive grant funding

News Release

July 15, 2016

For information contact Linc Mann, 503-823-5328, linc.mann@portlandoregon.gov

The Portland City Council has approved Community Watershed Stewardship Program (CWSP) grants totaling $100,000 to 13 community groups for projects to improve watershed health. CWSP provides groups with grants of up to $10,000 to engage volunteers in stormwater management and watershed restoration projects.

The program is a partnership between Environmental Services and Portland State University. Since 1995, CWSP has granted more than $1 million for watershed projects and helped organize more than 40,000 volunteers to work on community projects.

“Since 1995, this program has helped diverse groups of creative Portlanders who work together to design new watershed projects and forge new partnerships,” said City Commissioner Nick Fish. “These grants empower community leaders and volunteers in making Portland cleaner and greener.”

The program also helps the Bureau of Environmental Services comply with federal regulations. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issues permits that require cities to develop programs to reduce stormwater pollution. The EPA recognizes that those programs are more effective when community members and groups join in. Public information, public involvement and public participation are all stormwater permit requirements.

CWSP projects support Portland’s green infrastructure by providing rainwater infiltration, water quality improvement, stream restoration, pavement removal, watershed data collection and flood mitigation. CWSP grants will fund these 13 projects this year:

  1. Lower Columbia Estuary Partnership - Vernon Elementary Stormwater Project ($8,999) Remove 864 square feet of asphalt from the schoolyard and replace it with trees, permeable pavers, and seating
  2. Sabin Community Development - Youth Opportunities Program ($6,000) Provide youth from underrepresented communities with the job skills and an in-depth understanding of watershed function and their personal connection to it
  3. Depave - Greening Bridgeport United Church of Christ ($10,000) Depave 800 square feet of parking lot, add a rain garden and lawn area, install native plants and trees
  4. Bridger Parent Teacher Association - Bridger Rain Garden and Outdoor Classroom ($6,870) Improve existing rain garden and outdoor classroom with educational signage in English and Spanish, raised garden beds, and native plant habitat
  5. ROSE Community Development – Lents Youth Initiative Pollinator Habitat Enhancement ($7,100) Enhance and expand pollinator habitat and connectivity
  6. PSU Indigenous Nations Studies/NAYA - Kah San Chako Haws First Foods Garden ($10,000) A self-sustaining community garden with water-catching systems and native plants to help absorb rain
  7. Johnson Creek Watershed Council - Johnson Creek Cleanup 2016 ($5,500) Instream trash clean up event removing trash from the stream between SE 92nd and SE 17th
  8. National Indian Parent Information Center/Johnson Creek Watershed Council- Native American Youth for the Environment ($7,040) Three volunteer watershed restoration events for Native American youth with special needs
  9. Linnton Community Center - Shipping Container Ecoroof and Vertical Gardens ($5,715) Ecoroof and vertical gardens will provide insulation in summer and capture stormwater in winter, and teach children about environmental stewardship
  10. Linnton Neighborhood Association/Neighbors West-Northwest- Kingsley Community Garden ($7,000) Build a community garden
  11. Tryon Creek Watershed Council -Watershed Restoration Mentors ($10,000) Establish native canopy along streamside properties
  12. Mecha Statewide/Groundwork Portland - Latino Youth Stormwater Microfiltration Study ($6,856) Researching the ability of a species of fungi to remove pollutants from stormwater runoff
  13. City Repair - Pollinator Pathways ($7,000) Create pollinator native plant habitats at five locations along Sunday parkway routes

The Bureau of Environmental Services works with Portland residents and businesses to protect water quality, public health, and the environment through wastewater collection and treatment, sewer construction and maintenance, stormwater management, and stream and watershed restoration.

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Traffic delays on SE Hawthorne at 48th starting Tuesday, July 5

Traffic Advisory

July 1, 2016

Beginning Tuesday, July 5, maintenance crews will repair a hole in SE Hawthorne Boulevard at SE 48th Avenue. The work will reduce SE Hawthorne to one lane between SE 47th and 49th avenues during work hours, 7:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

https://goo.gl/maps/bY9uq5oLjU72

Flaggers will direct traffic through the work zone. Motorists and bicyclists should expect delays when work is underway. All lanes will re-open to traffic after construction hours.

