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Interpretive Program

The Portland Water Bureau’s disconnection of the Mt. Tabor reservoirs from their historic place in the drinking water system went through a land review process, and that process created a set of requirements the Bureau had to execute in exchange for approval to move forward. One of those requirements was to provide the public with on-site interpretive materials presenting the important story of these reservoirs and their historic role in the Bull Run water delivery system. This kind of effort is known as an “interpretive program.”

In March of 2017, the joint PWB/community team hired the historians at Historical Research Associates (HRA) to conduct research and planning, and to develop materials for the interpretive program at Mt. Tabor. HRA is a locally staffed firm with Northwest roots, which specializes in historical research and interpretive programs. 

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