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Stormwater Plaza Partnership with Portland Community College


Environmental Services and Portland Community College (PCC) have combined green stormwater management with an interpretive exhibit and public art in the Central Eastside Industrial District. A new rain garden at PCC’s CLIMB Center for Advancement at SE Water Avenue and SE Clay Street collects stormwater runoff from the center’s roof and the adjacent street. 

Roof runoff cascades over concrete and steel slabs into the rain garden and street runoff flows into the facility  under a steel sidewalk grate. An interpretive kiosk, covered by a green roof that absorbs rain, describes how the rain garden captures and filters stormwater to keep runoff out of the sewer system.

Benches near the kiosk are made from wood salvaged from several 100-year-old warehouses when a portion of the industrial district was redeveloped. The site features a six-foot steel sculpture by Portland artist Linda Wysong titled “Eye River” that was inspired by the six-inch steel spikes, known as log dogs, once used to build log rafts. 

The rain garden project is part of the SE Clay Green Street Project, which will extend for 12 blocks between SE Clay and SE Water Avenue and will link outlying neighborhoods to the Central Eastside Industrial District (CEID) and the Willamette River. 


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Kristan Burkert

August 6, 2012 at 10:05 AM

This water feature is lovely; it is incredible what a downspout can become with creative inspiration. The whole garden is a great improvement over its unmemorable previous appearance. The interpretive info in the kiosk is really interesting and other creative stormwater management work across Water Ave make this is great destination if you want some inspiration.


purushothaman paul

August 24, 2014 at 1:17 PM

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