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.


from Portland Harbor Community Coalition: On March 2nd, Oregon Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) started a 60-day public comment period for Willamette Cove. DEQ has proposed a remedy for this toxic site that includes removing some of the worst toxins...

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Companies Challenge Portland Harbor Superfund Cleanup Plan

Reported by Cassandra Profita on OPB. As the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency was announcing eight major cleanup agreements for the Portland Harbor Superfund Site this week, four companies were filing a petition challenging the agency’s core...

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EPA Announces eight new agreements for remedial design

Also read the report on OPB: https://www.opb.org/news/article/superfund-portland-harbor-epa-cleanup-agreements/ From the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency: Greetings! EPA has some exciting news to share; eight new agreements (also known as Administrative...

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Field Trips, Speakers and Environmental Justice Tours

The Portland Harbor Community Advisory Group is pleased to announce several educational opportunities for schools and community members.  They include field trips for schools, walking tours, bike tours and presentations.  We are able to work with groups to...

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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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