Willamette River Cleanup

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

Follow-Up from the virtual June 10th Portland Harbor Public Forum.

From US EPA:  Thank you to everyone who attended the June 10th quarterly EPA Portland Harbor Public Forum (with DEQ and CAG support). A webinar recording and other materials from this event are now available both on EPA’s Portland Harbor website in the ‘Public...

State Seeks Comment on Temporary Closure of Willamette Cove

The Oregon Department of State Lands (DSL) is currently accepting public comments on a proposal to close Willamette Cove to boating and other river uses from mid-August through October 2020 to allow sediment and water samples to be collected. Please read below for...

Help make Portland Harbor information accessible and protect the cleanup!

Join the Portland Harbor Community Advisory Group, the City of Portland, and the Oregon Department of State Lands online July 8 at 6:30pm for a virtual workshop and share how YOU would like to learn about the river cleanup. RSVP to reserve your spot.

Portland, Port Join Settlement With Monsanto Over PCBs Contamination

Reported on OBP 6/24/2020 by Monica Samayoa: The City of Portland joins over 2,500 other government entities in reaching a proposed nationwide multi-million-dollar class settlement Wednesday with the agricultural chemical giant Monsanto.  The Port of Portland and the...

Feuds Among EPA, Companies Delay Cleanup of Contaminated Harbor

Reported by Sylvia Carignan on bloomberglaw.com: A tug of war over one of the country’s most toxic sites is pitting the EPA against a handful of companies paying for cleanup. The companies have sought to reduce the scale and cost of the cleanup at Portland Harbor, a...

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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.

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

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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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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