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The City of Portland, Oregon

Nick Fish (In Memoriam)

City of Portland Commissioner

phone: 503-823-3589


1221 S.W. 4th, Room 240, Portland, OR 97204

Everyday Heroes keeping our rivers clean

April 29, 2014

Two of our Bureau of Environmental Services’ (BES) team members were declared Everyday Heroes by KATU.  Their job isn’t the most glamorous, but it’s vital for us – their hard work protects public health, water quality, and the environment.

The BES field operations team treks our city’s sewer pipes 450 times a year! While a little unpleasant, the field operations team makes sure that the wrong things don’t collect in our water systems.  With over 2500 miles of sewer pipes – it’s a lot of work.

The field operations team doesn’t only work in sewers.  They also venture into local streams and watersheds, ensuring that all of our water systems – both natural and man made - are healthy and protected.

Learn more about the field operations team on BES’ website.

Everyday Heroes: The guys who roam the sewers to protect health, environment

Brian Wood in KATU News