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Southeast Salmon Street at Southeast 31st Avenue Closed to Through Traffic This Wednesday through Thursday, April 12 through 14

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Click the image above to view the work location in Google Maps Street View.

This Wednesday and Thursday, Portland Water Bureau crews will be installing a new water main in Southeast 31st Avenue between Southeast Taylor and Southeast Salmon Streets.

During this time, the intersection of Southeast Salmon Street and Southeast 31st Avenue will be closed to through traffic this Wednesday through Friday, April 12 through 14.

Traffic Detour

Bicyclists are advised to walk their bikes on the south sidewalk around the construction site.

Watch for Construction Workers

Please use extra caution when driving, biking or walking near the intersection where work will be performed. Use these work zone safety tips when traveling near the work site to keep you, other drives, bicyclists, and our workers safe.

Attention, Teachers: There’s a Fun, New Way to Teach Your Kids About the Environment for Earth Month

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Attention, teachers: April is Earth Month. Do you know where your copy of The Lorax is?

Or maybe you’re up for something new – a fresh alternative to traditional Earth Month or Earth Day (April 22) educational opportunities?

Introducing “Water! The Musical”.

“Water! The Musical”: A Free Assembly Program

“Water! The Musical” is a free, water-themed assembly program for students in grades 3–5 presented by the Portland Water Bureau. An educational tribute to Portland’s delicious, clean drinking water, this two-actor show explores our water system’s history, how we are all connected to water, and some great ways kids and families can put eco-friendly habits to practice by using water efficiently.

The “Water! The Musical” assembly is designed for students in grades 3–5, lasts about 40 minutes, and is performed by the creative minds at the Thinking People’s Theatre and ComedySportz Portland. Best of all, it’s free to your school!

Schedule a Show

Shows are available between April 24 and May 25, but are limited and available on a first-come, first-served basis.

Book today by contacting Sadie Bowman at Thinking People’s Theatre. Email Sadie at or call 763-370-4705.

Questions? Email

Countdown to Earth Day: The Water Bureau’s Commitment to a Sustainable Future

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Earth Day is just around the corner! Occurring each year on April 22, Earth Day is a time to celebrate the natural world around us and learn how we all have a part in protecting the environment.

The Water Bureau works hard to be responsible stewards of our precious water resources. But our focus on environmental stewardship goes so much deeper than ensuring clean water and promoting conservation!

Each day this week, we’ll be posting one Earth Day fact to Facebook and Twitter that highlights the work we’ve been doing to reduce energy use, promote green services and protect fish and wildlife.

Follow us on Facebook and Twitter and learn more about our Sustainable Operations here.

Earth Day Fact #1: A New Energy-Efficient Pump Station in Southwest Portland

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On March 15, the Energy Trust of Oregon (Energy Trust) presented the Portland Water Bureau with a check for nearly half a million dollars in front of City Council – an incentive that will benefit Portland Water Bureau customers.

This incentive was awarded to the Water Bureau’s new energy-efficient Hannah Mason Pump Station, which replaced the old 1912 Fulton Pump Station in Southwest Portland.

The energy-efficient design of this new pump station will cut annual energy costs by nearly $163,000. Plus, Energy Trust enabled the Water Bureau to identify an estimated annual savings of 2.37 million kilowatt hours. The carbon equivalent for these savings is 610 metric tons, or approximately 1.345 million pounds, of CO2 reduction.

Learn more about the new Hannah Mason Pump Station here.

Earth Day Fact #2: Controlling Invasive Species that Threaten Natural Vegetation and Native Species

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The Water Bureau monitors and controls high priority invasive plant species inside the watershed based on how the species could become established in the Bull Run Watershed Management Unit and affect water-supply operations.

One such invasive plant species is reed canary grass, which inhibits egg incubation for western toads and red-legged frogs, that grows along the north bank of the upper end of Reservoir 1.

You can read more about how the Water Bureau manages invasive plants in the Bull Run by reading the Bull Run Watershed Management Unit Annual Report.