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Environmental Services

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Phone: 503-823-7740

Fax: 503-823-6995

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

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Rollin' Tire Brownfield Cleanup in Johnson Creek Watershed

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Funded by a generous grant from the U.S. EPA, Bureau of Environmental Services is transforming the Rollin' Tire brownfield site into a pocket park for the Lents neighborhood in Southeast Portland. For many years, a gas station and auto shop did business on the site at SE 108th and Foster Road, and contaminated the soil with petroleum.

Environmental Services used a technology called in situ bioremediation, which essentially used bacteria to consume and neutralize the petroleum contamination without disturbing Johnson Creek, which runs next to the property. Watch the video below to learn more about the Rollin’ Tire cleanup and the Brownfield Program:

Today a kiosk, complete with an ecoroof and interpretive signs, tells about the site's history. The job-training organization Verde completed the revegetation and ecoroof installation, using the site as a classroom for hands-on experience with brownfield restoration. 

The new pocket park will be the perfect spot to enjoy the 70-acre East Lents Floodplain Restoration Project currently underway next door. (Watch for more about that project in a future post.)

A busy weekend full of river activities!

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Get out and explore your river! Check out Depave at Baltimore Woods, the Columbia Slough Regatta, and the Big Float!




Saturday July 28th, 10 am

Baltimore Woods in St Johns - 6600 N. Catlin Avenue 

Join Friends of Baltimore WoodsSOLVEnpGreenwayPortland Parks & Recreation, the Portland Bureau of Environmental Services, the Office of Healthy Working Rivers and Rewild Portland to celebrate the transformation of the Baltimore Woods Connectivity Corridor! Help us kick off the MAJOR depaving and restoration effort of Baltimore Woods and find out about the future of this amazing space. We’ll begin to free the soil to make way for a beautiful Oregon white oak prairie. Then we’re throwing a party!



Sunday, July 29, 2012 

East side of Willamette River near Hawthorne Bridge (1515 SE Water Ave)

Registration 10am-noon

Inner-tube Hawthorne Bridge Parade starts 12:30pm

- Pre-float parade

- Floating Music Barge (featuring Violet Isle)

- After-float party featuring music from Tango Alpha Tango & Black Lillies

- Beer garden (serving up Liquid Aloha from Kona Brewing Co)

- Food carts!

- Grand Ronde Tribe Kids Activity Area - make fun Native American crafts!


Why: Because we can.


It is strongly encouraged to pre-register online.  It will save you time by not having to wait in line on the day of the event. Registration is a measly $5. You can purchase a life jacket which is required for $8 (regularly priced $14). Also, there's a limited number of Big Float t-shirts available for purchase online.

big float 2 poster





Sunday, July 29th

9387 N. Columbia Blvd

A paddle appropriate for all ages and experience levels


18th Annual Columbia Slough Regatta

Sunday, July 29

9:00-1:00 pm


St Johns Launch Site

9387 N. Columbia Blvd, Portland

(across from Chimney Park)


Bring your family and friends and the old canoe/kayak that needs an excuse to go somewhere with you. The launch site is in the Lower Columbia Slough several miles upstream from the confluence with the Willamette River. The area was frequented by sea lions this spring- in the summer it’s a lazy easy paddle. Metro staff will also offer 3 tours onto the nearly closed St Johns Landfill- which happens to have absolutely fabulous views of the lower Slough and Willamette-Columbia rivers, Smith Bybee wetlands, and the west hills.


Complimentary watercraft are already booked- Paddlers who bring their own craft are welcome and do not need reservations. All paddlers must wear life jackets. More details at


This is a family friendly event. $7.00 donation suggested.


Sponsored by BES along with the support of many other organizations