Environmental Services built 13 green street planters near SE Ivon and 41st and near SE Madison and 57th (see maps A and B, below) and retrofitted two planters at SE Grant and 29th (see map C, below). Green streets keep stormwater runoff out of the combined sewer system and help prevent sewer backups in basements during heavy rain. They also beautify the community and filter and clean stormwater runoff.
The project removed some on-street parking spaces and some street trees to create space for the new green streets. Environmental Services replaced street trees removed for the project with trees suited to the location. Environmental Services does not remove or replace street trees without evaluation and approval from the city’s Urban Forester.
Stormwater runoff can affect water quality in rivers and streams. Portland uses green streets, ecoroofs, trees and other green infrastructure to increase sewer system efficiency, and protect water quality, public health, and the environment. Green infrastructure keeps stormwater out of the sewer system, filters pollutants, provides habitat and increases neighborhood green space for healthier watersheds.
Tabor to the River
This project is part of the Tabor to the River Program, which combines innovative stormwater management techniques with sewer repairs and improvements to stop basement flooding, manage stormwater more naturally, and to restore watershed health. The program area extends from Mr. Tabor to the Willamette River between SE Hawthorne and SE Powell boulevards. For more information on the Tabor to the River Program, click here.
For More Information about the Ivon-Madison Green Street project, please contact Becky Tillson at 503-823-2827. If you wish to receive project updates, send an email to Becky with “Ivon-Madison Green Street” in the subject line. Thank you for your interest in this important project.