Repairs will likely take two days to complete.

For more information contact Linc Mann, 503-823-5328.

The Bureau of Environmental Services works with Portland residents and businesses to protect water quality, public health, and the environment through wastewater collection and treatment, sewer construction and maintenance, stormwater management, and stream and watershed restoration.

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Lane restrictions on NE Holman at 112th start Friday

Traffic Advisory

June 23, 2016

A sewer repair project that starts Friday, June 24 will close the eastbound lane of NE Holman Street at NE 112th Avenue. The lane will close during work hours, 6:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Repairs could take several days to complete.

https://goo.gl/maps/VNfojbQUzmJ2

Flaggers will maintain local access in the construction area. Motorists and bicyclists should expect delays.

For more Information: Linc Mann, 503-823-5328, linc.mann@portlandoregon.gov

The Bureau of Environmental Services works with Portland residents and businesses to protect water quality, public health, and the environment through wastewater collection and treatment, sewer construction and maintenance, stormwater management, and stream and watershed restoration.

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City agreement will keep the Swan Island boat ramp in service

News Release

June 8, 2016
For more information:
Linc Mann, Environmental Services, 503-823-5328, linc.mann@portlandoregon.gov
Mark Ross, Parks & Recreation, 503-823-5300, mark.ross@portlandoregon.gov

The Portland City Council today passed the first reading of an agreement to ensure that the city-owned Swan Island boat ramp continues providing service to recreational boaters. The agreement transfers ownership of the boat ramp from the Bureau of Environmental Services to Portland Parks & Recreation (PP&R).

The ramp is on a parcel of waterfront land Environmental Services purchased 20 years ago to build a wet weather wastewater treatment facility as part of the city’s program to control combined sewer overflows to the Willamette River. Several years after the purchase, Environmental Services decided to send all wet weather flow to the city’s Columbia Boulevard Wastewater Treatment Plant and never built the Swan Island plant.

The Port of Portland operated the boat ramp until 1996 through a grant from the Oregon State Marine Board and the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife. The agreement that transferred ownership of the property to Environmental Services included the boat ramp at no cost, but the terms of the original grant required the bureau to operate the ramp until June 30, 2010. After that obligation expired, Environmental Services started the process of declaring the land and the boat ramp surplus property available for sale.

During that process, Portland Parks & Recreation expressed interest in purchasing the boat ramp and two acres of adjacent property for wood chipping operations. The purchase prices is $970,757. Environmental Services will ask City Council to declare the remaining five acres as surplus and transfer it to Portland Parks & Recreation via a sale.

“I’m happy that under our new property disposal policy a property which BES no longer needs will be put to good use by Parks, continuing to serve public recreation,” said City Commissioner Nick Fish.

The Swan Island boat ramp will be the third general use boat ramp in the Portland city limits managed by Portland Parks & Recreation. The property acquisition also addresses another Parks need.

“This agreement serves multiple City needs with one acquisition—the public, boat ramp, and a maintenance facility for Parks. I am pleased that the riverfront is being kept in City ownership,” said City Commissioner Amanda Fritz. “Portland Parks & Recreation will continue to prioritize accessibility for community visitors in this area.”

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Lane closures on SE Clay Street and SE Water Avenue extended one day

Traffic Advisory

June 2, 2016

Utility location work for a sewer repair project will close SE Clay Street between SE 3rd and SE Water avenues again tomorrow, for one day longer than expected. Lane restrictions on SE Water Avenue at SE Clay Street will also continue tomorrow.

The lane closures are in effect tomorrow during construction hours, 7:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Motorists and bike riders should expect delays. Flaggers will maintain local access only.

The utility locations are part of the design of a project to repair a failing sewer pipe.

For more information, contact Linc Mann, 503-823-5328, linc.mann@portlandoregon.gov.

The Bureau of Environmental Services works with Portland residents and businesses to protect water quality, public health, and the environment through wastewater collection and treatment, sewer construction and maintenance, stormwater management, and stream and watershed restoration.

