January 22, 2014
2014’s first Fix-It Fair is this Saturday, January 25! Join us at Rosa Parks Elementary School beginning at 9:30 am.
Fix-It Fairs are free events where you can learn simple and effective ways to save money at home, and stay healthy this winter and beyond.
Visit info booths from the City of Portland and our community partners, and learn something new at several workshops held throughout the day. Experts will be available to talk with you about water and energy savings, personal health and healthcare, food and nutrition, community resources, recycling, yard care and more!
Be sure to stop by the Portland Water Bureau’s Water Conservation table. Pick up free water conservation devices and other resources to help save water and money!
January 25, 2014
9:30 am – 3 pm
Rosa Parks Elementary School
8960 N Woolsey Ave
Can’t make it this weekend? The next Fair will be held on February 22 at David Douglas High School. Visit www.portlandoregon.gov/bps/fif to learn more!
News from and about Commissioner Fish
Facing lawsuits, Fish calls for mediation on SW property sale
Drew Dakessian in the Portland Tribune
In Willamette Week
Can water watchdog rein in spending?
Jim Redden in the Portland Tribune
Railroad toots horn with $5 train rides
Jim Redden in the Portland Tribune
Does the United States need a Creative Laureate?
An interview with Portland's Creative Laureate
Noah Davis in the Pacific Standard
January 24, 2014
Turns out, it is easy being green.
Does your home have space for new trees? The Bureau of Environmental Services’ (BES) Urban Tree Canopy program can help!
Trees are a valuable piece of our city’s infrastructure, and a great way to keep our rivers and streams clean. A mature tree can capture more than 500 gallons of stormwater each year – water which would otherwise gather in our streets and flow into our storm drains.
Our Treebate program offers money back – up to $50 for a large tree – to Portlanders who plant trees at home. The best time of year to plant new trees is from early Fall through the end of April – which means now is the perfect time to pick out new trees for your home!
BES is accepting Treebate applications through April 30 – to learn more about the program, including eligible trees for a rebate, visit: www.portlandoregon.gov/bes/51399.
January 28, 2014
A typical home can lose up to 22 gallons of water each day thanks to leaks. That adds up to over $100 extra on your combined water and sewer bill every year.
Portland is lucky to have the best drinking water in the world – from the forest at the Bull Run Watershed straight to your faucet. Together, we can work to conserve this wonderful resource.
Most leaks come from malfunctioning toilets or dripping faucets. If your water use is higher than usual, you may have a leak somewhere.
The good news: you may be able to find and repair the leak yourself!
The Portland Water Bureau (PWB) has a helpful pamphlet about finding and fixing water leaks in your home. Find out how to examine your meter for running water, check your toilet for leaks, and more.
There are also resources available to help you conserve water year-round! Visit the Portland Water Bureau online for more information.
January 29, 2014
Next week, City Council will vote to turn one of Portland’s long-time brownfields into a vibrant new multi-use development in the heart of St. Johns.
A "brownfield" is a property where a hazardous substance, pollutant, or contaminant is present – which can prevent safe development of the property.
Cleaning up brownfields improves water quality and watershed health, and encourages neighborhood economic vitality. The Bureau of Environmental Services’ Portland Brownfield Program provides EPA-funded technical assistance and financial support to clean up contaminated properties.
The St. Johns property on North Lombard and Baltimore has been vacant since the 1970s. Buried in the lot were 7 old storage tanks that held toxic materials. BES turned to the St. Johns community to help find a developer for the site. Since 2006, North Portland neighbors have been working with City staff to find the way to breathe new life into the empty lot.
Now that the property is clean and safe, a local developer will turn the empty land into a vibrant space with apartments, office space, a public children’s play structure, and more.
If City Council approves the project next week, developer Kevin Cavenaugh will break ground on the project at the end of the year. Read more about this great brownfield story in The Oregonian.
St. Johns brownfield will become new kind of mixed-use development
Casey Parks in The Oregonian