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Celebrating the Slough: Cycle the Well Field

Cycle the Well Field cyclists

The Portland Water Bureau and the Columbia Slough Watershed Council teamed up for the annual Cycle the Well Field event on Saturday, June 3.

Forty-two cyclists participated in the 17-mile bicycle tour of Portland’s groundwater drinking water source.

Cycle the Well Field cyclists learn about groundwaterCyclists rode through the city’s Columbia South Shore Well Field, stopping along the way learning about groundwater, its role in Portland’s water supply, and how the public can help protect this important resource. The bicycle tour included stops at production and monitoring wells, a stormwater detention pond, the Groundwater Pump Station, and wrapped up with lunch at Blue Lake park.

Here are just a couple of the positive comments received from the participant survey: 

 “I was interested to learn how the well fields supplement the Bull Run Watershed. I never noticed the well sites before and now I will point them out to other people, when we pass them! It was neat to see inside them. I liked learning about the geology of my neighborhood and the Columbia Slough watershed.”

"This was a fun tour. It was very informative. The presenters are clearly expert at what they do. I appreciated how they made sure all the cyclist were safe at crossing and we remained together."

Learn more about Portland’s groundwater and the critical role in serves as a secondary water supply for almost a million people.

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