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EPA grants Portland $400,000 to help clean contaminated properties

News Release

June 2, 2016

landfill now the site of the Dharma Rain Zen CenterThe Portland Brownfield Program is getting more help from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to identify and clean up contaminated properties. A pair of $200,000 EPA grants will allow the Brownfield Program to give free technical and financial assistance to Portland property owners concerned about possible contamination on their land. Free technical assistance is available for brownfields anywhere in the city, but the grants will provide financial assistance on brownfields in the target area of east Portland.

Similar grants in the past have helped fund several brownfield projects, including the Dharma Rain Zen Center at SE 85th Avenue and Siskiyou Street. The nonprofit Buddhist institution is converting the former quarry and landfill into its new campus with facilities for meditation, classes and living quarters.

A brownfield is a site where past use has left contamination in the soil or groundwater, or where concern about contamination prevents the property’s re-use. The sites of former gas stations, metal plating facilities and dry cleaners are common examples of brownfields. Many sites now considered brownfields once provided jobs and helped fuel the economy. Redeveloping brownfields stimulates the economy while protecting water quality, green space and public health.

For nearly 20 years, Portland has provided technical and financial support to help property owners, developers, and community members recover neighborhood lands. Portland was a recipient of one of the first EPA brownfield grants in 1998.

A 2011 EPA grant helped Portland establish a Brownfield Revolving Loan Fund available to property owners to clean contaminated soil on their land. In addition to managing the loan fund, the Portland Brownfield Program offers free technical and financial assistance to property owners and developers.

For more information, contact the Brownfield Program at 503-823-7764 or visit www.brownfield.org.

The Bureau of Environmental Services works with Portland residents and businesses to protect water quality, public health, and the environment through wastewater collection and treatment, sewer construction and maintenance, stormwater management, and stream and watershed restoration.

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Lane closures on SE Clay Street and SE Water Avenue

Traffic Advisory

June 1, 2016

Utility location work for a sewer repair project has closed SE Clay Street between SE 3rd and SE Water avenues. There are also lane restrictions on SE Water Avenue at SE Clay Street. Flaggers are maintaining local access only.

The lane closures are in effect today and tomorrow during construction hours, 7:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. both days.

The utility locations are part of the design of a project to repair a failing sewer pipe.

For more Information: Linc Mann, 503-823-5328, linc.mann@portlandoregon.gov

The Bureau of Environmental Services works with Portland residents and businesses to protect water quality, public health, and the environment through wastewater collection and treatment, sewer construction and maintenance, stormwater management, and stream and watershed restoration.

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Lane restrictions on NE Holman at 112th start Tuesday

Traffic Advisory

May 27, 2016

A sewer repair project that starts Tuesday, May 31 will close the eastbound lane of NE Holman Street at NE 112th Avenue and will close NE 112th at Holman. The lane restrictions will be in effect all hours and all days until repairs are complete. The work could take up to one month to complete.

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Flaggers will maintain local access in the construction area. Motorists and bicyclists should expect delays.

Crews will permanently repair a 42-inch concrete sewer pipe that failed in April. Work crews made temporary repairs last month and re-opened the intersection until design of a permanent repair project was complete.

For more Information: Linc Mann, 503-823-5328, linc.mann@portlandoregon.gov.

The Bureau of Environmental Services works with Portland residents and businesses to protect water quality, public health, and the environment through wastewater collection and treatment, sewer construction and maintenance, stormwater management, and stream and watershed restoration.

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Combined Sewer Overflow (CSO) Advisory

Combined Sewer Overflow (CSO) Advisory

May 19, 2016

Heavy rain this evening caused Portland’s combined sewer system to overflow from the Alder Pump Station Outfall to the Willamette River. Because of increased bacteria in the water, the public should avoid contact with the Willamette River from the Morrison Bridge to the Columbia River confluence for 48 hours after the CSO event ends.

The event began at 4:58 p.m. this evening and lasted about 16 minutes with a volume of 16,500 gallons.

Portland’s combined sewer system carries sewage and stormwater runoff in the same pipes. In December 2011, Portland completed a 20-year program of sewer improvements, including constructing big pipes on both sides of the Willamette River and along the Columbia Slough. The improvements eliminate 99% of CSOs from the slough and 94% from the river.

During extremely heavy rain, the big pipes store large quantities of stormwater and sewage while pumping it to the Columbia Boulevard Wastewater Treatment Plant. During very heavy rain storms, some combined sewage can overflow. That is what the system is designed to do and that is the way it operates.

