October 8, 2013
The Bureau of Environmental Services (BES) was awarded the 2013 Oregon Chapter of the American Public Works Association (APWA) Julian Sustainability Practices Award!
The award recognizes outstanding contributions made to promote sustainability in public works in Oregon.
BES received the award in recognition of their Tabor to River program.
Tabor to River covers 2.3 square miles from Mt.Tabor to the Willamette River in Southeast Portland. This area has a combined sewer system that mixes sanitary sewage with stormwater runoff. Very heavy rains can cause sewers to back up into basements, flood streets, and overflow to the Willamette River.
Tabor to the River combines innovative stormwater management techniques with sewer repairs and improvements. The work will stop basement flooding, manage stormwater more naturally, and begin to restore the health of our watersheds.
Goals of the program include:
Planting 3,500 trees
Adding 500 green streets
- Building 100 private stormwater projects
- Repairing or replacing 81,000 feet of sewer pipe
- Removing invasive plants from parks and natural areas
- Improving wildlife habitat, cleaning the air and making neighborhoods healthier
To learn more about the Tabor to River program, visit BES’s website.