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Traffic Advisory: Expect Lane Closures on Southwest Naito Parkway and Harbor Drive

In November and December, Portland Water Bureau crews will start digging to allow for an exploratory drill to be placed in a parking lot at 1720 S.W. Naito Parkway between Harrison and Market streets related to the Willamette River Crossing project. Between 2020 and 2022, the bureau will be installing an earthquake-resilient water pipe deep under the Willamette River.  

Beginning in late October and continuing through 2020, this work will have occasional traffic impacts on those traveling along Southwest Naito Parkway and Harbor Drive. Please prepare for the following changes to traffic. Businesses along Naito Parkway will remain open during construction.

  • Southbound Harbor Drive: Beginning in late October through the end of the year, the right-hand lane of southbound Harbor Drive and single lanes on streets that approach Harbor Drive will be closed as crews excavate and build a temporary wall. Closures are from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday-Saturday. Travelers may experience delays along southbound Harbor Drive as equipment is loaded onto the site.
  • S.W. Naito Parkway (both directions): Beginning in October, and continuing through April, crews will work in Southwest Naito to prepare the water system for the new pipe.
    • In October and November, travelers can expect occasional one-day lane closures as crews work to locate underground utilities.
    • Starting in January, construction will temporarily close one lane in each direction to install a new pipe. Travelers should expect delays. Traffic will continue to flow in the remaining lane in each direction.
    • During this time, six maple trees along Naito between Harrison and Market streets that were previously approved for removal as part of the Portland Bureau of Transportation’s Southwest Naito Parkway Improvement Project will be taken out to allow the Water Bureau to bring equipment onto the worksite. After construction on Naito Parkway is completed, the Portland Bureau of Transportation has committed to an extensive replanting plan in accordance with their permit.
    • In the spring of 2020, the Portland Bureau of Transportation will begin the Southwest Naito Parkway Improvement Project, which will have additional traffic and tree removal impacts. These are outlined at portlandoregon.gov/transportation/swnaito.

The traveling public is reminded to stay alert and use caution as traffic may suddenly slow or stop. Please allow extra time when traveling through the area. Follow all signs and flagger directions to ensure everyone's safety. To avoid traffic delays, motorists are encouraged to use alternate routes around the worksite.

About the Willamette River Crossing Project

Portland’s water mains (pipes) that cross the Willamette River are more than 50 years old and will probably not survive a major earthquake. As part of the Portland Water Bureau’s commitment to preparedness, we are installing an earthquake-resilient water pipe deep under the Willamette River. This new water pipe will help ensure that we can deliver safe and abundant water to the west side, even after an earthquake.

This project is currently in the design and exploration phase. This phase includes locating underground utilities and conducting a geotechnical probe, which will provide important information about soil deep underground and help us confirm the best path across the river.

Bull Run Working Group Meeting Scheduled for Tuesday, Nov. 5, 2019

The public is invited to attend the Portland Water Bureau and Mt. Hood National Forest Bull Run working group meeting on Tuesday, Nov. 5, 2019. The details are below.

Date: Tuesday, Nov. 5, 2019
Time: 10:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m.
Location: Mt Hood National Forest, Zigzag Ranger Station, 70220 E. Highway 26, Zigzag OR  97049
AgendaAccess the agenda here

About the Working Group Meetings

Under the terms of a 20-year agreement between the Portland Water Bureau and Mt. Hood National Forest, staff engaged in the management of the Bull Run Watershed, Portland’s primary drinking water source, will meet semi-annually each year. The purpose of these meetings is to review work plans, budgets, and staff assignments; and communicate accomplishments and issues addressed during the course of management activities. An annual report is presented at the spring meetings.

More Information

For more information about the 20-year stewardship agreement between the Portland Water Bureau and the Mt. Hood National Forest, please visit the Bull Run Watershed Protection and Stewardship page or http://www.fs.fed.us/r6/mthood.

Can You Imagine a Day Without Water?

When disaster strikes, it may be a while before water is available in your home.

A day without water means no water to brush your teeth or wash your dishes. It means no coffee to get you through your morning. Flushing the toilet does nothing. It also means firefighters do not have water to put out fires, farmers can’t water their crops, and restaurants needs to start closing shop.

A day without water is nothing short of a crisis.

What We're Doing to Prevent this Scenario

We’re investing in projects that support our seismic resilience goals to help keep water flowing to Portlanders after a major disaster.

The Washington Park Reservoir Improvement Project is bringing reliable and earthquake-ready water service to more than 360,000 people on Portland’s west side.

Portland’s water mains that cross the Willamette River are more than 50 years old and will likely not survive a major earthquake. The Willamette River Crossing Project will build an earthquake-resilient water line deep under the Willamette River to help ensure water for the west side of the river, even after an earthquake.

As part of the Bull Run Treatment Project, a filtration facility scheduled to be completed in 2027 will provide quicker recovery after a fire and replace aging infrastructure with seismically resilient infrastructure to better withstand an emergency like a major earthquake.

How You Can Help

Take preparedness personally by storing 14 gallons of water per person and have a go-bag with food, medication and other important supplies.

When building your emergency kit, start with water! Learn how you can prepare yourself and your family for an emergency or natural disaster at regionalh2o.org/emergency-preparedness.