A combined sewer overflow is about 80% stormwater and 20% sanitary sewage. Before the city completed the CSO control program, combined sewers overflowed an average of 50 times a year. Today, the combined system overflows to the Willamette River an average of four times per winter and once every three summers.

For information contact Cheryl Kuck, 503-823-7898, Cheryl.Kuck@portlandoregon.gov.

The Bureau of Environmental Services provides city residents with programs to protect water quality and public health, including wastewater collection and treatment, sewer construction and maintenance, stormwater management, and stream and watershed restoration.

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Ramp from SE 17th to Powell westbound closes

Traffic Advisory

May 6, 2016

Beginning Monday, May 9, sewer construction on Powell Boulevard will close SE 17th Avenue northbound at SE Haig Street. The work will close the northbound SE 17th Avenue ramp that merges onto SE Powell westbound. The ramp will remain closed all days and all hours for up to 50 days.

During the ramp closure, northbound traffic on SE 17th will detour to SE McLoughlin Boulevard. The ramp closure will not affect pedestrian and bicycle traffic or southbound traffic on SE 17th Avenue. Traffic will also continue to flow in both directions on SE Powell Boulevard throughout construction.

This work is part of the Lower Powell Green Street and Sewer Project to replace or repair 4,500 feet of 100-year-old sewers in poor condition. More information is available at www.portlandoregon.gov/bes/LowerPowell.

For more information contact Linc Mann, 503-823-5328.

The Bureau of Environmental Services works with Portland residents and businesses to protect water quality, public health, and the environment through wastewater collection and treatment, sewer construction and maintenance, stormwater management, and stream and watershed restoration.

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Nighttime lane closures on Powell to prepare for closure of ramp from SE 17th northbound to SE Powell westbound

Traffic Advisory

May 4, 2016

Starting tonight (Wednesday, May 4), sewer construction preparation will close one lane of SE Powell Boulevard in each direction between SE 10th Avenue and SE 15th Avenue for three nights. The overnight lane closures will last from 7:00 p.m. to 6:00 a.m. Wednesday, Thursday and Friday.

The lane closures this week will allow construction crews to prepare to close the northbound ramp from SE 17th Avenue to Powell Boulevard westbound beginning Monday, May 9. Sewer construction will close the ramp 24 hours a day for up to 50 days.

During the ramp closure, northbound traffic on SE 17th will detour to SE McLoughlin Boulevard. The ramp closure will not affect pedestrian and bicycle traffic or southbound traffic on SE 17th Avenue. Traffic will also continue to flow in both directions on SE Powell Boulevard throughout construction.

This work is part of the Lower Powell Green Street and Sewer Project to replace or repair 4,500 feet of 100-year-old sewers in poor condition. Go to www.portlandoregon.gov/bes/LowerPowell for more information.

For more information contact Linc Mann, 503-823-5328.

The Bureau of Environmental Services works with Portland residents and businesses to protect water quality, public health, and the environment through wastewater collection and treatment, sewer construction and maintenance, stormwater management, and stream and watershed restoration.

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Traffic restrictions on SE Hawthorne and SE 50th

Traffic Advisory

April 29, 2016

Sewer construction starting Monday, May 2, 2016 will restrict traffic to local access only on SE Hawthorne Boulevard from SE Cesar Chavez Boulevard to SE 50th Avenue, and on SE 50th from SE Hawthorne Boulevard to SE Division Street.

Traffic restrictions will be in place all hours and all days for up to three weeks. Flaggers will move local traffic through work zones in both directions using a single lane.

Construction will cause traffic delays. Motorists and bicyclists who don’t need local access should use alternate routes.

The work is part of the Hawthorne Green Street and Sewer Project to replace sewer pipes and construct green street planters to manage stormwater runoff.

For more information contact Linc Mann, 503-823-5328.

The Bureau of Environmental Services works with Portland residents and businesses to protect water quality, public health, and the environment through wastewater collection and treatment, sewer construction and maintenance, stormwater management, and stream and watershed restoration.

