Willamette River Cleanup

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

June Willamette Insider Newsletter

Download the The Willamette Insider newsletter here.  Please join us for the Portland Harbor Superfund Site Collaborative GroupOBSERVER (PUBLIC) AGENDA(v. 6-2-2021) Date: Wednesday, June 9, 2021Meeting Time: 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. Optional sections between 4:30 – 5:00...

May CAG Meeting

CAG General Meeting May 12, 2021   CAG Board Members Michael Pouncil, Chair Doug Larson Sarah Taylor   Scott Burr, Tech Advisor Caleb Shaffer, EPA Superfund Project Manager   Number of Participants: 43   Sarah Taylor Introductions. Welcome and thanks...

Please Join Our Virtual CAG Meeting. Wednesday, May 12 At 6:30 p.m. Pacific

Please Join Our Virtual CAG Meeting. Wednesday, May 12 At 6:30 p.m. PacificClick Here For The Zoom Link  Happy May everyone.  With April showers, we get May flowers, International Labors Day, Cinco De Mayo, and Mothers Day. We also get another opportunity to come...

Metro Council to consider additional cleanup options at Willamette Cove

Reported on oregonmetro.gov By Kelsey Wallace April 28, 2021 11:54 a.m. Bylined articles are written by Metro staff and do not necessarily represent the opinions of Metro or the Metro Council. Learn more The Metro Council began to unpack the complicated cleanup effort...

Apply by Friday, May 21st* City of Portland Now Accepting Applications for Portland Harbor Community Grants!

The City’s Portland Harbor Program is now accepting grant applications to support communities’ participation in the Superfund cleanup. BIPOC-led organizations and groups with strong relationships with communities disproportionately impacted by the Portland Harbor site...

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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.

June Willamette Insider Newsletter

Download the The Willamette Insider newsletter here.  Please join us for the Portland Harbor Superfund Site Collaborative GroupOBSERVER (PUBLIC) AGENDA(v. 6-2-2021) Date: Wednesday, June 9, 2021Meeting Time: 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. Optional sections between 4:30 – 5:00...

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May CAG Meeting

CAG General Meeting May 12, 2021   CAG Board Members Michael Pouncil, Chair Doug Larson Sarah Taylor   Scott Burr, Tech Advisor Caleb Shaffer, EPA Superfund Project Manager   Number of Participants: 43   Sarah Taylor Introductions. Welcome and thanks...

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Portland Harbor community grants info sessions!

A quick reminder about this week’s Portland Harbor Program community grants opportunity information sessions.  Each session will cover grant program goals, eligible activities, selection criteria, and how to apply. There will also be ample time to ask questions. These...

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Frog Ferry statement of support from PHCAG

The Frog Ferry is an opportunity to put the sparkle back in Portland's tarnished national image.  The Portland Harbor Community Advisory Group hosted a well attended presentation by advocates at their April meeting, now available on YouTube in its entirety.  The...

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CAG General Meeting April 14, 2021

We have a “New” Portland Harbor CAG YouTube page. “Subscribe here” and at the bottom of the email. Now you have access to our monthly virtual meetings, forums, and presentations.   CAG Board Members Michael Pouncil, Chair Doug Larson Sarah Taylor   Scott Burr,...

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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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