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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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Project Background

Tabor to River Program

Environmental Services began designing the SE Hawthorne-Salmon Area Green Street and Sewer Project in August 2013 as part of the Tabor to the River Program, which combines innovative stormwater management techniques and sewer repairs and improvements.

The project area has a combined sewer system, which mixes sewage from homes and businesses with stormwater runoff from streets in the same pipes. When it rains, sewers can fill to capacity and can back up into basements. Combined sewage is contaminated with bacteria and pollutants washed off streets. The green street planters and larger pipe installed as part of this project will work together keep stormwater out of the sewer system and reduce backups.

Green Streets

Green street planters are small rain gardens that collect stormwater runoff from streets and allow water to soak into the ground as soil and vegetation filter pollutants. The city maintains green street planters to ensure that they effectively manage stormwater. Green street planters installed as part of this project will keep 1.2 million gallons of stormwater out of the sewer system annually.

Click here to learn more about green street planters. 

Leading up to Construction

Environmental Services hosted an open house on Thursday, October 15, 2015 to introduce the construction project team, present updates, and hear from the community. To view the presentation click here