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1120 SW 5th Ave, Suite 114, Portland, OR 97204

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Columbia Boulevard Wastewater Treatment Plant Community Advisory Committee

Deadline for Applicants: Open until filled.

Staff Liaisons: Debbie Caselton,, 503-823-2831 and

                        Michele Juon,, 503-823-2413

A link to the application is below.Photo of headworks building with pong and wetlands and native plants featured in front. The headworks building provides preliminary treatment of wastewater by removing debris, grit, and sand from the flow with large screens.

Purpose/Mission statement:

The purpose of the CAC is to provide important input to BES employees regarding policies, programs, and projects relating to the plant, and to ensure that the bureau engages with the community and considers community interests, concerns, and needs in the operations and maintenance of the Plant.

Members of this committee often live near The Plant, however, membership is open to anyone who lives, works, plays, worships, goes to school or does business in the City of Portland.

The City hopes to create a mutually beneficial relationship where the committee members have a voice, they can use the experience as a professional development opportunity, meet others in the community, and network with other professionals and community members collaboratively.

Total number of advisory seats: 8

Number of seats available: 7

Who can join

To be eligible for the advisory committee, members must live, play, worship, go to school, work or do business in the City of Portland.

What we look for

We want people from every part of Portland to share their voice on this committee, especially people who have not been involved before. If you want to serve your community and help influence government decisions, then we want to see your application. We especially encourage you to apply if you live, play, worship, go to school, work or do business near the Plant.

We do not expect you to be or have everything listed below:

  • You believe government is better when community is involved
  • You are an advocate for racial equity: you want positive and long-lasting outcomes for racial and ethnic communities who have not historically had a voice. You can bring discussion about racial and ethnic communities who need it the most.
  • You have a perspective on physically navigating the community with a disability.
  • You can commit to attend all meetings and participate in the discussions
  • You want to commit to supporting community outreach and engagement by partnering with the plant.
  • You want to facilitate BES being a good neighbor by providing valuable feedback on how we are doing.

Time Commitment

  • Meetings are currently held during daytime hours (10:30am – Noon) on Wednesdays up to four (4) times a year with some communication in between on an as needed basis. To the extent possible, we are looking into rescheduling the meetings to better accommodate new CAC members including afternoons or early evenings, depending on availability, or on an as-needed basis (with at least 2 weeks advance notice). Please indicate your preference in your application.
  • Meetings are held at the Columbia Wastewater Treatment Plant, 5001 N Columbia Blvd, Portland OR 97203.
  • Members are involved for a duration of two (2)-or three (3)-year terms, or no more than 8 (eight) consecutive years.
  • Members are expected to prepare for meetings on their own time. Meeting materials for review may be sent with minimal time to review, possibly as few as 48 (forty-eight) hours or 2 (two) days in advance.

We can help you participate

Let us know if there are barriers to your participation.

  • We provide interpreters who will translate the conversation into your language during the meeting. Please ask for an interpreter at least a week in advance of the meeting so we have enough time to make prior arrangements.
  • You may need to read and write in your language. Verbal and written translations are performed by outside organizations. The dialects may be different than your home region and may be different on each document.
  • We try to translate the written materials you ask for, but we may not be able to provide translation of all meeting documents.
  • Dinner will be provided at evening meetings.
  • Public transportation or parking passes will be available if you need those to fully participate.

Volunteer Ethics

People who join this committee will become what we call “Public Officials,” which means that while you serve you must behave fair and ethically. We will provide training on this once you are accepted. Part of following Public Officials Ethics laws means you must tell the group when you or a relative may financially benefit (or avoid fees) by your recommendations. This is called a “Conflict of Interest.” If you tell us about potential Conflicts of Interest that does not mean you cannot serve, in fact, many committees have potential members with Conflicts of Interest. We appreciate your ethical inclusion of possible Conflicts of Interest on the form included in the application.

How to Apply


The first meeting will be determined after we learn new members’ schedules.

Online submission is the preferred, fastest method to get the application into the hands of the selection committee. We suggest you pre-write and save your answers in a separate document, so you have your own copy, and to prevent loss of your work from internet disruptions. You may request to submit a Word version of the application. Email to request a Word version.

To talk with someone about this opportunity or to receive assistance completing the application, please contact the advisory body staff liaison at, 503-823-2831.

Voluntary & Confidential Demographic Information

The City is committed to diversity, inclusion, and equity. Completing the demographic information on the application is voluntary, but we encourage you to provide that information.  The City uses this information to help ensure that advisory body appointments represent a broad cross-section of community. Your information will not be used during the recruitment nor the selection process. State and federal law prohibit use of this information to discriminate against you. Questions about this may be sent to

General Questions

For general questions about the Advisory Bodies program, the volunteer recruitment process, or other upcoming advisory body opportunities please email

We welcome you to browse our website to learn more about the bureau and the CAC:Aerial view of Columbia Boulevard Wastewater Treatment Plant, from the north over the Columbia Slough in recent years.

Do you have questions or need more information? Email You may also cc the staff who oversee the advisory body,, 503-823-2831, or