Events ~ Meetings ~ Presentations
Portland Harbor CAG
Meeting: Public Meeting
Date: 2nd Wednesdays (January, February, April, May, July, August, October, November)
Time: 6:30pm – 8:30pm
Where: Bureau of Environmental Services Water Pollution Control Laboratory
Address: 6543 N. Burlington Ave, Portland OR 97203
Regular CAG Meetings are held the 2nd Wednesday of each month. Occasionally a meeting is cancelled or changed to another location. Please check back here for updates. Best of all, subscribe to the PHCAG Google Calendar below to see current meeting information on your own calendar. Steering Group meetings are not meant to be open meetings for public participation, but interested residents who would like to participate in CAG activities are welcome to attend.
Portland Harbor CAG
Meeting and EPA Forum: Public Meeting
Date: 2nd Wednesday quarterly (March, June, September, December)
Time: 6:30pm – 8:30pm
Where: Location will vary (see below).
EPA holds the Public Forum-CAG Meeting. Occasionally a meeting is cancelled or changed to another location.
Here is a quick preview of CAG meetings. Note that these meeting topics are subject to change at any time:
- *Deadlines Approaching – August 14th!*Help Make Portland Harbor Superfund Site Data and Information Easier to Access! The City of Portland and State of Oregon’s Department of State Lands invite you to help make Portland Harbor Superfund Site information easier to access! Under an agreement with EPA, the City and State are laying the groundwork to make Portland Harbor Superfund remedial-area and harbor-wide cleanup information accessible and transparent. More information about this effort and how you can get involved is provided below!
- Background: The Portland Harbor Superfund cleanup is complex. The 10-mile stretch of the lower Willamette River is divided into multiple project areas, and there will be at least 13 separate cleanups. A combination of government agencies and businesses are currently drafting cleanup plans for most of those areas. A centralized website where environmental data and information about cleanup activities, fish advisories, recreation restrictions, and other use restrictions will support coordination and communication among performing parties, government entities, and the public. For example:
- Fishers could access the latest information about the Lower Willamette Fish Advisory.
- Government entities could identify the location of sediment caps to evaluate new activities.
- Businesses or agencies could find cleanup data to inform management decisions.
- Community members can stay updated on upcoming cleanup activities.
- How Community Members Can Get Involved! Please share your input by participating in an upcoming virtual workshop in August. Email Jessica Terlikowski, City of Portland, Community Engagement Coordinator at email@example.com to learn more.
- How Representatives of Local Businesses, Waterfront Property Owners, Public Agencies, and Tribal Governments Can Get Involved! Please share your feedback by completing a 20-minute tailored questionnaire prepared by the City and State by August 14, 2020 (this Friday!). Specific survey links are below!
- Agencies and Trustees (Government entities, including tribal governments and public agencies, involved with permitting or authorization activities within the Portland Harbor area): https://survey.participate.online/s3/PH-Agency-Trustee-Questionnaire
- Businesses (Shoreline property owners, local businesses, participating parties): https://survey.participate.online/s3/PH-Business-Questionnaire
- Advanced Data Users (Individuals with experience using or developing database systems or anticipated in-depth involvement with cleanup data for technical analyses): https://survey.participate.online/s3/PH-Advanced-Data-User-Questionnaire
- More Information? For more information on this effort, please visit the City of Portland’s website Accessing Portland Harbor Information and Data.
- Other Questions? If you have any questions, please contact the project coordinator, Dawn Sanders, at Dawn.Sanders@portlandoregon.gov
- Oregon Department of State Lands (DSL) Enacts Temporary Closure of Willamette Cove from August 15ththrough October 31st. The Willamette Cove In-water Remedial Design Group (City of Portland, Oregon Department of State Lands, Port of Portland) are excited to start design work where they will determine how the approaches to address the contamination outlined in EPA’s cleanup plan for the Portland Harbor Superfund Site, such as capping and dredging, will be used. This first phase requires sediment and water samples to be collected by boats on the water. To facilitate these cleanup efforts and minimize health and safety risks to the public and project personnel, the Oregon Department of State Lands will temporarily close the area from Saturday, August 15th, 2020 through Saturday, October 31st, 2020.
- What will be closed at Willamette Cove from August 15th to October 31st? Willamette Cove will be closed to all public uses, including boating and swimming. A full closure area map is available at https://www.oregon.gov/dsl/Documents/WillametteCoveProposedClosureArea.pdf.
- Was there an opportunity for comments on this temporary closure? Yes. The Oregon Department of State Lands (DSL) opened a public comment period on this temporary closure from June 8th until July 8th, 2020.
- More information:
- Questions? Please contact Richard Fitzgerald, Portland Harbor Superfund Specialist at 503-986-5260 or firstname.lastname@example.org
- *Cancelled*Wednesday, August 12th Virtual Portland Harbor Community Advisory Group (CAG) Meeting! The Portland Harbor CAG that was planned for this Wednesday, August 12th is cancelled. However, for more information please consider:
- Reading the CAG’s first issue of the “Willamette Insider” newsletter for important updates & information
- Visiting the Portland Harbor CAG’s website at www.willametterivercleanup.com or contacting Michael Pouncil (Chair) at email@example.com
- * Public Comment Period – Closing August 31st*Oregon Department of Environmental Quality’s (DEQ) Willamette Cove Upland Cleanup Public Comment Period: The Public Comment Period for the DEQ Willamette Cove Upland Cleanup will close on August 31, 2020. For more information on the DEQ Willamette Cove Upland Cleanup and how to provide comments, please visit the DEQ Willamette Cove Upland webpage.
- *RSVP Now!*September 16th Virtual EPA Portland Harbor Quarterly Public Forum (with support from DEQ and the CAG): EPA plans to virtually host the September 16th meeting with support from the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) and the Portland Harbor CAG. While an RSVP is not required to attend, it helps EPA plan for a better online experience and guarantees that you receive information about how to connect to this virtual event.