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Sewage release on N. River Street

More than 100 gallons of sewage spilled from a vactor truck when crews responded to a call yesterday afternoon on N. River Street near N. Albina Avenue.

SEWAGE RELEASE ON N. RIVER STREET

News Release from Portland Bureau of Environmental Services
Posted on FlashAlert: February 23rd, 2017 3:40 PM

Sanitary Sewage Release Advisory
(this is not a combined sewer overflow [CSO] advisory)

More than 100 gallons of sewage spilled from a vactor truck when crews responded to a call yesterday afternoon on N. River Street near N. Albina Avenue.

Crews cleaned up the spill but an unknown amount of sewage soaked into the ground and an estimated 100 gallons traveled to a storm drain that discharges into the Willamette River.

Sewage release signs were placed to warn the public to stay out of the area. The public is advised to stay out of the area and to avoid contact with the Willamette River for 48 hours.

This sewage release is not related to Portland's combined sewer overflow control system.

The Bureau of Environmental Services provides city residents with programs to protect water quality and public health, including wastewater collection and treatment, sewer construction and maintenance, stormwater management, and stream and watershed restoration.

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Contact Info:
Media contact: Diane Dulken, 503-823-5328, diane.dulken@portlandoregon.gov

 

Reminder: Night work for courthouse will impact traffic

Underground utility night work has begun for Multnomah County’s new Central Courthouse at the west end of the Hawthorne Bridge. Sewer lines need to be relocated before excavation can begin for the courthouse on the block bordered by SW Jefferson, SW Naito Parkway, SW First Ave., and SW Madison St. In-street construction will be performed at night to reduce impacts on commuters.

This news release is available online.

NEWS RELEASE

Reminder: Traffic changes downtown during courthouse night work

Underground utility night work has begun for Multnomah County’s new Central Courthouse at the west end of the Hawthorne Bridge. Sewer lines need to be relocated before excavation can begin for the courthouse on the block bordered by SW Jefferson, SW Naito Parkway, SW First Ave., and SW Madison St. In-street construction will be performed at night to reduce impacts on commuters.

Utility relocation details:

  • Work will be conducted between 8 p.m. and 6 a.m. Monday through Thursday from February 13 through March, to reduce impacts on traffic
  • From February 13 – March 1 (tentative), night detours and lane closures will be needed at:
  • SW 1st Ave. between SW Main St. and SW Madison St.
  • SW Main St. across the intersection with SW 1st Ave.
  • Access to the north sidewalk of the Hawthorne Bridge will be available from the Naito Parkway ramp or stairs from Waterfront Park only. The sidewalk on SW Main St. will be closed between Naito Parkway and SW First Ave. The south bridge sidewalk will be open.
  • From March 1 - 17 (tentative) between 10 p.m. and 6 a.m. the eastbound approach to the Hawthorne Bridge from SW Madison St. will be closed to all modes of traffic between SW Naito Parkway and SW 1st Ave. Eastbound traffic can access the bridge from northbound SW Naito Parkway at night.

Noise generating activities include saw-cutting, excavating and sound from vacuum trucks. A telephone line (503-988-8888) is set up for questions and concerns about construction noise.

Work schedules are subject to change, due to weather and other factors.

On February 20, a staircase from the west sidewalk of SW Naito Parkway to the south sidewalk of the Hawthorne Bridge is scheduled to be closed for demolition. A new staircase will be built as part of the project, opening in 2019. Pedestrians can still access the south bridge sidewalk from SW Madison St. and from the sidewalk on the east side of SW Naito Parkway.

The new Central Courthouse is estimated to cost $300 million and open in 2020. A construction open house is scheduled on Thursday, February 23 from 4 – 6 p.m. in the Jury Assembly Room of the County Courthouse at 1021 SW 4th Ave. For project information, visit www.multco.us/central-courthouse.

Mike Pullen | Multnomah County Communications Office | 503-209-4111 | newsroom | twitter | facebook

Portland United Against Hate mobilizes to improve reporting and tracking of hateful acts and support communities in need

A community initiated partnership of community organizations of color, neighborhood groups, and the City of Portland are building a rapid response network – Portland United Against Hate – that combines reporting and tracking of hateful acts and provides support and protection our communities need in this uncertain era.

