The Portland Harbor Superfund Site is the result of more than a century of industrial use along the Willamette River. Water and sediments are contaminated with many hazardous substances, including heavy metals, dioxin and pesticides. The federal Environmental Protection Agency added Portland Harborto its Superfund list in December 2000.
What has been done since then to clean up our river?
It’s time for Portland to take the leadership role in cleaning up the “Superfund” site (an ironic name, since Congress has not reallocated funds for the so-called Superfund). That will mean working with Multnomah County, the Port of Portland, and the state and the federal governments. It will mean working with the businesses that line our river. It will mean working with the environmentalist community.
This year, Portland Commissioner Nick Fish and I are bringing everyone together and crafting a plan. It won’t get done in a year. It might not get done in ten. But it won’t get done if we don’t get started. And this year, we are.