Willamette River Cleanup

It’s Your River.  It’s Your Voice.  It’s Your Choice.

About the Portland Harbor Cleanup Site

The Portland Harbor Site spans 10 miles of the Lower Willamette River. The river sediments, surface water, and the fish that reside in the harbor have high levels of PCBs, PAHs, dioxins/furans, DDT and other pesticides which present an unacceptable risk to people’s health, especially subsistence and tribal fishers, and to the environment.

Under EPA cleanup plan, contaminated sediments at the site will be addressed through dredging, capping, enhanced natural recovery, and monitored natural recovery. Approximately 394 acres of sediment, out of 2,190 total acres in the site, will be actively remediated with dredging and capping, including removal of over three million cubic yards of contaminated sediments. Approximately 1,774 acres of the site with lower contaminant levels are expected to recover naturally over time.

Active cleanup construction work is expected to take about 13 years and cost $1 billion. Following the active cleanup construction phase, EPA expects a 100-fold reduction in contamination-related cancer and other serious risks. The river’s natural recovery process will further reduce these risks.

Notes from the February 12, 2020 CAG meeting

PORTLAND HARBOR COMMUNITY ADVISORY GROUP MEETING February 12, 2020 PANEL Michael Pouncil, CAG Chair Hunter Young, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Region 10 – Oregon Operations office James Holm, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers PRESENT Doug Larson, CAG Board Member...

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Portland Harobr CAG November and December notes

Portland Harbor Community Advisory Group Meeting Notes – December 2019 Submitted by Sarah Taylor 12-28-2019 Next meeting The monthly CAG Meeting is Wednesday January 8th at 6:00 pm at the BES Water Lab Topic- Wildlife in the Portland Harbor – Habitat needs and impact...

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Willamette Cove In-Water Remedial Design Agreement

Willamette Cove In-Water Remedial Design Agreement:  The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has signed a settlement agreement with the State of Oregon, City of Portland, Port of Portland and settling federal agencies to develop remedial design for the Willamette...

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Final ESD Signed

EPA’s Final Explanation of Significant Differences (ESD):  After reviewing and responding to input from over 1,100 commenters, the United States Environmental Protection Agency has issued the final Explanation of Significant Differences (ESD) that identifies changes...

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Technical Advisor for the Portland Harbor Superfund site – Opening

The Willamette River Advocacy Group is accepting proposals for the Technical Advisor position to work with community partners affected by the Portland Harbor Superfund cleanup. This position is instrumental in helping the community to be better informed and active in the decision-making process, and to become effective stewards of the ongoing cleanup of the lower 11 miles of the Willamette River.

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