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An Earth Day look at 20 years of bringing back native vegetation

News Release

April 22, 2016

This Earth Day, people and wildlife on the Columbia Slough can enjoy the successes of a program responsible for planting more than one million native trees and shrubs in Portland watersheds over the last 20 years. The Bureau of Environmental Services Watershed Revegetation Program manages natural area and riparian corridor restoration work that supports improvement to water quality and natural habitat functions in the Portland metropolitan area.

The program started work in the Columbia Slough watershed in February 1996. Since then, revegetation teams have planted over 1.3-million native tree and shrub seedlings and restored vegetation on over 1,100 acres of natural area and riparian corridor in the slough watershed.

The program worked so well along the Columbia Slough that Environmental Services expanded it to the Johnson Creek watershed in 2000. Today, the program works on restoration projects all around Portland, but reforestation of the slough’s riparian corridors has always been the cornerstone of its work.

People who canoe the slough today are likely to enjoy dense stands of native trees and shrubs on both banks. But 20 years ago, the view was more likely to be industrial buildings and dense stands of invasive blackberries growing out of control.

near the St. Johns landfill 1997  near the St. Johns landfill 2013
A slough bank near the St. Johns landfill in 1997 (left) and in 2013 (right)

The change in landscape along the slough is dramatic in many places because of the program and the support and cooperation of many landowners and project partners including Multnomah County Drainage District, Portland Parks & Recreation, Metro and the Columbia Slough Watershed Council.

Through the Watershed Revegetation Program, Environmental Services forms partnerships with public and private landowners to restore degraded stream bank and upland areas. The restoration work improves water quality, controls erosion, reduces stormwater pollution, aids in long-term salmon recovery, and enhances wildlife habitat.

For more information contact Linc Mann, 503-823-5328,

The Bureau of Environmental Services provides city residents with programs to protect water quality and public health, including wastewater collection and treatment, sewer construction and maintenance, stormwater management, and stream and watershed restoration.

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Maintenance crews stop a sewage release to a Fanno Creek tributary in southwest Portland

Sanitary Sewage Release Advisory Update
(this is not a combined sewer overflow [CSO] advisory)

April 6, 2016

Work crews today successfully stopped sewage flowing from a broken pipe in a steep ravine near SW Carolina Street and SW 32nd Avenue. Field crews investigating sewer odors discovered the leak on Monday.

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Because the area is too steep for machinery, maintenance crews worked by hand to expose the broken pipe and stop the leak. They made temporary repairs while engineers design permanent repairs.

Sewage from the broken pipe flowed into an unnamed tributary that joins Fanno Creek near SW 30th and Beaverton-Hillsdale Highway, about four blocks from the point of the sewage release. The public should avoid contact with Fanno Creek in that area through this Friday afternoon.

The City of Portland treats an average of 70 million gallons of wastewater each day. Over one-third of Portland’s more than 2,500 miles of sewer pipes are over 80 years old. Pipes that fail or become blocked with grease, tree roots and debris can cause sewage overflows. The sewage release in southwest Portland is not related to Portland’s combined sewer overflow control system.

For more information: Linc Mann, 503-823-5328, linc.mann@portlandoregon.gov

The Bureau of Environmental Services provides city residents with programs to protect water quality and public health, including wastewater collection and treatment, sewer construction and maintenance, stormwater management, and stream and watershed restoration.

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Sewage release to Fanno Creek tributary in southwest Portland

Sanitary Sewage Release Advisory

(this is not a combined sewer overflow [CSO] advisory)

April 4, 2016

Maintenance crews are working to stop a sewage release to a small tributary of Fanno Creek. Field crews investigating odor complaints today discovered sewage flowing from broken pipe into the unnamed tributary.

Crews discovered the sewage release near the intersection of SW Carolina Street and SW 32nd Avenue.

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Maintenance crews are unable to estimate how much sewage has been released or how long it will take to make repairs and stop the release. The City of Portland treats an average of 70 million gallons of wastewater each day.

The tributary flows into Fanno Creek near SW 30th and Beaverton-Hillsdale Highway, about four blocks from the point of the sewage release. The public should avoid contact with Fanno Creek in that area until the leak is repaired.

Over one-third of Portland’s more than 2,500 miles of sewer pipes are over 80 years old. Pipes that fail or become blocked with grease, tree roots and debris can cause sewage overflows. The sewage release discovered today is not related to Portland’s combined sewer overflow control system.