Vigil and public announcement

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

5:30 PM to 6:30 PM

Da Vinci Middle School

2508 NE Everett St.

Outside on east side of building

Wheelchair accessible

Facebook
event link

A community initiated partnership of community organizations of color, neighborhood groups, and the City of Portland are building a rapid response network – Portland United Against Hate – that combines reporting and tracking of hateful acts and provides support and protection our communities need in this uncertain era.

A vigil and public announcement on the creation of the partnership will be held along with brief statements from community and neighborhood leaders and local elected officials on Tuesday, February 14, from 5:30 PM to 6:30 PM, at Da Vinci Arts Middle School located at 2508 NE Everett St. The event is being held at the school due to its symbolic proximity to several graffiti hate tags in the Kerns neighborhood, which have already been removed.

To date the coalition includes Africa House, Asian Family Center, Asian Pacific American Network of Oregon, Causa Oregon, Coalition of Communities of Color, IRCO (Immigrant and Refugee Community Organization), Latino Network, Teatro Milagro, Native American Youth and Family Center, North Portland Neighborhood Services, Office of Neighborhood Involvement City of Portland, Portland African American Leadership Forum, Portland Two-Spirit Society, Q Center, Resolutions Northwest, Southeast Uplift, Unite OREGON, Urban League of Portland, Verde, YWCA of Greater Portland. Others are invited to join. The Kerns Neighborhood Association is mobilizing neighbors to attend the vigil to say no to hate in their neighborhood.

The partnership grew out of several community organizations approaching the Office of Neighborhood Involvement after this November’s election asking for assistance in convening organizations to collaborate in building a response to the negative forces that undermine our city and communities. In recent months, many community organizations have reported increasing incidents of hate crimes and intimidation, including bullying and violence stemming from racism, xenophobia, religious bigotry, islamophobia, ableism, homophobia, transphobia, stigma, and misogyny.

Representatives from over a dozen organizations have been meeting since then to craft a joint statement and develop intentional collaborative strategies to protect vulnerable communities from hate. Key commitments to collaborate on include:

 

  • Working with area municipalities, starting with the City of Portland, to build community capacity to improve the reporting and tracking of hate crimes;

 

  • Mobilizing and training organization constituents to participate in grass roots actions to support and protect community members targeted by hate in our city.

 

  • Coordinate volunteer and training opportunities to combat and speak out against hateful, harassing or intimidating acts.

 

In the past three months since the election the City of Portland’s Graffiti Abatement Program, within the Office of Neighborhood Involvement, reported a significant increase in “high-priority” graffiti removals compared to previous years. Since Nov. 8, 2016 there have been 23 hate and 60 political graffiti removals compared to zero hate tags reported in the same time period in the past two years and only one political tag in the same period in 2015-16.

Community leaders are aware of an increasing number of incidents meant to harass and intimidate neighbors such as the recent verbal attacks on Latino parishioners at St. Peters Church on SE Foster Rd. and a brick thrown through the window with a Black Lives Matter message at In Other Words bookstore on NE Killingsworth. We applaud and commit to coordinating with other community-based initiatives already mobilizing to support and protect immigrant and refugee, Muslim, LGBTQ, people with disabilities and others targeted by hate.

Numerous organizations the Office of Neighborhood Involvement partners with have already taken the initiative including Latino Network working with the Oregon Law Center to develop a Protect Your Family resource guide, Unite Oregon collaborating with the ACLU Oregon to file a lawsuit seeking an injunction against President Donald Trump’s controversial executive order on immigration, and Concordia, Montavilla and Creston-Kenilworth Neighborhood Associations that have already adopted statements or organized community forums in support of targeted community members.

Additional organizations are invited to sign on to the joint statement and work with this growing partnership. We are reaching out to other organizations to invite them to participate. Numerous neighborhood District Coalitions are considering joining at their next board meetings.

Resources:

ACLU Know Your Rights

The Family Protection Tool Kit – Latino Network

For information contact:

Lizzie Martinez, Latino Network

503-283-6881 x153

lizzie@latnet.org

Linda Castillo, New Portlanders Program

Office of Neighborhood Involvement, City of Portland

503-823-3170

Linda.castillo@portlandoregon.gov