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The City of Portland, Oregon

Environmental Services

working for clean rivers

Phone: 503-823-7740

Fax: 503-823-6995

MAILING ADDRESS: 1120 SW 5th Ave, Room 1000, Portland, OR 97204

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Sunnyside East Sewer and Stormwater Project

Updated October 31, 2019

Environmental Services has completed construction on the Sunnyside East Green Street and Sewer Project in the Sunnyside Neighborhood that repaired, replaced and installed approximately 4,800 feet of sewer pipe. Some of the pipe replaced was 100 years old and deteriorating due to age. There are also 29 new manholes, many new ADA ramps, and 16 new green street planters. The green street planters and new trees will help remove 2.4 million gallons of stormwater from sewer pipes. These improvements protect public health, property and the environment and reduce the possibility of sewage releases into streets, homes and businesses in the Willamette Watershed.

What's Next?

Over the next several weeks there will be a landscaping crew preparing the green street planters for planting before Thanksgiving. They will remove the fabric and wood stakes, clear out any accumulated sediment, trash, and debris. They will return to plant shrubs, grasses, native plants, bulbs, and trees. Green Street with Vertical Safety Delineators

Portland Bureau of Transportation (PBOT) will be in the project area to paint a few remaining curbs and will be installing vertical safety delineators on each end of the planters with curb extensions. (see photo) The vertical poles will help cars and bicycles see the planters that extend into the parking strip, and snow plows will be able to see them during snow storms.

Being a Good Green Street Neighbor

DO limit or eliminate use of fertilizers and pesticides in your yard. Garden chemicals washed away by stormwater can pollute ground and surface water.

DO call 503-823-1424, if you have green street maintenance concerns.

DO call 503-823-1700, if you see a problem with a green street facility that threatens public safety.

DO remove trash or debris from curb openings where water enters and exits the facility.

DO NOT dump grass clippings or yard debris in a green street.

DO NOT use green streets for storage or parking.

DO NOT allow children or dogs to play in green streets. Even little feet can damage plants and compact soil. The bacteria in dog feces can be a health hazard to everyone.

DO NOT move or remove rock in the green streets if there are rocks. The rocks help to control erosion.

Where to Report Green Street Problems

For green street maintenance – including standing water, plants and trees damaged or in need or trimming, facility damage or vandalism – call 503-823-1424 (24/7 phone line) or email

For problems that threaten public safety or if there is evidence of a substance spill,

call 503-823-1700 (24/ 7 phone line). 

For More Information

If you have questions or concerns, please email Debbie Caselton at or call her at 503-823-2831.