For more information: Linc Mann, 503-823-5328, linc.mann@portlandoregon.gov

The Bureau of Environmental Services provides city residents with programs to protect water quality and public health, including wastewater collection and treatment, sewer construction and maintenance, stormwater management, and stream and watershed restoration.

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Lane closed at NE Holman and 112th

Traffic Advisory

April 4, 2016

Sewer repairs have closed the eastbound lane of NE Holman Street at NE 112th Avenue. Flaggers are directing traffic around the work zone 24 hours a day until repairs are complete. Motorists and bicyclists should expect delays.

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Work crews will repair a 42-inch concrete sewer pipe under the intersection that failed over the weekend. There is no estimate at this time when repairs will be complete.

For more Information: Linc Mann, 503-823-5328, linc.mann@portlandoregon.gov

The Bureau of Environmental Services works with Portland residents and businesses to protect water quality, public health, and the environment through wastewater collection and treatment, sewer construction and maintenance, stormwater management, and stream and watershed restoration.

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Sewer construction starting Tuesday will delay traffic on SE Hawthorne at SE 47th

Traffic Advisory

March 21, 2016

Beginning Tuesday, daytime sewer construction will delay traffic on SE Hawthorne Boulevard at SE 47th Avenue for about three days. SE Hawthorne will be reduced to one lane of travel with flaggers.

Motorists and bicyclists should expect delays in the construction zone during work hours from 7:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. All lanes will re-open to traffic after construction hours.

The work is part of the Hawthorne Green Street and Sewer Project to replace sewer pipes and construct green street planters to manage stormwater runoff.

For information contact Linc Mann, 503-823-5328, linc.mann@portlandoregon.gov.

The Bureau of Environmental Services works with Portland residents and businesses to protect water quality, public health, and the environment through wastewater collection and treatment, sewer construction and maintenance, stormwater management, and stream and watershed restoration. 

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City of Portland Launches Public Survey on Portland Harbor Superfund Cleanup

News Release

March 7, 2016
For immediate release
For more information contact Linc Mann, 823-5328, linc.mann@portlandoregon.gov

This spring, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) will propose a cleanup plan for the Portland Harbor Superfund Site, a decision that will affect all Portlanders.

The city will prepare a formal response to EPA’s proposed cleanup plan. In preparation, the city is asking Portlanders to share what they value most about the cleanup by participating in an online survey.

“The city is working with regulators, other potentially responsible parties and interested parties to ensure a successful Portland Harbor cleanup; protect community interests; and consider the impact of cleanup options on all river users,” said Mayor Charlie Hales. “The survey results will convey Portlanders’ values around the river, and shape the city’s comments to EPA.”

The survey was developed by a Portland State University College of Urban and Public Affairs program called Oregon’s Kitchen Table, which facilitates community engagement on complex issues. Oregon’s Kitchen Table is working with a variety of organizations to encourage participation.

“We want to hear from the community before we comment on any proposed plan,” said City Commissioner Nick Fish.” The ‘Kitchen Table’ survey is one tool that will help us better understand the values and priorities of the people we serve.”

The survey opened today (Monday, March 7, 2016) and will remain open through March 31. In addition to gathering feedback from the community, the city’s public engagement efforts will provide information about when and how Portlanders can participate in EPA’s formal public comment period on the proposed cleanup plan.

Beginning today, the survey as well as additional information about the Portland Harbor cleanup, is available online at www.oregonskitchentable.org. Hard copies are available by calling Sarah Giles at 503-725-5248. The survey has been translated into five languages.

About the Portland Harbor Superfund Site
Portland Harbor has a long history of shipping, industrial and commercial activity because of its key location on the Willamette River. That activity has led to contamination, and in 2000 the EPA listed Portland Harbor as a Superfund Site. The EPA has identified about 150 potentially responsible parties (PRPs). Many are companies or land owners that operated industrial facilities along the river and whose activities may have contributed to the contamination.

Key next steps in the Portland Harbor Superfund cleanup process include EPA’s announcement of a proposed cleanup plan, followed by a 60-day public comment period. EPA’s record of decision, or final cleanup plan, is anticipated in December 2016.

