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Slow Down for Work Zone Safety

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With dry summer weather just ahead, motorists in Portland will likely see more construction work that impacts city streets. A lot of this work is to upgrade water mains and sewer pipes and repair road pavement. With this necessary work comes an increase in traffic delays. 

National studies indicate that driver distraction is the biggest factor in work zone collisions along with excessive vehicle speed.  And 40 percent of work zone collisions occur in the transition area just prior to the work zone.


The Portland Water Bureau asks motorists and bicyclists to keep in mind the following safety tips when observing bright orange signs, cones, barricades, utility workers, and traffic flaggers: 

  • Use an alternate route. When you can, avoid streets with posted work zones.
  • Expect delays.  Plan to leave early so you can drive safely through the work zone and avoid having to rush.
  • Be alert. Pay attention to the driving task and watch the cars ahead of you.
  • Obey all speed and warning signs. They are there for your safety and will help prevent a collision.  
  • Do not tailgate.  Double the following distance.
  • Carefully move over.  When possible give workers more room between them and your vehicle, but do not veer into on-coming traffic lane.
  • Watch for vehicle access. Be aware that temporary construction may impact either side of the road, or adjacent streets.
  • Stay clear of construction vehicles.  Heavy vehicles travel in and out of the work areas and can make sudden moves. 

Please help keep you, other drivers, and utility workers protected by slowing down for work zone safety.

Lindsay Wochnick
Public Information

Celebrate Portland Neighborhoods this Weekend alongside “Your Sustainable City” at the St. John’s Bizarre & Sunday Parkways

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Springtime in Portland means getting outside and immersing yourself in some of the many outdoor neighborhood events across town.

Be sure to mark your calendars and stop by these fun weekend events:

St. Johns Bizarre

Saturday, May 9 
10 a.m. - 7 p.m.
Great music and festivities celebrating the St. John’s neighborhood.

Sunday Parkways

Sunday, May 10
11 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Join thousands of bikers, walkers, runners, kids, and adults as they take over city streets in East Portland.

Visit us at the "Your Sustainable City" BoothWhen attending these events, don’t forget to stop and visit the "Your Sustainable City" booth, staffed by City of Portland employees hailing from the Bureau of Planning and Sustainability and the Portland Water Bureau. Other bureaus in the partnership include Bureau of Development Services, Auditor’s Office, OMF/Purchasing, Portland Bureau of Transportation, and Emergency Management.

At the booth, you will find information on multiple sustainability-focused programs the city offers to citizens, including transportation alternatives, water efficiency, recycling, green building, community engagement, and more!

These fun events present a great way to connect with the community and share water knowledge with the public. We hope to see you there!

Judi Ranton
Water Conservation

Volunteer to Maintain Natural Resources at Powell Butte Nature Park

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On Saturday, May 9 from 9 a.m. to 12 noon, the public is invited to volunteer alongside the Friends of Powell Butte Nature Park, Hands On Greater Portland, and Portland Parks & Recreation (PP&R) to perform needed trail maintenance and restoration work at Powell Butte Nature Park.

Volunteers are encouraged to wear long thick pants, a long-sleeved shirt, and sturdy shoes. Bring a backpack, water bottle, rain gear, and sunhat. Instruction, tools, gloves, and small treats will be provided.

Meet at the SE Ellis Street and SE 145th Avenue. Recommended parking is on SE Ellis Street.

Please be aware that a major construction project is under completion within the Powell Butte Nature Park. Volunteers are reminded to keep out of fenced hazardous construction areas and to stay on open designated park trails during the restoration event.

Volunteers are asked to RSVP online to Hands On Portland.

Kevin Duff
Park Technician

Council Hearing Deliberation on Proposed Washington Park Reservoir Improvements Project Type IV LUR Application Scheduled for May 13

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A City Council hearing on the Water Bureau’s proposed Washington Park Reservoir Improvements Project Type IV Land Use Review (LUR) application will be held on Wednesday, May 13 at 2 p.m. in City Hall Council Chambers at 1221 SW 4th Avenue.

Members of the public are welcome to attend; no testimony will be accepted. During the hearing, Council is scheduled to deliberate and, if they are ready, take a tentative vote. They would direct that written findings be brought back to them at a specified future date for Council adoption. That would be their final decision.

For additional information on the Type IV LUR application and process, visit

Lindsay Wochnick
Public Information

Elementary Students Demonstrate Appreciation for Bull Run Tour

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Every spring and fall, the Portland Water Bureau’s Education program takes students on field trips to the Bull Run Watershed.

During a typical field trip, students test turbidity, learn how the forest protects the water, and tour the inside of Dam 1. Enjoy these highlights from thank you notes students sent after the fall 2014 field trip season!

It must have been raining while they were conducting turbidity tests—very common in the Bull Run.

This student felt compelled to write a thank you note after hearing all the cool stuff s/he missed.

Once is not enough for Jack!

To learn more about Bull Run Watershed tours and field trips, visit the Water Bureau's Water Resources Education webpage.