Willamette River Cleanup

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State Suggests Burying Willamette Cove’s Toxic Soil Along Beach

Environmental advocates and North Portlanders are livid at a decision by the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality to clean up a contaminated beach on the Willamette River by burying most of the hazardous waste onsite.

March 8 Issue of Willamette River Insider

Initial sampling work at the Cathedral Park Project Area.. City of Portland to Devote Portion of $550 Million PCB Contamination Settlement to Environmental Equity Portland Harbor CAG’s Jan/Feb. Meetings Presentation Synopsis Pollinators and Local Industry House Bill...

Final Portland Harbor Supplemental Restoration Plan and Environmental Assessment

Today the Trustee Council published a Final Supplemental Restoration Plan and Environmental Assessment (SRP). Of the alternatives evaluated in the SRP, the Trustee Council has selected the Restoration Bank Credit Alternative for this phase of restoration. View and...

*RSVP Now!* March 10th Virtual Portland Harbor Collaborative Meeting

From US EPA: Everyone is welcome to join the first quarterly Portland Harbor Collaborative meeting! Please read below for information about how to submit an RSVP for this event (required), a final agenda, and more! Date:  Next Wednesday, March 10th Time:  5:00pm –...

From US EPA: EPA is convening a Cathedral Park Project Area Working Group for EPA’s initial sampling work. Please read below for more information!  Working Group Purpose:  Discuss community education and engagement opportunities for EPA’s initial sampling work at the...

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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.

March 8 Issue of Willamette River Insider

Initial sampling work at the Cathedral Park Project Area.. City of Portland to Devote Portion of $550 Million PCB Contamination Settlement to Environmental Equity Portland Harbor CAG’s Jan/Feb. Meetings Presentation Synopsis Pollinators and Local Industry House Bill...

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From US EPA: EPA is convening a Cathedral Park Project Area Working Group for EPA’s initial sampling work. Please read below for more information!  Working Group Purpose:  Discuss community education and engagement opportunities for EPA’s initial sampling work at the...

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Salmon Habitat, Columbia Slough and NRDA Restoration

Please Join Our Virtual CAG Meeting.Wednesday, February 10 At 6:30 p.m. PacificClick Here For The Zoom Link  Hello Everyone, February is here, love is in the air and on the Willamette River, seen by our two friends in the picture above. Interestingly, I was told by...

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Notes from January 13 PHCAG meeting

A discussion about the fuel tanks in the Critical Energy Infrastructure (CEI) Hub in Linnton and its relations to risk management within Portland Harbor and the Willamette River. We are revisiting this topic of the CEI risk because of the importance for our community...

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North Portlanders Want a Contaminated Beach Turned Into a Park. Government Officials Propose to Bury the Toxic Waste Onsite.

North Portlanders Want a Contaminated Beach Turned Into a Park. Government Officials Propose to Bury the Toxic Waste Onsite.

On sunny days, Michael Pouncil likes to stroll past the warning signs posted along Willamette Cove and tramp through what he hopes will be Portland’s next great waterfront park.

For Pouncil, the 3,000-foot stretch of beach in North Portland, owned by regional government Metro, is an oasis: a place to hike in dense woods or spy on the rafts of aquatic birds bobbing offshore.

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