About the City’s Role in the Portland Harbor Superfund
The City of Portland has a unique role in Portland Harbor. The city is a steward of this important community resource, a regulator, and may ultimately be liable for some of the cleanup and restoration of Portland Harbor, mainly due to the potential of the city stormwater system to carry contamination from upland areas to the river. The city got involved early in the process to ensure that the interests of Portlanders were represented in the initial investigation and data collection phase of this complex process.

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Sewage release to the Willamette River south of downtown Portland

Sewage Release Advisory

March 5, 2016

A faulty valve on a sewer pipe released an estimated 600 gallons of sewage last night near the intersection of SW Carey Lane and SW Riverside Drive. Sewage flowed onto a grassy area and some of it reached a catch basin that drains to the Willamette River.

It’s likely that some sewage drained into the Willamette River through a stormwater outfall pipe on the west bank of the river a little over one mile south of the Sellwood Bridge.

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Maintenance crews verified the release late yesterday afternoon and stopped it at about 7:00 p.m. yesterday. As a precaution, people should avoid contact with the river in that area through Sunday afternoon because of the possibility of increased bacteria in the water.

For more information contact Linc Mann, 503-823-5328.

The Bureau of Environmental Services provides city residents with programs to protect water quality and public health, including wastewater collection and treatment, sewer construction and maintenance, stormwater management, and stream and watershed restoration.

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Environmental Services and Portland Water Bureau work to hire more minority and women subcontractors

News Release

February 25, 2016

For more information:
Environmental Services, Linc Mann, 503-823-5328, linc.mann@portlandoregon.gov
Portland Water Bureau, Jaymee Cuti, 503-823-8064, jaymee.cuti@portlandoregon.gov

Environmental Services and the Portland Water Bureau are working to involve more disadvantaged, minority, woman and emerging small business enterprises (D/M/W/ESB) in sewer, stormwater and water construction projects. The two bureaus have set an aspirational goal of directing at least 20% of hard construction costs to D/M/W/ESB subcontractors.

Environmental Services hit the mark in January with Portland City Council approval of a $3.5-million contract to Landis and Landis Construction for the Lower Powell Green Streets and Sewer Project. The contract includes $734,500 to D/M/W/ESB subcontractors. Subcontract work for the Lower Powell project will include traffic control, manhole repairs, signage, trucking, boring and jacking, and concrete cutting.

The Portland Water Bureau routinely meets and exceeds the City of Portland’s M/W/ESB contracting goals, most recently with the Dam 2 Tower Improvement and Powell Butte Reservoirs projects.

“Environmental Services and the Water Bureau are deeply committed to expanding opportunity for D/M/W/ESB contractors,” said Commissioner-in-Charge Nick Fish.

Prime and subcontractors have asked the two utility bureaus for more information about increasing their involvement in utility construction projects. In response, Environmental Services and the Portland Water Bureau scheduled a construction forecast open house to give the contracting community an advance look at upcoming projects. The open house is designed to give primes and subs more time to develop relationships and to bid the work.

Sewer and water utility projects coming up in the next nine months include more than $50-million in pipe, pump station and culvert replacement, green street construction, storage tank repairs and treatment plant improvements.

The free open house is on Wednesday, March 9, 2016 at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, 1441 NE 2nd Avenue from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Project managers from both bureaus will be on hand to talk to contractors and subcontractors about the kinds of work available in upcoming projects.

Workshop registration is available online at Eventbrite. Contractors and subcontractors can call 503-823-7623 for more information.

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One lane of SE Hawthorne closed at SE 25th

Traffic Advisory

January 27, 2016 - Click here for January 29 update by PBOT.

Sewer repairs have closed the right westbound lane of SE Hawthorne Boulevard between SE 24th and SE 25th avenues.

Westbound traffic on Hawthorne is reduced to a single lane at that location. Eastbound traffic on Hawthorne is not affected.

There is no estimate at this time when repairs will be complete and the right lane of Hawthorne Boulevard will re-open.

For more information contact Linc Mann, 503-823-5328.

The Bureau of Environmental Services works with Portland residents and businesses to protect water quality, public health, and the environment through wastewater collection and treatment, sewer construction and maintenance, stormwater management, and stream and watershed restoration.

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