May 9, 2014
On Tuesday, the Portland Water Bureau hosted the first of two community meetings about the Mt. Tabor Reservoir Disconnection Project, which is required by the unfunded federal mandate known as LT2 (Long Term 2 Enhanced Surface Water Treatment Rule).
Before construction begins, the Mt. Tabor Adjustments Project will go through a Type III Land Use Review administered by the City’s Bureau of Development Services and reviewed by the Historic Landmarks Commission. The Land Use Review process ensures that historic and environmental features of the park within the project area are protected.
At the meeting Tuesday night, bureau staff presented the draft project proposal and invited feedback from the community.
Over the next few weeks, bureau staff will work with community members to evaluate suggestions and determine which suggested changes can be incorporated into the project. The bureau will submit its final proposal to the Bureau of Development Services no sooner than June 4.
The second community meeting will be held on Wednesday, June 11. At that meeting, the bureau will present its final proposal. It is possible to make minor changes to the application after the application is submitted, so if there are changes proposed at the June 11 meeting, it is possible to incorporate them into the application.
This project involves removing small sections of pipe that connect to the open reservoirs in Mt. Tabor Park. Once the project is complete, it will still be possible to fill the reservoirs with water. Upon completion of the disconnection, the reservoirs will be filled with water to maintain the reservoirs’ aesthetic appeal.
The long-term future of the reservoir sites has not been determined. Beginning this fall, Parks Commissioner Amanda Fritz will lead a public process to explore possibilities and create a plan that honors the legacy of this part of the park.
The Water Bureau has created a comprehensive website with information about the Mt. Tabor Disconnection Project and how to weigh in with your ideas and suggestions – visit Mt. Tabor Reservoir Disconnection Project’s website for more information.