Media Advisory: EPA Invites Portland and Beaverton to Apply for $600 Million in Water Loans

Bull Run, Beaverton projects focus on critical reliability upgrades to protect public health.

SEATTLE – The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is inviting a total of 39 projects in 19 states to apply for Water Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act (WIFIA) loans. Together, the selected borrowers will apply for WIFIA loans totaling approximately $6 billion to help finance over $12 billion in water infrastructure investments and create almost 200,000 jobs.

Major drinking water facilities in Beaverton and Portland are among the eligible projects.

“Through WIFIA, EPA is playing an integral role in President Trump’s efforts to improve and upgrade our nation’s water infrastructure and ensure all Americans have access to clean and safe water,” said EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler. “This announcement highlights billions of dollars in needed water infrastructure investments to upgrade aging infrastructure, reduce exposure to lead and emerging contaminants and improve the lives of millions of Americans across the country – all while creating almost 200,000 jobs.”

“I know first-hand how important it is to find outside capital when a community needs critical infrastructure investments,” said EPA Region 10 Administrator Chris Hladick. “These drinking water projects in Oregon are important public health investments, so we’re pleased that Beaverton and Portland are included in this list of eligible communities.”  

“This is exciting news and we are grateful for the invitation from EPA to apply for WIFIA program funding,” said Beaverton Mayor Denny Doyle. “We are committed to ensuring a safe and reliable water supply for our growing community. This is a positive next step in our efforts toward critical water infrastructure improvements that will enhance resiliency for our customers and the greater region. I want to thank our federal representatives for their support and the many partners who have contributed to this opportunity.”

Portland Water Bureau Director Michael Stuhr says he is thankful for the opportunity. “The Bull Run Treatment Projects will ensure that our water system, which serves nearly one million people, will be safe and abundant for generations to come. The EPA’s invitation to apply for this funding is a testament to the merits of this project and their confidence in the Portland Water Bureau. We appreciate the opportunity to participate in the application process, and want to extend a thank you to our congressional delegation for their support, in particular Senator Jeff Merkley for his leadership on WIFIA.”

EPA’s WIFIA loans will allow communities across the country to implement projects to address national water priorities – including providing for clean and safe drinking water by reducing exposure to lead and emerging contaminants, addressing aging water infrastructure and developing water recycling and reuse projects. EPA received 51 letters of interest from both public and private entities in response to the 2019 WIFIA Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA).

After a robust, statutorily required review process, the WIFIA Selection Committee included the drinking water projects in Portland and Beaverton in the pool of eligible applicants:

  • City of Portland Bull Run Treatment Program -- $554 million

The City of Portland will complete three projects to improve public health and water quality and increase drinking water system resiliency and reliability for  nearly 1 million people: (1) the Corrosion Control Project will further adjust the chemistry of Portland’s water, reducing potential levels of lead at the tap; (2) the Filtration Project will construct a new filtration water treatment plant to remove the microorganism Cryptosporidium and other potential contaminants; and (3) the Pipeline Project will construct raw and finished water pipelines to connect the filtration water treatment plant to existing conduits. The purpose of the projects is to comply with two federal regulations, the Long Term 2 Enhanced Surface Water Treatment Rule and the Lead and Copper Rule.

  • City of Beaverton Water Supply Improvement Program -- $58 million

The Water Supply Improvement Program will include a series of projects that will enhance the reliability and resiliency of the water system to meet the needs of a growing urban area. The program includes major new transmission mains, new or improved connections to neighboring purveyors, additional seismically resilient storage, expansion to a new service area, a system-wide Advance Metering Infrastructure system, and a new stormwater reuse system.

To learn more about the 39 projects invited to apply, visit https://www.epa.gov/wifia/wifia-selected-projects.  

Background

Established by the Water Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act of 2014, the WIFIA program is a federal loan and guarantee program administered by EPA. WIFIA's aim is to accelerate investment in the nation's water infrastructure by providing long-term and low-cost supplemental credit assistance for regionally and nationally significant projects. EPA's WIFIA program plays an important part in President Trump's infrastructure plan, which calls for expanding project eligibility. The WIFIA program has an active pipeline of pending applications for projects that will result in billions of dollars in water infrastructure investment and thousands of jobs.

For more information about the WIFIA program, visit: https://www.epa.gov/wifia.

Contact:               Bill Dunbar/EPA/206-553-1019

                              Jaymee Cuti/PWB/503-823-8064

                              Diana Ballash/Beaverton/503-526-3737

November 2019 City Charter Ballot Amendments

Election Day is Nov. 5 and, by now, you should have received your ballot in the mail. (Hit up Multnomah County Elections, if you haven’t.) There are two measures on the ballot that are connected to the work we do here at the Portland Water Bureau:

  • City of Portland Measure 26-204 on the management of and protections for the Bull Run Watershed
  • City of Portland Measure 26-205 on mutual aid agreements

Here’s a little information on the two measures (PDF). 

We’re pretty limited on what we can say about them. State election law requires City employees to stick to the facts and what we’ve provided here is approved by the Oregon Secretary of State. If you have additional questions about what happens if these measures pass, we’ll do our best to answer them. 

Commissioner Amanda Fritz is the champion for these measures, so if you have questions about “Why?”, contact her office or read her blog.