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Bull Run Treatment Project Outreach History


  • Jan. 30, 2020: Newsletter sent with a 2020 Bull Run Treatment Project Update    
  • Dec. 26, 2019: Newsletter sent about the January 2020 Bull Run Filtration Site Advisory Group Meeting
  • Dec. 20, 2019: Blog posted with filtration facility and pipeline projects schedule 
  • Dec. 13, 2019: Portland City Council approves design contract, next phase in building water filtration facility 
  • Dec. 10, 2019: Newsletter sent to 1200 site neighbors about the Site Advisory Group and upcoming pipeline studies.

  • Nov. 18, 2019: Postcard sent to site neighbors about Site Advisory Group.

  • Sept. 29, 2019: Work session summary highlighted in Portland Water Bureau e-newsletter.

  • Sept. 19, 2019: City Council work session for PWB presentation of filtration options and estimated costs for the filtration facility, pipe connections, resilience.

  • Sept. 18, 2019: Presentation at the Johnson Creek Inter-Jurisdictional Committee meeting.

  • Sept. 4, 2019: Presentation at the Sandy River Chapter of the NW Steelheaders meeting.

  • Sept. 3, 2019: Distributed door hangers to the 62 closest neighbors of fieldwork borings to take place the following week.

  • Aug. 9, 2019: Provided project information at the Boring and Dull social in Boring, Oregon.

  • Aug. 7-9, 2019: Distributed door hangers to the 50 closest neighbors of the Improved Corrosion Control project site, informing neighbors of the Aug. 23 land use hearing.

  • Aug. 6, 2019: 11,500 informational postcards were sent to residents and property owners within 5 miles of the project sites.

  • Aug. 5, 2019: Project information sign with a brochure box containing project information sheets added to the Improved Corrosion Control project site.

  • July 16, 2019: BBQ&A hosted at Dodge Park for all community members in the area.

  • July 2019: Comprehensive package of neighbor’s questions answered and posted to Neighbor Information website.

  • June 29, 2019: Project report to Council sent.

  • June 24, 2019Info session held for those neighbors not immediately adjacent to the future filtration site. Concerns and feedback packaged into broader feedback document to tackle during Good Neighbor Agreement meetings.

  • June 20, 2019: Treatment project email newsletter sent to all available and opted-in emails opted-in.

  • June 2019: Mailers sent to more than 1,000 addresses near the project area for the June 24, 2019 info session.

  • May 19, 2019: Distributed door hangers about scheduled drilling and potential noise.

  • May 2019: Social media outreach continued for general info on the projects. Video created.

  • March 26, 2019: Info session hosted at our Sandy River Station site for those neighbors who lived near the property and who had public easements on their property. 15-20 neighbors showed up, heard a presentation, and a great after-meeting conversation was had with each neighbor.

  • March 19, 2019: Info session hosted at our Sandy River Station site for those neighbors who lived near our Lusted Hill facility on Cottrell Road (no one attended).

  • February 2019Informational mailer and postcard were sent to neighbors near our Lusted Hill site, and to neighbors with public easements on their properties.

  • February 2019: Public opinion research and focus groups to better learn about people’s responses and attitudes to the project.

  • January 2019-April 2019: Individual visits with nursery leasing the site, Pleasant Home Water, and other neighbors to learn about concerns and gather feedback that will inform our planning and design. A variety of emails were also exchanged regarding process.

  • December 12, 2018: Portland Water Bureau staff present to the Portland City Council. City Council decides to locate the future filtration facility at the city-owned property in that area. Emails sent to those neighbors who had provided emails informing them of public testimony opportunities. Local media provided updates.

  • Nov. 30, 2018: Small information session was hosted to dive deeper into the details with adjacent neighbors. Nearly all adjacent neighbors attended.

  • Nov. 8, 2018: Community forum hosted with Commissioner Amanda Fritz, Water Bureau staff, and community partners. Emails were requested to continue discussions with both adjacent neighbors, and other neighbors in the area.

  • Oct. 2018: Newsletter mailer on the project, timeline, and an invite to attend the Nov. 2018 community forum was sent to adjacent neighbors. Adjacent neighbors to filtration site encouraged to bring other interested community members.

  • Website created to post all materials related to the project. Links sent out via correspondence with neighbors.

  • Aug. 22, 2018: City Council meeting  on filtration and treatment projects to authorize a contract with Brown and Caldwell, Inc. for the Program Management and Support Services.

  • Aug. 14 2018: City Council work session on filtration and treatment projects. PWB staff worked with media (OPB, Portland Tribune) to expand the reach of the message and those who were aware.

  • June 2018: Council work session on treatment projects.

  • April-June 2018: NextDoor online public values survey launched. More than 1200 responses packaged and reported.

  • January 2018: Initial letter sent to adjacent neighbors informing them that a process was underway.